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 13th May 2016

SONOTEC Presents New SONAPHONE, Innovative Ultrasonic Testing Device for Maintenance 4.0

The new SONAPHONE extends the product range of the ultrasonic specialist SONOTEC with a digital ultrasonic testing device including touchscreen technology. This device for preventive maintenance is a hit with users thanks to apps that are intuitive to operate and opens up new domains of application in connection with innovative sensors.

"Our SONAPHONE is a trendsetter in preventive maintenance. The goal was to develop the first user-friendly ultrasonic testing device that combines novel measuring technology, innovative sensors and intelligent software for preventive maintenance," explains Hans-Joachim Münch, CEO of SONOTEC. Besides apps that are intuitive to operate, the robust tablet shape with touchscreen technology and large 5-inch display also houses a new sensor concept with a large frequency range.

Broadband sensors open up new fields of application Using the new device, maintenance personnel can see and hear everything that happens in the ultrasonic frequency range from 20 to 100 kHz. Prof. Peter Holstein, Director of Strategic Development at SONOTEC, explains what is special about broadband sensors: "Whereas with the usual ultrasonic testing devices on the market you can only hear a tone, with the new SONAPHONE you can now here music." Thus the innovative testing device paves the way for new domains of use. Whereas with comparable ultrasonic testing devices it is possible only to find leaks in compressed air and gas systems, the SONAPHONE also makes it possible to assess their size.

Thus the multi-function ultrasonic testing device not only is appropriate for leak detection and classification, but is also useful for tightness testing of unpressurized systems and condition monitoring through checking bearings. The new SONAPHONE is also used for electrical inspection by detecting partial discharges and for checking valves and steam traps.

Apps that are intuitive to operate The device's apps, which are intuitive to operate, offer many new options and support maintenance personnel throughout the entire testing process – from planning, to measurement, to analysis. The apps combine simple operation with the complex analysis software behind it. Besides measured values and spectrograms, it is also possible to add images, voice memos and comments to the respective test object. A clearer presentation of the data gathered makes subsequent analysis easier. Test reports can be prepared quickly and easily and processed further with PC software. Users benefit from more precise data, which they can access more easily, and convenient handling.

The mobile ultrasonic testing device contributes significantly to greater plant safety and availability by efficiency determining the condition of machines and systems. It minimizes downtimes, helps reduce energy costs and thus improves the efficiency of the entire production. All in all using the testing device leads to an optimized process.

With the new SONAPHONE, SONOTEC extends the domains of application of ultrasonic testing devices and meets the desire of many maintenance personnel for reliable assessment of leaks and estimation of the savings potential.

Visit SONOTEC from 13 to 17 June at WCNDT 2016, the world conference on non-destructive testing, hall B0, booth B10!


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