Ashtead adds Gekko advanced phased array to rental fleet


In response to growing customer demand, Ashtead Technology has added several advanced phased array (PA) flaw detectors to its range of non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment. The new Gekko instruments are manufactured by M2M, an Eddyfi Technologies company, and complement existing Eddyfi brands within Ashtead’s rental fleet, including Silverwing, TSC and Eddyfi.

“A key feature of the Gekko is the real-time total focusing method (TFM) imaging,” commented Steve Drake, NDT Market Manager at Ashtead Technology. “TFM is a powerful technique that focuses at each point of a user-specified zone in real time at up to 30 frames per second, delivering high-resolution imaging and accurate defect characterisation.”

In addition to TFM, the Gekko also offers conventional ultrasonic testing (UT), standard phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) and time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD). A-, B-, S- and C-scans and 3D views are available for standard PA.

With a focus on simplicity, the Gekko user interface has been designed for users ranging from Level 1 operators to experts. Using simple but powerful wizards, users are able to customise field-ready applications and with visual libraries and dedicated apps potential errors are minimised, while inspection becomes easier and faster. Users are provided with step-by-step guidance throughout the inspection process, including equipment definition, calibration and acquisition. Furthermore, three-click calibration tools enable probe balancing, material calibration, wedge calibration, time-corrected gain (TCG) and TOFD, for quicker and easier code-compliant inspections.

Summarising, Steve said: “This is a significant investment and demonstrates our steadfast commitment to offer the latest NDT technology to our rental customers.”