Olympus converges its latest advancements in high-performance digital circuitry and eddy current flaw detection into one compact and durable portable unit—the new NORTEC® 600. With its crisp and vivid 5.7 inch VGA display and true full-screen mode, the NORTEC 600 is capable of producing highly visible and contrasting eddy current signals in any lighting condition.
The redesigned interface of the NORTEC 600 borrows the intuitive, knob-operated navigation of its NORTEC predecessors and combines it with the simple menu structure and highly efficient direct-access keys of other popular Olympus instruments. Available in four versatile models, the NORTEC 600 offers a wide range of innovative functionalities, including an Application Selection menu, an all-in-one display, real-time readings, and signal calibration in Freeze mode, ensuring that inspections are quick and easy for any level of operator.
The NORTEC 600 weighs only 1.6 kg and is delivered with a factory-installed hand strap that provides direct thumb access to the key controls, offering genuine handheld versatility to operators.
The NORTEC® 600 is available in four versatile instrument models to meet the widest range of inspection needs. From the basic model upward, each unit unlocks more features. For maximum convenience, additional features can also be unlocked remotely.
|Supported feature or mode||N600 (basic)||N600C (conductivity)||N600S (scanner)||N600D (dual freq.)|
|Signal calibration in Freeze mode||√||√||√||√|
|PowerLink probe support||√||√||√||√|
|Conductivity and coating thickness measurement||√*||√||√|
|Dual frequency and mixing||√|
|*One conductivity probe 9222340 [U8690027], standard 9522103 [U8880111] and calibration shims 0320806 [U8840160] included.|
All models of the NORTEC 600 come with the standard LEMO 16-way universal connector, as well as a BNC connector for absolute probes. Simply select the connector in the instrument interface. When reading from the BNC connector, the instrument features automatic internal balancing for hassle-free operation.
The 16-way LEMO connector also supports the PowerLink NORTEC technology, which features automatic probe recognition and instrument presets for quicker setups.
Compatible with Current Procedures and Other Manufacturers
To simplify inspection, the NORTEC 600 includes all the legacy modes and layouts used in existing NORTEC-specified procedures, as well as those used by many other equipment manufacturers. Standard impedance plane view, sweep mode (strip chart), split screens, adjustable null point, crosshairs, improved filter response, reference signal display, and several other useful features are all part of the NORTEC 600 package.
Offering compatibility with many other probe and rotary scanner manufacturers, the NORTEC 600’s accessories include cables and adaptors such as a 12-way LEMO, an 11-way Fischer, and more. The proper adaptor or scanner cable make it possible to benefit from all the outstanding capabilities of the NORTEC 600, without investing heavily in probes and accessories.
The NORTEC® 600 has one of the most brilliant displays available on the portable eddy current flaw detector market. The unique brightness, resolution, and definition of its 5.7 inch VGA display makes it possible to interpret eddy current signals at a distance. The user-selectable color schemes ensure that the display is equally clear and easy-to-read whether you are using the NORTEC 600 indoors or outside.
In addition to impressive size and brightness, the NORTEC 600’s VGA display also features a new full-screen mode that can be activated at the touch of a key.
Available for all applications and in all display modes, the full-screen mode really comes in handy when reading signals over an extended period of time.
Depending on your NORTEC 600 model, you can choose between the following displays:
The NORTEC® 600 merges seamlessly into any integrated eddy current detection system. Its numerous software and hardware features ensure that the instrument is capable of performing consistent flaw detection in industrial environments. The NORTEC 600 specifications and functionalities were designed with the integrator in mind.
When developing the NORTEC® 600's user interface, Olympus wanted to create the best possible combination of simplicity, efficiency, and intuitiveness. The result is a totally redesigned navigation system that significantly reduces the learning curve, all while maintaining a high level of productivity during inspection, even for novice operators.
All the benefits of this newly redesigned user interface are available in more than 15 languages.
To meet customers’ needs, the NORTEC 600’s new carefully designed Application Selection menu contains predefined factory settings that save time during signal calibration.
The instrument also features a new All-Settings page that displays all of the parameters on the screen at once, so that you can quickly configure the instrument to conform to a particular procedure.
This new and innovative feature of the NORTEC 600 allows operators to focus their attention on the movement of the probe to ensure that they achieve a satisfactory scan. Afterward, the gain and angle can be adjusted while the signal is in Freeze mode.
A single press of the new SAVE key instantly stores the current settings (program) and signals (data) in the instrument’s memory, together in a single file for maximum convenience and user-friendliness.
The capture function can also be delayed to allow correct hand positioning and a proper scanning motion before the unit actually begins recording. The on-board memory features room for 500 files, which can be transferred to another unit or a computer as needed.
Background reference signals can also be recalled from the memory in a new, faster way: simply press and hold the SAVE key while live signals are displayed on the screen to send those same signals to the background.
The new File Manager menu of the NORTEC® 600 has been completely streamlined – without sacrificing convenience or productivity. It features a new file preview function that allows browsing through the different files in a very visual way. Once the proper file is found, it can be recalled at the user’s convenience.
The File Manager menu also permits editing, overwriting and deleting any file with a minimum number of operations. The on-board Text Editor comes in handy for editing file names, user and instrument information, or simply adding notes while still on site.
Anytime during inspection, recorded indications can be viewed with the new PC software, NORTEC® PC. The NORTEC PC software allows for the easy exchange of files between the NORTEC 600 instrument and your computer. Communication is established via a USB cable, and all files can be quickly downloaded or uploaded. Once files are on the computer, they can be viewed, copied to clipboard, or exported as a PDF report. NORTEC PC also features a new, “PDF ALL” function that generates an entire inspection report with a single click, making archiving very easy.
The high-performance, state-of-the-art electronics and unique vibrant display of the NORTEC® 600 provide an unprecedented signal quality for surface inspection.
The NORTEC 600 instrument also comprises all the standard features for medium-high frequency surface inspection, including impedance plane views, 10×10 grid, sweep (strip chart), multiple alarm configurations, automatic lift-off, etc.
Newly added features such as null point crosshairs, fine (expanded) and web grids, and the automatic internal balance circuit (for BNC connector) make the NORTEC 600 an extremely proficient surface inspection tool.
The proficiency of the NORTEC 600’s advanced circuitry is best demonstrated when performing wheel inspections. The probes that are used for this application usually present lower-amplitude signals, often requiring a preamplifier. However, the wide gain range (0 –100 dB) and state-of-the-art electronics of the NORTEC 600 deliver excellent quality signals during wheel inspection, without requiring a preamplifier.
The simplified configuration and improved filter system of the NORTEC 600 make it an ideal instrument for bolt hole (rotary scanner) inspection. The new NORTEC® 600 filters are set by default to a “figure 6” response, the typical shape of the rotary bolt hole application. The filters can also be set to the “figure 8” response, as desired. For an even easier configuration, operators can activate the new Link option, which automatically adjusts the filter settings according to the scanner’s speed settings.
The improved conductivity mode of the NORTEC 600 features a new, straightforward calibration Wizard featuring user-defined conductivity and coating thickness references. The NORTEC 600 is capable of measuring conductivity and non-conductive coating thicknesses of up to 0.64 mm on non-ferromagnetic materials.
Thanks to its portable, rugged, and durable format, the NORTEC® 600 is ideally suited for performing weld inspection in extreme environments. When inspecting a weld while using rope access, the chest harness can be attached to its four-point anchors.
The NORTEC 600 features an inspection-ready weld setup that helps simplify instrument preparation and calibration. Paint thickness can also be evaluated in both single or dual frequency mode (the NORTEC 600D model only).
With the NORTEC 600, inspecting critical holes is simple and reliable. Thanks to its legacy PS5 indexing rotary scanner support, improved waterfall display, and new layer cursor, the NORTEC 600 pinpoints the location of flaws in layered structures with ease.
PS5-AL legacy indexing scanner
Waterfall display with new layer identification cursor.
The new All-in-One display features up to 3 configurable traces for frequency 1, frequency 2, and mixed channels. Each channel can be displayed as impedance or strip chart, with independent display position controls.
The new Auto-Mix feature of the NORTEC® 600 instantly mixes signals so that the residual (subtracted) signal is reduced to a minimum. This is particularly useful for heat exchanger tubing inspection.
With the Real-Time Readings parameter, you can choose to display up to two real-time signal measurements in standard or full screen modes. Displaying a variety of measurements reveals the various amplitude of angle (phase) characteristics of the signal.
Housing > Overall dimensions
(width × height × depth)
|236 mm × 167 mm × 70 mm|
|Housing > Weight||1.7 kg, including lithium-ion battery.|
|Housing > Standards or directives||EN-15548, CE, WEEE, FCC (USA), IC (Canada), RoHS (China), RCM (Australia and New Zealand).|
|Housing > Power requirements||AC Mains: 100 VAC to 120 VAC, 200 VAC to 240 VAC, 50 Hz to 60 Hz.|
|Housing > Input and Outputs||One USB 2.0 peripheral port, one standard VGA analog output port, one 15-pin I/O port (male) with 6 analog outputs, 3 alarm outputs.|
|Environmental conditions > Operating temperature||–10 °C to 50 °C|
|Environmental conditions > Storage temperature||0°C to 50°C (with batteries) and -20°C to 70°C (without batteries).|
|Environmental conditions > IP rating||Designed to meet requirements of IP66.|
|Battery > Battery type||Single lithium-ion rechargeable battery or optional AA-size alkaline batteries (in 8-cell holder).|
|Battery > Battery life||Up to 10 hours for standard operation; 6 hours to 8 hours when operating rotary scanners.|
Display > Display size
(W × H, diagonal)
|117.4 mm × 88.7 mm, 146.3 mm|
|Display > Display type||Full VGA (640 × 480 pixels) color, transflective LCD (liquid crystal display).|
|Display > Screen modes||Normal or Full screen, 8 color schemes.|
|Display > Grids and display tools||Choice of 5 grids; crosshairs (single trace displays only).|
|Connectivity and memory > PC software||NORTEC PC software, included in base NORTEC 600 kit. NORTEC PC allows viewing saved files and printing reports.|
|Connectivity and memory > Data storage||500 traces of 120 s max featuring user-selectable on-board preview.|
|Interface > Languages||English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch, Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, and Norwegian.|
|Interface > Applications||Application Selection menu for easy and rapid configuration. Automatic lift-off key.|
|Interface > Real-Time Readings||Choice of up to 2 real-time readings measuring signal characteristics (selection of 5 amplitude measurements and 1 angle measurement).|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Probe types||Absolute and differential in either bridge or reflection configuration. The instrument is fully compatible with NORTEC PowerLink probes, as well as other main probe and accessory suppliers.|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Probe connectors||16-pin LEMO and BNC featuring internal automatic balancing for BNC connector (absolute probes).|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Frequency range||10 Hz to 12 MHz|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Gain||0 dB to 100 dB in 0.1 or 1 dB increments.|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Rotation||0° to 359.9° in 0.1° or 1° increments.|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Sweep||
Variable from 0.005 s to 10 s per division
(total of 13.3 divisions with FINE grid).
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Filters||Low-pass: 10 Hz to 2000 Hz and wide band. High-pass: off or 5 Hz to 1000 Hz, user-selectable in constant “figure 6” or “figure 8” filter type. Continuous null (low-frequency HP filter): 0.2 Hz, 0.5 Hz, 1.0 Hz.|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Probe drive||LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH (2 V, 5 V, 8 V).|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Display erase, persistence||Display erase (0.1 s to 60 s), persistence (0.1 s to 10 s)|
|Eddy Current Specifications (all NORTEC models) > Available alarm types||3 simultaneous alarms. Choices include BOX (rectangle), POLAR (circle), SECTOR (pie), SWEEP (time-based), CONDUCTIVITY, and COATING THICKNESS.|
|Conductivity (NORTEC 600C, NORTEC 600S, and NORTEC 600D) > Frequency||60 kHz or 480 kHz|
|Conductivity (NORTEC 600C, NORTEC 600S, and NORTEC 600D) > Digital conductivity specification||Digital conductivity display from 0.9% to 110% IACS or 0.5 to 64 MS/m. Accuracy within ±0.5% IACS from 0.9% to 65% IACS and within ±1.0% of values over 62%. Meets or exceeds BAC 5651 specifications.|
|Conductivity (NORTEC 600C, NORTEC 600S, and NORTEC 600D) > Non-conductive coating thickness||Can measure non-conductive coating thickness from 0 mm to 0.648 mm. Accuracy of 0.025 mm (±0.001 in.) over a 0 mm to 0.64 mm range.|
|Scanners (NORTEC 600S and NORTEC 600D) > Scanner compatibility||Operates Olympus scanners (MiniMite, SpitFire, RA-2000, and PS-5) and other major supplier scanners, from 120 RPM to 3000 RPM.|
|Dual Frequency (NORTEC 600D) > Frequency adjustment (dual frequency mode)||Two fully independent frequencies, operating in simultaneous injection.|
|Dual Frequency (NORTEC 600D) > MIX options||F1 - F2, F1 + F2, and automatic true mixing.|
The NORTEC® 600 is available in any of the following configurations:
Model: Basic, Conductivity (C), Scanner (S), and Dual Frequency (D).
Power cord: Over 11 power cord models available (for the DC charger).
Keypad and instruction label: English, international (icons), Chinese, or Japanese.
“Getting Started” print manual: over 9 languages available.
Items included in all NORTEC 600 models*: NORTEC 600 instrument with factory-installed hand strap, getting started manual, factory certificate, rigid transport case, DC charger with power cord, Li-Ion battery, AA battery tray, USB communication cable, MicroSD memory card and adaptor, PowerLink probe cable, and NORTEC PC software and product manuals disc.
*Standard inclusions may vary depending on your location. Contact your local distributor.
Additional items included in NORTEC 600C model only: 19 mm, 60 kHz conductivity probe, conductivity calibration standard (set of 2: 29% and 59%), and calibration shims.