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FliteTrak expands on-board monitoring

16/10/2018 FliteTrak expands on-board monitoring

FliteTrak has launched the next generation of its ViatorRail intelligent remote monitoring system, which is being used by a UK passenger operator to assess engine temperature and performance and see train movements in real time.

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15/10/2018 Thermal imaging camera for smartphones

FLIR Systems has launched the FLIR ONE® Pro LT, a new lower price thermal imaging attachment for smartphones in the FLIR ONE Pro series. The FLIR ONE Pro LT features many of the professional-level tools and advanced thermal image quality that defines the FLIR ONE Pro series.


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15/10/2018 North Star Imaging technical day in association with Volume Graphics and Instron

North Star Imaging UK has announced that its planned Technical Day will be held on Thursday 8 November 2018. 

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12/10/2018 United Technologies acquires Predikto

United Technologies (UT) has bought a predictive analytics boutique as part of the Tier 1 supplier’s corporate push into becoming a software industrial giant.

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Zetec celebrates 50th anniversary

11/10/2018 Zetec celebrates 50th anniversary and legacy of innovation in NDT inspection technology

Zetec is celebrating its 50th anniversary, marking the company’s legacy as a global leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions for the power generation, oil & gas, aerospace and other vital industries.

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Steve Meikle’s charitable success

10/10/2018 Steve Meikle’s charitable success

As a charity, BINDT is always keen to acknowledge the supreme efforts of its members when performing for the benefit of worthy charitable causes. Steve Meikle completed both Tough Mudder North West and the Great North Run over a single weekend.

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Composites monitoring

09/10/2018 Composites monitoring

Lambient Technologies LLC, a leader in analytical solutions for the curing of advanced polymer materials, has announced the launch of Carbon+™ for use with carbon fibre composites.

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Nikon opens up about strategic focus on Quality 4.0

08/10/2018 Nikon opens up about strategic focus on Quality 4.0

A recent interview with Nikon’s Corporate Vice President Tadashi Nakayama provided an insight into the strategy of the firm’s Industrial Metrology Business Unit, of which he is Deputy General Manager. In particular, he explained the company’s strategic focus on Quality 4.0, in which digital, automated and connected inspection enables complete process control from design through to manufacture.

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Industrial RT market report for non-destructive testing to 2022

04/10/2018 Industrial RT market report for non-destructive testing to 2022

Industrial radiographic testing (RT) is a method of non-destructive testing (NDT) that examines the internal structure and integrity of a specimen and its components. RT aids in the identification of hidden defects or discontinuities in the product/material. RT systems utilise gamma rays produced by a radioactive isotope or X-rays produced by an X-ray tube for non-destructive inspection or testing.

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Digital measurement module

03/10/2018 Digital measurement module

HBM, a market leader in the field of test and measurement, has announced the arrival of its new MX460B-R digital measurement module, which is the latest addition to its rugged and flexible SomatXR data acquisition system.

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Machine Condition Monitoring Equipment

02/10/2018 Machine Condition Monitoring Equipment – Global Strategic Business Report 2018

The global market for machine condition monitoring equipment is forecast to reach US$2.8 billion (approximately £2.13 billion) by 2024, driven by the evolution of prescriptive technologies that take condition-based maintenance a step further in efficiency, performance and cost savings, according to a new report from Research and Markets.

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Skills Training UK partners with University of Northampton

01/10/2018 Skills Training UK partners with University of Northampton for NDT Engineer degree apprenticeship

Skills Training UK, a leading training provider for non-destructive testing (NDT) apprenticeships, has announced the launch of a Level 6 NDT Engineer apprenticeship degree in partnership with the University of Northampton.

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Digital inspection market projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% between 2018 and 2023

28/09/2018 Digital inspection market projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% between 2018 and 2023

A new report from Research and Markets suggests that the digital inspection market is expected to grow from US$19.66 billion (approximately £15 billion) in 2018 to US$27.84 billion (approximately £22 billion) by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2%. The growth of this market is driven by the growing adoption of industrial automation, technological advantages over traditional methods and increasing consumer awareness raising the bar regarding safety and quality standards. The major restraint for this market is high system and deployment costs.

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Efficient leak detection solution for monitoring fugitive emissions and leaks

28/09/2018 Efficient leak detection solution for monitoring fugitive emissions and leaks

FLIR Systems has published a new application note that describes how an upstream oil & gas company has successfully implemented a continuous monitoring system for its oil pads, improving safety and reducing operating costs by 35%.

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Trainee graduates with distinction in NDT foundation degree

28/09/2018 Trainee graduates with distinction in NDT foundation degree

 AWL Inspection & NDT Services employee Cameron Thomas has graduated with a distinction in his foundation degree in non-destructive testing. Cameron joined AWL in 2013, a decade after his grandfather Harry Thomas began employment with the company.

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Ashtead invests in dedicated iPEK service centre

27/09/2018 Ashtead invests in dedicated iPEK service centre

Ashtead Technology’s recent move to new, larger, modern facilities has enabled the development of a dedicated service/repair centre for the iPEK range of pipeline inspection equipment.

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New report covering the global industrial X-ray inspection equipment and imaging software market

27/09/2018 New report covering the global industrial X-ray inspection equipment and imaging software market

The global industrial X-ray inspection equipment and imaging software market is projected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 6.8% during 2018-2023 (the forecast period), according to a new report from Research and Markets. The scope of this report is limited to the solutions that are offered by the major players, including providers of computed tomography (CT) and digital radiography, while the regions considered in the scope of the report include North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Rest of the World (RoW).

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Successful Multicopters for Inspection Workshop highlights prospects and capabilities

26/09/2018 Successful Multicopters for Inspection Workshop highlights prospects and capabilities

BINDT organised a workshop on ‘Multicopters for Inspection’ in Manchester on 9 July 2018. The event was targeted at the owners and operators of plants who were aware of the possibilities of inspection by drones, but unsure about how they should even request a service and what they might expect as a deliverable.

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Polymer composites must evolve to stay ahead in the aerospace sector

26/09/2018 Polymer composites must evolve to stay ahead in the aerospace sector

The aerospace sector was one of the earliest and most significant adopters of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) material. With this adoption driven by their superior strength and stiffness-to-weight ratio, composites can make up over 50% of the structural parts in the latest models for narrow- and wide-body civil aircraft. However, this dominance is under threat, with emerging metal alloys and additive manufacturing as some of the key contenders.

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Personal electronic dosimeter

25/09/2018 Personal electronic dosimeter

Tracerco, part of the FTSE 100 company Johnson Matthey plc, has added to its award-winning range of radiation monitors with two new personal electronic dosimeters (PEDs), the PED-ER and PED-ER+. With an extended dose rate range of up to 1 Sv/h (100 R/h) and a light, compact, robust and reliable design, the PED-ER and PED-ER+ provide the ultimate radiation monitoring, measurement and management solution for those working in challenging environments.

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UV light measurement

24/09/2018 UV light measurement

Over the last three years, the NDT industry has adopted new standards for LED blacklights, authored by ASTM (ie ASTM E3022-15) and the Primes (ie Rolls-Royce RRES 90061 and Airbus AITM6-1001), to ensure that the properties and quality of the UV lights used are suitable for NDT inspections. In its product portfolio, Labino has UV lights that are tested to comply with all relevant ASTM, ISO and Primes requirements. The aforementioned requirements, as well as the various checklists of NDT technicians (ie Nadcap), require frequent testing and measurement of the UV lights from a distance of 15 inches (38 cm).

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Yxlon has invested in four additional climate chambers in Hamburg

24/09/2018 Four new climate chambers for development and production

Responding to the growing demand for CT metrology applications, Yxlon International has invested in four additional climate chambers in Hamburg. Two chambers are dedicated to research & development (R&D)for new and ongoing technology development; the other two are part of production, where the Yxlon FF20/35 CT metrology systems are fine-tuned for accuracy.

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New microphone for measurements in hazardous areas

21/09/2018 New microphone for measurements in hazardous areas

PCB Piezotronics Inc has released a prepolarised condenser microphone system, Model EX378B02, for use in hazardous areas. The new microphone system is compliant with explosive atmospheres and gaseous hazardous environments in which standard microphones are restricted. Additionally, EX378B02 is compliant with intrinsic safety protection levels for all aboveground applications globally, very high below-ground mine safety protection levels for all mining locations outside of North America and below-ground mine safety tests in Europe.

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Specialist training schools come together to discuss opportunities to promote NDT apprenticeships

20/09/2018 Specialist training schools come together to discuss opportunities to promote NDT apprenticeships

For the first time, five leading specialist NDT training schools have come together to discuss how they can continue to raise awareness of NDT apprenticeships, upskill the existing workforce and encourage new talent into the industry.

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UV lamp from Chemetall

19/09/2018 UV lamp from Chemetall

The surface treatment global business unit of BASF’s Coatings Division, operating under the Chemetall brand, has introduced its new smart UVee™ lamp. The new processor-controlled and programmable smart UV lamps are compliant with Rolls-Royce RRES 90061, Airbus and AMS 3022-15 and feature a nine-hour continuous-use battery, extremely stable luminous output levels and an instantaneous stabilisation time.

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Smart Sensor performs condition monitoring

18/09/2018 Smart Sensor performs condition monitoring

STEGO has introduced the Smart Sensor CSS 014 to measure temperature and humidity and help maintain an optimal climate.

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17/09/2018 HBM helps to maximise aircraft test time efficiency

HBM, a market leader in the field of test and measurement, has announced its latest free webinar: ‘Maximising Test Time Efficiency in Aircraft Testing’, which will take place on 18 September 2018 at 9.00 am (GMT).

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14/09/2018 TWI appoints two new training managers

TWI has appointed two new training managers, Martyn Wright and Stephen Wisniewski.

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13/09/2018 GoConnect condition monitoring services launched

National Oilwell Varco Inc (NOV) has launched GoConnect condition monitoring services for intervention and stimulation equipment. The service provides real-time process monitoring, predictive analytics and condition-based maintenance capabilities for NOV’s pressure pumping, coiled tubing, nitrogen and wireline equipment.

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12/09/2018 Invitation to participate in NDT trials of ex-service engineered composite repairs

In January 2017, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) initiated a Shared Research Project (SRP)
on Engineered Composite Repairs (www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/assets/docs/1511043-shared-research-engineering.pdf).

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11/09/2018 Yokogawa releases OpreX™ Operational Risk Management

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the development and release of OpreX™ Operational Risk Management: Field Assistant R2.02, an Android™ application that is intended for use during field inspections of industrial facilities.

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10/09/2018 Industrial RT for Non-Destructive Testing Market to 2022

Industrial radiographic testing (RT) is a method of non-destructive testing that examines the internal structure and integrity of the specimen and its components. RT aids in identification of hidden defects or discontinuities in the product/material. RT systems utilise gamma rays produced by a radioactive isotope or X-rays produced by an X-ray tube for non-destructive inspection or testing. The type of rays to be used depends on the size and thickness of the object. These RT systems are composed of detectors, source, controllers, display device and a container of different shapes that contains other portable or stationary devices. In addition, these systems are expected to have a transformative effect on construction products, manufacturing applications, automotive, defence and other applications in the coming future.

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Chinese OEM to use real-time condition monitoring

06/09/2018 Chinese OEM to use real-time condition monitoring

Teledyne Controls, a flight data management business, has entered a partnership with the Chinese aircraft manufacturer Comac to build a real-time monitoring system for the Comac ARJ21 aircraft.

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TWI Joint Industry Project

06/09/2018 TWI Joint Industry Project on early-stage detection of high-temperature hydrogen attack in carbon steels opens to partners

TWI Ltd has recently launched a new Joint Industry Project to explore and validate detection methods for high-temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA). Inspections will be carried out on a carbon steel pressure vessel, operated in a regime calculated to induce accelerated HTHA and designed to simulate the real-world operations and challenges associated with detecting this phenomenon.

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Advanced data management and storage service

05/09/2018 Advanced data management and storage service

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science Corporation, a Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation wholly owned subsidiary engaged in the manufacture and sale of analysis and measuring instruments, has revealed its latest data management and storage service, ExTOPE Connect, for its range of Vulcan and X-MET hand-held and LAB-X500 bench-top industrial analysers.

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Element strengthens NDT platform with acquisition of Orbit Industries Inc

05/09/2018 Element strengthens NDT platform with acquisition of Orbit Industries Inc

Element Materials Technology (Element) has announced the acquisition of Orbit Industries Inc (Orbit) in the USA, further strengthening the Group’s leadership position in non-destructive testing (NDT) for the aerospace industry.

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Dry-docking cost reduction through propulsion monitoring

04/09/2018 Dry-docking cost reduction through propulsion monitoring

Wärtsilä claims that condition monitoring services can extend the lifecycle of thrusters for tug and offshore vessel operators.

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HTHA inspection course launches in the UK

04/09/2018 HTHA inspection course launches in the UK

Over the past three years, Lavender International has been involved in developing advanced and novel NDT techniques to reliably detect the early stages of high-temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA). Research & development (R&D) work conducted by Lavender has led to a better understanding of modes of inspection that can more reliably detect early-stage HTHA. Results from trials have found that colonies of micro-fissures, individually as small as 50 to 100 μm, can be detected in certain circumstances. This is a landmark step to making inroads into more reliable detection of early-stage HTHA.

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UAV image of an offshore flare stack

03/09/2018 HOIS publishes guidance for drone (UAV)-based external remote visual inspection in the oil & gas industry

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UASs), often known as drones, are now frequently being used with on-board cameras to carry out external remote visual inspection (RVI) of oil and gas facilities. The advantages of this approach, compared to a visual assessment by an inspector, include the ability to obtain images of inaccessible areas, for example flare tips in operation, the ability to capture images digitally and record them with positional information, storage of the image to allow comparison with subsequent surveys and ease of transmission of the images around the world via the internet for assessment in a remote location.

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Mobius Institute launches content-rich media centre

31/08/2018 Mobius Institute launches content-rich media centre

Mobius Institute, a provider of reliability improvement, condition monitoring and vibration analysis training, certification and professional conferences, has announced the launch of its content-rich multimedia website, CBM Connect.

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Load cell boosts performance levels

31/08/2018 Load cell boosts performance levels

LORD Sensing/Stellar Technology has introduced a pump-off control (POC) load cell, which it claims will provide improved performance and reliability when compared to existing offerings currently used in the oil production industry.

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Mobile app for inspection management

30/08/2018 Mobile app for inspection management

FLIR Systems has launched FLIR InSite™, a new mobile application and web portal for organising client information and thermal inspection data in one location so that it is easy to access, manage and share.

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Digital X-ray in aerospace

30/08/2018 Digital X-ray in aerospace

The aerospace industry demands the highest quality requirements for its products and uses non-destructive testing (NDT) for quality assurance. X-ray examination in particular plays a big role in this process. Today, digital radiography (DR) using digital detectors is being used more extensively than ever. In the past, classic radiography with X-ray film was used. The growing aerospace market needs fast, process-reliable testing. Many companies are switching to digital X-ray imaging as it requires shorter exposure times, eliminates harmful chemistry, simplifies evaluation and increases automation. Digital systems, however, require a constant and careful performance evaluation. This article introduces the main performance metrics and explains the underlying procedures.

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Predictive maintenance toolbox launched

29/08/2018 Predictive maintenance toolbox launched

MathWorks has announced the release of Predictive Maintenance Toolbox, a new MATLAB product that helps engineers to design and test condition monitoring and predictive maintenance algorithms.

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Mobile NVRs launched

29/08/2018 Mobile NVRs launched

IDIS has launched ruggedised mobile network video recorders (NVRs) for use in the transport sector.

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Borescope inspection reveals catastrophic jet engine failure

28/08/2018 Borescope inspection reveals catastrophic jet engine failure

Following an emergency call to Ashtead Technology, a Skywards Aviation consultant was able to collect the latest borescope inspection technology before flying to Rwanda, Africa, in response to an urgent request for engine inspection.

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Motorised steerable scanner

24/08/2018 Motorised steerable scanner

Olympus has announced the addition of a motorised steerable scanner to its line of solutions for ultrasonic and phased array testing. The field-tested, remote-controlled SteerROVER™ scanner is the most advanced and versatile motorised scanner offered by Olympus. Like its forerunner, the MapROVER™ scanner, the SteerROVER scanner performs circumferential weld inspection and corrosion mapping using a raster arm, yet is capable of much more.

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Equipment monitoring market worth US$4.47 billion by 2023

24/08/2018 Equipment monitoring market worth US$4.47 billion by 2023

According to a new research report, titled: ‘Equipment monitoring market by monitoring type (vibration, thermal, motor current, alarm, GPS, monitoring process (online, portable), deployment type (on-premise, cloud), industry (oil & gas, power, automotive) and region – global forecast to 2023’ and published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market is estimated to grow from US$3.23 billion (approximately £2.5 billion) in 2018 to US$4.47 billion (approximately £3.3 billion) by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% between 2018 and 2023.

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Power line monitoring on the move

23/08/2018 Power line monitoring on the move

In the Northern hemisphere, November through to March is a particularly testing time for any energy supplier. Electrical load is at its highest and the likelihood of a breakdown is far greater, so the quick and efficient detection of faulty power lines and connections is vital. For many utility companies, thermal imaging has significantly boosted the ability to prevent failures. Indeed, for the Mason Public Utility District (PUD 3), in Washington State, USA, investment in the latest FLIR thermal imaging camera means that operators can scan for problems from a moving vehicle.

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New solution to mine blast over-pressure

22/08/2018 New solution to mine blast over-pressure

EMS Brüel & Kjær has announced the addition of a blast over-pressure microphone to its vibration monitoring terminal (VMT).

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