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GE launches handheld electromagnetic technology

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

GE has launched a handheld electromagnetic technology with real-time data stream to guide technicians during critical inspections.

Complex industrial environments

GE’s Measurement and Control business introduced the GE Mentor EM, a handheld technology that integrates testing intelligence and deep industry experience into an easily adaptable platform. Using the new technology, technicians are able to immediately access the critical information and guidance they need to perform efficient and highly accurate weld, rotary and surface inspections in complex industrial environments.

Eddy current technicians

The work of eddy current technicians, who specialise in the electromagnetic modality, is highly critical, performed in challenging conditions and requires extreme accuracy. Eddy currents are electrical currents induced within conductors by changing magnetic fields. They are commonly used in nondestructive testing (NDT) and corrosion monitoring of structures with painted surfaces.

Online capabilities

Traditionally, technicians relied on service bulletins or paper-based instructions that outline each step of the test to ensure accuracy and their own safety. This, however, can add to the complexity, cost and timeliness of the testing, and provide opportunity for error, often requiring a second technician to read the instructions and record the result, which itself is an error trap. By decreasing the need for paper service bulletins and manuals, the new GE Mentor EM technology replaces legacy processes and takes advantage of the Industrial Internet. This new technology makes eddy current inspections easier, more accurate and faster.

Real-time data

Technicians are given instant access to critical information by simply connecting to a local network to share data, immediately download up-to-date procedures and workflows and collaborate with Level-3 experts in real-time – all directly from the device. Additionally, reports can be generated on the spot, from the site of inspection.

User interface

The GE Mentor EM application-specific user interface makes it easy to use across multiple industries, such as oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, power generation and manufacturing. By placing workflows directly on the device, GE Mentor EM helps to ensure strict compliance with codes, guidelines and standard practices.

Workflow applications

Taking advantage of GE Mentor Create software, manufacturers and service providers can create customisable, on-device inspection workflow applications that provide consistent, up-to-date and easy-to-follow instructions for technicians of all levels. Inspection technicians gain easy access to on-device photos, procedures and videos for reference while setting up, acquiring data or analysing data. By limiting the range of adjustments available to the operator, the opportunity for error is substantially minimised. Depending on skill level, operators can select to use the device in ‘Expert Mode’ or ‘Workflow on Device Mode’.


“In high consequence inspection environments, it is essential that technicians have access to the information they need, when they need it. GE Mentor EM with Mentor Create eliminates the cumbersome paper trail traditionally associated with electromagnetic eddy current testing, dramatically improving the safety, efficiency and accuracy of the testing process. Additionally, GE’s innovative technology will help transform the industry by bridging the skills gap and addressing the current global shortage of experienced inspection personnel in the workforce today,” commented Dave Jankowski, North American Commercial NPI Leader, GE’s Measurement and Control.

The high-resolution display is easy to see in any light, the touchscreen is designed to work with gloves and the interface allows technicians of all levels to easily communicate with one another.

Image courtesy of GE Measurement and Control.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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