Olympus OmniScan SX Ultrasonic Phased Array


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OmniScan SX

Olympus is proud to introduce the OmniScan SX, a flaw detector that benefits from more than 20 years of phased array experience and shares the OmniScan DNA. For improved ease of use, the OmniScan SX features a new streamlined software interface displayed on an 8.4 in. (21.3 cm) touch screen. A single-group and non-modular instrument, the OmniScan SX is easy to operate and cost-effective for less demanding applications.The OmniScan SX comes in two models: the SX PA and SX UT. The SX PA is a 16:64PR phased array unit, which, like the UT-only SX UT, is equipped with a conventional UT channel for pulse-echo, pitch-catch or TOFD inspection. Compared to the OmniScan MX2, the SX is 33% lighter and 50% smaller, offering an unprecedented level of portability for an OmniScan.

The OmniScan SX touch screen offers a full-screen mode option that maximizes visibility, essentially converting many menu functions into easy touch-screen operations. The intuitive interface provides smooth menu selection, zooming, gate adjustments, cursor movements, and text and value input. These, along with other premium integrated features, including easy-to-follow setup and calibration Wizards, a rapid refresh rate for both the S-scan and A-scan displays, and a fast pulse repetition frequency (PRF), make the OmniScan SX a highly efficient inspection tool.

The OmniScan SX is fully compatible with the extensive portfolio of Olympus scanners, probes and accessories, as well as with its dedicated software companions, NDT SetupBuilder and OmniPC. Combined, the complete family of software and hardware contributes to a streamlined and efficient inspection workflow, from design and setup to acquisition and analysis.

The new OmniScan software features enhancements for greater functionality in weld and corrosion markets.

In the effort for continuous improvement, the software interface was simplified and the response time optimized in order to provide the best experience possible for customers.

New features include OmniScan SX :

  • Export C-Scan
  • New End-View with group merge
  • Interleave
  • Analysis attenuation gain
  • Scrolling layouts for easy interpretation
  • Improved accessibility with more interactive menus
  • Optimised main menus and wizards
  • Onboard compound scan
  • Curved geometry ray-tracing for longitudinal welds

The OmniScan SX Family


NDT SetupBuilder

NDT SetupBuilder design software is an integral part of the Olympus line of automated and semiautomated ultrasonic testing products. NDT supervisors can use NDT SetupBuilder software to simulate the inspection strategy in order to determine the appropriate number of beams and angles. This configuration can be imported into the OmniScan, thereby reducing configuration time and manipulation errors.

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The OmniScan flaw detectors provide powerful inspection capabilities for manual and automated applications. They can be used with a full range of probes, scanners, and accessories, making Olympus the provider of choice for petrochemical, aerospace, and other industrial markets.

Analysis and Reporting

OmniPC software is the most efficient and affordable option for PC-based OmniScan data analysis, and features the same analysis and reporting tools provided in the OmniScan onboard software.

TomoView 2.10 features advanced data processing, analysis and reporting tools that will allow you to get more out of your inspection data.

TomoView high-end features include:

  • Volumetric merging for multigroup data visualization.
  • C-Scan merging for combined data representation.
  • Signal-to-noise (SNR) analysis and optimization tools.
  • Advanced offline data generation tools.

Design with NDT SetupBuilder

NDT SetupBuilder is a new PC-based software allowing to create inspection setup and visualize beam simulations.

This software presents multiple features for easy, fast, and comprehensive inspection strategy elaboration that can directly be imported in the OmniScan SX.

  • Wedge and probe selection can be carried out within the Olympus part database
  • Instantaneously simulate beams trajectory in the material
  • Visualize and adjust the part, probe, weld, and beams in different views, such as: side, end, top, or 3D
  • Represent most commonly inspected materials and parts such as plates, and circumferential or axial welded pipes
  • Copy and flip existing groups for quick multiple probe configurations

Setup with OmniScan SX

The most efficient way to create a setup is to perform the simulation in NDT SetupBuilder, and imported directly, via SD card or USB key, to the OmniScan. Then, only a few basic operations are required in the instrument, such as setting the gate and range, before acquisition can begin. It is also very easy to create a setup right in the OmniScan, thanks to the following features:

  • Automatic probe recognition.
  • Intuitive wizards to guide the user through every step of the setup creation using the interactive help menu.
  • Weld Overlay and RayTracing simulation.
  • Group copy option for fast multiple-group configuration

Acquire with OmniScan SX

Thanks to NDT SetupBuilder and OmniPC campanion software, the OmniScan SX can be dedicated exclusively to calibration and acquisition tasks or, if preferred, can perform all the steps of an inspection, right on its large, user-friendly touch screen.


To achieve a code-compliant inspection, the Calibration Wizard ensures that every focal law in every group is the direct equivalent of a single-channel conventional flaw detector. The user is guided step-by-step through the required calibrations like: Velocity, Wedge Delay, Sensitivity, TCG, DAC, AWS, and encoder calibrations. Now, TOFD PCS calibration and lateral wave straightening can be performed automatically.


The OmniScan SX enables easy configuration of inspection parameters for either manual, one-line, or raster encoded scans. The acquisition is displayed in real time through different views and offers the ability to store data on a hot-swappable SD card or USB 2.0 device.

  • Intelligent layouts for configuring up to 8 groups.
  • Full-screen mode for better visualization of defects.
  • Synchronisation and measurements can be processed using different gate combinations.


Data Analysis with OmniPC

OmniPC is a new software program that benefits form the same user interface and analysis and reporting features as the OmniScan with the added flexibility to be run on a personal computer.

With OmniPC, the OmniScan unit can now be used strictly for scanning while analysis is performed simultaneously on a personal computer. This software can also be used in conjunction with extra large screens for increased visibility, and with keyboard shortcuts for faster operations.


Data Analysis with OmniScan SX

  • Data, reference, and measurement cursors for defect sizing.
  • Extensive readings database and predefined lists for trigonometry, flaw statistics on axes, volumetric position information, code-based acceptance criteria, corrosion mapping statistics, etc.
  • Views are linked for interactive analysis and are automatically updated when performing off-line gate repositioning.
  • Optimized preconfigured layouts for quick and simple length, depth, and height sizing of flaws.


The OmniScan SX and OmniPC can both be used to generate reports with an indication table listing up to eight readings, such as amplitude, position, and size of the defects. The report can also be customized with additional readings and comments specific to each indication, and can be saved as an HTML document. RayTracing tools allow the indication positions to be represented on the weld profile. High-resolution images can be inserted along with all relevant inspection parameters.

Housing Overall dimensions (W x H x D) 267 mm × 208 mm × 94 mm (10.5 in. × 8.2 in. × 3.7 in.)
Weight 3.4 kg (7.5 lb) with battery
Data Storage Storage devices SDHC card* or most standard USB storage devices.
*Lexar® brand memory cards are recommended for optimized results.
Data file size 300 MB
I/O Ports USB ports 2 USB ports, compliant with USB 2.0 specifications
Audio alarm Yes
Video output Video out (SVGA)
I/O Lines Encoder 2-axis encoder line (quadrature, up, down, or clock/direction)
Digital input 4 digital TTL inputs, 5 V
Digital output 3 digital outputs TTL, 5 V, 15 mA maximum per output
Acquisition on/off switch Yes, through configuration of a digital input
Power output line 5 V, 500 mA power output line (short-circuit protected)
Pace input 5 V TTL pace input
Display Display size 21.3 cm (8.4 in.) (diagonal)
Resolution 800 pixels x 600 pixels
Brightness 600 cd/m2
Viewing angles Horizontal: –80° to 80° Vertical: –60° to 80°
Number of colors 16 million
Power Supply Battery type Smart Li-ion battery
Number of batteries 1
Battery life Minimum 6 hours under normal operating conditions
Environmental Specifications Operating temperature range -10 °C to 45 °C
(14 ºF to 113 ºF)
Storage temperature range –20 °C to 60 °C (–4 ºF to 140 ºF) with battery
–20 °C to 70 °C (–4 ºF to 158 ºF) without battery
Relative humidity Max. 70% RH at 45°C noncondensing
Ingress protection rating Designed to meet requirements of IP66
Shockproof rating Drop-tested according to MIL-STD-810G 516.6
Ultrasound Specifications (applies to OMNISX-1664PR) Connectors 1 Phased Array connector: Olympus PA connector
2 UT connectors: LEMO 00
Number of focal laws 256
Probe recognition Automatic probe recognition
Pulser/Receiver Aperture 16 elements
Number of elements 64 elements
Pulser PA Channels UT Channel
Voltage 40 V, 80 V, and 115 V 95 V, 175 V, and 340 V
Pulse width Adjustable from 30 ns to 500 ns; resolution of 2.5 ns Adjustable from 30 ns to 1,000 ns; resolution of 2.5 ns
Pulse shape Negative square wave Negative square wave
Output impedance 35 Ω (pulse-echo mode);
30 Ω (pitch- catch mode)
<30 Ω
Receiver PA Channels UT Channel
Gain 0 dB to 80 dB, maximum input signal 550 mVp-p (full-screen height) 0 dB to 120 dB maximum input signal 34.5 Vp-p (full-screen height)
Input impedance 60 Ω (pulse-echo mode);
150 Ω (pitch- catch mode)
60 Ω (pulse-echo mode);
50 Ω (pulse-receive mode)
System bandwidth 0.5 MHz to 18 MHz (NOTE: The previously stated 0.6 MHz lower limit used a strict −3 dB attenuation for the cutoff frequency.) 0.25 MHz to 28 MHz (–3 dB)
Beamforming Scan type Sectorial or linear
Group quantity 1
Data Acquisition PA Channels UT Channel
Effective digitizing frequency Up to 100 MHz 100 MHz
Maximum pulsing rate Up to 6 kHz (C-scan)
Data Processing PA Channels UT Channel
Number of data points Up to 8,192
Real-time averaging PA: 2, 4, 8, 16 UT: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64
Rectifier RF, full wave, half wave +, half wave –
Filtering 3 low-pass, 3 band-pass, and 5 high-pass filters 3 low-pass, 6 band-pass, and 3 high-pass filters (8 low-pass filters when configured in TOFD)
Video filtering Smoothing (adjusted to probe frequency range)
Data Visualization A-scan refresh rate A-scan: 60 Hz; S-scan: 60 Hz
Data Synchronization On internal clock 1 Hz to 6 kHz
On encoder On 2 axes: from 1 to 65,536 steps
Programmable Time-Corrected Gain (TCG) Number of points 16: One TCG (time-corrected gain) curve per focal law
Maximum slope 40 dB/10 ns
Alarms Number of alarms 3
Conditions Any logical combination of gates

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Lead Time

5-7 days








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