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OmniScan ECA

Overview of the new software MXE 2.0

Table of contents (1/2)


Improvements to the software Navigation of the software Organization of the menus Getting Started in ECT mode
Connecting an ECT probe Preparing for an inspection
Defining the setup Calibrating the setup

Inspecting the part Saving the Setup

Table of contents (2/2)


Getting started in ECA mode
Connecting an ECA probe Preparing for the inspection
Defining the setup Calibrating the setup Performing a normalization

Inspecting your part


Set the Reading and Display panes Zoom mode Setting the Alarms and Filters

Save the Setup Analyse and Save the results Create and Save a report

Improvements to the MXE 2.0 vs. 1.3:


Two modes: ECA & ECT Look and feel Menus are more intuitive Feels more like a standard Eddy Current instrument Same menu structure as the MXU-2.1 Improvements to Gain management Advanced features (Raster Scan, Multi-Group, Wizard, Interpolation)

Improvement of the MXE 2.0 vs. 1.3:


Menu lists are simplified Menu names are more intuitive

1.3

MXE 2.0

Navigation Through the Software

Navigation
The OmniScan software user interface provides access to parameters using three menu levels. The picture below outlines the syntax used throughout this document to specify the menu selection, the submenus, the parameter buttons, and to enter or select a parameter value.

Menu > Submenu > Parameter = Value

Organization of the Menu

Menu description
The order in which the menu items, submenus, and parameters buttons appear corresponds to their typical sequence of usage.
All tools needed to set the Eddy Current parameter All other tools needed to set the parameter of your setup such as: Encoder, Alarm, Measurement, Display, etc.

Calibration & Mix

General: file managing and preference Switch between technologies

Used for inspection


Menu containing all parameters that you regularly modify during inspection.
Group Management
Set Current Group, Add Group, Remove Group

Settings
Set frequency, probe drive, gain, rotation, and vertical gain

Filter
Set IIR or FIR filter with the possibility of two filters simultaneously

Channel
Enable/Disable or invert a channel

Used for inspection


Menu managing the parameters related to various measurement parameters.
Readings
Select the acquisition and the analysis reading, On/Off PP and Max curser

Cursors
Set the position of the cursor

Subtraction
Used to subtract a line, a column, or a point from a C-scan

Signal Reference
Set signal reference on the impedance plan (possibility of two)

Used for inspection


Menu allowing configuration of the alarm conditions and outputs (LED and TTL.)
Alarm Output
Link an alarm to an output

Alarm Setup
Define a zone for each alarm

Analog Output
Select the channel of a specific group to place on the output

Used for inspection


Menu managing the parameters related to the data views and the information visible on the screen.
Selection
Select the acquisition and the analysis Display selection

Properties
Show the option for each display

Auto Fit
Automatic Zoom option

Zoom
Set a manual Zoom on a specific view

Color
Select the Color Palette with the appropriate unit range

Used for inspection


Menu to configure the probe
Settings
Balance your probe and View Probe Info In ECT:
Select your probe depending on the connector used

In ECA:
Set the Default Configuration of the probe Switche the External Multiplexer (Mux) On/Off

Used for inspection


Menu to configure the scan parameters of the inspection
Inspection
Type, Scan, Acquisition rate, Probe orientation

Encoder
Polarity, Type, Resolution, Origin, Preset

Area
Set Scan Area (and Index Area for Raster Scan) and Scan Resolution

Start
Start mode, Start button, select mode (analysis or acquisition)

Prepared your inspection


The Wizard menu consists of submenus that offer step-by-step instructions to configure specific aspects of a setup. Each step of a wizard contains a title, navigation buttons, and associated parameter buttons.
Group
Add or Remove group, created Mix

Calibration
Encoder Calibration, Normalization

Tools for file management


Menu to open and save files and to format and build an inspection report.
Open
Load a setup

Save
Save setup, data, or a screen shot

Report
Build and save a report

User Field
Define User Field information for your report

Providing tools
Menu containing various parameters related to the setup and system configuration that you typically set when you start using the system such as the measurement unit (mm or in.) and the date and time.
Setup
Report Format, DIN, User menu

Setup Display
Luminance, Strip color

Instrument
Unit, Screen scheme, System, Network Settings

Tools
File Manager, System info, Win CE, Import/Export, Remote Desktop

Providing tools
Menu to switch between the Eddy Current Array (ECA) and the conventional Eddy Current (ECT) operating modes.
ECT MODE (green) ECA MODE (blue)

Hold 2 sec.

Shortcut key (available in ECA and ECT)


Easiest way to manage the phase, gain, and frequency:
Press the shortcut key button Change the value Press Ok to apply change

Gain (dB) Phase () Frequency (Hz)

Shortcut key (available in ECA and ECT)


Easiest way to manage the phase, gain, and frequency.

Getting Started in ECT Mode

Getting Started in ECT mode


The following sections provide procedures to guide you through the main operating tasks in the ECT mode.
Connecting an ECT probe Preparing for an inspection
Defining the setup Calibrating the setup

Inspecting the part Saving the setup

Connecting an ECT probe


In the ECT mode (green Interface) depending on the connector of the probe (BNC or 19 PIN), connect the correct receptacle.
ECT mode ECT Probe

Cable and adaptor

Preparing for an inspection Setup


The following step defines your setup.
Select your Probe
Probe > Settings > Select Probe
1CH Connector (BNC), 1-Channel Probe using up to eight frequencies 4CH Connector (19PIN), 1-Channel Probe using up to eight frequencies 4CH Connector (19PIN), 2-Channel Probe using up to four frequencies per Channel 4CH Connector (19PIN), 4-Channel Probe using up to two frequencies per channel

Preparing for your inspection Setup


How to select the frequency of an ECT probe
Check your probe to know the operation frequency of the probe (often between 200Hz and 2MHz.) *** Remember: large coil = Low frequency small coil = High frequency

Preparing for an inspection Setup


The following steps define the Setup.
Eddy Current Settings
Select your frequency (EC Settings > Settings> Frequency or press ) Select your probe drive (EC Settings > Settings> Probe Drive)

Preparing for an inspection Setup


How to select your Probe Drive with an ECT probe
Use high voltage for large coils and low voltage for small coils (between 1 V and 6 V)
If the probe drive is too high for the coil, the OmniScan will not balance the probe.

You can set your probe drive using the diameter of your coils; 1 V per 1 mm (0.04 in.) of diameter.
3 mm coil can be driven around 3 V

Preparing for an inspection Setup


The following steps define the Setup.
Scan Setting (ECT probe is normally used without an encoder.)
Select Inspection type: One-Line Scan (Scan > Inspection > Type)

Select Inspection scan: Time (Scan > Inspection > Scan)

Preparing for an inspection Setup


The following steps define the Setup.
Scan Setting
Set the Acquisition Rate (number of acquisitions per second); (Scan > Inspection >Acq. Rate)

Set the Scan End (length of the Strip Chart); (Scan > Area > Scan End)

Preparing for an inspection Setup


The following steps define your Setup.
Set a Grid
Impedance Plane or Strip Chart Grid
Display > Properties > Display (Impedance or Strip)

Preparing for an inspection Setup


The following steps define the Setup.
Set a Grid
Select your grid division (Volts or Percentage)
Display > Properties > Display (All)

Preparing for an inspection Setup


The following steps define your Setup.
Set your Amplitude Units
Preference > Instrument > Category > Unit > Ampl. Units Volts (V) or Percentage (%)

Preparing for an inspection Calibration


The following steps calibrate the Setup.
Lift-Off Signal adjustment
Balance the probe on the calibration plate (Press ) Lift the probe off the calibration plate and note the signal phase Rotate the lift-off signal until you get a horizontal signal (Press

Preparing for an inspection Calibration


The following steps calibrate the Setup.
Gain adjustment
Scan the calibration defect Adjust the gain (EC Settings > Settings or press )

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Preparing for an inspection Calibration


The following steps calibrate the Setup.
Vertical Gain adjustment
Adjust the Vertical Gain (EC Settings > Settings)

Inspecting the part


The following step presents some useful features in the inspection mode.
Size your defect (Measurement > Cursors or press )
Use the curser to measure the amplitude and the phase for each defect. (See the measurement on top of the screen.)

Save the setup


Go to:
File > Save > Save Setup As In File name, enter the setup name. Press Save

To recall your setup:


File > Open > Open or press Select the setup in the list using the rotary knob. Press Open

Getting Started in ECA Mode

Getting Started in ECA mode


The following steps provide procedures to guide you through the main operating tasks in ECA mode.
Connecting an ECA probe Preparing for the inspection
Defining the setup Calibrating the setup Performing a normalization

Inspecting your part


Setting the Reading and Display panes Zoom Mode Setting the Alarms and Filters

Save the Setup Analyse and Save the results Create and Save a report

Connecting an ECA probe


In the ECA mode (blue interface), an ECA probe must be connected to the Eddy Current Array probe connector.
ECA mode ECA Probe

Probe Nomenclature

Preparing for the inspection Setup


The following steps define the Setup.
Eddy Current Settings
ECA Probes use automatic probe detection. With this feature the probe is automatically set to its optimal settings.
Frequency: probe is set to its central frequency Probe Drive: probe is set to its optimal value

You can fine-tune these settings


Set your frequency (EC Settings > Settings> Frequency or press ) Set your probe drive (EC Settings > Settings> Probe Drive)

Probe model: SBBR-026-300-032


300KHz

Preparing for the inspection Setup


The following steps define the Setup.
Display setting
Select your Color Palette (Display > Color > Load)

Preparing for your inspection Setup


The following steps define your Setup.
Display settings
Select your Color Palette (Display > Color > Load)
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Grey Scale

Alarm-Symetric

Alarm

Preparing for the inspection Setup


The following steps define the Setup.
Display settings
Sets the Amplitude Range of the Color Palette (Display > Color)

0.10 V

0.50 V

10 V

Preparing for the inspection Setup


The following steps define the Setup.
Display settings
Set the Amplitude Range of the Color Palette (Display > Color) Select Amplitude Unit (V or %) Preference > Instrument > Category > Unit > Ampl. Units

Set a Grid (same than ECT)


Impedance Plane or Strip Chart Grid: Display > Properties > Display (Impedance or Strip) Select your grid division: Display > Properties > Display (All)

Preparing for the inspection Setup


The following steps define your setup.
Nonencoded Scan settings
Select Inspection Type: One-Line Scan (Scan > Inspection > Type) Select Inspection Scan: Time (Scan > Inspection > Scan) Select Acquisition Rate (Scan > Inspection > Acq. Rate) Select Scan End (Scan > Area > Scan End)

Preparing for the inspection Setup


The following steps define your setup.
Encoded Scan settings
Select Inspection type: One-Line Scan or Raster Scan (Scan > Inspection > Type) Select Inspection Scan: Encoder (Scan > Inspection > Scan) Set Encoder Resolution (Step/mm) (Scan > Encoder > Resolution) Area: Scan Start, Scan End, Scan Resolution
Raster Scan: Index Start and Index End (Scan > Area)

Preparing for the inspection Calibration


The following steps calibrate the Setup.
Lift-Off Signal adjustment
Balance your probe on the calibration plate (Press ) Lift the probe off the calibration plate or scan over a simulated lift-off and note the signal phase Press Freeze ( ) to switch into analysis mode Rotate the lift-off signal until you get a flat signal (Press )

Preparing for the inspection Calibration


The following steps calibrate the setup
Gain adjustment
Scan the calibration defect. Press Freeze ( ) to switch into analysis mode. Adjust the gain (EC Settings > Settings or press

).

Preparing for the inspection Calibration


The following steps calibrate the Setup.
Vertical Gain adjustment
Scan the calibration defect. Press Freeze ( ) to switch into analysis mode. Adjust the Vertical Gain (EC Settings > Settings.)

Preparing for the inspection Normalization


The following steps normalize the Setup.
Start the Normalization Wizard
Wizard > Calibration > Type or press Select Normalization Press Start

Define your Normalization


Select the Phase and Amplitude Press Next

Preparing for the inspection Normalization


The following steps normalize the Setup.
Acquisition Step
Press Start Scan your calibration notch on your sample
Balance here if needed

Press Stop Press Next


Calibration plate ECA Probe Notch

Scan

Preparing for the inspection Normalization


The following steps normalize the Setup.
Selection Step
Put the cursor on each side of the calibration notch. Press Next

Preparing for the inspection Normalization


The following steps normalize the Setup.
Normalize step
Normalize the angle Normalize the gain Press Finish

Normalization
Results of Normalization
Before After

What is the difference between calibration and normalization?


Calibration
Uses a discreet point or defect that affects only a small number of probe coils to set inspection parameters. Sets all coil values to the same values as the values of the coils that detect the defect.

Normalization
Uses a uniform defect that affects all probe coils to set inspection parameters.

Ensures that all coils respond the same way to the same defect.

Inspecting the part


The following steps present some useful features in Inspection mode.
Set your Readings (Measurement > Reading)
Acquisition Reading
Maximum Amplitude Vector Angle of Maximum Amplitude Vector Scan Position of Maximum Amplitude Vector Index Position of Maximum Amplitude Vector

Analysis Reading

Peak-to-Peak Amplitude Peak-to-Peak Angle Peak-to-Peak Amplitude Scan Position Peak-to-peak Amplitude Index Position

Inspecting the part


The following steps present some useful features in Inspection mode.
Set your Display (Display > Selection)
Acquisition Display

Analysis Display

Inspecting the part


Zoom mode (Analysis Mode)
Standard Zoom (Display > Zoom)
Select the view you want to zoom (Impedance, Strip, or C-Scan) Select the zoom Type (None or Absolute) Set the zoom Area

Inspecting the part


Zoom mode (Analysis mode)
Automatic Zoom: Impedance Plan and Strip Chart (Display > Auto Fit)
Best Fit (Press ) Center (Press ) Full Scale (Hold two sec.

Inspecting the part


Setting an Alarm (1/2)
Set your Alarm Output (Alarm/Output > Alarm Output)
Select one of three alarms (Alarm 1, Alarm 2, or Alarm 3) Select the Output associate to your Alarm (Raw-G1, Raw-G2, etc.) Set the minimum number of Count to start the Alarm Sound: On or Off Set the Delay before the alarm starts Set the Hold Time of the buzzer (Sound and LED)

Inspecting the part


Setting an Alarm (2/2)
Set your Alarm Setup (Alarm/Output > Alarm Setup)
Select the Alarm to set (Alarm1, Alarm 2, or Alarm 3) Select the shape of the Alarm (Pie, Rectangle, Ring, Pie Inverse, etc.) Set the parameters of the Zone

Inspecting the part


Setting a Filter (EC Setting > Filter)
Select Filter (Filter 1 or Filter 2) Select Type of filter

Inspecting the part


Setting a Filter (EC Setting > Filter)
Low-Pass IIR: Keeps long defects and filters high-frequency noise. Simulate analog LP filter. High-Pass IIR: Keeps short defects and filters slow-signal drifts. Simulate analog HP filter. Average Low-Pass: Keeps long defects and filters high-frequency noise. Average High-Pass: Keeps short defects and filters slow-signal drifts. Median Low-Pass: Keeps long defects and filters high-frequency noise. Median High-Pass: Keeps short defects and filters slow-signal drifts. Long Defect: Keeps short and long defects, filters very slow-signals drifts.

Save the setup


Go to:
File > Save > Save Setup As In File Name enter your setup name. Press Save

Note:

If you wish to recall your setup, go to: File > Open > Open or press File Type = Setup Select your Setup name in the list using the knob Press Open

Analyse and save the results


Freeze mode:
Press the Freeze ( ) to pass into Analysis mode

Save the results:


Go to
File > Save > Save Mode = Inspection Data File > Save > File Name = enter your data name File > Save > Save Data

Note:

If you wish to recall these results, go to: File > Open > Open or press File Type = Data Select your Data name in the list using the knob Press Open

Analyse and save the results The following steps present some useful features in Inspection mode.
Size your defect (Measurement > Cursors or press )
Use the cursors to measure the amplitude and the phase for each defect (see the measurement on the top of the screen)

Create and save a report


To build an inspection report, go to:
Preferences > Setup > Category = Report
Component = Turn-on the information needed in your report Include = Table (to have each indication in your report)

File > Report > Build


An html report is created and displayed on the screen

Create and save your report


To save a report:
Press Save and Close when the html report is displayed The report is saved in the User folder on the Compact Flash Card

Additional Software Features

Interpolation
An example of the same data displayed with and without Interpolation (rivet with crack and good rivet.)

Before Interpolation

After Interpolation

External multiplexer capability


Up to 64 channels
Two 32-channel probes simultaneously. One 64-channel probe.

External multiplexer capability

Raster scan
The raster scan function can now scan much larger areas than previously available with the MXE-1.3 software. The file size is also much more manageable.

Raster scan
After a larger inspection, it is always possible to zoom the C-scan to get a detailed view of a specific area.