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Insulator Inspection Apparatus and Method

Abstract: 

An insulator inspection tool and method for identifying defects or conditions that may prevent the insulator from performing properly is disclosed. The apparatus includes a launcher adapted to launch a projectile towards an insulator being tested, a listening device adapted to receive a response signal from the insulator upon being struck by the projectile, and a processing device adapted to measure the response signal received by the listening device and process the response signal to determine whether the insulator contains any defects or conditions.

Patent Number: 
9,470,620
Date Of Issue: 
10/18/2016
Inventors: 

Andrew John Phillips; Timothy Scott Shaw; Kristopher C. Kozak; Jerry A. Towler