Ashtead boosts rental fleet with state-of-the-art inspection technology
20/04/2017Ashtead Technology has expanded its equipment rental pool following a significant investment in the latest pulsed eddy current (PEC) technology, to deliver faster, more accurate asset integrity inspections.
A global leader in marine technology, non-destructive testing and subsea services, Ashtead will now supply the Eddyfi Lyft™, an inspection tool for identifying corrosion under insulation (CUI), a major asset integrity issue for the oil & gas and petrochemical sectors.
CUI is a type of corrosion that occurs as a result of a moisture build-up on the external surface of insulated equipment. The corrosion is most commonly galvanic, chloride, acidic or alkaline and, if undetected, the consequences can lead to the shutdown of a process unit or an entire facility.
The Eddyfi Lyft can be used to accurately measure corrosion and wall thickness on insulated pipes without the need to remove insulation, significantly reducing time and costs. It is suitable for use on a number of materials, including metal, aluminium, stainless steel and galvanised steel weather jackets, to provide real-time C-scan imaging, wall thickness measurements and fast data acquisition (up to 15 readings per second).
Allan Pirie, Chief Executive of Ashtead Technology said: “This investment underlines our commitment to the subsea and non-destructive testing markets, by offering the latest cost-effective technologies to ensure that our customers are getting the most efficient, reliable solution available.
“CUI is one of the most difficult processes to prevent. No matter what precautions are taken, water invariably seeps into the insulation and corrosion occurs.
“With traditional methods, it was near on impossible to identify and measure the severity of corrosion without physically removing the insulation. However, the Eddyfi Lyft provides a fast, reliable and flexible solution.”
Headquartered in Québec, Canada, with offices in France, the USA and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Eddyfi focuses on offering high-performance eddy current and electromagnetic solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets.
Jim Costain, Vice President of Sales for Eddyfi, said: “We are thrilled that Ashtead Technology has added the Lyft to its range of Eddyfi inspection tools. This provides Ashtead’s large customer base with access to this unique, cost-effective technology, alongside its highly-skilled technical support team.”