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Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge

Multigauge 3000
Underwater Thickness Gauge
User Manual
(includes optional
topside repeater)

simple . accurate . robust

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Contents
1. Introduction 3
1.1. Multigauge 3000 UW Specification table 3

2. Kit Contents 4

3. Getting Started 5
3.1. Quick Start Guide

4. Getting to know your Multigauge 3000 UW 6


4.1. Assembly 7
4.2. Disassembly 7
4.3. Switching the Gauge On 8
4.4 Switching the Gauge Off 8
4.5. Automatic Shutoff 8
4.6. Lanyard Attachment Ring 8

5. Battery 9
5.1. Introduction 9
5.2. Replacing the Battery 9
5.3. Low Battery Warning 10
5.4. Charging the Battery 10

6. Probes 11
6.1. Introduction 11
6.2. Intelligent Probe Recognition (IPR) 11
6.3. Probe Selection Table 11
6.4. Probe Membranes 12
6.5. Changing the Membrane 13
6.6. Care of Probes 13

7. Navigating the Menus on Multigauge 3000 14


7.1. Entering the Menus 14
7.2. Navigation Table 14
7.3. Setting the Calibration 15
7.4. Velocity Table 16
7.5. Coating Plus+ 17
7.6. Setting the Resolution 17
7.7. Setting the Units 17

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8. Adding a Topside Repeater (Optional) 18


8.1. Introduction 19
8.2. Surface Datalogging - Coomunicator Software 19
8.2.1 Connecting the Datalogging Option 19
8.3. Surface Display Unit 21
8.3.1. Surface Display Unit Specification Table 19
8.3.2. Functions of the Surface Display Unit 19
8.3.3. Batteries 19
8.3.4. Low Battery Warning 20
8.3.5. Assembly 20
8.3.6. Switching the Surface Display Unit On 21
8.3.7. Switching the Surface Display unit Off 21
8.3.8. Back Light 21
8.3.9. Measurement Hold Feature 21
8.3.10. Navigating the Menu - Surface Display Unit 22
8.3.10.a To Enter the Menu 22
8.3.10.b Navigation Table 23
8.3.10.c Setting the Velocity 24
8.3.10.d Coating Plus+ 24
8.3.10.e Setting the Units 25
8.3.10.f Setting the Resolution 25
8.3.10.g Contrast 26
8.3.10.h Beep (Sound) 26

9. Using the Multigauge 3000 UW 27


9.1. How Triple Echo Works 27
9.2. Echo Strength Indicator 28
9.3. Precautions when Measuring 28

10. Help 30
10.1. Gauge fails to switch on 30
10.2. Difficult to obtain readings 30
10.3. Gauge displays up to three ascending bars 30
10.4. Standing readings are displayed when not measuring 30
10.5. Gauge measures correctly on steel test block
but not on material under test 31
10.6 Surface Display Unit fails to switch on 31
10.7 No communication between the surface display unit
and the Multigauge 3000 31

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11. General Information 32


11.1. Safety 32
11.2. RoHS 32
11.3. WEEE Disposal Instructions 32
11.4. Cleaning 33
11.5. Warranty 33
11.6. Service & Repair 34

12. Contact Information 35

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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing a Tritex Multigauge 3000 Underwater Gauge. We
are sure that the gauge will give you many years of reliable use. To ensure
that you can gain maximum benefit from the gauge, please read this manual
carefully.

The Multigauge 3000 Underwater Gauge is a simple, robust ultrasonic


thickness gauge designed for most common underwater thickness gauging
applications. The gauge is pressure tested to 500m and has the option to
transfer measurements to the surface to be displayed on a topside repeater
with the simple addition of a replacement end cap. The gauge is durable and
extremely easy to use.

The Tritex Multigauge 3000 UW has been manufactured to comply with


British Standard BS EN 15317:2007, which covers the characterisation
and verification of ultrasonic thickness measuring equipment.

1.1. Multigauge 3000 Underwater Specification Table


Sound Velocity Range From 1000 m/s to 8000 m/s (0.0394 in/s to 0.3150 in/s)

Single Crystal 2.25 MHz 3.5 MHz 5 MHz


Soft Faced Probe Options
3 - 250 mm 2 - 150 mm 1 - 50 mm
Probe Measurement Range (0.120 to 10) (0.080 to 6) (0.040 to 2)
13 mm (0.5) &
Probe Sizes 13 mm (0.5) 13 mm (0.5)
19 mm (0.75)
Resolution 0.1 mm (0.005) or 0.05 mm (0.002)
Accuracy 0.1 mm (0.005) or 0.05 mm (0.002)
Display Red 4 character seven segment LED
Depth Rating 500 Metres

Battery 1 x Rechargeable 7.2V 2.3Ah NiMH battery pack


Battery Life 55 Hours continuous use.
Gauge Dimensions 235 mm x 80 mm (9.25 X 3.15)
Gauge Weight 1110g (38.85 ounces) fully assembled
Environmental Case rated to IP65. RoHS and WEEE compliant
Operating Temperature -10C to +50C (14F to 122F)
Storage Temperature -10C to +60C (14F to 140F)

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2. Kit Contents

A F

B G

C H

D I

E J

Key:
A Charger Fast charges in approximately 2 hours (pg 11).

B Surface Display Unit Optional (see page 20).

C Topside Repeater End Cap Optional (see page 20)

D Gauge Body See page 7 for further details.

E Nosecone Screws onto the gauge body (pg 8).

F Molykote Grease Applied to the O-rings to ensure water tightness (pg 8)

G Probe See page 12 for further details.

H Test Block The 15 mm test block is used to test the performance and
serviceability of the gauge.

Membranes / Key See page 14 for fitting instructions. Pack of 10 supplied.

O-Rings O-rings (front and back).

I Spare Battery Optional. One battery is supplied fitted in the gauge.

J Membrane Oil 15 ml

Other Accessories Nose cone release bar, manual, calibration certificate and
3 year warranty certificate.

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3. Getting Started
3.1. Quick Start Guide
Following is a quick start guide to help you get a feel for the gauge without
reading the entire manual. For a more detailed explanation of each of these
steps, please read the full manual.

1. Unscrew the probe knurled ring and apply a few drops of


membrane oil to the face of the probe. (Pg 14)
2. Screw the knurled ring back onto the probe ensuring no air has
been trapped and the membrane is flat to the probe face. (Pg 14).
3. The gauge is supplied ready assembled and ready to use.
4. Ensure the end cap and probe nose cone are fully screwed onto
the gauge main body so that they are fully seated and finger tight.
5. Turn the gauge on using the ON/OFF switch. (Pg 9)
6. Apply a tiny amount of membrane oil or other suitable couplant to
the test piece.
7. Place the probe onto the test piece.
8. A measurement will be displayed.
9. The gauge is now ready to take underwater.

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4. Getting to know your Multigauge 3000 UW


Front Back

Probe Nose
Cone (3)

Nose Cone
Release Bar
Hole (4)
LED Display (1)

ON/OF
Switch (2)

Battery
Compartment (5)

Lanyard
Attachment
Ring (6)

End Cap (7)

Control Panel (8)


Down Selection (9)

Menu Button (10)

Up Selection (11)

Battery Charger
Connector (12)

Surface Display Unit


Connector (13)

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4.1. Assembly
To assemble the gauge for use:

Note: O rings must be fitted in the correct positions with Molykote grease
applied each time before the gauge is assembled.

End cap (7) Back O Rings Front O Ring Nose Cone (3)
( 2 off) (1 off)

i Fit new front and back O rings into the grooves on the nose cone
(3) and gauge body in the positions shown above.
ii Apply a thin coat of Molykote grease onto the fitted O rings.
iii Fit the probe to the gauge by screwing the nose cone (3) onto the
gauge, being careful not to cross the threads. The nose cone (3)
should only be finger tight with no gaps apparent.
iv Screw the end cap (7) onto the gauge body. The end cap (7)
should only be finger tight with no gaps apparent.
v Turn the gauge ON by sliding the ON/OFF switch (2) forward.

4.2. Disassembly
The gauge does not need to be disassembled after each dive. However, if for
any reason the probe has to be removed, it may be necessary to use the nose
cone release bar, supplied with the kit, as the nose cone (3) often becomes
tight after a dive.

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4.3. Switching the Gauge On

i To switch the gauge on, slide the ON/OFF switch (2) forward
and release.
ii The gauge will display the following sequence:

Display Description
HELLO Greeting
5920 The current velocity set into the gauge (pg 16)
CoAtinG PLUS = On Shown when permanently selected on (pg18)
Battery levels (pg 11)
ProbE=2.25 P13 The current probe connected to the gauge (pg 12)

iii One or two flashing bars will indicate that the gauge is ready to
measure.

Note 1: If no probe is connected when the gauge is turned on, the display will
show no ProbE.

4.4. Switching the Gauge Off


i To switch the gauge off, slide the ON/OFF switch (2) forward
and release.
ii After a few seconds the gauge will display byE byE and turn off.

4.5. Automatic Shutoff


The gauge will automatically shut off after 10 minutes of inactivity to save
battery power.

4.6. Lanyard Attachment Ring


The lanyard attachment ring can be used to connect the gauge to the diver to
prevent loss of the gauge during a dive.

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5. Battery
5.1. Introduction
The Multigauge 3000 Underwater Gauge uses a rechargeable 7.2V 2.3Ah
NiMH battery pack supplied with the kit. The battery pack should not need to
be removed unless faulty. The battery is located behind the control panel at
the bottom of the gauge.

Control Panel (8) Battery Compartment Battery Pack


with Control Panel
removed

5.2. Replacing the Battery


i Remove the control panel retaining ring holding the control panel
in place.
ii Turn the gauge upside down and shake out the control panel. It is
attached to the gauge with a cable. Alternatively, connect the
charger plug to the charger socket and gently pull the control
panel out using the plug.
iii Remove the battery by giving a sharp tap on the side of the
gauge whilst still holding it upside down. Keep a hand cupped
underneath to catch the battery.
iv Insert the new battery into the battery compartment with the
connector going in first.
v Refit the control panel ensuring the cable is not kinked.
vi Refit the control panel retaining ring.

Note: If the gauge is to be left unused for an extended period of time then it is
advisable to remove the battery pack prior to storage.

Warning: Do not use any other battery pack other than the one supplied.

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5.3. Low Battery Warning


When the gauge is first turned on, a series of lines indicate the remaining
amount of charge in the battery as follows:
Display Description

Full battery - approximately 55 hours remaining


Battery partly used - approximately 35 hours remaining
Battery partly used - approximately 20 hours remaining
Battery requires recharging

When the battery becomes low, the warning LO Bat is given in advance. The
battery should now be charged. Otherwise after a short time the gauge will
turn off automatically.

5.4. Charging the Battery


i Remove the end cap (7) to allow access to the control panel (8).
ii Connect the charger lead to the socket marked Charge on the
control panel.
iii Plug the charger into a suitable wall socket.
iv A yellow light will show for the first 10 seconds during
initialisation. Then an orange light will show during charging
followed by an alternating green and yellow light during the trickle
charge at the end.
v The battery will charge in approximately 2 hours and will then be
ready for use. A solid green light on the charger indicates a fully
charged battery.

Note: A list of charger conditions is printed on the charger.

Note: The gauge and battery may feel warm to the touch during charging. This
is normal.

Note: The charger will automatically switch between 110v and 220v.

Warning: Do not use any other battery charger other than the one
supplied.

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6. Probes
6.1. Introduction
All probes used with Tritex Multigauges are single crystal soft faced probes.
The table below identifies the different probe options and which probe is the
most suitable for different applications. All probes are colour coded to help
identify their frequency.

The single crystal means that measurements are taken using a straight path of
ultrasound, giving perfect linearity throughout the measuring range. The
probes are not affected by V-beam error.

6.2. Intelligent Probe Recognition (IPR)


All probes also have IPR (Intelligent Probe Recognition). IPR transmits data
from the probe to the gauge so that it is instantly recognised. This includes
data such as the probe serial number, frequency, size and the unique
signature of the probe. The gauge uses this information to automatically adjust
settings to achieve the best performance. When a probe is connected, the
display will show ProbE=2.25 P13, depending on the probe that has been
connected.

6.3. Probe Selection Table

Frequency 2.25 MHz 3.5 MHz 5 MHz


Measuring Range 3 - 250 mm 2 - 150 mm 1 - 50 mm
(0.120 to 10) (0.080 to 6) (0.040 to 2)
Colour Yellow Green Blue
Diameters Available 13 mm (0.5) &
13 mm (0.5) 13 mm (0.5)
19 mm (0.75)
Suitable for Most thickness Will measure relatively Ideal for measuring
gauging applications. thin metal which is thin metal in relatively
Works particularly well corroded. Normally good condition. Not
on heavy corrosion, used only if measuring advisable to use as
especially the 19 mm down to 2 mm is of the main probe.
probe. importance.

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6.4. Probe Membranes


All probes are fitted with protective membranes to help prolong the life of the
probe. The membranes also provide a flexible interface which acts as an aid
when working on rough surfaces. Membrane wear should be monitored and
checked at regular intervals.

Normal Temperature Membranes

Standard membranes allow measurements to be taken on hot surfaces up to a


maximum of 70C (158F).

High Temperature Membranes

Teflon membranes are available for measurements on hotter surfaces. In


this case measurements can be taken on surfaces up to 150C (302F). Care
should be taken that the probe does not overheat. The probe should be
allowed to cool down in between each measurement. A high temperature
ultrasonic gel is advised for this application.

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6.5. Changing the Membrane

Membrane
Oil

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Knurled Ring (1)


Membrane (2) Membrane Membrane
Retaining Ring (3) Key (5) Oil (6)
Probe (4)

i Unscrew the knurled ring (1) from the probe (4).


ii Using the membrane key (5), remove the retaining ring (3) from
inside the knurled ring (1).
iii Push the old membrane (2) out from the front.
iv Fit a new membrane (2) from the back and push it down until it
locates in the groove on the inside front edge.
v Refit the retaining ring (3) and secure it in place using the
membrane key (5).
vi Place a few drops of membrane oil (6) onto the face of the probe
(4). Do not use too much.
vii Screw the knurled ring (1) back onto the probe (4) whilst applying
pressure on the membrane (2) with the thumb to expel any air
from behind the membrane.

Note: Do not apply too much membrane oil underneath the membrane. Once
fitted, the membrane should be flat with no air bubbles trapped behind.

Warning: Never use a probe without a membrane fitted.

6.6. Care of Probes


All probes should be treated with respect. When taking measurements, they
should not be scraped or dragged along the surface. Although the membranes
will protect the probe against everyday wear and tear, they will not protect
against rough treatment and misuse.

Warning: Never try to repair a probe or try to remove scratches from the face
of the probe. This may result in further damage. Always return it to Tritex NDT
for investigation and possible repair.

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7. Navigating the Menus on Multigauge 3000


7.1. Entering the Menus
i First, gain access to the control panel (8) by unscrewing the End
Cap (7) from the gauge.
ii Press the MENU button (10) on the control panel.
iii The display will show the first menu item CAL.
iv To navigate the menu, use the MENU button (10).
v After scrolling through once, the gauge will return to
measurement mode.

7.2. Navigation Table

Menu

Calibration Velocity Setting

Test On
Coating Plus+
Shown after re-entering
Off the menu

Low (Lo)
Resolution
High (HI)

Metric (European)
Units
Imperial (Inches)

Back to
measurement
mode

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7.3. Setting the Calibration


The gauge should be calibrated to the type of material that is being measured.
This is because all materials have different velocity of sound properties.

There are two methods of changing the calibration. Either adjust the velocity of
sound setting according the metal being measured, or adjust the the gauge to
a known thickness of metal.

Gauges are supplied with the calibration set to mild steel at approximately
5900 m/s (0.2323 in/s). This may vary according to the properties of the
supplied 15 mm test block material.

Note: The calibration does not need to be reset each time the gauge is used.
The last setting will be remembered.

Calibrating the Velocity of Sound

i Select CAL from the menu using the MENU button (10). Use
the navigation table on pg 15 as a guide.
ii CAL and the current velocity setting will be displayed
alternately.
iii Use the + (11) and - (9) buttons to adjust the velocity of
sound to the the required new velocity.
iv Press the MENU button (10), the gauge will display rEADY and
return to the measurement mode.

Calibrating to a Known Thickness

i Select CAL from the menu using the MENU button (10). Use
the navigation table on pg 15 as a guide.
ii CAL and the current velocity setting will be displayed
alternately.
iii Place the probe on a piece of material of a known thickness such
as the test block supplied with the kit.
iv CAL and the measurement will be displayed alternately.
v Adjust the measurement displayed to the known thickness
using the + (11) and - (9) buttons.
vi Press the MENU button (10), the gauge will display rEADY and
return to the measurement mode.

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7.4. Velocity Table (approximate values)


The given values are in certain cases strongly dependent on the alloy, heat
treatment, manufacturing and processing and are therefore only approximate
standard values. They are given here as a guide only.
Reference: Mathies, Klaus (1998), Thickness Measurement with Ultrasound, Berlin: German Society of
Nondestructive Testing.

Material Velocity - Velocity -


m/s in/s
Aluminium 6200 -6360 0.2441 - 0.2504
Rolled 6420 0.2528
Duraluminium 6320 0.2488
Bronze (5%P) 3531 0.1390
Copper 3666 - 4760 0.1443 - 0.1874
Glass, Plate 5766 0.2270
Inconel, Forged 7820 0.3079
Lead 2050 - 2400 0.0807 - 0.0945
Steel, Mild 5890 - 5960 0.2319 - 0.2346
Supplied Test Block 5900 approx. 0.2323 approx.
Steel, Stainless 5530 - 5790 0.2177 - 0.2280
10 Cr Ni 18 8, ann 5530 0.2177
Steel, Tool
C105 Annealed 5490 - 5960 0.2339 - 0.2346
C105 Hardened 5854 0.2305
Tin 3210 - 3320 0.1264 - 0.1307
Titanium 5823 - 6260 0.2293 - 0.2465
Zinc 3890 - 4210 0.1531 - 0.1657

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7.5. Coating Plus+


Coating Plus+ mode is used to measure metal thickness when thick coatings
up to 20 mm exist. Normal measurement mode will ignore coatings up to
approximately 6 mm. In both modes, the actual thickness of coating that can
be ignored depends on the type of coating. This feature has been designed to
switch off automatically when the gauge is powered down to prevent
inadvertant use.

i Select CoatinG-PLUS from the menu using the MENU button


(10). Use the navigation table on pg 15 as a guide.
ii Either CoatinG-PLUS=tESt or CoatinG-PLUS=OFF will be
displayed depending on the current setting. (tEST means that this
feature is enabled but the gauge will reset when powered down.
iii Use the + (11) and - (9) buttons to select the required setting
between ON and OFF.
iv Press the MENU button (10), the gauge will display StorEd and
return to the measurement mode.
v To enable Coating Plus permanently, select tESt as above and
then re-enter the menu. This time CoatinG-PLUS=StorE will be
displayed by using the + (11) and - (9) buttons.
vi Press the MENU button (10), the gauge will display StorEd and
return to the measurement mode.
vii The gauge will now also display CoatinG-PLUS=On when the
gauge is powered up.

Note: Coating Plus+ mode should not be left on for all measurements. The
gauge will achieve a better performance on standard coatings with this
function turned off.

7.6. Setting the Resolution


The resolution can be set between low (0.1 mm / 0.005) and high (0.05 mm /
0.002).
i Select rES from the menu using the MENU button (10). Use the
navigation table on pg 15 as a guide.
ii Either rES=LO or rES=HI will be displayed depending on the
current setting.
iii Use the + (11) and - (9) buttons to select the required
resolution between HI and LO.
iv Press the MENU button (10), the gauge will display StorEd and
return to the measurement mode.

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7.7. Setting the Units


Either metric (mm) or imperial (inch) units can be selected.

i Select UnitS from the menu using the MENU button (10). Use
the navigation table on pg 15 as a guide.
ii Either UnitS=EUrOPEAn or UnitS=InchES will be displayed
depending on the current setting.
iii Use the + (11) and - (9) buttons to select the required units
between Euro (metric) and Inch (imperial).
iv Press the MENU button (10), the gauge will display StorEd and
return to the measurement mode.

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8. Adding a Topside Repeater (Optional)


8.1. Introduction
The Multigauge 3000 can be upgraded at any time to have a Topside
Repeater. The Topside Repeater allows the operator on the surface to see the
measurements that the diver is getting if the visibility is too poor for the diver to
see the display. It can also be used for verification of the measurements on the
surface.

The Topside Repeater is attached to the gauge by using a replacement End


Cap that can be easily fitted onto the gauge in place of the standard End Cap.
The replacement End Cap has an Impulse connector which connects to the
umbilical to the surface. Up to 1000m of umbilical can be used.

Note: The Multigauge 3000 has been designed so that it can be upgraded at
any time to a topside repeater unit.

Topside Repeater End Cap (15)

There are two options available as follows:


1) Datalogging using a PC or laptop.
2) Surface Display Unit

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8.2. Surface Datalogging - Communicator Software


As well as repeating the measurements from the Multigauge 3000,
Communicator Software also has a two way communication which means the
operator on the surface can adjust settings in the Multigauge 3000, such as
calibration and measurement units, whilst it is being used underwater.

Communicator Software also allows measurements to be stored in either a


grid or string format, or a combination of both. Templates can be easily setup
according to the application. All measurements are stored along with a time
and date label and an optional descriptive label if desired. Measurement points
can also be added whilst on the job in case an area of bad corrosion is found.

All data is stored in a common .csv format which can then be opened in other
standard programs for further presentation options.

Note: Further information is given in more detail in the Communicator


Software Manual.

8.2.1 Connecting the Datalogging Option

Note: O rings must be fitted in the correct positions with Molykote grease
applied each time before the gauge is assembled.

Assemble the Topside Repeater as follows:

1. Remove the standard end cap (7) from the rear of the Multigauge
3000 Underwater Gauge.
2. Fit 2 x new O rings.
3. Apply a thin coat of Molykote grease onto the fitted O rings.
4. Screw the Topside Repeater end cap (15) onto the gauge body. The
end cap (15) should only be finger tight with no gaps apparent.
5. Remove the blanking plug from the wet connectable Impulse
connector on the end cap.
6. Plug in the umbilical cable and ensure it is fully screwed on so that it is
finger tight only.
7. Connect the other end of the cable to the PC or laptop using the
supplied Umbilical and RS422 to USB converter.
8. Install the software on the PC or laptop in accordance with
Communicator Software Manual.
9. Turn on the Multigauge 3000 Underwater Gauge.

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8.3 Surface Display Unit

LCD Display

ON/OFF Button (1) Up Selection (5)

Escape / Back (2) OK / Enter (6)

Menu (3)

Backlight on/off (4) Down Selection (7)

Surface Display Unit (14)

8.3.1. Surface Display Unit Specification Table

Display Multi character LCD with white back light

3 x disposable AA alkaline batteries or rechargeable NiMH /


Batteries
NiCD

Battery Life 20 Hours continuous use using alkaline batteries


Gauge Dimensions 147 mm x 90 mm x 28 mm (5.75 X 3.5 X 1)
Gauge Weight 330 g (11.6 ounces) including batteries
Environmental Case rated to IP65. RoHS and WEEE compliant
Operating Temperature -10C to +50C (14F to 122F)
Storage Temperature -10C to +60C (14F to 140F)

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8.3.2. Functions of the Surface Display Unit


As well as repeating the measurement that the diver is getting, the Surface
Display Unit also has two way communication back to the gauge. This means
that the gauge calibration, measurement units, resolution and Coating Plus+
can all be changed remotely. Also, gauge information such as the probe being
used, remaining battery life and calibration are displayed along with the
measurements.

8.3.3. Batteries
The Surface Display Unit uses 3 x 1.5Vdc AA alkaline disposable batteries
supplied with the kit. NiMH and NiCD rechargeable batteries can also be used.
Insert the batteries into the battery compartment as shown below, ensuring the
batteries are inserted the correct way round:

Positive
Terminals (+)

+ + +

Note: If the Surface Display Unit is to be left unused for an extended period of
time then it is advisable to remove the batteries prior to storage.

Warning: Do not mix rechargeable and disposable batteries in the gauge.

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8.3.4. Low Battery Warning


When the batteries become low in the Surface Display Unit, the battery symbol
in the bottom right of the display will indicate a decrease in battery power.

When the batteries become very low it is advisable to replace them. Otherwise
after a short time the Surface Display Unit will turn off automatically.

The display also shows the remaining level of charge in the Multigauge 3000
underwater gauge

Measuring: mm

Multigauge 3000
Battery Indicator
5900 m/s CP+
Surface Display Unit
2 MHz 13mm IPR
Battery Indicator

8.3.5. Assembly
Note: O rings must be fitted in the correct positions with Molykote grease
applied each time before the gauge is assembled.

Assemble the Topside Repeater as follows:

1. Remove the standard end cap (7) from the rear of the Multigauge
3000 Underwater Gauge.
2. Fit 2 x new O rings.
3. Apply a thin coat of Molykote grease onto the fitted O rings.
4. Screw the Topside Repeater end cap (15) onto the gauge body. The
end cap (15) should only be finger tight with no gaps apparent.
5. Remove the blanking plug from the wet connectable Impulse
connector on the end cap.
6. Plug in the umbilical cable and ensure it is fully screwed on so that it is
finger tight only.
7. Connect the other end of the cable to the Surface Display Unit.

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8.3.6. Switching the Surface Display Unit On


i To switch the Surface Display Unit on, press the ON/OFF switch
(1).
ii If the Surface Display Unit is not properly connected to the
Multigauge 3000 or the Multigauge 3000 is switched off, the
following display will appear:

tritex SD3000

Comms-Link lost!

Press MENU
to continue...

iii Otherwise, the Surface Display Unit will go straight to repeater


mode.
Measuring: mm Arrow flashes to
indicate correct
communication

5900 m/s CP+


2 MHz 13mm IPR

8.3.7. Switching the Surface Display Unit Off


To switch the Surface Display Unit off, press and release the ON/OFF switch
(1). The Surface Display Unit will automatically shut off after 10 minutes of
inactivity to save battery power.

8.3.8. Back Light


The Surface Display Unit is fitted with a white LED back light so the display
can be seen in dark conditions. When the back light (4) is turned on, a light
bulb symbol is displayed.

Note: It is advisable to leave the back light switched off when not required to
save battery power.

8.3.9. Measurement Hold Feature


To hold a measurement, press the + (5) or - (7) button whilst a measurement
is displayed.

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8.3.10. Navigating the Menu on the Surface Display Unit

8.3.10.a To enter the menu:


i Press and release the Menu button (3).
ii A list of menu items will be displayed as shown below.
iii To navigate the menus use the + (5) and - (7) buttons.
iv To select a menu item, press OK (6).
v To see additional menu items, navigate to more... and the next
page will be displayed.
vi To return or move backwards in the menu, press ESC (2).

Select option:
Calibration
Coating Plus
more...

+,-:to change
OK:set,ESC:quit

Select option:
Units
Resolution
more...

+,-:to change
OK:set,ESC:quit

Select option:
Contrast
Beep
more...

+,-:to change
OK:set,ESC:quit

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8.3.10.b. Navigation Table

Menu

Calibration Calibration Setting

Normal
Coating Plus+
Plus CP+

Metric (mm)
Units
Imperial (inch)

(0.1 mm / 0.005)
Resolution
(0.05 mm / 0.002)

Contrast Contrast Setting

On
Beep
Off

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8.3.10.c. Setting the Calibration

This function allows the calibration to be set or checked quickly and easily.

i Select Calibration from the menu using the + (5) and - (7)
buttons. Use the navigation table on pg 27 as a guide.
ii Press OK (6).
iii Use the + (5) and - (7) buttons to adjust the velocity of
sound to the the required new velocity.
iv Alternatively, place the probe on a piece of material of a known
thickness such as the test block supplied with the kit and adjust
the measurement displayed to the known thickness using the +
(5) and - (7) buttons.
v Press OK (6), the gauge will return to the measurement
mode.
set Calibration:
5910 m/s
currently set to:
5910 m/s
15.0 mm

+ or - to change
OK:set,ESC:quit
8.3.10.d. Coating Plus+
Note: Coating Plus+ mode should not be left on for all measurements. The
gauge will achieve a better performance on standard coatings with this
function turned off.
set Coating Plus:
Normal
PLUS CP+
currently set to:
Normal

+ or - to change
OK:set,ESC:quit

i Select Coating Plus+ from the menu using the + (5) and - (7)
buttons. Use the navigation table on pg 27 as a guide.
ii Press OK (6).
iii The arrows will show the current Coating Plus+ setting.
iv Use the + (5) and - (7) buttons to select Normal or PLUS.
v Press OK (6), the gauge will return to the measurement mode.

If selected, the icon CP+ will be shown in the bottom right corner of the
display in measurements mode.

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8.3.10.e. Setting the Units

Either metric (mm) or imperial (inch) units can be selected.

set Units:
mm
inch
currently set to:
mm

+ or - to change
OK:set,ESC:quit

i Select Units from the menu using the + (5) and - (7) buttons.
Use the navigation table on pg 27 as a guide.
ii Press OK (6).
iii The arrows will show the current units setting.
iv Use the + (5) and - (7) buttons to select the required
units between mm and inch.
v Press OK (6), the gauge will return to the measurement mode.

8.3.10.f. Setting the Resolution

The resolution can be set between low (0.1 mm / 0.005) and high (0.05 mm /
0.002).
set Resolution:
0.05 mm
0.1 mm
currently set to:
0.05 mm

+ or - to change
OK:set,ESC:quit
i Select Resolution from the menu using the + (5) and - (7)
buttons. Use the navigation table on pg 27 as a guide.
ii Press OK (6).
iii The arrows will show the current resolution setting.
iv Use the + (5) and - (7) buttons to select the required
resolution between 0.05 and 0.1 (metric) or 0.005 and 0.002
(imperial).
v Press OK (6), the gauge will return to the measurement mode.

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8.3.10.g Contrast

The contrast can be set between 1 and 63 to give a clear display in all light
conditions.
set Contrast:
Contrast: 11

+ or - to change
OK:set,ESC:quit

i Select Contrast from the menu using the + (5) and - (7)
buttons. Use the navigation table on pg 27 as a guide.
ii Press OK (6).
iii The display will show Contrast: XX, where XX is the current
contrast setting.
iv Use the + (5) and - (7) buttons to adjust the contrast to the
required level between 1 and 63.
v Press OK (6), the gauge will return to the measurement mode.

Note: If the contrast is adjusted too low, the display will appear blank. The
recommended values are between 9 and 14 depending on ambient
temperatures.
8.3.10.h Beep (Sound)
This function turns the keypad sound actions on or off.

set Beep:
On
Off
currently set to:
on

+ or - to change
OK:set,ESC:quit

i Select Beep from the menu using the + (5) and - (7)
buttons. Use the navigation table on pg 27 as a guide.
ii Press OK (6).
iii The arrows will show the current sound setting.
iv Use the + (5) and - (7) buttons to select On or Off.
v Press OK (6), the gauge will return to the measurement mode.

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9. Using the Multigauge 3000 UW


9.1. How Triple Echo Works
All Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges should be calibrated to the velocity of sound
of the material being measured. Coatings have a different velocity of sound
than metal and it is important they are not included in the measurement. Triple
echo ensures all coatings are completely eliminated from the measurement.

How it works:

A transmitted ultrasound pulse travels though both the coating and the metal
and reflects from the back wall. The returned echo then reverberates within the
metal, with only a small portion of the echo travelling back through the coating
each time. The timing between the small echoes gives us the timing of the
echoes within the metal, which relate to the metal thickness. The returned
echoes need not be consecutive as the gauge will interpret them automatically
and calculate the thickness. A minimum of three echoes is checked each time.
This is referred to as the Automatic Measurement Verification System
(AMVS).

Probe

Coating
Metal
Timing 1
Timing 2
Timing 3

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9.2. Echo Strength Indicator


The gauge will display a series of flashing bars to indicate the strength of the
returning echoes. The stronger the returning echoes are, the more bars will be
displayed.

9.3. Precautions When Measuring


q Check that the material has parallel front and back walls.
If the front and back walls are not parallel, the ultrasound hitting the
back wall will be deflected away from the face of the probe. The probe
will therefore not receive any echoes back.

q The surface being measured should be free from organic


growth, dirt or debris. It may be necessary to clean or brush the
surface prior to taking measurements.

q Couplant is not required underwater. Water acts as a very good


couplant between the probe and object being measured.

q A membrane should be correctly fitted to the probe.

q Place the probe firmly on the surface being measured to


make good contact.

q Do not remove protective coatings. The gauge is designed


to ignore these.

q Ensure the coating is solidly adhered to the surface.


Triple echo will ignore coatings as long as they are solidly adhered to
the surface. If the coating has become loose or delaminated then air
pockets will exist.

q Remove debris from the probe face between measurements.

q Sometimes it is necessary to rock the probe slightly and


gently in order to obtain measurements. This often helps the probe
to receive echoes from the back wall.

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q Ensure the coating is not layered or does not contain


foreign objects in its construction. Layered coatings cause
reflections at the layer interface. This seriously weakens the strength
of the ultrasound and may prevent it from travelling all the way
through. The same applies to foreign objects which can deflect the
ultrasound path or prevent the ultrasound from passing.

q Some types of casting may cause problems for ultrasonic


gauges. Castings can contain foreign elements within their
construction and they also have varying velocity of sound
properties throughout their structure. This may result in inaccurate
measurements due to the inherent inconsistencies in the material.

Always ensure new membranes are correctly fitted prior to a


dive.

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10. Help
10.1. Gauge fails to switch on
Advice Action
Check the battery is present and fully charged. Recharge the battery (see pg 11).
The battery will not hold charge Replace the battery (see pg 10)
The ON/OFF switch may be defective. Return the gauge to Tritex NDT (see pg 39).

10.2. Difficult to obtain readings


Advice Action
Check the gauge against the 15 mm test block If this works, the problem is with the material
supplied. being measured (see pg 32).

Check the correct probe for the material being Select the correct probe (see pg 12).
measured has been selected.
Check the probe membrane is properly fitted Refit or replace the membrane (see pg 14).
with membrane oil applied and no trapped air
present.

Check the probe O ring is in the correct Re-fit and re-connect as necessary (see pg 8).
position and the nose cone is properly fitted

Check the serviceability of the probe and lead. Contact Tritex NDT for replacement items (see
pg 39).

Check the serviceability of the gauge. Return the gauge to Tritex NDT (see pg 39).

10.3. Gauge displays up to three ascending bars


Advice Action
Not all echoes received are equal. The gauge Move or rock the probe slightly until all echoes
has Automatic Measurement Verification are received (see pg 32).
System (AMVS).

10.4. Standing readings are displayed when not measuring


Advice Action
Excessive membrane oil under membrane. Refit or replace the membrane (see pg 14).

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10.5. Gauge measures correctly on steel test block but not


on the material under test
Advice Action
Check the material is not too thin for the Select the correct probe (see pg 12).
frequency of the probe being measured.

Check that the material has parallel front and See pg 32 - Precautions When Measuring.
back walls.
Ensure plenty of ultrasonic gel is used between See pg 32 - Precautions When Measuring.
the probe and the material to eliminate any air
pockets when measuring above water.
Ensure the coating is solidly adhered to the See pg 32 - Precautions When Measuring.
surface.
Ensure the coating is not layered or contains See pg 32 - Precautions When Measuring.
foreign objects in its construction.

Some types of casting may cause problems for See pg 32 - Precautions When Measuring.
ultrasonic gauges.

10.6. Surface Display Unit fails to switch on

Advice Action
Check the batteries are present and Replace with new batteries (see pg 23).
serviceable.
The ON/OFF key may be defective. Return the gauge to Tritex NDT (see pg 39).

10.7. No communication between the Surface Display Unit


and the Multigauge 3000
Advice Action
Check all the connections have been properly Reconnect any plugs and sockets that have
made. become disconnected (see pg 24)
Check the umbilical is not damaged. Contact Tritex NDT for replacement items (see
pg 39).
Check the Multigauge 3000 is switched on. Switch on the Multigauge 3000 (see pg 9)

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11. General Information


11.1. Safety
Only use the battery pack supplied with the kit.

Only use the battery charger supplied with the kit. Do not attempt to charge the
battery with any other charger.

Do not submerge the gauge in water unless the gauge has been correctly
assembled (see page 8)

Do not open the gauge body other than to change the batteries. Always return
the gauge for repair.

Never dispose of battery pack in a fire. There is a serious risk of explosion


and/or the release of highly toxic chemicals.

Do not expose to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

11.2. RoHS
New legislation to help safeguard the environment has been introduced to
ensure companies act responsibly. Tritex products are fully RoHS compliant
which means that we do not use hazardous substances and materials at any
stage of manufacture. Lead cadmium, mercury and other such materials used
in electronic equipment are not present in Tritex products.

RoHS compliance is already law in the United Kingdom and European Union
and will soon be adopted in other countries seeking to protect the planet for
future generations.

At Tritex we are aware of our corporate social responsibility towards all our
stakeholders. We take pride in our work and our environment.

11.3. WEEE Disposal Instructions


Do not dispose of this device with unsorted waste. Improper disposal may be
harmful to the environment. Please refer to your local waste authority for
information on return and collection schemes in your area. Otherwise, return
the product to Tritex NDT for safe disposal.

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11.4. Cleaning
Clean the gauge using a mild detergent, a damp (not wet) cloth, or an anti-
static wipe. Never use abrasives, solvents or other cleaning products as this
will damage the instrument. Do not soak the gauge with water or other liquids
when un-assembled.

11.5. Warranty
Tritex products are guaranteed against defects in material and/or workmanship
for a period of 3 years from date of delivery.

Any equipment that may be defective should be returned carriage paid direct
to Tritex or to their approved local distributor who will at their discretion repair
or replace equipment that proves to be defective during the warranty period.
This warranty includes parts, labour and return at no charge.

Repairs due to abuse of the equipment, accident, fair wear and tear and use of
non approved third party hardware is not covered by this warranty. Probe
warranty is limited to 1 year. Rechargeable battery pack warranty is limited to
defects and workmanship only for 1 year. Failing to hold a charge is not
covered.

No other warranty is expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the
implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

The customer should not attempt any repair as this will void the warranty.

Tritex shall not be liable for collateral or consequential damage of any kind
from either the use or the interpretation of the results from the equipment.

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11.6. Service & Repair


A full manufacturers factory repair service is available from Tritex NDT.
Priority is given to customer repairs so the gauge can be returned ready for
action in the shortest possible time. The complete kit should be returned to
Tritex direct or through your local agent.

Before you return your gauge

Check through the troubleshooting guide on page 34. If this does not solve the
problem we can sometimes give advice over the phone.

When returning the gauge

If after troubleshooting, the gauge is still faulty, you will need to return your
gauge for repair. Please package the complete kit in a suitable protective
container and return to us at the address on page 39.

Please include your contact details including name, address, e-mail and
phone number, along with a brief description of the problem.

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12. Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0) 1305 257160

Facsimile: +44 (0) 1305 259573

E-mail: Sales@tritexndt.com

Website: www.tritexndt.com

Address: Unit 10, Mellstock Business Park


Higher Bockhampton
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 8QJ
United Kingdom

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Notes:

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Tritex NDT Ltd


Unit 10, Mellstock Business Park
Higher Bockhampton,
Dorchester, Dorset
United Kingdom
DT2 8QJ
t: +44 (0) 1305 257160
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