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NEW FULL-BODY ROTARY WALL MEASURING SYSTEM INSPECTS TOTAL CIRCUMFERENCE OF PIPE AT FULL LINE SPEEDS

 HOUSTON, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuboscope Vetco International Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: TUBO) today announced a major advancement to their in-line inspection systems for tubular production mills. The new specially developed system, combining ultrasonic and rotary mechanical technologies, allows comprehensive pipe-wall inspections around the full circumference of steel pipe at production line speeds, a major benefit to pipe producers.
 The new systems uses the world recognized Sound Optic ultrasonic technology combined with Tuboscope's proven rotary mechanical system. "A significant feature of the rotary wall monitor is its rotation of the inspection arrays around the outside diameter of linearly conveyed pipe," stated William V. Larkin, Jr., president. "This allows for 100 percent coverage of the pipe surface, except for the pipe ends, at inspection speeds up to 200 feet-per-minute."
 Tuboscope Vetco International is the world's leading supplier of coating and inspection services to the petroleum industry; supplies in- service inspection for oil and gas pipelines; sells and leases advanced in-line inspection equipment to makers of oil country tubular goods and provides quality assurance and inspection services to a diverse range of world-wide industries.
 Tuboscope Vetco International is headquartered in Houston and services markets in over 54 countries. 1991 sales were $151.8 million. The company is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol "TUBO".
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 /CONTACT: William V. Larkin, Jr. of Tuboscope Vetco International, 713-799-5100/
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