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The Test House gains UKAS accreditation for digital radiography

13/10/2017 The Test House gains UKAS accreditation for digital radiography

TWI’s subsidiary, The Test House, has been awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation for its digital radiography services, becoming one of just three facilities in the UK to have this award.

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Carestream NDT signs Baugh & Weedon as new representative covering UK and Ireland

12/10/2017 Carestream NDT signs Baugh & Weedon as new representative covering UK and Ireland

Carestream’s Non-Destructive Testing organisation has announced its newest partnership with Baugh & Weedon Ltd. Baugh & Weedon provides outstanding technical sales, project management, local manufacturing, product and after-sales support that the company believes will enhance its customers’ experience in this region.

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Singapore laboratory to provide materials testing for Changi Airport project

11/10/2017 Singapore laboratory to provide materials testing for Changi Airport project

Element Materials Technology’s Singapore laboratory, Admaterials Technologies Pte Ltd, has agreed a contract with civil engineering firm Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure – Sembcorp Design and Construction JV to provide civil and construction materials testing for the third runway project at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Admaterials is part of Exova Group Ltd, which was recently acquired by Element to create one world-class global testing services partner.

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IMechE Engineering Training Solutions adds PCN Level 2 refresher training

10/10/2017 IMechE Engineering Training Solutions adds PCN Level 2 refresher training to its range of online training courses

A wide range of methods are now available to study online through IMechE Engineering Training Solutions, to support students preparing to be recertificated to PCN Level 2 or as a general refresher for their continuing professional development.

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Royal Academy of Engineering calls for culture change to improve inclusion for all engineers

09/10/2017 Royal Academy of Engineering calls for culture change to improve inclusion for all engineers

The Royal Academy of Engineering has called for a profession-wide culture change and regular benchmarking of progress in order to create a truly inclusive culture within the UK engineering profession. The initiative follows the publication of a unique survey of workplace cultures that shows that inclusion benefits all engineers, but there are some discrepancies between experiences of inclusiveness at work.

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Construction Skills Certification Scheme accepts PCN certification

06/10/2017 WindTwin project aims to revolutionise wind turbine operation with digital twin technology

A consortium of engineering technology experts comprising Agility3, Brunel University London, Dashboard, ESI and TWI Ltd has now begun work on the WindTwin project following a successful proposal to Innovate UK, the Government agency that finds and drives the innovations that will grow the UK economy.

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Construction Skills Certification Scheme accepts PCN certification

05/10/2017 Construction Skills Certification Scheme accepts PCN certification

The British Institute of NDT (BINDT) is concerned with the education and training of its members, as well as the advancement of the science and practice of the methods and subjects associated with NDT and CM. It is also a commitment of BINDT to ensure that, in providing such a diverse spread of knowledge to its members in consideration of their roles and responsibilities, it also equips them with the skills and knowledge to allow them to carry out their tasks in a safe and efficient manner while complying with all associated current health & safety regulations.

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Sonatest announces new initiative with Phoenix ISL

04/10/2017 Sonatest announces new initiative with Phoenix ISL

Sonatest has announced an initiative with Phoenix Inspection Systems, which has taken delivery of a veo+ phased array flaw detector. Phoenix will now be able to demonstrate the compatibility of its dynamic range of ultrasonic scanners interfacing fluently with the veo+ to produce high-resolution volumetric scans and record precise datasets.

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03/10/2017 Ultrasonic sensor company Inductosense raises £1.1 million investment

Inductosense, a spin-out company from the University of Bristol, secured a funding round of £1.1 million investment from a consortium of investors in August. The consortium consists of Perivoli Innovations, the University of Bristol Enterprise Fund (managed by Parkwalk Advisors Ltd), IP Group plc, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Stephenson LP Fund and a number of angel investors.

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02/10/2017 Element Materials Technology and Exova Group Ltd become one

Element Materials Technology and Exova Group Limited have joined forces to create one world-class global testing services partner, with the integration programme to bring the two businesses and their people together now well underway.

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EngineeringUK announces appointment of Chief Executive

29/09/2017 EngineeringUK announces appointment of Chief Executive

EngineeringUK has announced the appointment of Mark Titterington as its new Chief Executive. Mark, who will join the organisation in October, has held various business leadership roles throughout his career and has a background in government relations and corporate communications.

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TWI’s advanced UT lecturer returns to Québec City

29/09/2017 TWI’s advanced UT lecturer returns to Québec City

Following great success at the start of 2017, Advanced Ultrasonics Lecturer Neil Harrap returned to Québec City (home of phased array ultrasonic testing or PAUT) to deliver further PAUT blended learning for one of its advanced NDT customers and to support TWI Canada at the CINDE Conference and Exhibition.

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Another major design award for FLIR

28/09/2017 Another major design award for FLIR

FLIR Systems has received the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best 2017’ product design award for its newly redesigned FLIR Exx-Series advanced thermal imaging cameras.

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ISEMIR: An IAEA Tool for Radiation Optimisation in Interventional Cardiology and Industrial Radiography

28/09/2017 IAEA launches online tool for strengthening safety of workers exposed to radiation

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched an online tool for strengthening the safety of workers who risk exposure to ionising radiation in the fields of medicine and industry.

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Euroteck Systems achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification

27/09/2017 Euroteck Systems achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification

Euroteck Systems Ltd has announced that it has achieved certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard in July 2017.

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Global Composites Testing Market: 2017-2022

27/09/2017 Global Composites Testing Market: 2017-2022

This report studies the global composites testing market over the period 2017 to 2022. The report provides detailed insights into the market dynamics to enable informed business decision-making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities in the market.

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11/09/2017 Pexa to exhibit at MT 2017 with supply partners Sherwin Babbco and Spectronics Corporation

Established in 2002, Pexa Ltd is a supplier of materials to the NDT industry. It will be using Materials Testing 2017 to market its ranges of NDT materials from Sherwin Babbco (Socomore NDT) and Spectroline. These materials include dye penetrants, magnetic particle inspection materials, test panels, UV lights and meters, tools and consumables. The level of NDT expertise on stand A13 will be maximised as technical representatives from Pexa, Sherwin Babbco and Spectronics Corporation will be present.

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11/09/2017 Zetec’s NDT solutions at MT 2017

Zetec Inc will be demonstrating its latest NDT solutions on stand C7 at Materials Testing 2017.

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11/09/2017 Lavender International NDT at Materials Testing 2017

Established in 1976, Lavender International NDT is a leading provider of non-destructive testing training, examinations and Level 3 services to clients across the world. What sets it apart from other NDT training schools is that Lavender International is now owned by its employees. This means that everyone in the company is a co-owner and is equally invested in ensuring that the students it trains have the best experience, the companies it works with have optimum support and that everything it does is delivered by quality staff. The company believes that the experience it provides is unique and it is often referred to as ‘the Lavender way’.

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08/09/2017 New premises for the International School of Aerospace NDT

The International School of Aerospace (ISA) NDT has recently moved to new premises, which offer improved facilities for its students. The company is still based in Norwich and is operating with the same team of people: Gary Jenkins and Wayne Middleton are looking after the training and exams, supported by Tom Lloyd and newest team member Jessica Flint, who between them will be looking after all aspects of the school administration.

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07/09/2017 M2M to display latest GEKKO at Materials Testing 2017

M2M will be attending the next Materials Testing exhibition to market its range of phased array ultrasound equipment for non-destructive testing. A highlight of the display will be the flaw detector GEKKO 2.0, which improves productivity and ergonomics while keeping up with innovations in phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) and the total focusing method (TFM).

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05/09/2017 The First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 exceeds expectations

This year saw the introduction of the First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 (WCCM 2017). The congress was organised by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) in co-operation and partnership with the International Society for Condition Monitoring (ISCM).

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Skills Training UK launches apprenticeship standards for NDT

02/09/2017 Skills Training UK launches apprenticeship standards for NDT

National apprenticeships provider Skills Training UK has launched its new apprenticeship standards for non-destructive testing (NDT).

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01/09/2017 Successful drone deployment of ACFM probes and inspection

Following initial meetings at Subsea Expo 2017 and subsequent discussions, TSC Inspection and Goshawk Technologies finally met to put drone technology to the test, with the aim to successfully prove the concept of deploying ACFM® inspection technology using a specialist unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for aerial inspection.

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16/08/2017 Eddyfi brings functional and productivity improvement to data acquisition and analysis software

Eddyfi has launched the latest upgrade to its data acquisition and analysis software, Magnifi® 4. The ever-evolving Magnifi has seen many improvements over the years, but this latest upgrade brings about major changes intended to increase user productivity in electromagnetic non-destructive testing, whatever the technology used, whether it be ECT, ECA, RFT, NFT or IRIS.

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14/08/2017 RAEng Green Paper: Engineering an economy that works for all

The Royal Academy of Engineering has released its response to the UK government’s renewed focus on industrial strategy in a Green Paper, titled: ‘Engineering an economy that works for all’.

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11/08/2017 Report on global markets for NDT equipment and services 2017

The global market for non-destructive testing equipment and services should reach more than $17.2 billion in 2017 and $26.4 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% through to 2022.

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10/08/2017 Amec Foster Wheeler forms alliance to test equipment for nuclear safety

Amec Foster Wheeler has formed an alliance with Element Materials Technology, Tecnatom and TÜV Rheinland to offer equipment qualification (EQ) and materials qualification (MQ) services for nuclear sites in the UK and Europe.

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09/08/2017 Engineering Council launches new Strategic Plan

The Engineering Council has published its new Strategic Plan that will steer the organisation’s work for the next three years, from 2018 to 2020. The plan, which was launched at the Engineering Council’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June, follows three clear aims: to provide public benefit, to maintain a globally-recognised standard and to meet future needs.

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08/08/2017 Ashtead secures UKAS accreditation for NDT equipment calibration

A global leader in specialist subsea technology and services, Ashtead Technology has announced that it has received further endorsement from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its enhanced range of calibration services.

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Johnson & Allen and the University of Sheffield cooperate on internationalisation challenge

04/08/2017 Johnson & Allen and the University of Sheffield cooperate on internationalisation challenge

Johnson & Allen has announced that it will be cooperating with Sheffield University Management School for a project on international business opportunities.

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Strathclyde signs strategic agreement  with BAE Systems

03/08/2017 Strathclyde signs strategic agreement with BAE Systems

The University of Strathclyde has signed a strategic framework agreement with multinational defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems, to strengthen a long-term relationship in research, education and consultancy.

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Element Materials Technology acquires Exova

02/08/2017 Element Materials Technology acquires Exova

In June 2017, Exova became part of the Element Materials Technology Group, one of the world’s most highly-respected testing and product qualification businesses.

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01/08/2017 Bloodhound SuperSonic Car to make first public run

The world’s most advanced straight-line racing car, Bloodhound SSC, will be driven for the first time this October at Cornwall Airport Newquay, 20 years after the current record of 763.035 mph was set. Wing Commander Andy Green steered Thrust SSC to victory on 15 October 1997 and will be at the wheel of Bloodhound SSC as it is put through its paces this autumn.

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Silverwing launches faster tank bottom inspection system

18/07/2017 Silverwing launches faster tank bottom inspection system

Dedicated to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Silverwing has launched the Floormap3Di-R, which brings major efficiency improvements to tank bottom inspections.

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Eddyfi launches new generation of probes

17/07/2017 Eddyfi launches new generation of probes

As a world leader in electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi has announced a new generation of field-proven Sharck™ probes, which are dedicated to carbon steel crack assessment.

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Expressions of interest requested for combined part-time distance and classroom-based learning BEng Non-Destructive Testing degree

14/07/2017 Expressions of interest requested for combined part-time distance and classroom-based learning BEng Non-Destructive Testing degree

With the introduction of a four-year apprenticeship standard: Non-Destructive Testing Engineer, the NDT engineer will hold a degree (BEng Non-Destructive Testing) on completion of the apprenticeship. Optionally, the NDT engineer may aquire Level 3 PCN or EN 4179 certification during the course of the apprenticeship; and if the apprentice has already gained Level 3 certification prior to joining the scheme, credits towards the degree programme may be applied.

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Yxlon sets focus on metrology at Control 2017

13/07/2017 Yxlon sets focus on metrology at Control 2017

Yxlon’s stand at this year’s Control exhibition, which took place 9-12 May in Stuttgart, revolved primarily around the topic of metrology using computed tomography (CT).

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Refinery inspection supported by hired instruments

12/07/2017 Refinery inspection supported by hired instruments

KTN Belgium NV was recently awarded a contract to inspect 35,000 pipe, reactor and vessel locations at an oil refinery near Antwerp. The work involved the assessment of wall thickness, flaws and corrosion during a three-week shutdown at the plant.

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North Star Imaging introduces automatic loading for product X-ray scanning

11/07/2017 North Star Imaging introduces automatic loading for product X-ray scanning

North Star Imaging has launched a new add-on device that can be incorporated into standard and existing NSI X-ray and computed tomography (CT) systems for automatic part loading and unloading, called robotiX.

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10/07/2017 RAEng announces Ingenious public engagement projects

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced 17 projects that have been awarded funding under the Ingenious public engagement programme.

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07/07/2017 RDT Software launches into NDT reporting marketplace

RDT Software, a young software start-up based outside Edinburgh, UK, has been going from strength to strength, with its recent client wins including global energy service provider Applus RTD and Aberdeen’s newest large-scale NDT service provider Sonomatic Ltd.

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06/07/2017 Eddyfi Technologies is expanding

In the presence of the Mayor and Québec provincial government representatives, a groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction on the new Eddyfi Technologies complex has been held.

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04/07/2017 Labquip NDT signs UK distribution agreement with VisiConsult

VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH and Labquip NDT of Sussex have signed a distributor agreement for the VisiConsult digital radiography product line. 

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03/07/2017 Barnsley College launches new non-destructive testing apprenticeships

Barnsley College is working with industry expert Lavender International to launch two new government-funded apprenticeships for the nondestructive testing sector.

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16/06/2017 CDPQ invests $36.5 million in Eddyfi

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) has announced an investment in Eddyfi, a manufacturer of advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions.

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BINDT Survey 2016 – the results are in…

15/06/2017 BINDT Survey 2016 – the results are in…

The British Institute of NDT’s 2016 Membership Survey aimed to understand how and why BINDT members and others engage with the Institute, to gauge how members rate the services it offers and to find out how important these services are to them in their professional lives. It also offered participants the opportunity to tell BINDT what it should do to improve the products and services it provides. The survey received 725 responses in total, of which 70% were from members of the Institute.

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Sonaspection launches NDT training school at USA facility

14/06/2017 Sonaspection launches NDT training school at USA facility

Sonaspection International has opened an NDT training centre at its manufacturing facility just outside of Charlotte, in Concord, North Carolina, USA.

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Continuing Professional Development

13/06/2017 Continuing professional development – its role in enhancing competence

Even when fully qualified, an NDT engineer or technician should ensure that his or her knowledge is kept up to date. This may be achieved by attending courses, seminars or conferences. A carefully thought-out process of continuing professional development (CPD) is the key to success. CPD is the systematic acquisition of knowledge and skills and the development of personal qualities to maintain and enhance professional competence.

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Increased numbers for BINDT Affiliate Membership

12/06/2017 Increased numbers for BINDT Affiliate Membership

In January 2016, the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) introduced a new membership structure developed to meet the demand for simplified pathways into membership for those with roles in NDT and condition monitoring (CM) that are more functional than academic, such as practitioners and engineers. One result of the restructure included the ‘Student’ and ‘Affiliate’ member grades being combined into one ‘Affiliate’ member grade. This created an option for PCN certificate holders to join the Institute at the non-voting grade of ‘Affiliate Member’ at no charge.

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