IOS upgrades inspection technology

Offshore staff

PETERHEAD, UK – Independent Oilfield Services (IOS) has purchased an electromagnetic inspection (EMI) unit to augment its tubular and drill pipe inspection processes at its tubular supply base in Peterhead.

It has invested £500,000 ($723,575) in the unit, which features electromagnetic longitudinal and transverse flaw detection; hall-effect wall loss; as well as electromagnetic grade comparator.

IOS said the unit can inspect a pipe in one pass, and the techniques used produces electromagnetic responses from the pipe onto a monitor for the operator to analyze. A measurable response will highlight a defect in the pipe allowing the operator to evaluate the severity of the flaw, such as corrosion, cracks, pits, cuts, or gouges.  

To support this investment, the firm has appointed a senior tubing and casing inspector to help support the inspection and reporting on all tubing and casing that passes through the facility.

The storage and inspection company’s tubular supply base, with 80-acres of available space, is located 4 mi (6 km) from Peterhead Port and provides services for casing, tubing, and drill pipe.


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