How Industry 4.0 optimizes process management in NDT inspection services.

Winterfeldt, Torsten; PACSESS NDT / Larivière GmbH; Germany

Winterfeldt, T.; PACSESS NDT/Larivière Gmbh; Germany

ID: ECNDT-0630-2018

The inspection service management is a time- and cost consuming topic the industry. Thousands of pipes, welds and other parts must be checked and inspected time by time. Only the weld inspection takes a lot of time, because there are a lot of parts or applications exist where different inspection technologies must be used and thousands of reports and image files must be archived for long-time accessibility. The process is always based on the following steps:
1. Planning
Which parts must be controlled by when?
2. Order Management
Make sure that the right parts will be inspected at the right time with the right equipment.
3. Preparation
What is need for the set-up? Who should do the inspection? When exactly the inspection will happen?
4. Execution
The execution process is divided in two steps:
a. Set up the needed inspection service equipment at the right location.
b. Generate images, data and reports
5. Archiving / saving images and reports
The archiving process is relevant for accessing the inspection data anytime.
This process looks very easy, but due to the amount of parts to inspect and the amount of generated data (analog and digital; images and reports) the workflow is very complex. E.g.: x-ray inspections cannot always be done digitally, so analog technique is also needed and the test reports are also very often are written on papers. This makes the process more complicated, especially due to the fact that analog and digital images and reports are not possible to archive logically. Also different image and report formats needs different software viewers and analyzing tools. The author will show how these processes can be optimized with a specific NDT software and how important the process analysis is to customize the right solution.