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The Evolution of UltraVision Software: A Story of NDT Innovation
By: Eddyfi Technologies
Source: Eddyfi Technologies
For more than 25 years, UltraVision® software has been at the forefront of non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection software, providing reliable and innovative solutions for a wide range of industries. Originally developed in 1996 as TomoView, UltraVision has evolved over time, revolutionizing the way we approach NDT inspections. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the history of UltraVision, its evolution, and just how this software has transformed the NDT industry.

1996: TomoView, the First Release In 1996, a company called R/D Tech released TomoView, the first version of the NDT inspection software. At that time, TomoView was designed primarily for the nuclear power generation market. Its early versions were limited to the analysis of multi-channel conventional ultrasonic testing (UT) data.

1999: Introduction of PAUT Data Acquisition & Analysis In 1999, TomoView 1.4 was introduced, which allowed the setup, acquisition, and analysis of phased array UT, or PAUT, inspection data with TomoScan Focus. This was a gamechanger for the industry, pioneering a brand-new NDT market.

2004: R/D Tech's Energy Division Purchased by Zetec In 2004, R/D Tech's energy division was acquired by Zetec. This division contained the TomoView development team. Zetec has continued the development of the software under the name UltraVision 1.

Early UltraVision Key Features

Key features of the software in the early years include an advanced PA calculator 1.1 with graphical user interface (GUI) and support of dual matrix array (DMA) probes, online fast Fourier transform (FFT), an indication table, and volumetric merge feature.

And while the following image indicates just how far back in time we’ve journeyed, the focal law calculator was a pioneering technology that offered advanced capabilities for generating focal law delays. Its graphical display of the probe configuration was a novel feature that allowed users to verify and validate inputs and resulting focal laws for various array types. Furthermore, the calculator provided detailed numerical information for each delay law, including the position of the beam exit point and focal point, beam refracted angle, and skew angle. Its sophisticated capabilities were truly ahead of their time.

Read the full article at Eddyfi.com.

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