Since the formation in 1958 Sonatest Ltd has grown to become one of the most respected suppliers of ultrasonic NDT instruments in the world with many global blue chip clients. The Sitescan and Masterscan range of flaw detectors has an enviable reputation for reliability, whilst the user interface design has set the industry standard. In 2013 Sonatest's innovative Prisma product design was recognised winning the Red Dot Design Award and the A-Award for product design in the scientific and industrial category.

WheelProbe 2 is proving to be unrivalled in the field of composite inspection and corrosion monitoring in terms of speed and ease of use, in addition to achieving excellent results. Continuing the proven success of Sonatest’s WheelProbe range, the new WheelProbe 2 is proving to be unrivalled in the field of composite inspection and corrosion monitoring in terms of speed and ease of use, in addition to achieving excellent results. Typical applications include Corrosion Mapping, Marine Inspection, Aerospace Fuselage, Aerospace Large Area scanning and Automotive testing.

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Key Features

Composite inspection
WP2 presents the most efficient solution for scanning large areas of composite. As the best alternative to immersion inspection the WP2 offers an impressive 1mm near surface resolution in the latest composite materials using 5MHz array. Available also with 10MHz, 3.5MHz and a 2MHz version, the WP2 tyre tightly matches the acoustic impedance of water and like its predecessor, produces UT signals of exceptional quality. The configurable handles, adjustable laser guidance, unique LED’s for alarm feedback, remote control with start/stop indexing and reset buttons as well as the remote display makes this package unique, superior and still unequaled.

Corrosion monitoring
Making complete and reliable surveys to generate corrosion maps is more than a trend it is required. With the efficiency, performance and precision provided by the WP2, it is now possible to inspect large areas and quickly analyse data to determine if any critical or urgent action is required. Moreover, this technique allows the user to compare large amounts of data over time to perform preventative maintenance, reducing potential downtime. With WP2 the level of confidence is significally increased since decisions can be based on data sets that are 1000 times more detailed, yet still gathered in the same time required to do ‘spot check’ using traditional methods. Whether for axial or longitudinal inspection using unique grooved rollers, or attached to a scanner, WP2’s flexibility makes it the tool of choice for a fast and accurate corrosion monitoring application!

WP2 has been re-designed from the ground up in lightweight aluminium-reinforced polymer. Lighter to reduce operator fatigue, and tougher, to give longer service life. Which means you can trust it to perform, day after day, even on the most awkward inspection tasks.

With LED feedback built-in and the optional display attachment, the technician can now focus on obtaining high-quality, consistent UT data. Real-time feedback of alarms gives a great feeling of confidence that the inspection is good, and so is the part.

Make the best use of your WP2, and connect it to just about any UT system. With interchangeable cables, you have the best of all worlds. A longer cable? A different connector? These options can be held in stock at very little cost, ready for the jobs as they arrive.

With a choice of either a single ‘joy-stick’ or a crossbar handle, the angle can be adjusted for operator comfort, and with the remote control available for either left or right-handed operation, the ergonomics of this WP2 are unsurpassed.

Roller Options
With the profiled, flat and precision roller options, a few moments’ effort converts your WP2 from a flat-surface composite inspection tool, to a radial or axial pipe corrosion mapping system. Able to scan right to the edges of the part, convex, concave and even irregular surfaces area are catered for.

Laser Guidance
Keeping your scans on track, the laser pointer option gives a high degree of confidence in the correct registration of the WP2 for multiple pass scans, as well as on longer runs across large surfaces.