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.

Olympus is proud to introduce the latest 4.1 OmniScan software. This new release includes many enhancements and new functionalities.

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.

To simplify operation and ease the learning process for new and current OmniScan users, every item of the interface is now accessible at all times, due to the introduction of a single operation mode. As a result, all 3 environments are now unified:

  • SX, or MX2, using the touchscreen
  • SX, or MX2, using a mouse
  • OmniPC

To enhance the user experience, the new title bar provides instant access to the main display options. In addition, most common functions are now available at your fingertips through the interactive menus of the full-screen mode, offering tablet-like user-friendliness.

MXU for OmniScan SX

The arrival of the OmniScan SX introduces a new “Application” Wizard. This handy software feature allows fast setup creation for the most common applications, rendering the setup process hassle-free.

The OmniScan 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.


Your needs…
…Olympus Solutions
Over the last few years Olympus has devoted considerable effort to innovating and deploying a wide range of complete market solutions aimed at meeting customers’ needs.
OmniScan MX2 DiagramAcquisition

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.


Inspection setup can be performed in NDT SetupBuilder, and imported directly, via SD card or USB key, to the OmniScan SX. 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 SX, thanks to the following features:

  • Automatic probe recognition.
  • One-step, preconfigured application Wizard.
  • Weld Overlay and RayTracing simulation.


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, including 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 user-selectable views and offers the ability to store data on a hot-swappable SD card or USB 2.0 device.

  • Intelligent layouts.
  • Full-screen mode for better visualization of defects.
  • Synchronization and measurements can be processed using different gate combinations.

Data Analysis and Reporting

  • 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, and more.
  • Views are linked for interactive analysis and automatically updated when performing off-line gate repositioning.
  • Optimized preconfigured layouts for quick and simple length, depth, and height sizing of flaws.

Whether you prefer performing data analysis on a computer or simply wish to maximize the time your OmniScan is at work in the field, OmniPC or TomoView are the perfect software companions for your OmniScan.

The Omniscan SX provides Olympus with a new and versatile tool to add to its arsenal of innovative and creative complete market solutions aimed at simplifying your workflow and improving overall productivity.

Phased Array Weld Inspection

The OmniScan PA is at the heart of the manual and semi­automated phased array weld inspection solutions developed by Olympus for the oil and gas industry. These systems can be used for inspection in compliance with ASME, API, and other code criteria, while offering high-speed detection capabilities, and facilitating indication interpretation.

Corrosion Mapping and Composite Inspection

Zero-degree inspection just became even more accessible with the arrival of the OmniScan SX. For corrosion or composite inspection, Olympus offers field-proven solutions for detection of anomalies or wall loss.

TOFD Weld Inspection

TOFD is an easy and efficient approach for primary detection of weld defects. It is quick, cost-effective and capable of sizing defects present in the volume of the weld, a problematic area for manufacturing defects.

Component Inspection

Using ultrasonic techniques, inspection of components can detect cracks, wall loss, and other damage. With the capacity for both angle and linear zero-degree beams, the OmniScan SX is a very cost-efficient solution for this type of single-group inspection.

Overall dimensions
(W x H x D)
267 mm × 208 mm × 94 mm
(10.5 in. × 8.2 in. × 3.7 in.)
Weight3.4 kg (7.5 lb) with battery
Data Storage
Storage devicesSDHC card or most standard USB storage devices
Data file size300 MB
I/O Ports
USB ports2 USB ports, compliant with USB 2.0 specifications
Audio alarmYes
Video outputVideo out (SVGA)
I/O Lines
Encoder2-axis encoder line (quadrature, up, down, or clock/direction)
Digital input4 digital TTL inputs, 5 V
Digital output3 digital outputs TTL, 5 V, 15 mA maximum per output
Acquisition on/off switchYes, through configuration of a digital input
Power output line5 V, 500 mA power output line (short-circuit protected)
Pace input5 V TTL pace input
Display size21.3 cm (8.4 in.) (diagonal)
Resolution800 pixels x 600 pixels
Brightness600 cd/m2
Viewing anglesHorizontal: –80° to 80° Vertical: –60° to 80°
Number of colors16 million
Power Supply
Battery typeSmart Li-ion battery
Number of batteries1
Battery lifeMinimum 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 humidityMax. 70% RH at 45°C noncondensing
Ingress protection ratingDesigned to meet requirements of IP66
Shockproof ratingDrop-tested according to MIL-STD-810G 516.6
Ultrasound Specifications (applies to OMNISX-1664PR)
Connectors1 Phased Array connector: Olympus PA connector
2 UT connectors: LEMO 00
Number of focal laws256
Probe recognitionAutomatic probe recognition
Aperture16 elements
Number of elements64 elements
PulserPA ChannelsUT Channel
Voltage40 V, 80 V, and 115 V95 V, 175 V, and 340 V
Pulse widthAdjustable from 30 ns to 500 ns; resolution of 2.5 nsAdjustable from 30 ns to 1,000 ns; resolution of 2.5 ns
Pulse shapeNegative square waveNegative square wave
Output impedance35 Ω (pulse-echo mode);
30 Ω (pitch- catch mode)
<30 Ω
ReceiverPA ChannelsUT Channel
Gain0 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 impedance60 Ω (pulse-echo mode);
150 Ω (pitch- catch mode)
60 Ω (pulse-echo mode);
50 Ω (pulse-receive mode)
System bandwidth0.6 MHz to 18 MHz (–3 dB)0.25 MHz to 28 MHz (–3 dB)
Scan typeSectorial or linear
Group quantity1
Data AcquisitionPA ChannelsUT Channel
Digitizing frequency400 MHz (12 bits) after interpolation per 5/4400 MHz (12 bits) after interpolation per 4
Maximum pulsing rateUp to 6 kHz (C-scan)
Data ProcessingPA ChannelsUT Channel
Number of data pointsUp to 8,192
Real-time averagingPA: 2, 4, 8, 16UT: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64
RectifierRF, full wave, half wave +, half wave –
Filtering3 low-pass, 3 band-pass, and 5 high-pass filters3 low-pass, 6 band-pass, and 3 high-pass filters (8 low-pass filters when configured in TOFD)
Video filteringSmoothing (adjusted to probe frequency range)
Data Visualization
A-scan refresh rateA-scan: 60 Hz; S-scan: 60 Hz
Data Synchronization
On internal clock1 Hz to 6 kHz
On encoderOn 2 axes: from 1 to 65,536 steps
Programmable Time-Corrected Gain (TCG)
Number of points16: One TCG (time-corrected gain) curve per focal law
Maximum slope40 dB/10 ns
Number of alarms3
ConditionsAny logical combination of gates