3 steps to develop customized magneto-inductive equipment
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A design customization is always more requested to avoid standard and interface complexity. The technical maturity of the magneto-inductive methodology (60 years) and its inspection adaptability to any ferromagnetic materials create the best conditions for customization. The magneto-inductive method has been used in different sectors and applications, cableways, cranes, belt conveyors, elevators and pipes, allowing the technicians to have a complete picture of the inspected object. The magneto-inductive method, thanks to its accuracy and reliability, is mentioned in: EN12927 (Cableway); ISO4309 (Heavy Lifting); UNI 1607593 (Elevator Technical Project). In this article the reader will learn the main steps for a customized product.
1. FEASIBILITY STUDY
The customer and the designer must collaborate to achieve the desired goal. Getting off on the right foot requires cooperation and a clear communication. The customer should describe the whole working environment, highlighting the needs for developing a customized product. The Mining, The Offshore and the Elevator Sector are perfect examples of complex environments characterized by non-ordinary inspection conditions.
It is fundamental to define with the customer the functions that the tool must perform and an acceptable range of price. Once all the information has been collected, the technical and the commercial teams prepare a quotation and the relative technical projects. These two documents are interdependent, constituting the customization project. If the project is accepted a time-plan will be released.
2. DESIGNING AND PRODUCING THE CUSTOMIZATION
In this phase information flows fast. The technical team, if possible, inspect the site to collect all the required data. A 3D model will be elaborated to show the customer the work and to guarantee that everything will be made according to the specifications. This model will be the base for the equipment production. The customization can entail both the hardware (measuring head, acquisition system) and the software or just one of them.
3. INSTALLATION, CALIBRATION AND TRAINING
The product will be delivered with the related instruction manual. Especially for permanent installations, Calibration and Installation are the most delicate phases. They represent the final validation process for the whole equipment and its connections: Measuring Head – Acquisition System – Software.
Here's an example of the development of a permanently-installed device able to inspect continuously from 1 to 8 elevators consisting of 6 ropes each