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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09/08/2017 Engineering Council launches new Strategic Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Strathclyde signs strategic agreement  with BAE Systems

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

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

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Element Materials Technology acquires Exova

02/08/2017 Element Materials Technology acquires Exova

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

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

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

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Silverwing launches faster tank bottom inspection system

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

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

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Eddyfi launches new generation of probes

17/07/2017 Eddyfi launches new generation of probes

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

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

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

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

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Yxlon sets focus on metrology at Control 2017

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

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

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Refinery inspection supported by hired instruments

12/07/2017 Refinery inspection supported by hired instruments

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

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

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

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

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10/07/2017 RAEng announces Ingenious public engagement projects

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

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

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

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06/07/2017 Eddyfi Technologies is expanding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BINDT Survey 2016 – the results are in…

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

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

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Sonaspection launches NDT training school at USA facility

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

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

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Continuing Professional Development

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

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

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Increased numbers for BINDT Affiliate Membership

12/06/2017 Increased numbers for BINDT Affiliate Membership

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

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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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