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UMS3 Scanning Tank

The UMS3 is now out of stock and has been discontinued. Our new redesigned system, UMS4, will be available in early 2022.

To stay informed about our new product release, please contact us.

UMS3 Scanning Tank


The UMS3 fully automated scanning system has been specifically designed to automate the repetitive tasks associated with the acquisition, display, storage and computation of data associated with the measurement and mapping of acoustic fields.

A dedicated version “UMS Industrial” is available for the non destructive test industry. All systems customised for end-user application.

Download the data sheet

Typical Applications of UMS3

  • Beam profiling
  • Location of focal area
  • Pressure mapping
  • Measurement of acoustic parameters to satisfy the latest regulatory requirements needed for IEC62127-1, IEC61157, NEMA UD2 or FDA 510(k) submissions

Typical applications of UMS Industrial

  • Defect detection with A , B and C scan displays
  • Thickness gauging
The UMS3 scanning system
The UMS3 scanning system
Biomedical Ultrasonics
System Supplied to University of Oxford

The image above is a system supplied by Precision Acoustics to the Biomedical Ultrasonics and Biotherapy Laboratory at the University of Oxford.

Ultrasound measurements rely on the ability to measure accurately the acoustic field. The UMS3 system has three motorised axes (x,y,z) each capable of a 6-micron repeatability.  The system supplied complete with an electronic control module and a PC with preloaded UMS software.  The software is optimised for interaction with Keysight Technologies DSO-X 3000 series oscilloscopes but the works with many other modern oscilloscopes.

Options include an additional “rotational axes positioning device” to facilitate accurate alignment of the transducer’s acoustic axis with the hydrophone; water conditioning system; hydrophone and transducer mounts.

To simplify purchasing for our clients we can also supply all power amplifiers and function generators.

More information about the UMS system and software is available on the UMS specification page.

3D Scanning Tanks FAQ's

The majority of acoustic measurements are made in water. However, whilst being cheap and readily available, tap water is not ideal for conducting acoustic measurements and should be conditioned before use in a test tank. For more information see our document on water treatment.

For measurements on diagnostic scanners we recommend an oscilloscope with sufficient bandwidth and high sampling rate.  The oscilloscope is an essential part of our system and we have designed our software around the Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent) range of oscilloscopes. We usually supply an oscilloscope from the DSO-X 3000 series but we have configured the software for most oscilloscopes in this range.  There are also other scopes in the LeCroy and Tektronix ranges that are supported. Please contact us if you have an non-Keysight Technologies oscilloscope to confirm whether it is supported.  Even if it is not we may be able to write additional software to extend support to your device

Our software was originally designed to measure the acoustic parameters which relate to ultrasound safety. All measurements rely on the measurements being made with a calibrated hydrophone. If your application is not medical we can customise the software to display those parameters which are relevant to your work. Please contact us with your requirements.