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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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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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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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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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07/12/2016 Lloyd’s Register acquires RTAMO Ltd

Lloyd’s Register (LR), a global engineering, technical and business services organisation, has acquired RTAMO Ltd, a software-enabled consultancy based in Aberdeen, which provides cutting-edge data-driven solutions designed to reduce maintenance costs for asset owners. 

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06/12/2016 Seatooth® and ACFM® join forces to deliver intelligent subsea wireless crack monitoring

WFS Technologies and TSC have launched Seatooth ACFM, a wireless smart NDT monitoring solution designed to reduce subsea inspection costs.

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02/12/2016 Pexa shortlisted for Exporter of the Year

A record number of 260 entries were received for the 2016 Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards and Pexa was very happy to be shortlisted for the Exporter of the Year category. The awards, now in their 11th year, celebrate the outstanding enterprises in the region that bring talent, innovation and new jobs and perform exceptionally in their fields.

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01/12/2016 RSL NDT named as Sonatest’s exclusive distribution partner for Scotland

RSL NDT Ltd has announced that it is now the exclusive distributor for Sonatest’s conventional and advanced ultrasonic products in Scotland.

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23/11/2016 Hired help for bespoke composite tests

A composite testing company based in Devon has expanded its range of services by supplementing laboratory test equipment with specialist rental instruments from Ashtead Technology. “We have invested heavily in the latest materials testing equipment for our Honiton lab, but we have a regular requirement for NDT equipment and financially it makes sense to hire these instruments,” said Paul Yeo, Managing Director at Composite Test & Evaluation Ltd.

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22/11/2016 Maersk Oil awards five-year agreement to Lloyd’s Register

Maersk Oil has awarded a long-term contract to Lloyd’s Register for a comprehensive suite of asset integrity services to support the development of Maersk Oil’s offshore operations in an efficient, safe and environmentally responsible manner.

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21/11/2016 Eddyfi launches tank floor pulsed eddy current (PEC) probe

As a world leader in advanced electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi has launched the tank floor PEC probe. The probe was developed for the in-service inspection of storage tank annular rings and Eddyfi claims that no other inspection technique can currently achieve this without emptying tanks.

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15/11/2016 Micro-Epsilon to launch in-line thermal imaging system for plastic injection-moulded parts at Advanced Engineering show

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon UK will be showcasing its full range of sensor technologies at Advanced Engineering UK, stand D50, Hall 2, from 2-3 November 2016, at the NEC, Birmingham. Located within the ‘Automotive Engineering’ section, the stand will feature award-winning laser triangulation sensors, non-contact capacitive and inductive displacement sensors, as well as 2D/3D laser profile sensors, infrared temperature sensors, thermal imagers and colour sensors.

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14/11/2016 Report forecasts non-destructive testing and inspection market to 2022

The non-destructive testing (NDT) market is expected to reach $11.39 billion by 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.30% between 2016 and 2022, according to a new report by Research & Markets. Non-destructive testing assures safety and reliability by identifying flaws and defects in products without disrupting operations or delaying processes. NDT is used in various industries, such as aerospace and defence, automotive, oil & gas, infrastructure and power generation.

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10/11/2016 Carestream NDT unveils new HR-PRO high-performance imaging plate

Carestream NDT has launched a new HR-PRO high-performance imaging plate, designed to improve overall plate life. It has exceptional image quality and is designed for use in the most challenging NDT inspection environments.

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09/11/2016 New UK Sales Manager for Magnaflux EMEAR

Magnaflux, a leading global player in the supply of magnetic particle and dye penetrant inspection equipment, accessories and associated chemical products used for NDT, is primed to implement the next stage of its sales growth strategy.

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08/11/2016 Development in Pexa NDT business

As well as being the official distributor of surface coatings and treatments to the aerospace, defence and electronic industries, Pexa also supplies products and services to the NDT industry.


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07/11/2016 Bloodhound project back on track with new prime sponsor

The Bloodhound Project has announced Zhejiang Geely Holding (ZGH) Group as its prime sponsor and Official Automotive Partner in a three-year agreement.

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04/11/2016 IMechE Engineering Training Solutions and Eddyfi to launch pulsed eddy current course at corrosion event

Inspecting and managing corrosion under insulation (CUI) is still a major issue facing asset integrity. In light of this and the unrivalled success of Eddyfi’s recently released Lyft™ system, IMechE Engineering Training Solutions (IMechE ETS) has developed a course with Eddyfi that provides an appreciation for the use of pulsed eddy current (PEC) in combating CUI. Dates for the 2017 training schedule are now available.

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03/11/2016 Euroteck Systems on the move

Euroteck Systems has now completed its relocation into its completely refurbished 3,800 sq ft, three-storey office block, which is adjacent to its 8,000 sq ft factory unit.

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02/11/2016 Creaform to move headquarters to expanded location in Lévis

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has announced its decision to move its headquarters to Innoparc Lévis in order to support its growth. This move represents a $20 million investment in order to triple its production capacity and hire a significant number of new employees. The new building will have twice the square footage of Creaform’s existing facilities, increasing from 38,000 to 76,000 sq ft.

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01/11/2016 TRAC Oil & Gas wins Small Company of the Year Gold Award

The North Sea oil & gas industry was celebrated recently at a Press and Journal Gold Awards ceremony. The Gold Awards recognise the companies and individuals who continue to forge a path ahead for the sector, despite the challenges it faces in the global market.

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14/10/2016 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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13/10/2016 Engineering Council CEO to step down after six successful years

The Engineering Council has announced that CEO Jon Prichard CEng FICE FInstRE will be stepping down from his role in early 2017 to take up the post of Chief Executive at the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

 

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12/10/2016 IMechE Engineering Training Solutions to hold corrosion seminar

In-service corrosion prevention and inspection is a key issue across asset management and asset integrity in the oil & gas, nuclear, power generation and chemical industries.

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11/10/2016 New technology for industrial remote visual inspections

Ashtead Technology has announced the addition of the latest Olympus technology to its rental fleet of industrial videoprobes. “The new IPLEX NX offers dramatic improvements to existing imaging technology and can help to locate defects that were previously invisible,” said Branch Manager Alan Hasson. “With a host of new features, this instrument improves the accuracy of inspections and the quality of reports, while enhancing the ease with which this work is undertaken.”

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10/10/2016 Eddyfi expands family of I-Flex products

As a world leader in advanced inspection systems and niche NDT solutions, Eddyfi Technologies has announced the launch of the universal I-Flex manual pipe scanner. The scanner was developed to make it easier for users to deploy Eddyfi I-Flex probes on tubes and pipes. It is claimed to be the only low-profile scanner on the market to inspect tubes and pipes from 42 mm to 170 mm (1.25-6.00 in NPS) in outer diameter with the I-Flex line of probes.

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07/10/2016 Yorkshire MP visits TWI in Rotherham

Member of Parliament for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, has visited TWI’s Rotherham facility to find out how advanced engineering technologies are being used to support local companies.

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06/10/2016 Amec Foster Wheeler opens new laboratory to carry out research into energy systems of the future

Amec Foster Wheeler, on behalf of the High Temperature Facility (HTF) Alliance, has announced the official opening of a new laboratory to carry out research into the advanced energy systems of the future.

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05/10/2016 Eddyfi acquires high-precision machine shop

As a world leader in advanced inspection systems and niche NDT solutions, Eddyfi Technologies has confirmed the acquisition of IPN Machining, a high-precision machine shop in Québec, Canada.

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Pexa Ltd has been named a National Champion for the UK in the European Business Awards (EBA), Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community.

04/10/2016 Pexa named ‘National Champion’ in European Business awards

Pexa Ltd has been named a National Champion for the UK in the European Business Awards (EBA), Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community.

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