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Russell NDE's Bracelet Probe, Your Solution for Corrosion Under Insulation Inspections
Friday, August 4, 2023

Russell NDE's Bracelet Probe, Your Solution for Corrosion Under Insulation Inspections

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) can wreak havoc on industrial facilities, leading to extensive repairs, downtime, and significant financial losses, negatively affecting your bottom line. At Russell NDE Systems Inc., we understand the risks associated with failing to spot corrosion early and how preventative measures such as CUI inspections can prevent operational issues. This time, we will spotlight an innovative solution to detecting corrosion under insulation early on – Russell NDE's Bracelet Probe. This non-destructive testing tool is revolutionizing how we identify corrosion. Continue reading to learn more. 


The Challenge of CUI: Detect It Before It's Too Late

Corrosion under insulation or corrosion under fireproofing (CUF) is a complex and elusive issue affecting pipes, tanks, towers, and pressure vessels routinely exposed to moisture. External environmental factors, third-party damage, and time spent in service all contribute to the extent and rate of corrosion on these critical pieces of equipment. To mitigate this problem, routine inspections are vital. However, traditional methods, such as visual inspections, are costly and time-consuming and may not catch the hidden patches of corrosion lurking beneath the insulation or fireproofing. 


Fortunately, Russell NDE's team is well-versed in dealing with diverse environments characterized by consistent and extreme seasonal changes, fluctuating temperatures, and variations in humidity caused by nearby industrial processes. With our extensive knowledge and experience, Russell NDE is here to guide you on how our innovative non-destructive tools can inspect for corrosion under your insulation. In particular, we will take a closer look at our revolutionary Bracelet Probe and its ability to detect corrosion under insulation before it escalates into a significant issue. 


The Power of Russell NDE's Bracelet Probe

Russell NDE's patented Bracelet Probe is a breakthrough solution engineered to address CUI inspection challenges effectively. With over four decades of expertise in non-destructive testing, Russell NDE Systems Inc. has crafted a tool that outperforms traditional Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) inspections. Here's how our Bracelet Probe exceeds traditional forms of corrosion under insulation inspection tools:

  1. Precision Detection: The Bracelet Probe excels at spotting hidden, local, or widespread corrosion, enabling you to make targeted repairs without removing the entire insulation.
  2. Real-time Efficiency: With a remarkable inspection speed of up to 5 m/minute, the Bracelet Probe rapidly detects corrosion, saving you valuable time and resources. Moreover, as a non-destructive inspection tool, the Bracelet Probe requires less downtime to complete the task. 
  3. Versatility: The Bracelet probe can inspect through fireproofing, aluminum or stainless-steel jackets, and insulation up to 125 cm (5") thick with no hindrance to the tool's ability to complete a thorough examination.
  4. Smaller footprint: The Bracelet probe uses much smaller detector coils than traditional PEC probes. A smaller footprint leads to enhanced detection of small areas of corrosion.
  5. Cost-effectiveness: By detecting corrosion early and accurately, you can prevent significant deterioration and avoid costly repairs, replacements, and operational downtime.
  6. Proven Performance: Backed by rigorous testing and a successful track record, the Bracelet Probe is the go-to tool for CUI inspections.


The Comprehensive Testing Solutions Your Operations Need

Russell NDE provides non-destructive testing solutions and services beyond the Bracelet Probe. Some of the other instruments we offer include the following:

  • Remote Field Technology (RFT) Instruments
  • Bracelet Probe for Uninsulated (bare) Pipes
  • Internal Pipeline Integrity Tool (I-PIT) Systems
  • External pipe inspection tool (E-PIT)
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges (UT)
  • Eddy-Current Technology (ECT) Systems
  • Internal Bracelet Probe (see photo)
  • And More!


At Russell NDE, all of our personnel are qualified to CGSB or ASNT TC-1A standards and operate in accordance with written procedures to ensure safety and quality service. With our extensive inventory and services, you can proactively maintain your system's integrity and ensure optimal productivity.


Act Now with Russell NDE

With Russell NDE, safeguarding your operations with innovation and expertise is easy. So don't wait for hidden corrosion under insulation to compromise your industrial assets. Contact Russell NDE today to explore even more features of our cutting-edge Bracelet Probe and our comprehensive range of non-destructive testing tools and services. 

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