Vidisco’s Digital X-ray Systems are the Preferred Method of Testing Power Line Integrity

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AltaLink, Alberta’s largest regulated electricity transmission company, chose to inspect its infrastructure with Vidisco’s digital radiography equipment due to the high quality images available in seconds and because of the ease of storing and sharing images.

Power line inspection with RayzorX Pro, portable digital X-ray system

Power Line Inspection with RayzorX Pro

AltaLink has adopted digital X-ray technology as its preferred method of X-ray inspection because of the ease of storing and sharing images and the instant response.

AltaLink, like other utility companies around the world maintains aging infrastructure that is nearing the end of its lifecycle. As demand for electricity increases, greater load is placed on the strained lines, which can lead to sleeve conductor failures.

According to AltaLink, sleeve conductor failures are attributed to a variety of reasons. These failures can have a substantial financial impact which can range from thousands of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. For this reason AltaLink developed and implemented proper quality-assurance procedures.

Recently, AltaLink came across Vidiscos digital X-ray system, which is used in Alberta’s oil field industry. AltaLink was impressed with how Vidisco’s RayzorX Pro system is light weight and easy to carry and can be used anywhere. The utility company also appreciated how the digital images are sent wirelessly to a laptop, which has Vidisco’s proprietary software and allows the technicians to manipulate the image with numerous viewing tools. This means that the quality of the image can be determined instantly.

The AltaLink and Spectrum Testing NDT technicians also liked using the greyscale and polarity tools which can be adjusted to refine the resolution of the image. This also enables viewing materials of different densities. Once the X-ray process is complete, the images can be sent by e-mail. Getting a second opinion for clarity is just a click away.

In the past, AltaLink’s technicians used gamma radiography for inspection, but this method was cumbersome. With gamma radiography, the workers had to spend 40 to 55 minutes to develop the image to see if it was of good quality.

With Vidisco’s digital X-ray, the entire process from shot to laptop happens remotely and in seconds. If the image did not come out to the technician’s satisfaction, the process can be repeated quickly and easily.

“AltaLink has adopted digital X-ray technology as its preferred method of X-ray inspection because of the ease of storing and sharing images and the instant response,” explains Darryl Rempel from AltaLink. To read more about how AltaLink’s field technicians use X-ray technology to discover issues with compression sleeves before they inflict costly outages, click here.

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