Pipescan is an easy-to-use, cost-effective, portable, magnetic-flux leakage (MFL) inspection system for rapid screening and detection of random internal corrosion in pipe runs and small-diameter vessels.

MFL Pipe screening system

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The latest magnetic material coupled with unique mechanical designs enables covering all pipe diameters 48–2400 mm (1.9–94.5 in) with a limited selection of scanner heads.

In-Service Inspection

MFL inspection is unaffected by product flowing through pipes, therefore surveys can be performed in or out of service, at surface temperatures up to 90 °C (194 °F). Using Pipescan, with its high probability of detection (PoD) to locate corrosion and ultrasonic validation, provides a cost-effective, accurate system to determine plant integrity.

MFL Control Module

The easy-to-use Pipescan system consists of a scanner head and a rechargeable battery-powered portable MFL control module that supplies up to eight hours of operation. The same control module can be used with the Handscan MFL floor scanner. The control module features audible and visual alarms to alert operators to the presence of corrosion during scans. Alarm sensitivity is adjustable, making it possible for operators to calibrate Pipescan to detect corrosion above the defined reporting level, but ignore low-level, irrelevant corrosion signals.

How It Works

The operator first connects the sensor cable to the scanning head and the MFL control module. The control module is then turned on, the required wall thickness configured, and then the alarm sensitivity adjusted using a reference pipe with known artificial defects. Then, the operator simply sets up the scanner head on the pipe under test, pushes the scanner head, and monitors the control module for alarms.

Any area identified by Pipescan can be marked on the pipe for further analysis using a secondary inspection technique, usually ultrasonic testing. For detailed corrosion mapping, we recommend RMS2 and Thetascan.


Operational principle

Magnetic-flux leakage


16 off Hall effect sensors

Pipe diameters

48–2400 mm (2–94 in) outer diameters

Propulsion methode

Manual push speed 0.5 m/s (20 in/s)


Clearance under/between pipework min. 120 mm (4.7 in)

Maximum wall thickness

16 mm (0.625 in)

Test through coatings

Yes. if non magnetic

Maximum coating thickness

6 mm (0.236 in)

Maximum sensitivity

30% pitting in 6 mm (0.25 in) wall pipe

40% pitting in 12 mm (0.5 in) wall pipe

50% pitting in 16 mm (5/8”) wall pipe

Cable length

5 m (16.4 ft)

Power requirements

12 V battery operation


8 hours, continuous operation

Transit case

Meets IATA requirements for transporting magnetizable material

Operating weight

18 kg (39.6 lb)—weight of scanner head and MFL control module