ETher ETherCheck EC & Bond Tester

ETher ETherCheck EC & Bond Tester

Combined Eddy Current & Bond Testing Flaw Detection

Twice the Functionality in One Instrument

The EtherCheck is a combined Eddy Current and Bond Testing Flaw Detector. It comes with a rich range of features offered by a best in class eddy current flaw detector combined with the most widely used acoustic bond testing method; Pitch-Catch. Features a single frequency range of 10Hz-20MHz and dual range of 10Hz-12.8MHz.

All functions are in a single lightweight instrument with a common user interface between the two modes, resulting in simple operator led set up.

ETherCheck Pitch-Catch Probe

Ergonomically designed and manufactured from CNC machined Aluminum with rubber hand grips, the EtherCheck Pitch-Catch probe is both comfortable to use and suitably robust.

The transmitter and receiver sensor guide feet can be positioned by the operator to suit the inspection task. The transmit and receive probe tips are interchangeable with rounded and flat tip profiles available. The sensors are positioned close to the edge of the housing to allow inspection in tight areas.

The EtherCheck Pitch-Catch Probe offers Automatic Probe ID by storing its own default settings which can be programmed by the operator. The EtherCheck also works with other manufacturers probes.


  • Dual and Single Frequency
  • Includes General Eddy Current, Rotary, Conductivity and Pitch-Catch
  • Pitch-Catch dry coupled bond testing mode allows rapid detection of defects in laminate, bonded and sandwich structures
  • Automatic Test Frequency Optimization
  • Waveform, Time-base and Phase / Frequency Plots
  • User Friendly Interface, Single Level Menu System, "Quick Function" Sidebar
  • Large, Crisp Daylight Readable Display - 5.7" (145mm)
  • Rugged lightweight housing - 2.6 lbs. (1.2 kg)
  • Advanced Features Loop, Guides, Trace, Dual Frequency, Auto-Mix




Lightweight, Rugged and Easy to Use

The ETherCheck weighs just 2.6lbs (1.2kg), has a tough metal outer case and is optimized to resist moist atmospheres. It's 8.5 hour battery life and storage of over 500 readings allows field use for an entire shift without interruption. Additionally, the ETherCheck is equipped with an easy to navigate menu system for rapid function access, including 4 programable, quick access "soft keys" to fit your needs.


Works the Way You Do

The ETherCheck series features a daylight-readable 5.7” LCD Color Full VGA  (640 x 480 pixels) screen, ensuring the operator has excellent signal resolution and presentation no matter what the working conditions are. With the built-in “flip” function, it works equally well for left or right-handed users.


Fully Featured Instrument

Loop, Guides, Trace, Rotary Capabilities, Conductivity and More

"Loop" is a convenient function for capturing live repetitive signals and then optimizing the settings in order to simplify the task of optimizing the parameters.

"Guides" allows the user to display a slide show that can be created easily using 3rd party software. Instructions, tutorials, etc. can be added to the ETherCheck quickly so the inspector can easily switch between the Inspection itself and the Guides while performing a live test.

The "Trace" function allows a reference waveform to be stored on the screen alongside the graticule behind the live spot, allowing the operator to readily compare live data with the reference calibration.

Includes "Rotary Capabilities" as standard and can be used with the ETher Mercury (mini) ARD002, Hocking 33A100 or the Rohmann MR3/SR1 and SR2 Drives (with special adapter cable).

The "Dual Frequency" function manipulates one indication to be almost identical in phase and amplitude as the other and then by subtracting (mixing), the unwanted component is minimized, giving an improved detection of the required signal. 

"Auto-Mix" simplifies the sometimes complex procedure of mixing two different frequency signals and can be achieved on the ETherCheck through a series of easy steps. Once set up, the Auto-mix itself is as simple as pressing one key.

"Conductivity Mode" - when connecting the Conductivity Probe, the instrument auto-detects the probe and seamlessly switches into conductivity mode. Removal of the probe switches the instrument back to flaw detection mode.

Top-Quality Warranties for Top-Quality Instruments

ETher NDE is unique in that they offer warranty coverage unlike anyone else in the field. All ETher Phase Plane Instruments come with the standard 3-year warranty, which covers all components of the instrument and only excludes customer damage or misuse. However, you can also opt in for an extended 6-year ETherCover warranty plan, putting it truly in a league of its own.


The ETherCover 6-Year Extended Warranty Includes:

  • Free of Charge Annual Re-calibration and Health Check for five years commencing at the end of year one
  • One Free of Charge Battery Swap within the six year period (if required)
  • One Free of Charge Keypad Replacement within the six-year period (if required)
  • Guaranteed Fast Repair
  • Free of Charge Software Upgrades within the six year period

ETher NDE Phase Plane Instrument Family

Supported Feature WeldCheck3 WeldCheck2 WeldCheck+ AeroCheck 3 AeroCheck2 AeroCheck+ PhaseCheck AmCheck ETherCheck ETherCheckR
Real-Time Readings
All-in-One Display
Conductivity and Coating
Thickness Measurement
Rotary Scanner      
Dual Frequency and Mixing    
Pitch-Catch Bond Test Mode                
Resonance Testing                  

ETher ETherCheck Technical Specifications

ETher NDE ETherCheck Specifications

ETher NDE ETherCheck Specifications
Connectors 12 Way Lemo 2b (Absolute, Bridge and Reflection) and Connection Lemo 00 (for single element absolute probes). Simultaneous probe operation possible using Lemo 12 way and Lemo 00
Rotary 600-3000 rpm - ETher Rotary Drive (ARD002), Hocking 33A100, Rohmann MR3, SR1 and SR2 Drive (special adapter required)

Single Freq. = 10Hz – 20MHz with range variable resolution.

Dual Freq. = 10Hz - 12.8MHz & Mix -18 to +18dB on output

Overall -18 to + 104dB, 0.1, 1 and 6dB steps (104dB maximum)
Input 0dB or 12dB
Drive 0dB, 6dB and 10dB (0dB reference 1mW into 50 ohm)
Max X/Y Ratio +/-100.0 dB
Range 0.0-359.9°, 0.1° steps
Auto Phase Allows phase angle to be automatically set to a pre-set angle
Normal High Pass DC to 2kHz or Low Pass Filter, which ever is the lower in 1Hz steps. Plus variable adaptive balance drift compensation 0.01 - 0.5Hz (6 steps)
Normal Low Pass 1Hz to 2kHz or a quarter of the lowest test frequency, which ever is lower in 1Hz steps
Manual 14 internal balance loads; 2.2μH, 5.0μH, 6.0μH, 6.5μH, 7.0μH, 7.5μH, 8.2μH, 12μH, 15μH, 18μH, 22μH, 30μH, 47μH, 82μH
Automatic Optimized balance load selection
Box Fully configurable, Freeze, Tone or Visual
Sector Fully configurable, Freeze, Tone or Visual
Output Open collector transistor (32v dc at 10mA max) available on 12 way lemo
Type 5.7” (145mm), 18 bit Color, daylight readable
Viewable Area 115.2mm (Horizontal) x 86.4mm (Vertical)
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels
Flip Manual or automatic screen orrientation change to enable left or right
handed use
Color Schemes User configurable Dark, Bright and Black & White
Configurable Screen Full Screen, Single, Dual Spot or Dual Pane with variable size and location and function e.g. XY, Timebase, Waterfall and Meter
Display Modes Spot, Time base (0.1-20 seconds x 1-200 sweeps and up to 55 seconds),
Waterfall and Meter with peak hold and % readout
Graticules None, Grid (4 sizes 5, 10, 15 and 20% FSH), Polar (4 sizes 5, 10, 15 and 20% FSH)
Offset Spot Position: Y =-50 to +50, X =-65 to +65%
Digital Spot Display in X,Y or R,θ
Position Readout Summary Display of all settings in Legacy Format
Removable Data Storage
Setup Storage micro SD up to 32GB, holding over 10,000 settings
Stored Screen micro SD up to 32GB, holding over 10,000 screen shots
Shots Comprehensive Record Replay and Storage
Record Replay Up to 164 seconds on instrument and on PC over USB limited by Hard Drive capacity
PC Connectivity USB (Full PC remote control plus Real Time data)
Digital Volt Free Alarm On Lemo 12 way Open collector transistor (36v dc at 10mA max)
VGA Full 15 way VGA output
Languages English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, Czech, Norwegian
Verification Level On delivery, the system includes a 2 year validity Verification Level 2 detailed functional check and calibration as per ISO 15548-1:2013
Power On Self Test The system performs a self test on start up of external ram, sd ram, accelerometer, Micro SD card, LCD screen buffer
External 100-240 v 50-60Hz 30 Watts
Battery Internal 7.2V nominal @ 3100mAh = 22.32
Running Time Up to 8 hours with a 2MHz Pencil Probe 30% Back Light and up to 6 hours with a Rotary Drive at 3000rpm 50% duty cycle. Up to 6 hours using Pitch-Catch Bond Testing Probe
Charging Time 2.5 hrs. charge time, Simultaneous charge and operation
Weight 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)
Size (WxHxD) 9.4” x 5.7” x 2.1” (237.5mm x 144mm x 52mm)
Material Aluminium alloy Mg Si 0.5 powder-coated
Operating Temp -20 to +60 °C
Storage Temp Storage for up to 12 months -20 to +35 °C Nominal +20 °C
IP Rating 54
Conductivity Specification

ETherCheck Conductivity Specification
Frequency One frequency only 60kHz standard (choice of 120, 240 and 480kHz)
Accuracy 0.5%-10% IACS better than +/-0.05% IACS
10%-25% IACS better than +/-0.25% IACS
25%-60% IACS better than +/-0.5% IACS
60%-110% IACS better than +/-1% IACS
Lift Off corrected to 1.0mm
No temperature compensation
All Errors at 90% Confidence Level
Resolution 3 decimal points max
Auto Resolution Mode AutoS = Legacy Instrument,
Auto = SigmaCheck
Bond Testing Specification

ETherCheck Bond Testing Specification
Operating Mode Bond Testing: Pitch-Catch Tone Burst
Display Modes RF (A-Scan waveform), Impedance Plane (Flying Spot), Frequency Spectrum, Time base Scan*, Encoded Scan*
Signal Processing
Main Gain 0 to 60dB in 1dB steps
Rectification RF, Positive half wave, Negative half wave, Full wave
Filtering Low pass filtering of Amplitude / Phase
Pitch-Catch Mode
Waveform Type Tone burst with fixed or swept frequency
Output Voltage 6, 8, 10, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36V
Frequency Range 1kHz to 100kHz – probe dependent
Sample Rate 440kS/s
Time base Range 100us to 2ms
Time base Delay 0us to 1ms
RF mode gates Adjustable threshold, start and width
Y-T mode gates Multiple alarm regions, sector, box and circle
Calibration Mode Automatic inspection frequency with manual adjustment
Bond/Dis-Bond Alarm Audible and visual alarm on instrument display and probe
Pitch-Catch Probe
Operating Frequencies 30kHz (suitable for 10kHz to 50kHz operation)
Probe Separation 17mm
Linear Travel >5mm
Probe Auto-recognition Yes, with default inspection settings stored in probe
Alarm LED Yes, follows instrument alarm state
Probe tips Rounded end and flat end, user replaceable
Probe housing material Anodized aluminum, with stainless steel probe housings, rubber grip
Connector 8 pin Lemo

Equipment Kits

Standard ETherCheck Kit

  • KIETH001 ETherCheck Unit, Power Adapter, Shoulder Strap, Soft Carry Case, USB Cable, Quick Reference Guide and Manual. NB. Probes and cables extra
Optional Accessories

  • AAER002 Hard Transit Case
  • AAER004 Protective Splash Proof Cover (WeldCheck2, WeldCheck+, AeroCheck2, AeroCheck+, ETherCheck)
  • AWEL006 External, 8 x AA Battery Holder with On/Off Switch
  • AWEL007 Wrist Strap
  • AWEL008 In Car Power Adapter
  • 40470 Tripod Bracket to fit 1.4” Camera Tripod Mount with Male Screw
  • ARD002 Mercury (mini) Rotary Drive
  • ALL12-L04-015R Lead, Lemo 12-Way - Lemo 4-Way, 1.5m (Reflection)
  • ALL12-L04-015B Lead, Lemo 12-Way - Lemo 4-Way, 1.5m (Bridge)
  • ALL12-L12-020M Lead to connect Mercury (mini - ARD002) Rotary Drive, 2m. 12-Way Lemo
  • ALL12-F08-020ETH Adapter Lead to connect Rohmann Rotary Drive MR3, SR1 and SR2, 2m, 12-Way Lemo
  • ALLCX-M02-015A Lead, Lemo 00 to Microdot, 1.5m (Absolute)
  • ALLCX-B02-015A Lead, Lemo 00 to BNC, 1.5m (Absolute)

Probe Kits

Surface Probe Kit

KASUR001 Surface Inspection Kit Includes

  • PU500PSFE/NFE Probe, Unshielded, 500kHz, Fe/NFe, Plastic Handle, Straight, 100mm Long
  • PS002PS028-114N Probe, Shielded, 2MHz, Plastic Handle, Straight, 28mm Tip Length (Total Length 114mm, 4.5") (Straight Shank)
  • PS500PD064-114N Probe, Shielded, 500kHz, Plastic Handle, Double Crank, 6.4 (0.25") Tip Length (Total Length 114mm, 4.5") (15deg Crank, 90deg tip Shank)
  • PS002PD064-114N Probe, Shielded, 2MHz, Plastic Handle, Double Crank, 6.4 (0.25") Tip Length (Total Length 114mm, 4.5") (15deg Crank, 90deg tip Shank)
  • PK065002NFE Probe, Knife, 65 deg, 2MHz, NFe, Unshielded
  • ALLCX-M02-015A Accessory, Lead, Lemo 00 to Microdot, 1.5m (Vantage/ETi)
  • ATBF Accessory. Test Block, Ferrous (Steel EN1A), 0.2, 0.5, 1.0mm slots
  • ATBA Accessory. Test Block, Aluminum Alloy 7075-T6, 0.2, 0.5, 1.0mm slots
  • AW003 Accessory, Butterfly PTFE Tape (Pack of 30)
  • AC002 Accessory, Deluxe Probe Case PHDC1
Sub Surface Probe Kit

KASUBS001 Sub Surface Inspection, Low Frequency Kit Includes

  • PUS16 Probe, Surface, Straight, Dia 16mm, 300Hz - 100KHz, Plastic, Lemo 4-Way
  • PUR11 Probe, Surface, Right Angled, Dia 11mm, 300Hz - 100KHz, Plastic, Lemo 4-Way
  • ALL12-L04-015R Accessory, Lead, Lemo 12-Way - Lemo 4-Way, 1.5m (Reflection)
  • ATB001 Accessory, Test Block, Aluminum 7075-T6, 1.6mm Thick, x4 Flat Bottom Holes 75%(1.2mm), 50%(0.8mm), 25%(0.4mm), 12.5%(0.2mm), Deep.
Rotary Probe Kit

KAROT001 Rotary Drive Inspection Kit Includes

  • ARD002 Accessory, Rotating Drive, Small, Lemo 12-Way, (MERCURY)
  • ALL12-L12-020M Accessory, Lead, Lemo 12-Way - Lemo 12-Way, 2.0m (Rotating Drive)
  • AC002 Accessory, Deluxe Probe Case PHDC1
Conductivity Probe Kit

KACON001 Conductivity Inspection (NIST ONLY) - Standard Dia 13mm Probe Kit Includes

  • PCON001 "Probe, Conductivity, 60kHz, Dia 13.00mm, Straight
    Lemo 7-Way (AeroCheck Plus) c/w Qiuick Reference Card (APCON001)"
  • ALL12-L07-012-CON "Accessory, Lead, 12-Way Lemo to 7-Way Lemo,
    1.2m, Conductivity (To fit AeroCheck Plus Conductivity Probe)"
  • ASIG014 "Accessory, Dual Conductivity Reference Standards,
    Nominal Value 9.4% IACS (Nickel Silver) & Nominal Value 58.8% IACS
    (Aluminium Alloy), (Recommended for Aluminium Alloy use)
    (SigmaCheck/SigmaCheck2) NIST VALUES"
  • 40516 SKIRT - Conductivity Probe (AeroCheck Plus)
  • 40517 "REFERENCE HOLDER - Dual Condustivity Standard
    (Thermal Bridge for Stability)"
  • B3061S x 10LG PLASTIC SCREW (EGT5 M3x0.5 x 10mm Long, Natural)
  • APCON001 Quick Reference Card - Guide to using Conductivity Probe PCON001
  • AC002 Accessory, Deluxe Probe Case PHDC1
Pitch-Catch Probe Kit

KAETH001 Pitch-Catch Bond Testing Kit Includes

  • PETH001 Probe, Pitch-Catch for Bond Testing (ETherCheck
  • ALL10-L08-015-BON "Accessory, Lead, Lemo 10-Way - Lemo 8-Way, 1.5m
    (To Fit ETher Pitch - Catch and Resonance Bond Tester Probes)"
  • AC002 Accessory, Deluxe Probe Case PHDC1

Product Literature

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Standard ETher ETherCheck Kit Includes: ETherCheck Unit, Power Adapter, Shoulder Strap, Soft Carrying Case, USB Cable, Quick Reference Guide and Manual ET-EC-KIETH001 Request Pricing