LATITUDE is compact, portable, and battery powered
Changing how non-destructive evaluation, NDE data is acquired. A First-Of-A-Kind NDE Innovation
The first ever PDI-qualified manually encoded DM weld procedure
What is the LATITUDE?
LATITUDE is a non-mechanized position encoding technology that enable the digitization and recording of manual NDE inspections.
LATITUDE was used as the encoding technology on Structural Integrity’s recently qualified procedure, SI-UT-217 Rev 0. This procedure was qualified through the EPRI PDI (Performance Demonstration Initiative) program for application to nuclear plant dissimilar metal welds. LATITUDE is now considered a viable alternative for dissimilar metal weld examinations currently employing automated UT.
CONFORMABLE SELF-ALIGNING COLLAR FOR FLAT & CURVED SURFACES
The collar can be wrapped around the pipe circumference, stretched along the pipe axis, or be otherwise placed on any flat or curving surface. All wiring is self-contained and there is a single connection point to the LATITUDE electronics.
LATITUDE CONTROL UNIT
THE BRAIN OF THE SYSTEM
Responsible for collecting the air-born ultrasonic data, translating it into position information, and communicating with the NDE data acquisition system. It consists of a sealed fanless enclosure and is powered by two (2) hot-swappable batteries that provide ~10 hours of usage. The LATITUDE control unit can be attached to the rear of a PAUT instrument using a quick-release clip..
MULTIPLE SENSORS DETERMINING AXIAL & CIRCUMFERENTIAL POSIITON
Typically affixed to an NDE sensor that is being used to conduct an examination, such as a PAUT probe, an eddy current testing (ECT) probe, or any of several other kinds of NDE sensors.
DISSIMILAR METAL WELD EXAMINATIONS
Exceeding Section XI, Appendix VIII, Supplement 10
FABRICATION ACCEPTANCE EXAMINATIONS
UT in lieu of RT Exceeding ASME code cases, including Section III and XI, B31.1, B31.3
INTERNAL CORROSION MAPPING
LATITUDE, coupled with the use of a PAUT corrosion mapping probe, enables the encoding of high-resolution thickness data while manually manipulating the inspection probe, resulting in a composite thickness map that requires little to no post-processing for analysis.
GENERIC WELD EXAMINATIONS
LATITUDE encoded manual inspections provide proof of coverage and a digital record of the examination data at a fraction of the cost of typical automated or robotic examinations.
See how the LATITUDE works