Lizard® NDE’s dedicated research and development team can modify or configure our technology and software, if indeed necessary, dependent upon your application requirements. Whether for a bespoke probe type, provision for robotic deployment or custom application, the team at Lizard® NDE are ready to help. Lizard® are able to provide engineering resources either onsite or at our own premises for either standard inspection regimes or the development of dedicated systems and turnkey solutions.
Lizard® NDE is able to supply technology, know-how, training and, if required, trained inspection personnel either in a full inspection capacity or in a consultancy role to assist your current inspection regime, in particular for bespoke or turn-key solutions following close development to support the customer’s needs. Primarily, however, Lizard® NDE’s role is to support clients in their inspection requirements with an eye firmly on providing innovative, high-quality products for a challenging environment rather than competing with our clients in the service industry. Annual calibrations and repairs of the Lizard products are classed as priority actions for our team with readily available spares of most common items including the standard LIZARD® probe range.
Although the standard range of LIZARD® probes caters for most applications we recognise that there may be occasions where a custom sensor/custom system is required. In these situations, Lizard® has a proven track record of working closely with blue chip clients to supply custom-built sensors, software and systems to fulfil the needs of the client quickly, to budget, and most importantly meet the application specification with a successful solution.
Our global network of carefully sourced product representatives is also able to provide products, assistance, advice and spares wherever the location. Our network of approved representatives is growing daily, for information regarding your local agent please contact us directly at +44 (0)23 92449656 or email Lizard.
Products & Services
LIZARD® M8 System
The LIZARD® M8 NDE system is an advanced electromagnetic defect detection and corrosion mapping system for structural and materials integrity assessment. System variants are available for topside or subsea inspection use, both operating under the same LISS software to ensure a common interface for all users. With the implementation of the new build standard the LIZARD® M8 is now able to drive extended probe cables of up to 200M in length, whether topside only or topside to subsea allowing for the use of the topside LIZARD® M8 system for ‘near surface’ or ‘air diving’ subsea inspection programmes. For deep water applications the LIZARD® Dive system is available either for diver or ROV deployment.
The LIZARD® system provides uncompromising performance in one low cost instrument. Whether your need is LIZARD® Electromagnetic Array, LIZARD® AC Field Measurement, advanced LIZARD® Field Gradient Imaging (FGI) or Classic Eddy Current inspection or alternatively choose a user defined combination of techniques to ensure total confidence in defect detection.
The latest build standard of the topside LIZARD® M8 provides –
System Specification -
- Multi-Channel system compliant with EN1711, EN473 and ASTM E2261-07 inspection
- Lizard® Inspection and Analysis software (LISS)
- Lizard® Eddy Current, Alternating Current Field Measurement, EMA (Electromagnetic Array) and FGI (Field Gradient Imaging) simultaneous acquisition display
- Defect sizing, display switchable between raw signal and defect depth modes
- Remote controlled operation for single user operation
- Fast digital sampling for rapid inspection rates and software filters for scan noise reduction
- Full inspection traceability with full data storage and retrieval
- Metal sorting capability
- Automatic probe gain set up
- Standard RS485 USB Communication Port allowing up to 500M distance between Lizard® M8 and laptop/PC
- Additional RS232 communication port for optional short distance connection
- Lizard® FGI, EMA and Alternating Current Field Measurement probe support via Lemo connector
- Classic Eddy Current probe Jaeger style connector (adaptors available for most third party Eddy Current probe types, alternative connector options available at point of order)
- Scan Encoder input for marker, distance , remote control use
- LIZARD® Probe extension ready up to 200M, either for topside to topside or topside to subsea
- Easily sourced rechargeable Smart battery pack for up to 10 hours use
- Easily sourced universal AC adaptor/charger unit for continuous use or charging of Smart batteries
LIZARD® LISS software
The LIZARD® LISS software is the powerhouse that drives the LIZARD® technology, whether for topside or subsea applications, the common interface ensures all users can readily apply the LIZARD® technology to a variety of applications without the requirement for additional software training. The GUI is deliberately designed to utilise graphical input by way of simple sliders for rapid data manipulation with the option of hot keys for common tasks.
Rapid length and depth sizing from a single scan pass single scan pass using the intuitive LISS interface, on site or for re-called data sets.
LISS provides an unparalleled level of data review from a single data set, switchable between various Plot modes to suit the application without the requirement to repeat scans. Most Plot modes within LISS typically feature data sets comprising of AC Field Measurement (Bx/Bz) and Classic Impedance information, this allow for greater clarity of scan data and the ability to manipulate the Impedance output for even greater control of AC Field Measurement data.
The Lizard® technology and LISS software is an ideal fit for the inspection of railway vehicles and infrastructure due to the versatility of the Lizard® FGI system. The Lizard® FGI technology was identified by a major passenger vehicle manufacturer as a possible means of inspection technique for the wheel tread on their new build passenger trains. The Lizard® FGI technology was adapted to suit the profile of the wheel tread and configured to identify profile wear, crack location and severity as well as areas of work hardening (upper bainite and martensite) that were later identified to be areas of damage caused by a faulty set up of the ABS braking system. The manufacturer was able to feed the data obtained by the Lizard® technology back into the ride design team to address the issue ans significantly reduce wheel wear allowing longer periods between wheel re-profiling and replacement.
LISS operates within the Windows environment and as such features cross compatibility with other Windows software packages making report scripting quick and easy. LISS is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 and continues to be developed with incremental updates as standard.
The standard range of LIZARD® probe types are designed to suit most industrial applications and common weld geometry found within many engineering structures with most probe types available as either topside or subsea variants. Typically LIZARD® probe types are supplied as arrays with Absolute (Bx) and Current Perturbation (Bz) per channel. In this way the LIZARD® allows the user to obtain data sets from a single sweep that encompasses defect location, defect depth and length information, lift off/probe coupling and Classic impedance information from both Absolute (Bx) and Current Perturbation (Bz) components in a user friendly display (Note - Lift Off is a term that describes the distance between the active probe and the conductive surface of the test piece probe coupling).
Due to the unique LIZARD® interrogating technology the user is able to apply adjustments to the raw or processed data to improve scan clarity by reducing the effect of Lift Off (probe ‘wobble’ minimisation) and defect display optimisation, all by way of simple software sliders or numeric input.
The LIZARD® probe range are generally housed in a hard anodised aluminium body housing with super hard encapsulate for coil protection. Due to the available ‘Lift Off’ properties of the LIZARD® probe types additional protection can be given to the probe face without compromising inspection integrity. Additionally this ‘Lift Off’ can also be utilised for inspection through non-conductive coatings (such as paint, epoxy coatings) or conductive coatings (such as flame sprayed aluminium, zinc).
Due to the unique process used by the Lizard® LISS software for defect measurement, encoder devices are not generally required and therefore structures still having grime, grease or other residual coatings, can easily be inspected without the usual concerns or cleanliness required for mechanical or optical encoders. Should the application require an encoder however the LIZARD® M8 system can provide support by simple connection to the Remote port.