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Dacon and Russell/PICA sign co-operation agreement

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Dacon, a manufacturer of ultrasonic in-line inspection tools, and Russell NDE Systems, a manufacturer ofelectromagnetic in-line inspection tools for PICA, have signed a co-operation agreement through which each company may offer the other’s special “smart pigs” for applications that are appropriate.

Dacon toolRecent examples include:

  • Russell will provide one of its “High Lift-Off” RFT tools to inspect three 8-in, schedule 80 pipelines in Thailand. The lines have a cement mortar liner that is impossible for Dacon tools to penetrate. The lines will be cleaned by Dacon, who will also run the sizing pigs through the lines in preparation for the Russell tool.
  • Dacon will inspect a 24-in HDPE line located in New Caledonia for PICA. PICA’s tools can only inspect ferromagnetic lines (cast iron, ductile iron and steel), but the Dacon tool can inspect any material, except  HDPE liner in a steel pipe. In that case, the Dacon tool would be used to precisely measure the thickness of the liner and the Russell or PICA tool would be used to inspect the steel pipe. 

The ability for PICA, Russell and Dacon to share their tools and provide the best solution for individual applications in the water, waste water, mining, slurry and oil, and gas pipeline industries provides a more extensive solution set for our customers.