ECHO-3D


ECHO-3D

Automated SCC Mapping and 3D Imaging

Using high speed scanners, ECHO-3D scans pipe surfaces for detection and mapping of surface defects using advanced electro-magnetic field imaging technology. Stress Crack Corrosion (SCC) and surface corrosion are modelled in real time 3D providing instant visual analysis. Detailed analysis and reporting are easily accomplished using ECHO-3D’s application software.

ECHO-3D Kit

Real Time Data For A Predictive And Prescriptive Maintenance Strategy


THE TECHNOLOGY

Patented Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) Based Technology

3D Electro-Magnetic Field Imaging (EMFI)

Measures the Effects from Surface Breaking Defects on the EMF Shape.


HARDWARE

Sensor is USB Connected to a Ruggedized Touch Screen Tablet

Swappable Contoured Shoes for Various Pipe Sizes

Custom Shoe Profiles Easily Created


SOFTWARE PLATFORM

Permanent Electronic Record of the Data

Real Time Analysis to Get Answers Fast

Photos of Site and Equipment Setup.

Analysis Software Gives Crack Depth and Length

Projects Can Be Easily Exported and Imported


What is ECHO-3D®?

A NEW TOOL FOR YOUR NDT TOOLBOX

Benefits of using ECHO-3D over existing technologies

EXISTING

ECHO-3D

MAGNETIC PARTICLE DEPTH OF DEFECTS, 3D IMAGING, DIGITAL RECORDS
DYE PENETRANT FASTER, DEFECT DEPTH, 3D IMAGING, DIGITAL RECORDS
EDDY CURRENT/ECA ACCURATE DEFECT DEPTHS, HIGHER LIFT OFFS
UT & PAUT HIGHER ACCURACY IN SCC & SURFACE CORROSION
NO COUPLANT, NON-CONTACT
LASER COMPARABLE SPEEDS, LOWER DATA LOADS, DETECTS CRACKS
ALL OF THE ABOVE MINIMAL SURFACE PREPARATION REQUIRED
THROUGH DIS-BONDED COATINGS

Industry Partners

Testimonials


"We purchased our first Magnetic Field Imaging Tool (ECHO-3D) from Athena Industrial in Calgary, Alberta, about two years ago. On several projects we have operated it 24/7 for 2-3 weeks at a time. Its robustness is quite apparent, as we have not had any mechanical or downtime problems whatsoever. The technical support from Athena is amazing, as is their software development staff and customer services. On several occasions, we needed changes embodied to satisfy our Clients needs, and Athena came through in the absolute minimum time.

On one occasion, our Specialist came across a situation where he was concerned of the ECHO-3D’s capability to deliver what he needed. Fortunately, the equipment comes with “Team Viewer”, where in real time, while scanning, the Athena engineers could take control of the equipment and make the necessary adjustments, so we could deliver a top-notch examination to our Client.

Our Clients are so appreciative with the speed and accuracy of this equipment and of us using this technology on their pipelines, that we have ordered four more systems, to keep up with the demand. Thanks Athena, for an amazing experience. "
John McCanna, CEO
Wesley (Wes) H. Weber, COO
Global Integrity & Specialty Services (GISS)

"Integrity Specialists has been working with ECHO-3D and the team for about a year. We have been using the technology on complex SCC colonies and other surface breaking features. The Athena team has been great to work with and have gone above and beyond to answer our questions and help us take care of our clients.

They have amazing customer support. We are excited about the results that we have been able to achieve. The ability to 3D model these features has been game changing."
Ben Ahlgren
NDT Level-II, PT, UT
API 510 Inspector
NACE Coating Insp Level II

Distributors

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Automated
Scanning

Designed to work with automated scanners.

Quick
Setup

ECHO-3D is ready to run in under one minute!

Detection
Mode

Detect cracks through coatings and measures defect depths.

Analysis and
Reporting

Accurate, reliable and fast Corrosion Mapping.

Events

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05Feb

ConvergX 2018

The First Global Conference connecting business executives of the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Energy sectors.

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25Sept

International Pipeline Expo 2018

Bringing together thousands of leading professionals to explore a showcase of over 250 of the industry’s most recognized brands and the latest pipeline technologies, products, and services.

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Applications

CURRENT APPLICATIONS


PIPELINE

• Detect and measure defects through coatings
• Designed for in-ditch integrity inspections
• SCC detection and depth measurement
• EFW and ERW seam inspections

REFINERY/PETRO CHEMICAL

• Cracks in high nickel clad materials
• Ferrous and non-ferrous piping
• Process equipment and vessels

POWER GENERATION

• Detect and measure cracks and corrosion

FUTURE APPLICATIONS

RAILWAY

• Detection and measurement of cracks in rail heads
• Surface breaking defects in components
• Crack detection in railway wheels

OVERHEAD, GANTRY & MOBILE CRANES

• Detection and measurement of cracks
• Booms, jibs and structural components

AVIATION

• Inspection of wing spars through the wing skin
• Surface breaking defects in components

About ECHO-3D


Principles of Operation

ECHO-3D is an Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) based technology that uses Electro-Magnetic Field Imaging (EMFI) to display surface breaking defects in a three-dimensional image.

The EMF is created by a focusing element which creates a large hemi elliptical toroidal field below the Sensor.

The EMF shape is measured in the X, Y and Z planes by specially shaped antenna coils.

Material permeability, conductivity, shape and distance from the surface to the sensor all affect the shape of the EMF.

ECHO-3D has the ability to cancel out these effects using a null command before scanning.

As the focused EMF from the Sensor passes over a surface breaking defect, such as a crack, SCC, or corrosion, the shape of the field is deformed.

The degree and location of the field shift is measured and the translated into crack location, direction and depth.

The material is not left with a residual magnetic field and therefore does not require degaussing prior to return to service.

Like UT, the ECHO-3D can detect a defect through a coating. Unlike UT, it does not require direct contact with the surface of the sample, nor does it require the use of a couplant.

ECHO-3D has demonstrated its ability to detect surface breaking cracks in both ferrous and non-ferrous materials.


Principles Of Operation

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ECHO-3D Brochure

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When the Sensor is used to scan a region via multiple passes, either by hand or by mechanical encoded scanner, the software stiches the adjacent B-Scans and produces a C-Scan image in real-time.

The data acquisition screen displays B-Scan and C-Scan images, which can be viewed and analyzed by ECHO-3D software when scanning is completed.

Once the scan is complete, clicking on the C-Scan plot instantly produces a 3D model allowing the technician to rotate the image 360°.

Clicking on the X-Y-Z icon, displays an analysis screen allowing the technician to locate and mark defects that are included in the final report.

ECHO-3D’s real time analysis can determine the location, orientation and severity of a defect including crack depths to > 5mm [0.197”].

Protected Document Format (PDF) reports are generated with the ECHO-3D software and include details of: Inspection Company; Client details; Technician details; Sensor set-up; and Project details with defect locations, depths, and optional site photographs and screen shots.


ECHO-3D Detection Chart

Defect Depth 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 4.0 5.0
Coating of 2mm
Coating of 5mm
Coating of 10mm
Coating of 15mm

ECHO-3D Specifications

General
Overall dimensions (W x H x D) 65 mm x 85 mm x 80 mm
(2.6 in x 3.4 in x 3.2 in)
Weight 306 g sensor only
343 g with removable odometer
Power requirements USB 2.0, 260 mW
Power Supply From tablet
USB Connector Quick disconnect, 6 pin
Encoder Connector Quick disconnect, 4 pin
Encoder support Supports 1 X-axis and 1 Y-axis
Operating temperature -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Storage temperature –20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Operating
Scan Area > 30 mm diameter
Frequency Range Multiple (sequential to a maximum of 3)
Sample rate 305 samples/s at 1 mm spacing
Lift off range See POD chart below, based on 95% POD
Crack detection Surface breaking
Up to 15 mm lift off (see chart below)
Crack depth 0 to 4.0 mm ± 0.2 mm or 10%, whichever is greater
4.1 to 6.0 mm ± 0.4 mm or 10%, whichever is greater
Cracks 19 mm or longer
Encoder Detachable on X axis
Operating humidity 0% to 95%, noncondensing
Water resistance Splash proof
Sensor Diagnostics Continuous
Calibration Auto calibration
Lift off bias Manual, geometry dependant

About Us

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Hardware

The ECHO-3D is durable and reliable for your inspection requirements and comes with a ruggedized touchscreen tablet loaded with the ECHO-3D application software.


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Software

Athena’s leading 3D modelling software provides 3D images instantly plus has analysis software built-in for use in the ditch or back at the office.


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Training

Athena provides classroom instruction on theory, equipment set-up and ECHO-3D software complete with hands on training and testing for operator certification. Technicians will scan materials containing discrete cracks, EFW and ERW, SCC for data acquisition, mapping, analysis and complete the training by producing reports with all inspection details.


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Patents

Athena currently hold patents for the handheld sensor (ECHO-3D®) and In-Line Inspection (ILI) in Canada and the US. Global patents applications for various countries have been filed through WIPO PCT.


Research & Development

Athena Industrial Services Inc. is continually enhancing and updating their products due to its commitment to an extensive research and development program. Click here to learn more about what we are working on.


Past Developments Include:
Sensor Calibration for Temperature, Lift Off & Crack Depth
3D Imaging and Analysis Software
Crack Detection though Coatings >15mm [5/8”]
Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) in Pipelines
Crack Depth Though Coatings >6mm [1/4”]
EFW & ERW Seam Inspections
Crack detection in Stainless Steel
Cracks in Explosion Clad Materials
Current R&D Projects Include:
Corrosion Measurement and Mapping
Non-ferrous materials
Cracks in Aluminum

Research and Development

Scanning 5086 Aluminum

Athena is currently researching detection of defects in ½” thick aluminum plate


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Coatings

Current research on coatings up to 6mm thick.


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Corrosion Research

Athena is currently focused on pipeline measurement and mapping.


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Explosive Clad

Crack detection and depth on high nickel explosion clad carbon steel.


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News and Announcements

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your most common questions, if yours isn't listed head over to our contact page and send us a message!


Q) Do I have to remove the coating to detect cracks?

A. ECHO-3D can detect cracks through >16 mm of non -conductive coatings

Q) Can I measure crack depth through coatings?

A. ECHO-3D has demonstrated measurement of crack depths through 6mm [1/4”] coatings

Q) Will ECHO-3D work on ferrous and non-ferrous materials?

Yes, it can be used on stainless steel, aluminum and carbon steel materials with nickel cladding

Q) Do I require couplant between the sensor and the material being inspected?

A. No, ECHO-3D is a non-contact technology using electro magnet fields to gather data and then software turn into 3D images.

Q) Can I see my data in a C-Scan format?

A. ECHO-3D’s software maps defects in B-Scan format in real time and instantly creates a C-Scan image. Once the C-scan is completed, a single button press creates the 3D model plus 3D analysis for X, Y & Z planes.

Q) What are the sensors temperature limitations?

A. Current sensors are rated from -10°C [14°F] to +50°C [122°F]

Q) What training is available?

A. Athena currently offers training at its Calgary facility for operator certification that includes theory, hands on training and testing.

Q) Can I measure the thickness of the material?

A. No, ECHO-3D operates at higher frequencies and only penetrates carbon steel approximately 3 mm [0.120 “] however, penetration through stainless steel 3.4 mm [0.134”] and 12.7 mm[0.500”] have been demonstrated.

Q) What is the power requirement for the system?

A. The sensor is powered through the USB cable connected to the ruggedized tablet and draws its power from the tablets battery. Currently the system can operate up to 4 hrs without recharging the tablet that has hot swappable batteries (additional batteries are optional).

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Operator Manuals


Dec 18, 2017 new

ECHO-3D Operator Manual (V5.0)

This manual is intended to help the operator of the ECHO-3D system and associated personnel perform the typical functions required for the detection, analysis, and reporting of surface breaking defects.

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June 23, 2016 new

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet-7202

The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet-7202 Manual

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Contacts


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General Inquiries - info@athenaindustrial.com

Phone: 403-247-7666
Corporate Headquarters

554 Hurricane Drive
Springbank Airport
Calgary, Alberta, CA T3Z 3S8
Phone: 403-247-7666

Training & Certification Center

#5 160 MacLaurin Drive NW
Springbank Airport
Calgary, Alberta, CA T3Z 3S4
Phone: 403-247-7666

DISTRIBUTION - Europe, Middle East

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DISTRIBUTION - Canada

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Eastern Canada
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