Aerial Energy Resources is an environmentally friendly company, as they focus on using technology with minimal environmental impacts. AER specializes in Phased Array technology in lieu of Industrial Radiography because Phased Array poses minimal threats to workers and the environment versus Industrial Radiography.
Radiography used in the field is very similar to doctors using x-ray technology. Doctors use x-rays to see problems inside the body that are not visible from the outside, such as bone fractures. Industrial radiography works the same way, but it is used to find cracks and flaws inside a product. Radiography is commonly used to test metal welds, oil and gas pipelines, vehicle parts, and aircraft parts.
The use of Industrial Radiography poses safety risks and threats to the environment. Radiography uses a film to display images of the item being tested. Think back to the doctor, and let's say the doctor took an x-ray of your foot to check for bone fractures. The doctor will then show you an image of your foot, and if there is a fracture it will show up as a dark line. The picture of your foot is printed on film, like the radiographers use to view images of test parts. To develop the film, radiographers use harmful chemicals and heavy metals, such as silver bromide, that require proper disposal. However, risks are eliminated if all parties follow proper procedure and control measures.
Is there a safer way to test materials without encountering the risks associated with Industrial Radiography? The answer is yes, Phased Array.
The use of Phased Array in lieu of radiography provides many benefits. Phased Array is quicker; evaluation times per weld in the field are typically under 10 minutes with no peripheral shut downs of production. It provides the ability to measure and control inspection costs per weld, and it reduces threats posed to workers and the environment versus Industrial Radiography.
Why do companies continue to extensively utilize Radiography when another far superior method eliminates the inherent risks and exposures associated with Radiography? This is not to say that Industrial Radiography should not be used at all, or that Phased Array UT is the cure all and solution in every case. However, at least 90 percent of the use of Radiography and the environmental and safety exposure associated, can ,and should be eliminated with the use of Phased Array UT.
AER is concerned about the safety of their workers and the environment. Knowing the risks of Industrial radiography, AER invested early on in Phased Array technology. AER can provide phased array services at similar costs to radiography while allowing customers to capitalize on the safety, environmental, quality, and production benefits of the technology.