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Zetec signs agreement with Structural Integrity

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Zetec Inc. announced yesterday an exclusive agreement with Structural Integrity Associates Inc. to integrate and promote its LATITUDE non-mechanised probe position and orientation encoding technology with the Zetec TOPAZ family of portable phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) instruments.

Zetec signs agreement with Structural Integrity

“We are excited to work with Structural Integrity, a global leader in providing innovative engineering solutions, to bring this exciting encoding technology to the TOPAZ platform,” said Frédéric Laprise, General Manager of Zetec Canada and the company’s Phased Array Ultrasound Technology Business Unit. “LATITUDE is a revolutionary encoding system that further enhances the benefits of TOPAZ as a fast, portable, ultrasonic inspection solution for power generation, oil and gas, and other critical industries.”


The LATITUDE non-mechanised encoding system allows a single operator to perform an inspection by hand while producing a detailed digital record of the inspection at all times. The electronic control unit is specifically designed to work directly with the TOPAZ instrument, which allows the operator to control the LATITUDE system through the TOPAZ user interface.


“The development of the LATITUDE technology and integration with the Zetec TOPAZ system have allowed us to deliver more cost-effective and efficient encoded examinations in the power generation market while maintaining the same level of rigor as automated examinations,” stated Laney Bisbee, CEO/President of Structural Integrity Associates. “We are excited to work with Zetec to make LATITUDE available on a global scale, helping the many industries they serve realise the same benefits that we have delivered to our clients.”


LATITUDE together with TOPAZ is a simple, portable, fully integrated solution that can eliminate the need for cumbersome and complex automated scanning technology. It can significantly reduce the time spent per inspection location and minimise the number of required operators.


“LATITUDE and TOPAZ are an ideal combination for users who do not want to deal with the complexities of automated inspections but still would like a complete record of the data acquired,” said Laprise. “This agreement will extend the capabilities of the industry’s leading portable phased-array instrument family and provide a significant inspection advantage for TOPAZ users.”

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