ETher VeeScan H

ETher VeeScan H

Automated Aircraft Wheel Inspection System

Maximum Flexibility & Ease of Use

The VeeScan has a proven mechanical design and established record of breakdown-free operation for 365 days or more. Appealing to many companies in the Aerospace industry, the VeeScan is ideal in all wheel-testing environments. The VeeScan can be configured with a wide choice of probes and allows any wheel testing facility the flexibility to select the system most compatible with their workload. Teamed with a full choice of operation modes, the VeeScan maximizes the probability of detection and is offered with the ETher NDE guarantee of complete client satisfaction and excellent technical support. The VeeScan H is designed to lift the wheel and fix it with an automatic adaptor that uses the wheel inertia to center it. VeeScan H offers an integrated roller tray for easy maneuverability and integration into a conveyor system and can test wheels up to 900mm diameter. The H is designed with an adjustable-height Control Panel for operator comfort and can be positioned at a convenient distance from the main machine. Open on three sides, it offers easy wheel loading as standard.

Designed by the original engineers of the Hocking Wheelscan



  • Dual Frequency high performance eddy current flaw detector with C-Scan capability
  • User friendly interface, easy initial set up, with “teach & learn” and “save & recall”
  • Adaptable to many wheel sizes, e.g. from helicopter nose wheels to A380 main wheels
  • Flexible and can scan wheels in either direction
  • Simple pdf reporting which can be printed, saved and viewed locally or over your network
  • Manufactured from heavy duty aluminum extrusions with easy servicing due to standard and readily available parts
  • Uses the ETher NDE AeroCheck+ Standard Aerospace Eddy Current Flaw Detector. Easily removable for other inspection tasks and protected by a rugged, clear Polycarbonate cover
  • Heavy duty extruded aluminum structure with removable steel panels
  • Teflon covered rotating table with three self-adapting grip pins enables rapid change over from one wheel type to another. The three open sides means easy loading of the machine
  • Roller tray with rubber coated stainless steel rolls facilitates the wheel movement and readily integrates into a conveyor system
  • Removable dynamic calibration standard positioned conveniently at the front of the machine

Excellence in Control

The Control Panel is used to program the inspection and control the moving elements of the VeeScan. Via USB it interacts with the AeroCheck+ display inspection signals. From the Control Panel the user can export a PDF report of the inspection, including all relevant industry inspection and eddy current testing parameters. The VeeScan Control Panel can be configured as a standalone unit or on a pivot arm attached to the machine. Either option ensures the safety of the inspection team, offering ease-of-use with the ability to re-position when required. The stand alone unit is designed with an adjustable-height Control Panel for operator comfort and can be positioned at a convenient distance from the main machine.

Leading Eddy Current Technology

The VeeScan works in conjunction with the AeroCheck+, which sits behind a protective tough polycarbonate window and provides the unit with the eddy current technology for the inspection and is used to program the wheel-scanning probe. With the ability to pre-program the probe the operator can guarantee the correct set up is being used for the current inspection job. The simplicity of having the AeroCheck+ in its own housing on the front of the machine also means that it is readily available to be used as a stand-alone unit for manual inspection if needed. The unit transmits the eddy current signals to the VeeScan Control Panel PC offering stable eddy current performance, high resolution and the flexibility that the AeroCheck+ is known for.

Wheel Inspection Sequence

The VeeScan is designed to lift the wheel and fix it with an automatic adaptor that uses the wheel inertia to center it. It offers an integrated roller tray for easy maneuverability and integration into a conveyor system. The VeeScan also features an automatic hub size adaptor and can test wheels up to 35” (900mm) diameter. A circular absolute probe is positioned perpendicular to the surface to ensure uniform sensitivity regardless of wheel surface profile as the probe progresses through the wheel bead seat area. Recommended frequency is 200kHz.

Customer Benefits

VeeScan Customer Benefits

  • Flexibility: Due to the two axis bi-direction ability, the wheel orientation and direction of scanning can be changed. Traditionally on an automated wheel inspection machine the wheel is inspected rim down and inwards from the rim edge to the barrel. The key advantage is both halves of a wheel can be inspected at the same time (providing the overall height is 380mm (15”) or less).
  • Ease-of-Service: The machine is built from readily available automation components from companies such as Schneider. The on-board software features comprehensive diagnostic and condition reporting for rapid on-site repair. Additionally the VeeScan may be connected via the Internet for remote analysis by our engineers.
  • Intuitive Set-up: A “teach and learn” system allows the machine to be trained to inspect a wheel. Manual fine tuning of values means an accurate setup can be saved for the same wheels in the future.
  • Versatility: Designed to test the widest range of aircraft wheels from Helicopter Nose wheels to A380 main wheels.
  • Speed & Reliability: Automated inspection allows the wheel to be inspected much more quickly than for a manual inspection, while still ensuring the required area of inspection is 100% scanned.
  • Reporting: The fully digital reporting system archives the data for analysis and review, either on the VeeScan itself or remotely over a network. A simple one-page report may be saved and printed.
  • Safety: There is an option for a separate control stand with dual push button activation start means the operator is not near the rotating wheel during the test. Additionally, the VeeScan uses a wheel-clamping system that has been field proven over extended periods of time to further ensure safety

Technical Specifications

VeeScan Specifications

Instrument ETher NDE AeroCheck+
NSN (National Stock Number) 4920016445049
Probe Differentially connected absolute (integral balance load) with circular head. Recommended Frequency 200kHz, option 100kHz, 500kHz and 1.5 MHz. Recommended diameter 0.25” (6mm). 0.35” (9mm) also available and narrow shaft for large wheels
Max Wheel Diameter 0-35" (0-900mm)
Max Wheel Height 16” (400mm)
Max Load 330 lbs. (150kg)
Typical Inspection Helix 0.06” (1.5mm)
Rotation Speed 15-120 rpm
Probe Position Adaptive contour following using dual axis pressure sensors with fully bi-directional control
Alarms Acoustic and visual
Frame Extruded Aluminum
Wheel Position The wheel is lifted clear of the roller tray using a 250mm (10”) stroke electric actuator and then held under its own weight by an adaptive automatic grip mechanism
Automatic Calibration Yes, by means of dynamic standard option
Automatic Stop on Defect Yes
Turntable Roller Tray Rubber coated steel rolls
Control Station External free standing, height adjustable pedestal or machine mounted pivot arm. With machine and eddy current control. 7” screen, keyboard and tracker ball.
Machine Weight 600 lbs. (275 kg)
Dimensions (WxDxH)

34” x 44” x 37” (850 mm x 1120 mm x typical 945 mm)

Minimum height 36” (904 mm), Maximum height 38” (975 mm). Height adjustable via feet.

Power Supply 110-240V AC 50/60Hz

Kit Includes

VeeScan Typical Kit Includes

Item Part Number
Veescan - Model H - Base Unit Pedestal Control Panel IVEE001-H
AeroCheck+, Dual Frequency, (10Hz-12.8MHz) IAER002
WheelScan, Head Dia 6mm, 2MHz, Fine PA06-002FB
Lead, Lemo 12-Way (90 deg) - Lemo 4-Way, 2.5m (Bridge) ALL12R-L04-025B-V
PC-Desktop (Intell Cori i3-8100 Quad Core Processor, 4GB DDR A210
USB Trackerball A227
Mini USB Keyboard Max 18 * 30cm A228
HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw A4 A229
3m USB Cable, USBA-USBBl A253
USB Type A Plug to Mini USB Type B Plug cable minimum A254
Ethernet cable minimum length of 6 feet long A271
Weld/Aero/EtherCheck, Power Adapter + Input Plugs AWEL002
Power Lead 1.5m, R/Angle Power Plug AVEE002
TAPE - Kapton Insulating - 12mm Wide x 33m (Reel) AW009

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