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At Peak we have always advocated that no one software / development platform is suitable for all applications. The needs of an inline testing system are completely different to those for the inspection of a nuclear pressure vessel. The open architecture of MicroPulse gives the user unparalleled flexibility. Our competitors call this a hindrance but it is actually a benefit. It gives the user direct access to all the features available in the MicroPulse, rather than trying to wrap the true functionality up into an SDK and means the user can choose the most appropriate software / development platform for their application. Furthermore the MicroPulse, from power on, has its full functionality available, so no BOOTP!
InspectionWare from UTEX Scientific http://www.utex.com is a unique configurable platform, which contains everything you need to build and automate any type of NDE system, regardless of the instrumentation or motion control used, or the complexity of the scanning process and you don’t need to be a software engineer to do this. Peak NDT’s MicroPulse range is fully supported by InspectionWare. InspectionWare bridges the gap between creators and users of NDE systems. By providing a way to create customized applications, it offers an alternative to the pre-packaged NDE software without starting from scratch in C++ or the like. Designing an inspection system around the user’s needs is now possible and practical using InspectionWare without being a top programmer!
InspectionWare provides versatility to traditionally fixed applications, where one unit performs one type of task. By creating multiple workspaces, InspectionWare can provide the capability to create multipurpose systems with rapid switching between purposes. Applications powered by InspectionWare range from simple inspection systems for composites, engine disks, and forgings to process control applications like real-time composite cure and adhesive bond monitors. Many complex problems in the aerospace, power generation and manufacturing industries are being solved using InspectionWare. There are no limits to what you can do.
LabVIEW from National Instruments http://www.ni.com/labview/ is a graphical programming platform that helps engineers scale from design to test and from small to large systems. It offers unprecedented integration with existing legacy software, IP, and hardware while capitalizing on the latest computing technologies. LabVIEW provides tools to solve today’s problems—and the capacity for future innovation—faster and more effectively.
MATLAB® is the high-level language and interactive environment used by millions of engineers and scientists worldwide. It lets you explore and visualize ideas and collaborate across disciplines including signal and image processing, communications, control systems, and computational finance. In the context of MicroPulse it is particularly popular with Universities, being used by Bristol University in the development of their TFM algorithms. For more information about MATLAB go to http://uk.mathworks.com/products/matlab/
MIPS and GUIDE are two complementary software packages for collecting and analysing the data from automated ultrasonic inspections. They have been developed over a period of over 30 years, initially by the CEGB Non-Destructive Testing Applications Centre at Wythenshaw and more recently by British Energy (now EDF Energy) at Barnwood. Together they provide a flexible inspection package, which used in conjunction with Peak NDT’s MicroPulse flaw detector has been subject to extensive independent validation including blind test-block trials prior to use for Sizewell B PWR pre- and in-service inspections. MIPS and GUIDE are used by EDF Energy for almost all their automated ultrasonic inspections. This ongoing and consistent approach has shortened development time where new inspections are required and has enabled Technical Justifications to build on work already carried out for previous applications, reducing the time and cost associated the Inspection Qualification. Being used also by Doosan Babcock and Rolls-Royce Marine Power, MIPS and GUIDE have become accepted as the UK Nuclear Industry standard for safety critical inspections.
To the seasoned software developer Visual Studio from Microsoft needs no introduction! Go to https://www.visualstudio.com/ to find out more
So, think you may need to write your own application but not yet convinced that doing so is going to be that easy? Here, in no particular order, is a list of some of those companies that already have: