Patents Assigned to GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
  • Patent number: 11371964
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring the condition of ultrasonic transducers and ultrasonic probes used in non-destructive testing are provided. In one aspect, a degree of deterioration and end of life of an ultrasonic transducer can be estimated based upon measured environmental and/or operating parameters of the ultrasonic transducer. In another aspect, testing parameters acquired by a single ultrasonic probe or different ultrasonic probes can be measured and analyzed to identify deterioration of an ultrasonic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES, GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Fiseni, Stephan Schmitz, Christof Breidenbach, Stephan Falter, Daniel Koers, Marek Parusel, Lars Rohpeter, Sven Runte, Sebastian Standop
  • Patent number: 11280763
    Abstract: A method for forming a wear sole includes forming a plurality of layers from a frame material, adjacent layers bonded to one another to define a frame. The frame can include a proximal surface configured to secure the frame to a probe holder, a distal surface configured to contact a portion of a target, a body extending between proximal and distal surfaces, an aperture extending through proximal and distal surfaces and the body, and a channel extending from the proximal surface to a chamber in fluid communication with the distal surface. The method can optionally include placing a membrane within the aperture. The membrane can be coupled to the body by a seal, inhibiting passage of a fluid through the proximal surface via the aperture. The chamber can extend within the body between a distal surface of the membrane and the distal surface of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Fiseni, Christof Breidenbach, Frank Kahmann
  • Patent number: 11016042
    Abstract: Systems and methods for non-destructive testing by computed tomography are provided. The system can include a stationary radiation source, a stage, and a plurality of stationary radiation detectors. The source can be configured to emit, from a focal point, a beam of penetrating radiation having a three-dimensional geometry and to direct the beam in a path incident upon a target. The stationary radiation source can be positioned with respect to the plurality of stationary radiation detectors and the stage such that, a first plurality of beam segment paths is defined between the focal point and respective sensing faces of the plurality of radiation detectors and at least one second beam segment path is defined between the focal point and a predetermined gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES, GMBH
    Inventors: Eberhard Neuser, Alex Sawatzky, Nils Rothe, Alexander Suppes
  • Patent number: 11010890
    Abstract: A method for the non-destructive testing of the volume of a test object, during the course of which a volume raw image of the test object is recorded by a suitable non-destructive imaging testing method. Then, those regions of the volume raw image are identified that are not to be attributed to the test object material. It is checked whether an identified region is completely embedded in regions that are to be associated with the test object material. If necessary, such a region is assimilated to those regions that are to be associated with the test object material, forming a filled volume raw image. Finally, a difference is generated between the volume raw image and the filled volume raw image, forming a first flaw image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Ingo Stuke
  • Patent number: 10877004
    Abstract: A method for the nondestructive testing of a test object by ultrasound is provided, the method including generating a pulsed ultrasonic field in the test object by means of an array of individually drivable ultrasonic transmitting transducers acoustically coupled to the test object. The ultrasonic transmitting transducers are each driven with a specific analog transient excitation signal, wherein each analog transient excitation signal is generated based on an ultrasonic transmitting transducer-specific stored digital transient excitation function. The method further includes receiving resulting echo signals from the test object by means of an array of individually drivable ultrasonic receiving transducers, with each ultrasonic receiving transducer providing an analog time-resolved echo signal, temporarily storing the time-resolved, transducer-specific, digitized echo signals in the form of an echo signal set, and applying a plurality of different reception processing rules to the echo signal set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Roman Heinrich Koch, Stephan Falter, Reinhard Prause, Helmut Breidenbach, Christof Breidenbach, Thomas Weise
  • Patent number: 10838573
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable mediums are provided for selecting a precise value within a large value range. Data received from an ultrasonic testing environment can include a range of values associated with one or more parameters to be configured for performing ultrasonic inspection of a test object. A control in a user interface of the ultrasonic testing environment can be provided and include a display portion displaying one or more parameters and one or more values within the range of values associated with the one or more parameters. The control also includes an interactive portion configured to receive a plurality of inputs. Based on the inputs a selected value associated with a first parameter can be determined. The selected value associated with the first parameter can be output as a static display within the display portion of the control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES, GMBH
    Inventor: Ralf Ratering
  • Patent number: 10801972
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for determining relative and absolute positions and orientations of a detector and an inspection part of a CT system. In some cases positions/orientations of the detector and the inspection part can be defined, at least in part, by tilt angles relative to reference axes and/or planes defined by various combinations of the reference axes. In some embodiments, sensors coupled to the detector and to a stage assembly having the inspection part coupled thereto can be used to determine the tilt angles of the inspection part and the detector, respectively. Data from the sensors characterizing tilt angles of the detector and the inspection part can be used to adjust projectional radiographs of the inspection part to correct for the mechanical wobble of the stage. By using tilt data to adjust projectional radiographs, the quality of tomographic images and 3-dimensional reconstructions of the inspection part can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Wuestenbecker
  • Patent number: 10768148
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for testing of a train wheel by ultrasound. The method is based on a pulsed ultrasonic field in the train wheel to be tested by an array of individually controllable ultrasonic transmitting transducers acoustically coupled to the train wheel each controlled with a specific analog transient excitation signal. Each analog transient excitation signal generated based on an ultrasonic transmitting transducer-specific stored digital transient excitation function. The resulting echo signals from the train wheel to be tested are recorded by an array of individually controllable ultrasonic receiving transducers. Each ultrasonic receiving transducer can provide an analog, time-resolved echo signal. The received echo signals can be digitized in a transducer-specific way and stored in a set. A plurality of different reception processing rules can then be applied to the latter. Furthermore, the invention relates to a device for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Falter, Luca Scaccabarozzi
  • Patent number: 10746015
    Abstract: A monitoring system can include a dashboard including a graphical user interface display space. The monitoring system can also include a digital twin validation (DTV) system. The DTV system can be configured to perform operations including rendering, in the graphical user interface display space, a visual representation of an output value of a digital model of an oil and gas industrial machine, and an interactive graphical object characterizing an input value of the digital model. The operations can also include receiving data characterizing user interaction with the interactive graphical object. The data characterizes the user interaction indicative of the input value of the digital model. The operations can also include updating the digital model to generate an updated output value representative of an operational characteristic of the oil and gas industrial machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Munda, Nimrod Ohad, Arun Subramaniyan
  • Patent number: 10746671
    Abstract: A method for imaging an object is presented. The method includes acquiring a first projection image of the object using a source and a detector, positioning a scatter rejecting aperture plate between the object and the detector, and acquiring a second projection image of the object with the scatter rejecting aperture plate disposed between the object and the detector. A scatter image of the object is generated based on the first projection image and the second projection image, and stored for subsequent imaging. A volumetric CT system for imaging an object is also presented. The system is configured to acquire a plurality of projection images of the object from a plurality of plurality of projection angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Suppes, Nils Rothe
  • Patent number: 10648951
    Abstract: A pattern recognizing ultrasonic testing system and methods for using the same are provided. The system can include an ultrasonic probe and an analyzer. The ultrasonic probe can be configured to acquire ultrasonic measurements from target, where the ultrasonic measurements can contain one or more ultrasonic patterns representing a target characteristic. The analyzer can be in communication with the ultrasonic probe. The analyzer can also be configured to receive the ultrasonic measurements, receive a first classifier configured to identify a predetermined target characteristic based upon one or more predetermined first ultrasonic patterns, examine the received ultrasonic measurements using the first classifier, and identify ultrasonic patterns of the received ultrasonic measurements that correspond to the predetermined ultrasonic patterns as representing the predetermined target characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Jobst
  • Patent number: 10564128
    Abstract: A method and a device for the near-surface, non-destructive inspection by means of ultrasound of a rotationally symmetric workpiece having a diameter that changes from section to section are provided. The method and device are based on the insonification of an ultrasonic test pulse into the workpiece at a defined insonification angle and the subsequent recording of an ultrasonic echo signal from the workpiece. Echo signals that trace back to a near-surface region ROI of the workpiece are identified and evaluated. Then, a graphic representation of the surface of the workpiece is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Prashanth Kumar Chinta
  • Patent number: 10488367
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for ultrasonic testing according to the pulse-echo method as well as an arrangement for performing such a method. By means of an ultrasonic transducer, an ultrasonic pulse is obliquely incident into a sound incidence surface of a test object. Next, an echo signal is received from the test object. This takes place either by means of the ultrasonic transducer, which has emitted the ultrasonic pulse or with another ultrasonic transducer. The time amplitude characteristic of the echo signal is evaluated in a predefined defect expectation interval of time. The evaluation step includes, in at least one section of the amplitude characteristic, an amplification of the amplitude and/or a reduction in the threshold value. For example, the amplitude of the received echo signal is then compared with the predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Wolfgang Dick
  • Patent number: 10360670
    Abstract: A method for the non-destructive testing of the volume of a test object, during the course of which a volume raw image of the test object is recorded by a suitable non-destructive imaging testing method. Then, those regions of the volume raw image are identified that are not to be attributed to the test object material. It is checked whether an identified region is completely embedded in regions that are to be associated with the test object material. If necessary, such a region is assimilated to those regions that are to be associated with the test object material, forming a filled volume raw image. Finally, a difference is generated between the volume raw image and the filled volume raw image, forming a first flaw image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Ingo Stuke
  • Publication number: 20190178846
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for ultrasonic testing according to the pulse-echo method as well as an arrangement for performing such a method. By means of an ultrasonic transducer, an ultrasonic pulse is obliquely incident into a sound incidence surface of a test object. Next, an echo signal is received from the test object. This takes place either by means of the ultrasonic transducer, which has emitted the ultrasonic pulse or with another ultrasonic transducer. The time amplitude characteristic of the echo signal is evaluated in a predefined defect expectation interval of time. The evaluation step includes, in at least one section of the amplitude characteristic, an amplification of the amplitude and/or a reduction in the threshold value. For example, the amplitude of the received echo signal is then compared with the predefined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Wolfgang Dick
  • Publication number: 20190107515
    Abstract: A method and a device for the near-surface, non-destructive inspection by means of ultrasound of a rotationally symmetric workpiece having a diameter that changes from section to section are provided. The method and device are based on the insonification of an ultrasonic test pulse into the workpiece at a defined insonification angle and the subsequent recording of an ultrasonic echo signal from the workpiece. Echo signals that trace back to a near-surface region ROI of the workpiece are identified and evaluated. Then, a graphic representation of the surface of the workpiece is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Prashanth Kumar Chinta
  • Patent number: 10241087
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to a device for the non-destructive ultrasound testing of workpieces. The device comprises an ultrasonic test probe with an ultrasonic transducer, the ultrasonic test probe being configured for generating and coupling ultrasonic signals into a workpiece or/and for receiving ultrasonic signals from the workpiece. Furthermore, an electronic control unit is provided. The ease of operation is improved as a whole by a special configuration of the test probe and the control unit. Furthermore, the embodiments relate to a method for the non-destructive ultrasound testing of workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Ratering
  • Patent number: 10241084
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for ultrasonic testing according to the pulse-echo method as well as an arrangement for performing such a method. By means of an ultrasonic transducer, an ultrasonic pulse is obliquely incident into a sound incidence surface of a test object. Next, an echo signal is received from the test object. This takes place either by means of the ultrasonic transducer, which has emitted the ultrasonic pulse or with another ultrasonic transducer. The time amplitude characteristic of the echo signal is evaluated in a predefined defect expectation interval of time. The evaluation step includes, in at least one section of the amplitude characteristic, an amplification of the amplitude and/or a reduction in the threshold value. For example, the amplitude of the received echo signal is then compared with the predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Wolfgang Dick
  • Patent number: 10194874
    Abstract: A method of using computed tomography for determining a volumetric representation of a sample, involving a first reconstruction for reconstructing first reconstructed volume data of the sample from first x-ray projection data of the sample taken by an x-ray system, a second reconstruction for reconstructing second reconstructed volume data of the sample from second x-ray projection data of the sample taken by an x-ray system, characterized by calculating first individual confidence measures for single voxels of the first reconstructed volume data, calculating second individual confidence measures for single voxels of the second reconstructed volume data, and calculating, in a subsequent step, at least one resulting set of individual values for each voxel based on the first individual confidence measures and the second individual confidence measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Eberhard Neuser, Alexander Suppes, Nils Rothe, Michael Hoetter, Anja Frost
  • Patent number: 10139373
    Abstract: A method and a device for the near-surface, non-destructive inspection by means of ultrasound of a rotationally symmetric workpiece having a diameter that changes from section to section are provided. The method and device are based on the insonification of an ultrasonic test pulse into the workpiece at a defined insonification angle and the subsequent recording of an ultrasonic echo signal from the workpiece. Echo signals that trace back to a near-surface region ROI of the workpiece are identified and evaluated. Then, a graphic representation of the surface of the workpiece is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Prashanth Kumar Chinta