Baugh & Weedon Truflux

Baugh & Weedon Truflux

Baugh & Weedon
Truflux

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The Truflux is a new concept in Magnetic Flux Leakage tank floor plate inspection, incorporating a new level of user sophistication in its innovative design. It is a fully self-propelled high-resolution digital scanner, and capable of producing highly accurate topographical images of 0.24in-0.8in (6-20mm) storage tank floor plates.

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  • Efficient and effective mechanical design
  • Superior resolution 0.2in - 0.04in (5.2mm x 1mm)
  • Lightweight 71lbs (32kg) (Including battery)
  • Easy to transport, total shipping weight under 132lbs (60kg) (Not including laptop)
  • Easy reporting via laptop, USB
  • Semi-rugged laptop upgradeable to a fully rugged option
  • Unique damping system provides easy lift-off
  • High resolution optical encoder. Positional accuracy of ± 0.04in (1mm) over a 0.8in (20m) scan track
  • Fast track-to-track scanning images
  • USB connectivity means the Truflux effectively works as a simple "plug and play" unit
  • Off-the-shelf battery technology


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It is vital that the TruFlux is calibrated on a known test plate before an inspection of a tank floor is carried out.

If using the software for the first time a calibration file must be produced for the material thickness you intend to inspect. Multiple calibration files for each material thickness can be produced at any one time.

Calibration files are stored for a maximum of 30 days, where after a new calibration will be required. The software will always use the most recent calibration file.

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Allow motor to move the instrument from the start point to end point, on the plate, in one continuous smooth operation. It is important for the instrument to run the entire length of the calibration plate, including the first 300-400mm before the first indication. As this part of the plate is calibration panel
used to capture data where there are no indications, this is an important part of the calibration as general noise levels are eliminated. Once stopped, unlatch or re-press the calibrate button.

Once satisfied with the signal display, you can move each cursor bar onto its corresponding indication. You will notice that each moveable bar has a number that corresponds to each indication. Pick up the bars individually and place into the center of each indication – bisecting the indication through its center.

The bars are used to register the signal amplitude that corresponds to each percentage loss indication. This then sets the reference amplitude curve for the software when scanning.calibration screen

Once this has been done the calibration can be accepted by pressing the accept button.

Now the calibration has been completed, inspection's relating to that particular plate thickness, can begin.

All calibration types are stored for a maximum of 30 day, there after a new calibration will be required.

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Pre-Inspection

Before commencing any inspection program the operator should ensure the following information is available.

1. All floor plate thicknesses including annular plate
2. If any floor plate coatings are present and their thickness; simulation of coating thickness will have to be simulated during calibration
3. General condition of plates – floor plates need to be free from loose scale and relatively clean
4. Presence of heater coils and other obstructions
5. Floor plate numbering system to be used

Step 1 – Inspect
From the front panel click inspect







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Step 2 – Inspect Panel – ‘Project' Tab
The inspect panel comprises of three parts: project, tank and plate. Navigation between the panels can be done by either – clicking on the tab control, or when project, tank and plate data has been added, by using the drop-down lists.

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Step 3 – Inspect Panel – ‘Tank' Tab
Once the project has been created, you can create tanks within the project. Type the tank name or description into the box and press enter.




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Step 4 – ‘Plate' Tab
To create plates, enter a plate number into the plate field. You can enter as many plates as needed, dimensions will be identical to the first plate, however you can change their dimensions any time prior to collecting data


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Step 5 – Scanning Mode
Press the scan button. The instrument should now be in position to start scanning runs, with the first track starting from the selected datum point.

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Step 6 – View the Results
You will now see a scanned plate image. To view in greater detail; right click on image and select full screen.





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After following these steps, you will be able to create a report. It produces a full printable PDF file output, of all plate images within the project selected.

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The software produces a full-scale drawing of the tank floor, with auto numbering of plates and tracks, including annular rings. Scanned plots of tracks are auto positioned onto plates, as are the plates into the tank image. All file and directory handling are produced automatically, resulting in faster track-to-track scanning speed. auto drawing image

specifications
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Principle of Operation Magnetic Flux Leakage
Detection 48 Hall Effect Sensors
Scan Width 11.8in (300mm)
Method of Propulsion DC Motor
Speed 19.7in (500mm/s)
Thickness Range 0.24in - 0.8in (6 - 20mm)
Test Through Coatings Yes
Maximum Coating Thickness 0.24in (6mm)
Maximum Sensitivty 20%
Auto-Stop No
Power Requirements 24V
Operating Weight 71lbs (32kg)
Linear Resolution 0.02in (0.5mm)
Digital Data Storage 48 Channels x 0.02in (0.5mm)
Scan Length Unlimited
Stop on Defect No
Real Time Analysis Yes
Real Time Averaging Yes
Real Time Digital Signal Processing Yes
Freeze Screen Alarm No
Speed Compensation Algorithm Yes
Scan Plate End Zones Yes
Adjustable Sensitivity Range Yes
Laser Guide Yes – Optional
Fully Dampened Magnetic Contact Yes
Assisted Magnet Lift-Off

Yes.
Minimal effort required to break magnet contact, resulting in considerably less operator fatigue

Scan Length Alignment
(whilst in magnetic contact)

Yes.
The scan track can be fully aligned when the magnet is in contact with the plate, alleviating the need to break contact if track alignment was not achieved

kit includes
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  • TruFlux Magnetic Flux Leakage Tank Floor Scanner System made up of 1 Head Unite and 1 Handle & Laptop Platform Assembly
  • Laptop for operation of software with an additional external battery. Must keep all packaging for the laptop to ensure warranty
  • Truflux Software fully loaded onto the laptop
  • 2 Batteries
  • Cable for attaching from the battery to the unit
  • Hard transport case for the TruFlux unit and laptop
  • Hard transport case for the batteries