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Royal Academy of Engineering set to elect its first Scottish President

22/03/2019 Royal Academy of Engineering set to elect its first Scottish President

The Trustee Board of the Royal Academy of Engineering has nominated Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, as its Presidential candidate for election by Fellows at the September 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Upon election by the Fellowship, Jim would serve a term of five years and become the Academy’s first Scottish President.

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Intero Integrity wins award for innovative robotic tank floor inspection

21/03/2019 Intero Integrity wins award for innovative robotic tank floor inspection

The SPRINT Robotics Award 2018 has been awarded to Intero Integrity. This award by the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is presented annually in recognition of ground-breaking collaborative work towards the acceptance of inspection and maintenance robotics in society. It was presented on 13 November 2018 in Galveston, Texas, USA, during the first edition of the SPRINT Robotics World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics.

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Global industrial radiography equipment market 2019-2023

20/03/2019 Global industrial radiography equipment market 2019-2023

The growing opportunity for radiography in additive manufacturing is expected to drive growth in the market. Additive manufacturing based on 3D printing has been recording significant development with the introduction of new technologies. With an increase in the use of additive manufacturing, the need for radiographic testing has grown. Analysts have predicted that the industrial radiography equipment market will register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 14% by 2023.

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Yokogawa to release the Sushi Sensor

19/03/2019 Yokogawa to release the Sushi Sensor

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it will release the Sushi Sensor, an OpreX-brand wireless solution, in markets other than Japan, starting with European shipping in March 2019. Already available in Japan, the Sushi Sensor is a compact wireless device with integrated sensing and communication functions that is intended for use in the monitoring of plant equipment vibration and surface temperature. Optimised for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications, the Sushi Sensor enables the online monitoring of equipment operating conditions, which helps to improve equipment maintenance and prevent failures by detecting signs of abnormalities at an early stage.

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Mann+Hummel partners with Sierra Wireless

19/03/2019 Mann+Hummel partners with Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless, a provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that Mann+Hummel, a leading global expert for filtration solutions, has selected the Smart SIMs and AirVantage® IoT Platform from Sierra Wireless to connect and manage global deployments of Senzit, the company’s new predictive maintenance platform developed to increase uptime for industrial and agricultural fleets.

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18/03/2019 Lavender International supporting NDT apprenticeships

Lavender International is continuing to raise awareness of NDT and the rewarding career opportunities that are available within the industry, including the NDT apprenticeship schemes, by attending STEM events and careers fairs and providing interactive demonstrations to local schools and technical colleges.

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Automated quality control for the production line

18/03/2019 Automated quality control for the production line

Creaform, a world leader in automated and portable 3D metrology solutions, is focusing on automated quality control at this year’s Hannover Messe, taking place from 1-5 April 2019, which is becoming increasingly important within the manufacturing industry and Industry 4.0. Creaform will be exhibiting in Hall 17, booth E58.

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Element’s exceptional international growth recognised with International Track 200 listing

15/03/2019 Element’s exceptional international growth recognised with International Track 200 listing

Element Materials Technology, one of the world’s leading independent providers of materials and product qualification testing, inspection and certification services, has been listed at number 143 in this year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

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Miniature ICP teardrop accelerometer

14/03/2019 Miniature ICP teardrop accelerometer

PCB Piezotronics Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of MTS Systems Corporation, has released its smallest ICP teardrop accelerometer with a transducer electronic data sheet (TEDS), Model 352A59. This single-axis accelerometer was developed to minimise the effects of mass loading on small devices with an integral M3 connector and removable cable that can be easily routed within devices. The adhesive mounting and TEDS contribute to a quick, error-proof set-up.

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Visualisation software

14/03/2019 Visualisation software

The result of a collaboration between Sound & Bright and Tsukuba Technology, a Japanese company specialising in laser ultrasonic visualisation for the inspection of complex shapes, the laser ultrasonic Visualizing Inspector is capable of quickly scanning a complex shape and displaying the propagation of ultrasonic waves.

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Asset health centre to improve predictive maintenance coverage

13/03/2019 Asset health centre to improve predictive maintenance coverage

Dingo Software, a provider of predictive maintenance solutions to asset-intensive industries, has opened up its new Asset Health Centre in Denver, Colorado.

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SITA recruits Rolls-Royce

13/03/2019 SITA recruits Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce plc has become a launch customer for a new service by SITAONAIR to provide airlines with a ‘neutral’ system to transmit aircraft technical data to equipment manufacturers and maintenance specialists.

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13/03/2019 UK Global Grand Challenges Student Competition 2019

The Royal Academy of Engineering is inviting university teams of undergraduate students to participate in the Global Grand Challenges Student Competition 2019: a six-month competition providing students with tangible opportunities and resources to enhance their capacity to address global challenges in a transformational and innovative way. 

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Ultrasonic inspection software

12/03/2019 Ultrasonic inspection software

Eddyfi Technologies has announced the latest release of M2M Capture. Natively embedded on both M2M Gekko and M2M Mantis phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) flaw detectors, Capture v2.3 offers new advanced features and dedicated tools to improve the user experience and speed up NDT inspection. Released twice a year, Capture software is an evolutive platform combining state-of-the-art technologies and a highly intuitive interface.

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Phased array probes

12/03/2019 Phased array probes

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has expanded its product offering with the addition of a new range of linear phased array transducers.

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New National Engineering Policy Centre to enhance government access to engineering expertise

11/03/2019 New National Engineering Policy Centre to enhance government access to engineering expertise

The Royal Academy of Engineering hosted professional engineering institutions and senior policy makers on Monday 28 January 2019 for an inaugural reception for the newly established National Engineering Policy Centre.

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Benchtop 3D X-ray microscope

08/03/2019 Benchtop 3D X-ray microscope

Bruker has announced the new SKYSCAN™ 1273 benchtop 3D X-ray microscope based on micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) technology. The SKYSCAN 1273 sets a new standard for non-destructive testing (NDT) with benchtop instruments, providing a performance level previously only achieved by floor-standing systems.

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Petrofac awarded contract extension

07/03/2019 Petrofac awarded contract extension

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has secured a condition monitoring contract renewal from TAQA in the UK following competitive tender.

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Eddyfi Technologies acquires NDT robotics leader Inuktun

06/03/2019 Eddyfi Technologies acquires NDT robotics leader Inuktun

As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing technologies, Eddyfi Technologies has confirmed the acquisition of Inuktun, a well-known developer and manufacturer of remotely operated crawlers and camera systems.

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High-resolution confocal sensor

05/03/2019 High-resolution confocal sensor

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has extended its range of confocal chromatic displacement sensors with a new compact sensor that offers outstanding value for money and high accuracy, enabling its cost-effective use in high-volume OEM, machine building, systems integration and continuous production applications.

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Engineers pioneer 3D printed piezoelectric materials

04/03/2019 Engineers pioneer 3D printed piezoelectric materials

A team of mechanical engineers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have devised a way to 3D print piezoelectric materials that can be customised to convert movement, impact and stress into electrical energy. The ability to 3D print piezoelectric materials, which are used in mobile phones, musical equipment and more, could expand their applications and drive new innovations in the field.

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An invitation to all Corporate members

01/03/2019 An invitation to all Corporate members

Any employee from a BINDT Corporate member company can attend the quarterly meetings of the Trade and Industry Committee, which allows individuals to have a say in the future direction and development of the NDT industry through PCN and BINDT.

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01/03/2019 AVT Reliability to be lead sponsor of Reliability Ireland 2019

Predictive maintenance and condition monitoring specialist AVT Reliability will be the lead sponsor, as well as speaking and exhibiting, at the Reliability Ireland event in Cork on 26 and 27 March.

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Dutch Rail employs predictive maintenance

28/02/2019 Dutch Rail employs predictive maintenance

Engineers in the Netherlands have improved rail reliability by taking a new predictive approach to track maintenance.

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New inertial measurement unit

28/02/2019 New inertial measurement unit

STMicroelectronics has introduced the ISM330DLC six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), which extends the company’s family of ultra low-power microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors for industrial applications.

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New inertial measurement unit

28/02/2019 Onyx secures new contracts

STMicroelectronics has introduced the ISM330DLC six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), which extends the company’s family of ultra low-power microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors for industrial applications.

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Outstanding calibre of finalists revealed for 2019 Offshore Achievement Awards

27/02/2019 Outstanding calibre of finalists revealed for 2019 Offshore Achievement Awards

Finalists for the Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA), supported by principal sponsor TAQA, have been revealed.

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Thomas Wenzel will lead Yxlon International

27/02/2019 Thomas Wenzel will lead Yxlon International

The Board of Directors of the Comet Group has appointed Thomas Wenzel as Head of the X-Ray Systems (IXS) Division, General Manager of Yxlon International and member of the Executive Committee of the Comet Group, which came into effect in December 2018. Following a comprehensive evaluation process, the Comet Group has thus selected an in-house candidate with 25 years of experience in the X-ray systems business.

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TCS partners with SAP

27/02/2019 TCS partners with SAP

India-based IT services and consulting firm Tata Consultancy Services (TSC) has partnered with SAP to develop Intelligent Rail Digital Maintenance (iRDM), which is powered by SAP Leonardo.

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Metso partners with Rockwell Automation

26/02/2019 Metso partners with Rockwell Automation

Metso Mining has collaborated with Rockwell Automation to introduce a predictive maintenance solution for the mining industry.

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Safety PLC with fail-safe condition monitoring

26/02/2019 Safety PLC with fail-safe condition monitoring

ABB has developed what it claims is the world’s first safety programmable logic controller (PLC) with integrated condition monitoring. It claims the combination will enhance the functional safety of applications and reduce the need for manual inspections and maintenance.

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ADI focuses on industry 4.0

26/02/2019 ADI focuses on industry 4.0

Analog Devices Inc (ADI) is targeting industrial original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a cluster of Industry 4.0 announcements.

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Validating rocket thermal protection before a space-shot launch

25/02/2019 Validating rocket thermal protection before a space-shot launch

FLIR Systems has reported on how the University of Southern California (USC) Rocket Propulsion Lab has used a FLIR T540 thermal camera to provide valuable data at a level unattainable with thermocouples to measure the performance of rocket thermal protection systems during engine firing.

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Yokogawa adds to OpreX Control and Safety System

22/02/2019 Yokogawa adds to OpreX Control and Safety System

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it has developed a software platform that enables software packages to run on general-purpose computers in a redundant configuration, which it has added to its OpreX™ Control and Safety System family. This redundancy software will help to raise the availability of all of the solutions that make up Yokogawa’s OpreX Control category of systems, software and devices. By making a system redundant, high availability can be achieved. The first software packages based on this platform will be released in March. These are the ‘Exaopc OPC interface package’ and the ‘Exapilot operation efficiency improvement package’.

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AssetMinder includes vibration sensors

22/02/2019 AssetMinder includes vibration sensors

InVMA’s AssetMinder turnkey asset performance management platform has been enhanced to include high-frequency vibration sensors that measure vibration levels and temperature.

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FRP Advisory secures future of Bloodhound project

21/02/2019 FRP Advisory secures future of Bloodhound project

On 7 December 2018, Andrew Sheridan and Geoff Rowley, joint administrators of Bloodhound Programme Ltd, the company behind Project Bloodhound, the initiative to reach 1000 mph in a land vehicle, announced that efforts to secure an investor to take the project forward had not been successful.

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Portable ultrasonic inspection solution

19/02/2019 Portable ultrasonic inspection solution

Active with key industry players for 60 years, Sonatest, a leading ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT) manufacturer, has delivered its new generation of the popular RapidScan product family, the RSflite. Complemented by the agile WheelProbe2 linear array probe and the newly-developed UTmap stitching and analysis software, this latest Sonatest solution sets a new standard of performance, portability and efficiency for the inspection of simple to complex composite structures.

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SpotSee expands utility of SpotBot

18/02/2019 SpotSee expands utility of SpotBot impact monitoring device

SpotSee, a global provider of shock and vibration monitoring through low-cost connectivity and data, has added temperature threshold monitoring to its leading impact monitoring device, SpotBot™ Cellular, bringing even more supply-chain data and transparency to the fingertips of its users.

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Pexa establishes presence in India

18/02/2019 Pexa establishes presence in India

After three years of supplying high-tech surface coatings to India’s fast-growing aerospace industry from its UK base, Pexa has now established its own company and premises in India. Pexa Aerospace Materials Pvt Ltd is located in South Bangalore, close to India’s main centres of aerospace production. This new facility will be a full player in the local market, receiving goods in bulk and splitting them down for local supply, stocking products to support customer programmes and moving further into value-adding activities such as product mixing. In addition, it will act as the sales agent for Pexa for sales of products into India for export programmes.

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Non-contact motion amplification platform

15/02/2019 Non-contact motion amplification platform

Iris M from RDI Technologies is said to be the first device of its kind that allows users to see, in real time, motion that is not visible to the human eye. This patented Motion Amplification™ technique lets users see the invisible.

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15/02/2019 BINDT Statement on Brexit

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) means that we must meet the challenges that this decision will bring and, as the deadline for exiting the EU approaches, we recognise that a number of parties will understandably be concerned. These include our corporate and individual members, as well as the holders of PCN certification and their employers.


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Multiple-angle TOFD wedge

13/02/2019 Multiple-angle TOFD wedge

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is becoming a popular substitute for steel pipe. Varieties of polyethylene used in industry can have an acoustic velocity range from approximately 2100 m/s to about 2600 m/s. Using polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or polystyrene as a refracting wedge material could result in very little refraction or even negative refraction. Elastomeric materials designed by Innovation Polymers range from approximately 1025 m/s to about 1600 m/s, ensuring positive refraction for all applications on polyethylene.

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New market size, share and trends analysis report

12/02/2019 New market size, share and trends analysis report

The global non-destructive testing (NDT) market size is projected to reach US$21.2 billion (approximately £16.27 billion) by 2025, progressing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% during the forecast period, according to a new report from Research and Markets, titled: ‘Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report 2018-2025’. Increasing manufacturing activities in developing as well as developed nations are poised to bolster market growth over the forecast period.

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Rolls-Royce picks Uptake for data analysis

11/02/2019 Rolls-Royce picks Uptake for data analysis

Rolls-Royce plc has partnered with artificial intelligence (AI) software specialist Uptake to analyse technical data from Trent-series engines in an effort to improve the serviceability of power plants.

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Portable vibration meter

08/02/2019 Portable vibration meter

An upgraded version of its successful portable vibration meter with a bright, easily readable display has been introduced by Monitran. When connected to a constant current-type accelerometer, the compact MTN/VM330D stores up to 100 time-stamped readings, which can be transferred to a PC using the USB cable supplied.

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Stork appoints regional director to lead UK organisation

07/02/2019 Stork appoints regional director to lead UK organisation

Stork’s UK organisation has appointed Steve Hunt as Regional Director UK to lead the evolving business within a range of sectors, both on- and offshore. Steve takes on the position with immediate effect and will be based in Aberdeen.

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Solving high-speed automotive testing challenges

06/02/2019 Solving high-speed automotive testing challenges

FLIR Systems has published a white paper that discusses how new infrared (IR) camera technologies are providing engineers and technicians with the tools they need to address the difficulties of high-speed automotive testing.

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Weld and SCC inspection

05/02/2019 Weld and SCC inspection

The MagnaFORM™ scanner is a fast and reliable way to reduce the turnaround time of weld and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) inspections.

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New NDT drone thermal imaging course launched

04/02/2019 New NDT drone thermal imaging course launched

The iRed Academy’s new Drone Thermography Category 1 course provides commercial drone pilots with the expertise to use infrared cameras on both airborne platforms and at ground level. It also enables them to understand, analyse and report on the images they acquire with those cameras.

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01/02/2019 Wood wins Sellafield control systems framework

Wood has won a contract to supply programmable digital control technologies to the Sellafield Ltd nuclear site in Cumbria, UK.

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