The GLIDER X-Y Scanner is a 2-axis encoding scanner for the manual inspection of slightly curved or flat composite surfaces. The scanner is well suited for raster scanning with the following technologies:
Conventional ultrasonics (UT)
Phased array ultrasonics (PAUT)
Eddy current (EC)
Eddy current array (ECA)
Commonly inspected materials include composites and aluminum, using suction-cup pods; and carbon steel, using optional magnetic pods.
Design Characteristics The X-axis is attached to two mounting pods. Depending on the material to inspect, one of the following models can be used:
Suction-cup mounting pod (included)
Magnetic mounting pod (optional)
There are two encoder modules (one on each axis) to measure the probe position. The displacement of these modules can be in 3.27 mm steps, free running, or locked.
The scanner comes in three formats (18 in., 24 in., and 36 in.), depending on the scan coverage needed:
GLIDER 18 x 18
GLIDER 24 x 24
GLIDER 36 x 36
Options Magnetic Mounting Pods Magnetic mounting pods enable use on ferromagnetic surfaces (part number GLIDER-A-01) Tracks 18 in., 24 in., or 36 in. tracks are available as options. Manual Water Pump Kit Water pump is compatible with scanner umbilical cables. It can also be used with provided tubing. Includes tank, tubing, and Y-splitters (part number OPIX105). Electric Water Pump Kits The CFU-03 and CFU-05 are portable electric pump units used to supply couplant to wedges during ultrasonic inspections.
Well suited for phased array UT, conventional UT, and eddy current inspection techniques using one probe
Two axes with waterproof encoders for position-encoded X-Y scans
Axis positioning with minimal backlash
Both modules are mounted on bearings for precise and smooth displacement
Two pivot-equipped mounting pods enable surface following
Locking devices allow each axis to be locked
Module displacement can be in increments of 3.27 mm or in free-running mode
The probe holder is mounted on a bearing-arm system that can be spring loaded if needed.
Aluminum frame is used for lightweight and rust-free components
Sliding Y-axis provides greater scan flexibility and improved portability