ETher NDE to supply EC flaw detectors to UK Ministry of Defence


ETher NDE has announced that it has successfully secured an order from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply almost two hundred eddy current flaw detectors, which will be deployed worldwide.

ETher NDE will be supplying the MoD with its AeroCheck+ ECT Flaw Detector, the latest flaw detector to be added to the ETher NDE range. The AeroCheck+ was launched by ETher in January 2015 and has proven to be a perfect fit for the MoD requirement, meeting all their specification needs.

The AeroCheck+ offers rotary capabilities as standard as well as offering dual frequency with auto-mix (which simplifies the sometimes complex procedure of mixing two different frequency signals) and conductivity measurement along with an outstanding frequency range from 10 Hz to 12.8 MHz.

A number of additional benefits have been introduced in the AeroCheck+: the innovative ‘Loop’ feature captures a short live signal and then allows the operator to easily optimise the instrument settings, especially phase, gain and filters, thus greatly simplifying the task of instrument set-up.

A novel feature is ‘Guides’, which allows the user to display a slide show that can be created with commonly-used desktop software allowing instructions, tutorials and procedures for the inspection to be readily available to the NDT technician on the AeroCheck+.

The MoD awarded ETher the contract on 3 September 2015, but there had been substantial previous work undertaken to get the AeroCheck+ and the bid to that successful stage, with tender submission in June 2015 and pre-qualification being achieved in August 2014.

Delivery of the units is already underway and, as business continues to grow for ETher NDE, this order contributed to a very busy and exciting end to 2015 for the company.

John Hansen, Managing Director of ETher NDE, said: “This was a hard fought contract against a worthy opponent but I’m glad to say ETher NDE’s customer focus and principle of offering our customers outstanding eddy current instrument performance at a competitive price and in a compact package resulted in our success.”