Cygnus Instruments has introduced a new range of thickness gauges, used for measuring remaining metal thickness without the need to remove protective coatings.
The new range of thickness gauges now incorporated two additional measuring modes. Single-echo and echo-echo modes, both using twin crystal probes, can assist in obtaining measurements in areas of extreme corrosion or back wall pitting: Single-echo measuring mode is ideal for measuring uncoated surfaces with heavy front face and/or back-wall corrosion and attenuative materials such as cast metals, plastics and composites; Echo-echo measuring mode is used for measuring painted metals but with heavy back wall pitting for improved back wall detection.
Additionally, the range consists of five new models offering a comprehensive array of new features including: A-scan and B-scan displays; hands free units for climbing or rope access; simple sequential data logging or comprehensive data logging with features including grid format, offering 16 directional formats; vibrate alert to warn the operator when the measurement is out of tolerance; Bluetooth data transfer capability; and measurement stability indicator (MSI).
The MSI functions by sampling returning echoes to ensure they are all identical. If the returning echoes are identical the display changes color or format which indicates the reading is stable and reliable.
For data logging, there are models in the range, one offering simple sequential measurements to be recorded while the other offers comprehensive data logging where the user can add defined text comments, create templates and add radial measurements around a last logged measurement point. Both models record up to 5,000 measurement points, including A-scans.
Data logging models are supplied with the CygLink software which is used for uploading data from a data logging gauge. The information can then be analysed, stored, reports can then be created and the data can be exported as a .pdf or .csv file.
The gauges are designed for use in the most severe operating conditions, so the enclosure designed is both tough and strong while small and light weight.
Manufactured using a twin shot injection molded enclosure which has a soft but durable TPE outer skin, while the inner shell is strong, keeping the electronics totally sealed from the outside environments.
This new instrument enclosure has allowed Cygnus to achieve the American Military Standard MIL SPEC 810G for environmental protection, and will survive harsh operating conditions including drop, vibration, dust and water ingress (IP67) together with low and high temperature cycling.
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