Rafter Equipment is the exclusive North American system integrator for the ThermoProfilScanner (TPS) non-destructive weld seam inspection system provided by HKS-Prozesstechnik GmbH (www.hks-prozesstechnik.de). The TPS uses a unique “lens-less” thermal imaging sensor to capture the heat profile of the weld seam just after welding.
The heat profile is recorded and displayed at the operator’s interface. Recipes for various products can be established based on known thresholds for temperature distribution across the seam, profile symmetry, profile position (i.e., on or off center), and maximum temperature. The heat profiles are stored in a database relative to the location within a given tube as determined by a speed input signal. The individual tubes are identified and numbered in the database by using the customer’s existing cutoff signal. Additional parameters such as tube speed and weld power are also recorded.
The database can be accessed and backed up to the customer’s existing network via an Ethernet connection. Profiles for individual tubes can be recalled at any time for further inspection making this system ideal for ISO requirements. Please contact the Rafter sales department for further information.