Our customers, partners and licensees believe in the UTComp System and wanted to share their experience in working with the UTComp Team. Read below for their testimonials and what they have to say…
“The Proposal to expand the ultrasonic NDE technology developed for wider range application in industry is viable and robust.”
The need for a reliable non-intrusive as well as nondestructive method of inspection for in-service FRP equipment in chemical handling is paramount. Based on a comparative study where UT signals where compared to the retained properties the UTComp system has proven to be the best available technology for determining the percentage of design strength and remaining life cycle of the FRP asset.This is particularly important where the condition of the corrosion barrier alone is not enough to determine the fitness for service determination.”
Pradip Khaladkar, PE
UTComp has shown as much commitment to customers as I have with Horizon Testing. They have shown that they are experts in the evaluation of fiber reinforced plastic assets in many industries. UTComp has put together a system that can reliably test the condition of FRP assets. UTComp brings credibility and integrity to lifecycle management for anything made of FRP.
I am happy to be a licensee and work with such dedicated company.
Principal, Horizon Testing
Having been involved in the FRP corrosion business for almost 50 years now, both as an end user, materials QA specialist and as an FRP fabricator, it is refreshing to see how UTComp has developed, grown and continues to grow the abilities of ultrasonics, for use in the process of determining the quality and useful life of FRP equipment and piping systems, both new and existing.
I have been involved (off and on) with UTComp for many years now and have seen firsthand, the savings that can be realized by using this process in the continuing operation of one’s business. The fact that they offer this “tested and reliable” (even during process operations) NDE service, is great for the corrosion industry.
The passion and dedication of all their employees in providing a quality NDE service to their customers is evident in my experiences with them. I have no reservations in recommending that UTComp’s services be added as another great tool to be used in anyone’s’ QA/inspection programs.
R. A. (Rick) Crawford
L&M Fiberglass, Inc.
I have been working closely with the UTComp system for the last couple of years; the company developed an extremely reliable system for characterizing FRP pipes. The system can be either used for infield inspection or for research proposes. The innovative signal analysis software developed by UTComp provides thorough information about the thickness, strength, defects and corrosion barrier of FRP pipes. It is noticeable that the company is not only providing inspection and characterization services but also it put a great effort in bridging between the industry bodies and different universities in order to improve the quality of the research in the filed of UT for FRP pipes.
Ahmed Arabi Hassen, PhD
Advanced Plastics and Composites Group, Materials Processing & Applications Development (MPAD) Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Phone: +1 (205)-470-4010
The system is extremely user friendly and relevant to NDE of large structures to meet industry needs. UTComp’s inspection is conducted normally while your plant and equipment are in operation. The signal analysis conducted by UTComp provides unique defect detection and sensitivity for a range of structural thicknesses, with advantages of single side access. I would highly recommend the UTComp system to industry users.
Uday K. Vaidya, PhD
UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair Professor in Advanced Composites Manufacturing
Deparment of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN
“The team at UTComp engineered and designed a solution for our compromised FRP assets. They have extremely qualified people with special equipment and software to do a complete analysis on our FRP equipment. They submitted technical reports with recommendations and solutions how to repair the FRP equipment. They placed quality personnel on site to oversee the repair work. Once the repairs were complete they were able to inspect the work and gave us a baseline for lifecycle management. In an industry that struggles to find a way to reliably test the condition of FRP equipment, UTComp brings credibility and integrity to lifecycle management for anything made of FRP”
VALE, New Caledonia
“The listing of this system appears to be an effective tool to determine the status of tanks. UTComp used standard ultrasonic technique for mapping the condition of a tank. Ultrasound is not new, but the company has an empirical model that is able to determine expected remaining life. The model was validated using dozens of tests.”(Translated from Dutch to English)
“For Cargill the ultrasonic inspection is a proven technique that is used worldwide. In the factories in Sas van Gent and Bergen op Zoom over one hundred plastic tanks are successfully inspected.”(Translated from Dutch to English)
Reliability Lead – Cargill Europe
“UTComp System has developed a repeatable and reproducible non-destructive and non-intrusive ultrasonic method to inspect the fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite structures. The method is aimed to measure the vital strength, thickness and corrosion barrier information of the composites in-situ by the end users. This could provide companies the right information to make decisions about the life-cycle of their FRP equipment as they do for metals. At York University, we successfully completed third-party validation studies by comparing the destructive testing results with the results obtained using the non-destructive testing equipment from the UTComp System. The correlation between two sets of data is good, which indicates that this system works.”
George Z.H. Zhu,
PhD, PEng, FEIC, AFAIAA, FCSME, SMIEEE
Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering
“Many Individuals active in the FRP industry have been dubious about ultrasound’s ability to reliably measure FRP equipment, both, new and especially in-service, since calibration standards never exactly replicated the equipment being measured. Based on information provided, it appears that UTComp’s measurement process using off-the-shelf equipment along with its innovative software has overcome this problem.”
Terry W. Cowley
Consultant, FRP Consulting, LLC
Yanick Bayard PE
Rio Tinto Fer et Titan
“The advantages to a production facility utilizing NDT tools such as Ultrasonic Testing to determine remaining life of a fiberglass reinforced storage tank is immense. The cost do to these inspections using more conventional techniques involving tank entry & using visual & hardness test is both costly & limited. Locking out equipment, cleaning, extrication/rescue services & downtime combine for large costs compared to UT testing on the same tank while the unit is in service some restriction applies such as temperature. UT tests & analysis of readings & comparing them to baseline values give more accurate remaining strength numbers than conventional testing.”
Mechanical Reliability Engineer
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