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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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TWI finite element analysts achieve Professional Simulation Engineer accreditation

07/06/2017 TWI finite element analysts achieve Professional Simulation Engineer accreditation

NAFEMS Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE) is an independent certification programme, providing an educational framework for professional development, which was launched at the NAFEMS (International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community) World Congress in 2013. NAFEMS PSE accreditation is highly regarded within the industry due to the benefits it brings to the individuals who achieve it, their employers and end-user clients.

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GB Inspection Systems announces distribution partnership with IBG

06/06/2017 GB Inspection Systems announces distribution partnership with IBG

GB Inspection Systems Ltd has announced that it is IBG NDT System’s new exclusive distribution partner for the UK and Ireland. This agreement was formalised on 8 March 2017 at GB Inspection Systems’ premises.

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The Nortec 600 eddy current flaw detector from Olympus

05/06/2017 Rented NDT equipment meets emergency demand

Following an emergency Friday afternoon call from Lavender International, an Olympus Nortec 600 eddy current flaw detector from Ashtead Technology was rushed to Sheffield to support a non-destructive testing (NDT) training course that was due to take place the following week. The equipment arrived just in time and the two-week course, Level 2 Eddy Current Testing of Welds, was able to proceed for the 13 registered trainees.

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Zetec to host webinar on improving non-ferrous tubing NDT inspections

02/06/2017 Zetec to host webinar on improving non-ferrous tubing NDT inspections

Zetec Inc, a global leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions, will host a one-hour webinar on how integrated eddy current technology (including instrumentation, probes and software) can improve the performance and cost-effectiveness of non-ferrous tubing inspections in power generation, oil & gas and other industries.

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Eddyfi confirms acquisition of TSC Inspection Systems

01/06/2017 Eddyfi confirms acquisition of TSC Inspection Systems

Eddyfi Technologies has confirmed the acquisition of TSC Inspection Systems, headquartered in Milton Keynes, UK. TSC has significantly contributed in shaping the landscape of electromagnetic testing technologies over the last 30 years. The company developed the field-proven ACFM® technology with support from BP, BG Group, Conoco and Shell, which were keen to significantly improve the reliability of underwater inspections, reduce operator dependence and provide auditable inspection records.

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TSC’s new range of products sets a benchmark for future product development

11/05/2017 TSC Inspection Systems launches new portable ACFM® crack detection solution and probe range

Over the last 30 years, ACFM® technology has played a major role in ensuring the safety and integrity of critical infrastructure worldwide. With a proven track record in the energy, transportation and defence sectors, ACFM continues to gain positive recognition in the field of advanced NDT as the most accurate solution for surface crack detection.

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Enhanced control solution for Land Rover BAR’s America’s Cup race

10/05/2017 Enhanced control solution for Land Rover BAR’s America’s Cup race

When Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie took the helm of Britain’s hope to bring the America’s Cup home for the first time in 166 years, he realised that his Land Rover BAR team needed the very best in British manufacturing, design and innovation.

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Update from the TWI Virtual Academy

09/05/2017 Update from the TWI Virtual Academy

Following the global success of its phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) blended learning course, which saw candidates from the UK, Brazil, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain and Canada successfully gain BS EN ISO 9712 Level 2 certification, the start of 2017 also marked the launch of eleven new e-Learning products by TWI. These include two new course packages for ultrasonic testing (UT) and time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD), which, as with the PAUT course, lead the candidate to BS EN ISO 9712 certification.

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In-service inspection of surface scabs

08/05/2017 In-service inspection of surface scabs

The NDT industry has long required an inspection technique that accurately determines the condition of pipe surfaces below formed scabs. The latest pulsed eddy current (PEC) technology provides such a solution and can be applied while pipes are still in service…

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05/05/2017 NDT to play a crucial role in weight reduction of automobiles

On 23 March 2017, over 60 delegates, comprising designers, manufacturers, materials experts and regulators from the automotive industry and non-destructive testing (NDT) community, gathered to participate in a workshop on NDT requirements for automotive composites, held at The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, UK.

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04/05/2017 New appointments for Carestream

Carestream Non-Destructive Testing has announced the appointment of Fabrizio Benigni as Sales Manager for the UK, Ireland, Nordic regions, Benelux, France, Algeria and Morocco.

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03/05/2017 Euroteck Systems collaborates with digital and portable X-ray solutions provider

Euroteck Systems UK Limited has announced its collaboration with X-Ray Imaging Solutions (X-RIS) to promote the sales of X-RIS digital detector array (DDA) radiography equipment and Maestro NDT software in the UK and Ireland.

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02/05/2017 Bilfinger expands inspection service footprint with Netherlands contract win

Asset lifecycle support services provider Bilfinger has secured a multi-million pound contract with Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM) and Shell UK, creating over 30 jobs.

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Silverwing launches Scorpion2

26/04/2017 Silverwing launches Scorpion2

Dedicated to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Silverwing has announced the launch of Scorpion2, which brings anticipated improvements to the original Scorpion.

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TWI embarks on lifecycle engineering asset management through digital twin technology

25/04/2017 TWI embarks on lifecycle engineering asset management through digital twin technology

International research and engineering solutions expert TWI Ltd has set its sights on harnessing digital twin technology to transform the process of monitoring and maintaining offshore wind turbines, the outcome of which will lead to significant benefits for operators in the wind energy industry.

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James Fisher to host NDT demo and engineering showcase

24/04/2017 James Fisher to host NDT demo and engineering showcase

The ‘NDT Demo & Engineering Showcase’, to be held on 5 July 2017, will offer a unique opportunity to join specialist engineering and technical services company James Fisher NDT Ltd in its plans to host a day of practical demonstrations of non-destructive testing, with other companies displaying associated engineering and technology capabilities to the same audience via a parallel supplier exhibition. This will be hosted at James Fisher’s new state-of-the-art NDT testing facility, based on the Deeside Industrial Estate in North Wales.

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Exova wins contract with Koh Brothers in Singapore

21/04/2017 Exova wins contract with Koh Brothers in Singapore

Admaterials Technologies Pte Ltd, an Exova company, has won a contract with construction and property development specialist Koh Brothers to provide earthwork testing for the Changi East Development at Changi Airport in Singapore.

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Ashtead boosts rental fleet with state-of-the-art inspection technology

20/04/2017 Ashtead boosts rental fleet with state-of-the-art inspection technology

Ashtead Technology has expanded its equipment rental pool following a significant investment in the latest pulsed eddy current (PEC) technology, to deliver faster, more accurate asset integrity inspections.

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DNV GL connects the oil & gas industry with a new data platform

19/04/2017 DNV GL connects the oil & gas industry with a new data platform

The oil & gas industry is increasingly recognising the need to overcome data quality issues and manage the ownership, control, sharing and use of data. As a trusted third party, DNV GL is launching an industry data platform, Veracity, to facilitate frictionless connections between different industry players, domain experts and data scientists.

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Eddyfi expands IRIS product family

18/04/2017 Eddyfi expands IRIS product family

Dedicated to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Eddyfi has expanded its portfolio of internal rotating inspection system (IRIS) products to support tubing as small as 12.7 mm (0.5 in) in outside diameter (OD) to pipes as large as 168 mm (6.6 in) in OD.

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Professor Chris Atkin to become Engineering Council Chairman

13/04/2017 Professor Chris Atkin to become Engineering Council Chairman

Professor Chris Atkin CEng FRAeS has been elected as the next Chairman of the Engineering Council. He will step into the role at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in June 2017 and take over from the current Chairman, Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB CEng FIET FIMarEST MIMA FREng.

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JetSoft delivers NDT data solutions to major aluminium manufacturer

12/04/2017 JetSoft delivers NDT data solutions to major aluminium manufacturer

JetSoft has recently announced the delivery of OverSeer and EyeView to one of the world’s largest aluminium manufacturers.

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IMechE Engineering Training Solutions to expand online training provision

11/04/2017 IMechE Engineering Training Solutions to expand online training provision

Following on from the successful launch of the online PCN Level 3 (Basic) (Parts A and B) course that has been running since the summer of 2016, IMechE Engineering Training Solutions will soon be able to offer Part C, with volumetric methods (radiographic and ultrasonic) launching in Summer 2017 and surface inspection methods (magnetic particle, penetrant dye, visual and eddy current) available from Autumn 2017.

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Hinkley Point mag meter installation by Bell Flow Systems

10/04/2017 Hinkley Point mag meter installation by Bell Flow Systems

Bell Flow Systems was recently asked to provide a meter suitable for accurately measuring and recording the flow of sea water being pumped across a beach at Hinkley Point.

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New BINDT member offers proactive and dynamic inspection services

07/04/2017 New BINDT member offers proactive and dynamic inspection services

At ASG Inspection, the old is blended with the new, the proven and the progressive, to offer an alternative solution to the marine, oil & gas and renewable industry inspection markets.

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New polyethylene pipeline integrity testing service launched in North America

06/04/2017 New polyethylene pipeline integrity testing service launched in North America

TWI has partnered with Team QualSpec, a world-class company providing specialty services related to the maintenance, inspection and construction of mechanical and piping systems, to provide the PolyTest™ service to the North American market.

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ATH NDT and NewGen NDT forge a strong alliance

05/04/2017 ATH NDT and NewGen NDT forge a strong alliance

ATH NDT and NewGen NDT have forged a partnership that will see ATH NDT install NewGen NDT process management systems for all its penetrant testing lines.

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The NDT services market is expected to reach US $8.55 billion by 2022

04/04/2017 NDT services market to reach US $8.55 billion by 2022

The NDT services market is expected to reach US $8.55 billion by 2022, at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.52% between 2016 and 2022, according to a new report from Research and Markets.

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Amec Foster Wheeler secures £125 million nuclear agreement with EDF Energy

03/04/2017 Amec Foster Wheeler secures £125 million nuclear agreement with EDF Energy

Amec Foster Wheeler has announced that it has secured a new agreement, worth £125 million, to provide long-term support to EDF Energy Nuclear Generation.

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FLIR thermal imaging is playing a key role in helping experts conserve bat populations

15/03/2017 Thermal imaging for bat conservation and research

FLIR Systems has reported how its T1030sc thermal imaging camera is helping bat conservation and research efforts.

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14/03/2017 Zetec to host webinar on ‘time reversal’ inspection technique for composite structures in aerospace

Zetec Inc, a global leader in NDT solutions, will host a one-hour webinar on the ‘Time Reversal Technique’, a promising and proven application of phased array ultrasonic technology for the inspection of composite structures after manufacturing.

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13/03/2017 Lavender International now employee-owned

Employees at Lavender International have now taken ownership of the business. Being employee-owned means that everyone in the company is a co-owner and equally motivated to ensure its success. Employee ownership is not a new model of ownership but it is believed that this is the only NDT training company to be wholly owned by its employees. The most well-known employee-owned business is John Lewis/Waitrose, where the staff are all partners within the company, and the John Lewis model has been around since 1929.

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TSC has entered into a partnership agreement with Wilnos NDT in Germany.

09/03/2017 TSC confirms new distribution partnership with Wilnos NDT

TSC Inspection Systems has announced a new distribution partnership with Wilnos NDT, which will represent TSC and ACFM® in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Swiss regions.

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Amec Foster Wheeler will continue to provide support to the UK Ministry of Defence

08/03/2017 Amec Foster Wheeler secures £35 million contract with UK MOD

Amec Foster Wheeler has announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply the UK Ministry of Defence with research and technology (R&T) services.

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07/03/2017 Sonomatic announces strategic working partnership with TSC Inspection Systems

Sonomatic, a market leader in the provision of automated inspection services, has announced a strategic working partnership with TSC Inspection Systems, a recognised leader in the fields of NDT, robotics and fracture mechanics. The partnership will span across the region of Southeast Asia and extend from subsea projects to refineries, with an emphasis on high-temperature work in Singapore.

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06/03/2017 Brexit and standards update

Most readers will be aware of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to trigger the process for the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of March, subject to Parliamentary agreement. Some readers have raised concerns over the effect of Brexit on standards.

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03/03/2017 Essex engineering firm recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

A successful precision engineering firm has been congratulated by its local MP after receiving national recognition for its commitment to apprenticeships.

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02/03/2017 Phoenix ISL appoints Business Development Manager

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has announced the appointment of Ian Moore as its new Business Development Manager. Ian will be responsible for developing sales strategies, creating new business opportunities and generating sales growth of Phoenix’s solutions worldwide.

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01/03/2017 Growth planned as Peak NDT joins TBAT Innovation Group

Midlands-based advanced engineering company Peak NDT has become part of the TBAT Innovation Group in a move to prepare for significant growth with the launch of several new advanced engineering products. Simon Parke joins Peak NDT as Managing Director and Paul McConaghie as Operations Manager, bringing TBAT Innovation’s expertise to the ten-strong team of engineers and product designers at the Jubilee Business Park. Peak NDT founders Andy and Alison Whittle will work alongside Simon and Paul to provide technical expertise and customer support.

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09/02/2017 Purpose-built pressure testing facility opens for business at TWI

TWI industrial members now have a new supplier for their pressure testing requirements. In combination with TWI capabilities in project management, welding, specimen preparation, strain gauging, bespoke testing, fracture testing and resonance fatigue testing, the addition of a new purpose-built containment facility means that the organisation can provide a one-stop shop for full-scale component testing.

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MISTRAS open day

08/02/2017 MISTRAS Group holds open day in Aberdeen

From 2-3 November 2016, MISTRAS Group invited people working within the oil & gas sector to an open day held at its offices in Aberdeen. The event took place over two days, which allowed MISTRAS Group the chance to showcase the services it offers to the oil & gas sector.

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07/02/2017 IMechE to hold two-day event on NDT

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is organising a two-day event: ‘Non-Destructive Testing 2017’, to be held 21-22 March 2017 at the IMechE Engineering Training Centre in Sheffield, which will cover the latest technologies and techniques to increase reliability and testing effectiveness and to ensure compliance with industry standards.

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Lord Heseltine Visit

06/02/2017 Lord Heseltine opens new technology and training centre in Middlesbrough

A visit to TWI’s Technology and Training Centre by the Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine has marked the official opening of the organisation’s flagship building at Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, Middlesbrough. Lord Heseltine, a government adviser for regeneration and growth,  joined over 60 guests representing industry and the local authorities to open the new centre, which will play a major role in the Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan.

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Eddyfi Versatile Scanner

03/02/2017 New versatile scanner for eddy current array probes

As a world leader in electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi has introduced what it claims is the most versatile scanner for surface eddy current array (ECA) inspections. This new manual scanner is designed to work with Eddyfi’s extensive range of standard ECA probes. Whether it is used for weld inspection or stress-corrosion cracking, ECA technology has the potential to significantly reduce the time required to perform surface inspections.

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02/02/2017 Amec Foster Wheeler to work on simulator to validate ITER reactor and train operators

Amec Foster Wheeler has announced that it has been appointed to carry out design development work on an integrated plant simulator for the ITER nuclear fusion reactor.

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