Phoenix ISL appoints Technical Sales Engineer

Chris Canham, new Technical Sales Engineer at Phoenix ISLPhoenix Inspection Systems Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Canham as Technical Sales Engineer, responsible for developing new sales streams across the UK, developing sales strategies with a technical influence, creating new business opportunities, and generating sales growth of Phoenix ISL solutions.

Chris joins the Phoenix sales team with a depth of knowledge gained in Technical Sales roles and as a qualified Senior NDT Technician and Tube Inspector. Chris is experienced in standard and specialist NDT methods, working in the oil and gas industry on offshore platforms and FPSO’s, refineries, oil and gas terminals, chemical plants, and alternative energy power plants.

Commenting on the appointment, Sales Manager Andrew Brewis said: “Chris is an excellent addition to the Phoenix sales team and can draw on his invaluable experience when assisting new and existing customers with technical sales issues and applying his in-field experience to provide expert product knowledge of Phoenix ISL’s innovative solutions to NDT professionals.”

Phoenix ISL Development for Automated Train Hollow Axle Inspection

axle bore scanner from Phoenix ISLPhoenix Inspection Systems Limited have further developed their ultrasonic NDT solution for the automated inspection of train wheel hollow axle sets, typically used in high speed passenger trains, where lighter weight components have a distinct advantage.

Trains travel at speeds in excess of 200km/h and subject their hollow axles to increased strain risking the structural integrity and reliability. The axle life is a crucial part of both the safety and economic performance of a train and hollow axles need to be inspected periodically, using an ultrasonic testing solution to detect potential internal defects and cracks in the outer surface. Early stages of detection can improve the efficiency in the use of axles by extending their life. However, inspection which takes a train out of service impacts on the economic aspects of a train’s operation.

The Axle Bore Scanner has been developed by Phoenix ISL over the years and the most recent automated design allows fast and efficient inspection of the axle in-situ from the trackside, reducing inspection time and costs.

The system is compact, portable and easy to use by a single operator and can inspect axle bores from Ø25mm to Ø110mm by changing the probe head to the appropriate diameter. Inspecting bores of any length is possible using interchangeable lances to give the required stroke length. With two motorised axes for axial and circumferential motion through the bore, the Axle Bore Scanner can inspect either by helical, helicoidal or raster scan patterns (370° x 2150mm).

Andrew Brewis, Sales Manager at Phoenix ISL said: “The latest version of the Phoenix Train Axle Bore scanner has the addition of seals either side of the probe head to retain couplant, which means a cleaner inspection is achieved; A great benefit when inspecting at the trackside.”

Click here for more information or view our video on the Train Axle Bore scanner here.

Phoenix ISL Offer Online UT Product Demonstrations

During these challenging times, our priority at Phoenix ISL is the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, partners, and community whilst continuing to provide our high-performance ultrasonic scanners and transducers. Offering online product demonstrations is one solution that allows us to minimise business travel and eliminate in-person meetings.

Phoenix ISL’s online internet demonstrations are available to you, anywhere in the world, in the safety and convenience of your own surroundings, with full video and audio capabilities. Hosted by our experienced sales engineers, our knowledgeable team present a live demonstration of our *UT solutions, highlighting the key features and benefits you can expect for your NDT inspection requirements.

To schedule your online demonstration telephone +44 (0)1925 826000 or email:

*Online demo dates and times are scheduled subject to product availability.

We value our customers and pledge to do everything we can to meet your NDT inspection needs safely and responsibly.

Eclipse Scientific Add Phoenix ISL TOFD Probe and Wedge Range to ES BeamTool Software

PhoenixISL and Eclipse Probe and Wedge Range kitFollowing the first successful collaboration between Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited and Eclipse Scientific, the partnership has added the range of Phoenix ISL TOFD probes and wedges to ES BeamTool 9 software, enabling customers to easily set up their scan plan.

BeamTool’s Time-Of-Flight Diffraction support provides tools to visualize and confirm zonal coverage. TOFD techniques can be automatically annotated with cross-over dimensions and dead-zone depiction. Probe Center Separation (PCS) can easily be defined by selecting the cross-over depth required and BeamTool automatically positions the probes to target the inspection requirements.

The latest addition to the BeamTool software ensures customers can configure their Phoenix ISL TOFD probes and wedges to provide the best scanning coverage possible through great simulation.

More about Phoenix ISL TOFD Probes and Wedges

Time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD) transducers and wedges generate refracted longitudinal waves in steel. These highly damped longitudinal wave probes provide a high resolution and performance suitable for ultrasonic testing on welds. Phoenix manufactures composite and non-composite TOFD transducers of varying frequencies from 2MHz to 15MHz and crystal diameters ranging from approximately 3mm (0.125″) to 20mm (0.787″). To accompany the Phoenix range is a wide selection of TOFD wedges manufactured from durable plastic, brass or stainless steel to suit varying inspection environments.

Phoenix ISL Join Forces with Eclipse Scientific to Simplify Phased Array Inspections

PhoenixISL and Eclipse collaboration

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited have collaborated with Eclipse Scientific to enable customers to easily set up their scan plan through the ES BeamTool 9 software. The latest software release gives customers the ability to easily configure their Phoenix ISL phased array probes and wedges to ensure they have the best scanning coverage possible through great simulation.

BeamTool was designed to meet the modern operator’s need for speed. Phased array technique development is more complex than that for conventional ultrasonic inspection and as such requires effective software tools to help define the inspection approach. Successful inspections start with a plan and new and existing users of Phoenix ISL’s phased array probes can now benefit from the partnership with BeamTool to make it easy to model, validate and document their phased array inspection plans with confidence.

More about BeamTool Phased Array

BeamTool’s innovative approach to phased array enables linear, sectorial and an informative reference cursor option to be represented, helping to clearly convey weld coverage, HAZ coverage and probe position, in addition to critical dimensions. The beamset parameters dialog displays a visual representation of the transducer elements that are used to form the beamset. Beam spread visualization allows you to more accurately see your beamset coverage for a specific dB drop, and near field visualization ensures that any focusing being performed is within the near field. True Depth, Projection and Half Path focus types can be visualized in your workspace and documented in your technique report.

More about Phoenix ISL Phased Array Probes

High performance linear phased array probes, available to order from stock in a range of 5MHz – 7.5MHz and from 16 to 64 elements (other frequencies and specifications are available upon request). Designed with piezo-composite elements, Phoenix ISL phased array probes provide high resolution imaging to maximise sensitivity, accurate ultrasonic detection and sizing of defects in welds and effective corrosion mapping of various materials. Housed in a rugged stainless steel case for all industrial NDT applications and compatible with the Phoenix ISL range of phased array wedges.

Phoenix ISL’s COVID-19 Response and Action

As COVID-19 continues to spread, we are closely monitoring the ever-changing developments of this pandemic.  Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, partners, and communities we surround ourselves with each day, while continuing to serve our customers and preserving the strength of our business. Our thoughts are with those directly affected by the virus and we wish to express our sincerest gratitude to those who find themselves on the frontline of the national efforts to combat the virus.

We are abiding by all regulations and following all guidelines that apply to our business.  We have implemented a number of steps as guided by those agencies and authorities leading the effort to mitigate the impact of the Corona Virus.  These actions include:

  • Implementing “work from home” for all employees that are able;
  • Restricting all business travel;
  • Eliminating in person meetings and using video conferencing as a first choice;
  • Practicing social distancing;
  • Adjusting workplaces to allow for more person to person distance;
  • Applying increased cleaning standards at each facility; and
  • Adding shifts to lunch periods to minimize social contact

These actions ensure that our employees are taking necessary precautions to safeguard personal safety, while allowing us to continue to serve our customers. We are working hard to continue the supply of product and to be able to provide accurate information for our customers.  We appreciate your patience as we, and the global community, navigate this evolving situation.

We value our customers and pledge to do everything we can to safely and responsibly meet your needs.

Phoenix ISL awarded Framatome contract for Nuclear Power NDT Inspection solutions

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has announced that it has recently been awarded a contract by Framatome to supply custom-design scanning solutions for non-destructive testing inspections within the primary circuit of Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) and Pressurised Water Reactors (PWR) within nuclear power plants in Finland.

The automated solutions will be deployed inside the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) using remotely operated vehicles to inspect branch nozzles. In-service inspections are critical to monitor and maintain the integrity of the nozzles and to ensure the performance and efficiency of the reactor.

Phoenix ISL is proud to be awarded this challenging project and with over 35 years’ experience in developing and manufacturing customised solutions for the nuclear power industry; Framatome will benefit from the experience and extensive expertise of the team at Phoenix ISL to deliver a fleet of efficient ultrasonic NDT scanning solutions.

Pictured Left to Right: Wayne Jones (James Fisher Nuclear), Andrew Brewis, David Barr and Bryan Forth (Phoenix ISL), Dustin Pischke (Framatome) and Harald Schaefer (Framatome). During a site visit to James Fisher Nuclear to look at opportunities to combine Phoenix ultrasonic solutions with remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s).

M-Skip probe and wedge solution reduces inspection time and costs

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has recently supplied a number of Multi-Skip or M-Skip probe and wedge solutions for wall thickness measurement in pipelines.

M-Skip is an advanced ultrasonic corrosion detection technique that enables NDT inspection of inaccessible components due to obstructions, such as pipe supports, clamps and saddles. M-Skip provides operators with wall thickness measurement without the need to move obstructions, which can prove costly and time consuming.

Andrew Brewis, Sales Manager at Phoenix ISL said: “The M-Skip solution is a current example of custom and application specific solutions manufactured by Phoenix. If nothing in our standard range suits a particular inspection requirement we can make a small modification to a standard product or design a full customised solution to suit a particular application.”

Phoenix extends transducer range with Phased Array Probes

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has expanded its product offering with the addition of a new range of Linear Phased Array transducers.

The high performance probes are available to order from stock in a range of 5MHz – 7.5MHz and from 16 to 64 elements. Designed with piezo-composite elements, Phoenix phased array probes provide; high resolution imaging - to maximise sensitivity, accurate ultrasonic detection and sizing of defects in welds and effective corrosion mapping of various materials. Housed in a rugged stainless steel case the probes have performed consistently well in customer trials and are suitable for all on-site industrial NDT applications.

Andrew Brewis, Sales Manager at Phoenix ISL said: “The introduction of this new range offers our customers the convenience of ordering premium ‘off the shelf’ linear phased array probes and allows us to satisfy the demand for orders with short delivery timescales. The range is compatible with Phoenix phased array wedges, toolposts and cradles which means Phoenix now offers its own ‘complete phased array solutions’ with its dynamic range of manual and automated scanners.”

Click here to view the full range.

Happy Holidays!

The end of the year brings no greater joy than to thank you for your continued support and to express season’s greetings from all at Phoenix ISL.

Please note: We will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday, 24th December 2018, with the last date for shipments on Friday, 21st December 2018. We will re-open on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019 and the first shipping date for orders will be on Monday, 7th January 2019.