UTM Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement Tools

Are you wondering how to ensure the integrity and longevity of your industrial materials and structures without causing any damage to them? Cygnus Instruments specialises in ultrasonic thickness measurement (UTM) tools that are designed to provide this exact solution. Our UTM tools are sophisticated devices that use ultrasonic technology to measure the thickness of various materials accurately. Read on to learn more about the extensive selection of high-quality UTM tools that we offer.

What Are Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement Tools?

Ultrasonic thickness measurement (UTM) tools are specialised devices designed for accurately measuring the thickness of materials using ultrasonic technology. These sophisticated instruments work by emitting high-frequency sound waves into a material.

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Upon hitting the boundary on the opposite side, these waves reflect back to the tool. The key to their functionality lies in the time it takes for these sound waves to travel back and forth within the material. This duration is precisely calculated to determine the material’s thickness.

One of the primary advantages of UTM tools is their non-invasive nature. Unlike traditional measuring methods that may require cutting into or physically altering the material, ultrasonic measurement does no damage to the material being inspected. This aspect is particularly crucial in industries where material integrity and safety are paramount.

Furthermore, UTM tools have the unique ability to measure through coatings, eliminating the need for material surface preparation and enabling measurements from one side of the material only. This feature not only saves time but also preserves the protective coatings that are often crucial in preventing material corrosion.

What Industries Utilise UTM Tools?

Ultrasonic thickness measurement tools are indispensable in a wide range of industries owing to their precision and non-destructive nature. In the oil and gas industry, UTM tools are vital for inspecting pipelines and tanks, ensuring their structural integrity and preventing potential leaks or failures. The maritime sector heavily relies on these tools for ship hull maintenance, as they enable the detection of corrosion beneath paint and coatings, which is critical for maintaining seaworthiness.

The aerospace industry benefits from UTM tools in inspecting aircraft components, allowing for wear and damage assessments without the need for disassembly. In manufacturing, particularly for products like metal pipes and plates, UTM tools provide essential quality control measures. The automotive industry uses these tools for assessing bodywork and engine parts, ensuring safety and durability.

UTM tools also play a significant role in civil engineering, where they are used for inspecting bridges, buildings, and other structures. Their ability to detect material wear and potential weaknesses without causing any damage to the structure is vital for ensuring long-term safety and integrity. This widespread application of UTM tools across various sectors underscores their versatility and critical importance in maintaining industrial standards and safety.

Our Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement Tools

At Cygnus Instruments, we have dedicated ourselves to the development and manufacturing of high-precision ultrasonic thickness measurement tools.

Our commitment spans over 40 years, during which we have consistently aimed to produce products that are not only technologically advanced but also user-friendly and highly reliable. This commitment has led to the creation of a comprehensive range of UTM tools that cater to a myriad of industrial needs, both above and below water. Our products stand out for their accuracy, durability, and innovative features.

We are particularly proud of introducing the pioneering multiple echo technique to the world of non-destructive testing. This technique, which is a cornerstone of our UTM tools, ensures precise measurements through coatings, negating the need for direct contact with the bare material surface. This advancement has revolutionised thickness measurement, especially in environments where safety and efficiency are critical.

Surface UT Gauges

Our range of surface UT gauges is meticulously designed to offer unparalleled accuracy and ease of use in challenging environments. Here’s a closer look at our key surface UT gauges:

  • Cygnus 1 Ex: Tailored for use in explosive atmospheres, this gauge employs the Multiple-Echo technique to measure through coatings up to 20mm thick. It is ideal for industries where safety is a primary concern, such as oil and gas or mining.
  • Cygnus 4+ General Purpose: This gauge is a versatile tool perfect for a wide array of industrial applications. It provides three measuring modes (Multiple-Echo, Single-Echo, and Echo-Echo), ensuring versatility for different measurement requirements. Its robust housing and large LCD display enhance durability and usability.
  • Cygnus 6+ PRO: This advanced gauge is designed for professionals needing detailed analysis. It features A-scan and B-scan capabilities, comprehensive data logging, and a rugged design, making it suitable for harsh industrial environments.
  • Cygnus Mini ROV Mountable: Specially designed for small ROVs, this gauge comes with Multiple-Echo mode and CygLink software for efficient data management. It is ideal for measuring metal thickness on corroded and coated structures, enhancing inspection time and cost efficiency.

Each of these gauges embodies our commitment to providing solutions that enhance safety, efficiency, and accuracy in industrial measurements.

Underwater UT Gauges

Underwater thickness measurement poses unique challenges that require specialised tools capable of withstanding harsh subsea conditions while delivering accurate results. Our underwater UT gauges are built with this in mind:

  • Cygnus DIVE Underwater Ultrasonic Thickness Meter: This wrist-mountable device is robust and designed for easy underwater operation. It features Multiple-Echo, Single-Echo, and Echo-Echo modes, along with a Deep-Coat function for measurements through coatings up to 0.8 inches thick.
  • Cygnus Underwater: A diver-held gauge employing the Multiple-Echo technique for accurate, through-coat measurements, this device is built for durability and reliability in subsea maintenance and surveys.
  • Cygnus ROV UTM: Tailored for remote-operated vehicles, this meter is depth-rated to nearly 10,000 feet. It features A-scan display, Multiple-Echo, Echo-Echo, and Single-Echo modes, making it perfect for challenging subsea environments.
  • Cygnus ROV Mountable Ultrasonic Thickness Meter: Specifically designed for larger work-class ROVs, this meter can measure metal thickness in harsh subsea conditions without removing coatings. It is equipped with a safety pressure relief valve and wet-mateable connectors.

Overall, our range of ultrasonic thickness measurement tools, both for surface and underwater applications, demonstrate our unwavering commitment to innovation and quality. At Cygnus Instruments, we pride ourselves on offering solutions that meet the diverse needs of industries worldwide, ensuring the integrity and safety of structures and materials in various industrial applications.

NDT Services

At Cygnus Instruments, we specialise in providing exceptional Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) services, primarily focusing on ultrasonic thickness measurement tools. Our extensive range of UTM tools is integral to numerous industries, offering precise, non-destructive thickness measurements. These tools are essential in sectors such as oil and gas, maritime, aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, and civil engineering, where accurate measurements are critical for maintaining structural integrity and safety.

Our NDT services are designed to cater to the various challenges these industries face. For instance, in the oil and gas sector, our tools play a vital role in inspecting pipelines and storage tanks, preventing leaks and failures. In maritime applications, our UTMs are indispensable for ship hull maintenance, detecting corrosion under coatings crucial for seaworthiness. In aerospace, our tools facilitate the inspection of aircraft components without disassembly, ensuring safety and prolonging the life of the parts.

Why Choose Us for UTM Tools?

Choosing Cygnus Instruments for your UTM needs means selecting a partner with a deep commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service. Our UTM tools are known for their precision, reliability, and ease of use, making them the preferred choice in a variety of industrial applications.

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A Long History

Cygnus Instruments has a rich legacy that dates back to 1983, when it was founded by George Edes. With his unique insights as a commercial diver and ship surveyor, Edes led the development of pioneering ultrasonic thickness gauges, introducing the innovative multiple echo technique to the industry. This technique allows for precise measurements through coatings, revolutionising thickness measurement.

After the unfortunate passing of our founder in 1988, the company continued to thrive under the leadership of his daughter, Lulu Edes, who joined in 2005. Her dedication to preserving her father’s legacy propelled Cygnus Instruments to new heights, ensuring that we remained at the forefront of the ultrasonic thickness measurement industry.

Worldwide Distribution

Understanding the global nature of industrial operations, Cygnus Instruments has established a strong network of worldwide distribution. With main offices in the UK, Singapore, and UAE, along with a robust network of distributors, we ensure global accessibility of our quality products and efficient services.

Our global presence extends to after-sales services, recognising the importance of maintenance and repair for the longevity and performance of our instruments. Cygnus Service Centres around the world ensure that our customers receive timely and efficient service, regardless of their location.

Contact Us

Would you like to take advantage of the best ultrasonic thickness measurement tools on the market? Then reach out to us at Cygnus Instruments today! Our specialists will be more than happy to answer your questions in full and get you started with one of our effective UTM gauges. You can speak with one of our professionals directly by calling us on +44 (0) 1305 265 533. Alternatively, fill out our online contact form, and we’ll get back to you promptly with the required information.