Olympus Glider Industrial Scanner

Olympus Updated: 2007-09-11
Olympus Glider Industrial Scanner

The GLIDER X-Y Scanner is a 2-axis encoding scanner for the manual inspection of slightly curved or flat composite surfaces. The scanner is well suited for raster scanning with the following technologies:

* Conventional ultrasonics (UT)
* Phased array ultrasonics (PAUT)
* Eddy current (EC)
* Eddy current array (ECA)

Commonly inspected materials include composites and aluminum, using suction-cup pods; and carbon steel, using optional magnetic pods.

The X-axis is attached to two mounting pods. Depending on the material to inspect, one of the following models can be used:
Suction-cup mounting pod (included)
Magnetic mounting pod (optional)
There are two encoder modules (one on each axis) to measure the probe position. The displacement of these modules can be in 4 mm steps, free running, or locked.

The scanner comes in three formats (18 in., 24 in., and 36 in.), depending on the scan coverage needed:
GLIDER 18 x 18
GLIDER 24 x 24
GLIDER 36 x 36


* Well suited for phased array UT, conventional UT, and eddy current inspection techniques using one probe
* Compatible with the OmniScan, the TomoScan FOCUS LT, and other instruments using the appropriate encoder cable.
* Two axes with waterproof encoders for position-encoded X-Y scans
* Axis positioning with minimal backlash
* Both modules are mounted on bearings for precise and smooth displacement
* Two pivot-equipped mounting pods enable surface following
* Locking devices allow each axis to be locked
* Module displacement can be in increments of 4 mm or in free-running mode
* The probe holder is mounted on a bearing-arm system that can be spring loaded if needed.
* Aluminum frame is used for lightweight and rust-free components
* Sliding Y-axis provides greater scan flexibility and improved portability