Reformer Services Proprietary Tube Scan 360°

One of the most important tasks for a reliable operation of reformer furnaces is the integrity of the reformer pipes. The early detection of expansion and micro-cracks using Reformer Services proprietary OD and ID inspection systems can lead to improved reformer tube knowledge and operation. The diameter is the measurement by laser for expansion and is performed simultaneously to the proprietary 360° eddy current crack detection.

Reformer Services Proprietary Tube Scan 360°

Reformer Services is the first and only company to offer clients a full 360° coverage for crack detection on both the ID and OD of your reformer tubes.


Tube Scan-360-ID

For testing from the internal surface, a rotating probe equipped with a powerful proprietary eddy current probe and simultaneous working laser. For data acquisition, the probe will be pulled by a motorized winch ensuring a constant scanning speed and complete scanning of the pipe surface.

The Reformer Tube Scanner type Tube Scan-360-ID is equipped with a powerful proprietary eddy current probe for sensitive crack detection in reformer tubes up to 23mm wall thickness. As this proprietary technique needs no couplant, the readings are repeatable from one inspection to the next inspection. Both measurements expansion and crack detection are carried out simultaneously during the inspection. During each tube inspection, millions of data points are collected on each tube. With this data, we will perform a level 1 assessment on each tube and present this information in a report before leaving the job site. Afterwards, a final inspection report will be completed and sent to the client with all tubes chart overviews.

Key Benefits

  • Accurate, robust and reliable by the computer-controlled data acquisition
  • Powerful proprietary eddy current probe for sensitive crack detection
  • Integrated laser module for expansion measurement
  • High inspection speed
  • Accurate location and sizing of features should be defects
  • High repeatability allowing indication monitoring
  • On-site reporting
  • 100% laser ID coverage of each reformer tube
  • 100% crack detection coverage of each reformer tube
  • Collects millions of data points during each tube inspection
  • Repeatable, accurate and fast inspection
  • All recorded data can be used in TUBE ASSESSMENT 360
  • Level III assessment in accordance with API 579-1/ASME FFS -1
  • Early warning of problems before tube failure
  • Provides baseline measurements for new tubes to determine condition before tubes are put in-service
  • Identifies failure mechanisms in individual tubes:
    • Creep strain
    • Bulging
    • Manufacturing flaws

Tube Scan-360-OD

With our newly developed proprietary eddy current crack detection system we are able to scan 360° of the tube circumference and the complete thickness of the wall. The current systems available for tube wall scans were developed over 30 years ago and only offer minimum coverage of tube wall (sometimes less than 30%)

The Reformer Tube Scanner type Tube Scan-360-OD is equipped with a powerful proprietary eddy current probe for sensitive crack detection in reformer pipes up to 23mm wall thickness. As the proprietary technique needs no couplant, the readings are repeatable from test to test. Both measurements expansion and crack detection are carried out simultaneously during the inspection. During each tube inspection, millions of data points are collected on each tube. With this data, we will perform a level 1 assessment on each tube and present this information in a report before leaving the job site. Afterwards, a final inspection report will be completed and sent to the client with all tubes chart overviews.

Key Benefits

  • Accurate, robust and reliable computer-controlled data acquisition
  • Powerful proprietary eddy current probe for sensitive crack detection
  • Integrated laser module for expansion measurement
  • High inspection speed
  • Accurate location and sizing of features should be defects
  • High repeatability allowing indication monitoring
  • On-site reporting
  • Laser coverage of each reformer tube
  • 100% crack detection coverage of each reformer tube
  • Collects millions of data points during each tube inspection
  • Repeatable, accurate and fast inspection
  • All recorded data can be used in TUBE ASSESSMENT 360
  • Level III assessment in accordance with API 579-1/ASME FFS -1
  • Early warning of problems before tube failure
  • Provides baseline measurements for new tubes to determine condition before tubes are put in-service
  • Identifies failure mechanisms in individual tubes:
    • Creep strain
    • Bulging
    • Manufacturing flaws