The industrial sector has identified opportunities for laser testing methods to aid many tasks that were previously time-consuming and ineffective. Laser profilometry for non-destructive testing (NDT) has provided time-efficient and cost-effective approach to data collection and has increased the data-quality to a level unobtainable through manual measurements.
Applus+ has developed many proprietary laser-inspection systems, setting the standard in collection speed and versatility.
Through our extensive R&D into laser testing methods, we have developed LPIT (the Laser Pipeline Inspection Tool) to aid fast data-collection protocols, which obtain accurate and reliable data for corrosion-type defects on external pipelines. Unlike other systems available on the market, LPIT has been designed to support the client’s needs. With quick collection speeds and data-accuracy of field-generated reports, including Kappa calculations, Applus+ pioneers the industry and continues to strive for further advances.
In addition to our proprietary LPIT system, we have a range of complementary tools at our disposal according to the client’s needs. These include the Creaform HandySCANs to collect data from installations other than pipes, including vessels, plates, small pipe areas and complex geometric shapes. This extensive toolkit enables Applus+ to assist clients to collect data for all end-uses. In most cases, this data is used to determine removed volumes of material. However, the same data can also be used for accurate point-cloud creation, as-built/current-state modelling or reverse-engineering activities.
The versatility of laser profilometry and the related data-collection protocols has opened up laser-inspection technologies to a broad customer base. Any company wanting to collect data on the current state of parts, pieces or defects can now obtain this data in a timely manner under field conditions.
Laser testing NDT utilises surface profilometry to provide the user with rapid collection and detailed assessment on pipeline inspections, mapping external part geometries and presenting corrosion through 3D point cloud capture. Post-analysis offers clients information related to external corrosion, ovality and mechanical damage of difficult-to-inspect assets. Information garnered from the pipeline inspection may be used in RSTRENG and 31G determinations for pipeline operability, as well as its many other applications.