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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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The webinar will be presented by Daniel Richard

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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01/02/2017 Schaeffler UK launches condition monitoring services

Precision bearing manufacturer Schaeffler UK has extended its range of condition monitoring (CM) services for the UK market. With its combination of expertise in bearing failure analysis, vibration monitoring and the fitting and maintenance of bearings, plus its own portfolio of condition monitoring equipment, Schaeffler UK claims it is uniquely positioned to offer CM services to a wide range of industry sectors, including rail, wind energy, paper, steel, food, mining and quarrying and pharmaceuticals.

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18/01/2017 Eddyfi launches new fillet weld probe

As a world leader in electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi has announced the launch of the Sharck fillet weld probe. It is designed around the well-known tangential eddy current array technology (TECA), which is specifically made for carbon steel crack assessment. The technology not only allows the position of a crack to be established and its length measured, but it also allows for measurement of its depth, with minimal surface preparation. Similar to the Sharck butt weld probe, this version can tolerate a lift-off (paint or coating, for example) of up to 3 mm.

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17/01/2017 DNV GL brings QRA studies into digital age

To help the oil & gas industry get more value from QRA reporting, DNV GL has launched a new online quantitative risk assessment service called MyQRA. MyQRA provides an interactive dashboard allowing a view of project and asset risk results in ways not possible in a static QRA report. The dashboard makes it easier to understand hazards and make day-to-day decisions. DNV GL has also issued a new Recommended Practice (RP) – DNVGL-RP-G107 – providing guidance on more efficient updating of risk assessments during operational phases.

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16/01/2017 How NDT is about to become even more important

We all appreciate and understand the role of the NDT department, which is to maintain the quality and integrity of materials and components to ensure safety and continued operation. NDT departments and personnel around the globe achieve this with aplomb. However, their importance is sometimes overlooked and their success only evident with thought. Perhaps NDT is the only department where the overall success can be measured in lack of catastrophe?

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13/01/2017 HBM helps keep Bloodhound on track!

HBM, a market leader in the field of test and measurement, has announced its involvement in the Bloodhound Project, the ground-breaking initiative that will see the development of a 1000 mph vehicle designed to break the world land-speed record.

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12/01/2017 New head for Yxlon Inspection Services

Christian Gück has taken over the management of Yxlon Inspection Services and will promote the expansion of the inspection services for customers worldwide, particularly dimensional metrology by means of computed tomography, which poses considerable challenges to both X-ray systems and inspectors.

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11/01/2017 New code of ethics for the Service Inspection Group

A new code of ethics, along with the application criteria for the Service Inspection Group (SIG), has been produced and approved by the Trade and Industry Executive Committee of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), in order to encourage more involvement from members in support of the NDT industry and its practitioners.

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10/01/2017 The UK’s future leaders in engineering honoured

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has conducted its annual award of prestigious scholarships to future leaders of the engineering profession. 413 sixth form scholarships have been awarded this year at ceremonies in London and Edinburgh.

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09/01/2017 New ultrasonic testing courses from the TWI Virtual Academy

TWI is launching a new range of blended learning non-destructive testing (NDT) courses, giving students more choice and opportunities for more flexible learning when they enrol.

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06/01/2017 BINDT award highlights successful collaboration between TWI and the University of Strathclyde

The Annual British Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is a significant event for the NDT industry, where experts in NDT and related technologies meet to exchange experiences, ideas and the very latest developments that will shape the future of NDT. Not only this, but the annual conference dinner, which usually takes place on the second night of the conference, is a platform for the presentation of a number of noteworthy awards and prizes within the NDT and condition monitoring (CM) industry. 

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05/01/2017 Top safety accreditation for Ultrasonic Sciences

VJ Technologies (VJT), a division of VJ Group, has announced a partnership with German-based organisations Erhardt + Abt (E+A) and the Development Centre for X-ray Technology EZRT of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS.

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04/01/2017 New world-class inspection products emerge from global partnership

VJ Technologies (VJT), a division of VJ Group, has announced a partnership with German-based organisations Erhardt + Abt (E+A) and the Development Centre for X-ray Technology EZRT of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS.

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03/01/2017 Amec Foster Wheeler and Tecnatom sign nuclear industry collaboration agreement

Amec Foster Wheeler has signed a collaboration agreement with Tecnatom SA, under which the two companies will work together to create an enhanced offering for customers in the nuclear industry.

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14/12/2016 Eddyfi releases Lyft™ software version 1.1

As a world leader in advanced electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi has announced the release of Lyft™ software version 1.1. This major update comes with an electronics upgrade that dramatically improves the overall performance of the Lyft solution, allowing pulsed eddy current (PEC) to be used in a broader range of applications.

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13/12/2016 Creaform and Sonatest announce new global distribution partnership

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has announced that Sonatest, a leading innovator and manufacturer of ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions, is now a major official reseller of Pipecheck Analyze.

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12/12/2016 Inuktun Services raises the bar with latest pipe inspection system

Inuktun Services Limited, a leading designer and manufacturer of robotic camera and crawler technologies, has just announced the release of its latest pipe inspection system, the Versatrax 50™ (VT50), a remotely-operated crawler for inspecting pipes as small as 50 mm in diameter. 


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09/12/2016 DNV GL reveals the patterns behind incidents and failures

Learning from failures and incidents is essential in a lean and cost-effective organisation and is often a fundamental requirement in regulations. However, incidents should not be seen in isolation, as the broader view and key lessons for industry may be lost. DNV GL has investigated over 2000 incidents and failures globally, identifying trends among the data, and invites the oil & gas industry to join and share experiences. To further strengthen DNV GL’s global lab capabilities for failure investigation, a new lab is opening in Bergen, Norway, which will include one of the world’s largest tensile testing machines.

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08/12/2016 Blended learning proves beneficial to Spanish NDT students

Nineteen Spanish non-destructive testing professionals have become the latest students to benefit from TWI’s blended learning service, receiving training delivered in their native language.

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