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Librestream and Olympus bring remote NDT/RVI experts into the field virtually

15/12/2017 Librestream and Olympus bring remote NDT/RVI experts into the field virtually

Librestream Technologies Inc, a leader in remote expert systems for enterprise, and Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas, a leading industrial inspection equipment manufacturer, have announced that Olympus is now offering Librestream’s Onsight platform to provide additional functionality to its product portfolio.

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Thank you from Gail Long

14/12/2017 Thank you from Gail Long

Gail Long says thank you to BINDT, all its members and every company, together with all those employees, who gave her the opportunities that have made her life in NDT so purposeful.

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13/12/2017 BSI hosts ISO Technical Committee meeting on condition monitoring in London

In June this year, BSI hosted the latest meeting of ISO/TC 108/SC 5. BSI’s Committee GME 21/7 mirrors ISO/TC 108/SC 5 and both are currently chaired by BINDT Council member Simon Mills (UK).

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12/12/2017 A message from the Benevolent Fund

As Honorary Treasurer of the Benevolent Fund, I would like to say thank you to the very generous companies that donated prizes for the raffle at Materials Testing 2017 and to those people in the photograph below for their work and tireless help on the day.

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11/12/2017 Global industrial X-ray inspection systems market tops US$500 million

A new report: ‘Global Industrial X-Ray Inspection System Market – By Imaging Technique, By Digital Imaging Type, By Digital Radiography Type, By End-User, By Region, By Country (2017-2022)’, indicates that the global industrial X-ray inspection systems market has grown at a sustained compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% in the period 2012-2017 and amounted to US$526 million in the year 2017. 

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08/12/2017 TWI launches new course on appreciation of advanced digital radiography

In response to the increasing use of digital radiography to assess the structural integrity of engineered assets, TWI has launched a new course: An Appreciation of Advanced Radiography.

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07/12/2017 Working with ionising radiation – new application requirements

As you will be aware, the new Ionising Radiations Regulations (IRR17) within the UK come into force on 1 January 2018. One of the changes to be introduced by the revised regulations is the introduction of a risk-based approach in order to inform the HSE of your work with ionising radiation.

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07/12/2017 Element expands immersion ultrasonic testing capabilities with acquisition of NDT Limited

Element has announced the acquisition of NDT Limited, one of the UK’s leading materials testing companies, significantly strengthening its non-destructive testing (NDT) services in Europe.

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Pioneering blade inspections at Sheringham Shoal

05/12/2017 Pioneering blade inspections at Sheringham Shoal

For the first time ever at Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, drones were used to inspect all 264 turbine blades across the 88 offshore locations.

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PCN Panel Sessions develop rapport in the Middle East

04/12/2017 PCN Panel Sessions develop rapport in the Middle East

A number of PCN panel sessions, organised by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), were held at Olympus MEA FZ-LLC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 8 and 9 November 2017. The sessions aimed to address the concerns of certificate holders, their employers and end-users following the withdrawal of NDT International PTE Ltd’s Authorised Training Organisation (ATO) and Authorised Qualifying Body (AQB) status.

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Aerotech Managing Director Jim Needham welcomes Somnath to the team

01/12/2017 Aerotech Inspection and NDT expands into India

As a result of already providing testing and inspection services to a major UK manufacturer on products produced in India, Aerotech Inspection and NDT has announced the opening of its new testing facility in Dharwad, India.

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16/11/2017 Phoenix develops new flexible track scanner

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has developed a new solution for the inspection of welds on large-diameter cylinders; the Flexible Track Scanner (FTS) inspects linear and circumferential welding lines.

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15/11/2017 Olympus NDT Canada invests to support growth

Olympus NDT Canada has proceeded with the official inauguration of its new office and manufacturing complex, built at a cost of CAD $37 million in the Michelet Innovation Zone. Situated at 3415 rue Pierre-Ardouin, Québec, the new site unites all of Olympus NDT Canada’s services and personnel under one roof, enabling the company to better respond to production demands and optimise its research and development activities in support of its extensive portfolio of industrial testing and measuring solutions. Company executives from across the Americas and the global headquarters in Japan joined government and business dignitaries from Québec and beyond to celebrate the facility’s opening and to recognise the ideal working environment that it represents.

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14/11/2017 Ashtead Technology signs rental partnership for Silverwing products

Ashtead Technology has been appointed as the preferred rental partner in the UK for all Silverwing products, a line of NDT inspection equipment by Eddyfi Technologies. The agreement represents another new partnership with Eddyfi Technologies; Ashtead recently signed a five-year collaboration agreement for Eddyfi’s range of TSC products.

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09/11/2017 Zetec to host webinar on austenitic weld inspections in oil & gas sectors

Zetec Inc, a global leader in NDT solutions, will host a one-hour webinar on how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of austenitic weld inspections. The webinar will showcase improvements related to upstream, midstream, downstream and petrochemical sectors across a wide range of applications, from flow pipes, blowout preventers and corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) pipelines to heavy-wall stainless steel process pipes.

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08/11/2017 TWI helps The Engineering College meet industry demand for staff

The Engineering College in Birkenhead is set to meet industry demand for new staff through the launch of a commercial welding training centre. The new centre, which was part-funded by Liverpool City Region’s Growth Deal, was able to go ahead after The Engineering College gained certification from TWI Certification Ltd through the Certification Scheme for Welder Training Organisations (CSWTO).

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08/11/2017 Information-sharing Open House event

NSI, VG and Instron have teamed together for an information-sharing Open House event on 14 November at Instron’s European Headquarters in High Wycombe, UK.

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08/11/2017 BINDT hosts successful Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 event

Following a popular Session D presentation at the Annual British Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT 2017) by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), a follow-up event was held at the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) headquarters in Northampton to appraise attendees of the new Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017.

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07/11/2017 BINDT presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Gail Long

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT)’s Lifetime Achievement Award was introduced in 2014 to recognise a valuable and significant contribution to BINDT and the wider community by an individual who has spent most of their career in NDT/CM and who has been an active member of the Institute for an extensive period of time.

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06/11/2017 Creaform wins prestigious 2017 IDEA award

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable and highly-accurate 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has announced that its portable optical CMM solution and 3D scanners, which include the MetraSCAN 3D, C-Track and HandyPROBE Next, won bronze during the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), a premier international design competition held each year by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). 

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03/11/2017 Teletest business transfer to Eddyfi Technologies opens up new opportunities

As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions, Eddyfi Technologies has confirmed the acquisition of the guided wave technology and product portfolio from Plant Integrity Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Welding Institute (TWI).

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02/11/2017 Skills Training UK welcomed into BINDT community

New apprenticeships dedicated to non-destructive testing (NDT) will help to improve standards and address a widening skills gap within the sector, BINDT’s Chief Executive has said.

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01/11/2017 NIDays invites engineers and scientists to take a glimpse into the future

National Instruments is hosting NIDays Conference and Exhibition, the ultimate learning experience that unites the brightest minds in engineering and science. This year, NIDays London will take place at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

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The Test House gains UKAS accreditation for digital radiography

13/10/2017 The Test House gains UKAS accreditation for digital radiography

TWI’s subsidiary, The Test House, has been awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation for its digital radiography services, becoming one of just three facilities in the UK to have this award.

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Carestream NDT signs Baugh & Weedon as new representative covering UK and Ireland

12/10/2017 Carestream NDT signs Baugh & Weedon as new representative covering UK and Ireland

Carestream’s Non-Destructive Testing organisation has announced its newest partnership with Baugh & Weedon Ltd. Baugh & Weedon provides outstanding technical sales, project management, local manufacturing, product and after-sales support that the company believes will enhance its customers’ experience in this region.

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Singapore laboratory to provide materials testing for Changi Airport project

11/10/2017 Singapore laboratory to provide materials testing for Changi Airport project

Element Materials Technology’s Singapore laboratory, Admaterials Technologies Pte Ltd, has agreed a contract with civil engineering firm Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure – Sembcorp Design and Construction JV to provide civil and construction materials testing for the third runway project at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Admaterials is part of Exova Group Ltd, which was recently acquired by Element to create one world-class global testing services partner.

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IMechE Engineering Training Solutions adds PCN Level 2 refresher training

10/10/2017 IMechE Engineering Training Solutions adds PCN Level 2 refresher training to its range of online training courses

A wide range of methods are now available to study online through IMechE Engineering Training Solutions, to support students preparing to be recertificated to PCN Level 2 or as a general refresher for their continuing professional development.

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Royal Academy of Engineering calls for culture change to improve inclusion for all engineers

09/10/2017 Royal Academy of Engineering calls for culture change to improve inclusion for all engineers

The Royal Academy of Engineering has called for a profession-wide culture change and regular benchmarking of progress in order to create a truly inclusive culture within the UK engineering profession. The initiative follows the publication of a unique survey of workplace cultures that shows that inclusion benefits all engineers, but there are some discrepancies between experiences of inclusiveness at work.

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Construction Skills Certification Scheme accepts PCN certification

06/10/2017 WindTwin project aims to revolutionise wind turbine operation with digital twin technology

A consortium of engineering technology experts comprising Agility3, Brunel University London, Dashboard, ESI and TWI Ltd has now begun work on the WindTwin project following a successful proposal to Innovate UK, the Government agency that finds and drives the innovations that will grow the UK economy.

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Construction Skills Certification Scheme accepts PCN certification

05/10/2017 Construction Skills Certification Scheme accepts PCN certification

The British Institute of NDT (BINDT) is concerned with the education and training of its members, as well as the advancement of the science and practice of the methods and subjects associated with NDT and CM. It is also a commitment of BINDT to ensure that, in providing such a diverse spread of knowledge to its members in consideration of their roles and responsibilities, it also equips them with the skills and knowledge to allow them to carry out their tasks in a safe and efficient manner while complying with all associated current health & safety regulations.

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Sonatest announces new initiative with Phoenix ISL

04/10/2017 Sonatest announces new initiative with Phoenix ISL

Sonatest has announced an initiative with Phoenix Inspection Systems, which has taken delivery of a veo+ phased array flaw detector. Phoenix will now be able to demonstrate the compatibility of its dynamic range of ultrasonic scanners interfacing fluently with the veo+ to produce high-resolution volumetric scans and record precise datasets.

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03/10/2017 Ultrasonic sensor company Inductosense raises £1.1 million investment

Inductosense, a spin-out company from the University of Bristol, secured a funding round of £1.1 million investment from a consortium of investors in August. The consortium consists of Perivoli Innovations, the University of Bristol Enterprise Fund (managed by Parkwalk Advisors Ltd), IP Group plc, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Stephenson LP Fund and a number of angel investors.

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02/10/2017 Element Materials Technology and Exova Group Ltd become one

Element Materials Technology and Exova Group Limited have joined forces to create one world-class global testing services partner, with the integration programme to bring the two businesses and their people together now well underway.

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EngineeringUK announces appointment of Chief Executive

29/09/2017 EngineeringUK announces appointment of Chief Executive

EngineeringUK has announced the appointment of Mark Titterington as its new Chief Executive. Mark, who will join the organisation in October, has held various business leadership roles throughout his career and has a background in government relations and corporate communications.

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TWI’s advanced UT lecturer returns to Québec City

29/09/2017 TWI’s advanced UT lecturer returns to Québec City

Following great success at the start of 2017, Advanced Ultrasonics Lecturer Neil Harrap returned to Québec City (home of phased array ultrasonic testing or PAUT) to deliver further PAUT blended learning for one of its advanced NDT customers and to support TWI Canada at the CINDE Conference and Exhibition.

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Another major design award for FLIR

28/09/2017 Another major design award for FLIR

FLIR Systems has received the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best 2017’ product design award for its newly redesigned FLIR Exx-Series advanced thermal imaging cameras.

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ISEMIR: An IAEA Tool for Radiation Optimisation in Interventional Cardiology and Industrial Radiography

28/09/2017 IAEA launches online tool for strengthening safety of workers exposed to radiation

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched an online tool for strengthening the safety of workers who risk exposure to ionising radiation in the fields of medicine and industry.

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Euroteck Systems achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification

27/09/2017 Euroteck Systems achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification

Euroteck Systems Ltd has announced that it has achieved certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard in July 2017.

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Global Composites Testing Market: 2017-2022

27/09/2017 Global Composites Testing Market: 2017-2022

This report studies the global composites testing market over the period 2017 to 2022. The report provides detailed insights into the market dynamics to enable informed business decision-making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities in the market.

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11/09/2017 Pexa to exhibit at MT 2017 with supply partners Sherwin Babbco and Spectronics Corporation

Established in 2002, Pexa Ltd is a supplier of materials to the NDT industry. It will be using Materials Testing 2017 to market its ranges of NDT materials from Sherwin Babbco (Socomore NDT) and Spectroline. These materials include dye penetrants, magnetic particle inspection materials, test panels, UV lights and meters, tools and consumables. The level of NDT expertise on stand A13 will be maximised as technical representatives from Pexa, Sherwin Babbco and Spectronics Corporation will be present.

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11/09/2017 Zetec’s NDT solutions at MT 2017

Zetec Inc will be demonstrating its latest NDT solutions on stand C7 at Materials Testing 2017.

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11/09/2017 Lavender International NDT at Materials Testing 2017

Established in 1976, Lavender International NDT is a leading provider of non-destructive testing training, examinations and Level 3 services to clients across the world. What sets it apart from other NDT training schools is that Lavender International is now owned by its employees. This means that everyone in the company is a co-owner and is equally invested in ensuring that the students it trains have the best experience, the companies it works with have optimum support and that everything it does is delivered by quality staff. The company believes that the experience it provides is unique and it is often referred to as ‘the Lavender way’.

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08/09/2017 New premises for the International School of Aerospace NDT

The International School of Aerospace (ISA) NDT has recently moved to new premises, which offer improved facilities for its students. The company is still based in Norwich and is operating with the same team of people: Gary Jenkins and Wayne Middleton are looking after the training and exams, supported by Tom Lloyd and newest team member Jessica Flint, who between them will be looking after all aspects of the school administration.

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07/09/2017 M2M to display latest GEKKO at Materials Testing 2017

M2M will be attending the next Materials Testing exhibition to market its range of phased array ultrasound equipment for non-destructive testing. A highlight of the display will be the flaw detector GEKKO 2.0, which improves productivity and ergonomics while keeping up with innovations in phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) and the total focusing method (TFM).

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05/09/2017 The First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 exceeds expectations

This year saw the introduction of the First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 (WCCM 2017). The congress was organised by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) in co-operation and partnership with the International Society for Condition Monitoring (ISCM).

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Skills Training UK launches apprenticeship standards for NDT

02/09/2017 Skills Training UK launches apprenticeship standards for NDT

National apprenticeships provider Skills Training UK has launched its new apprenticeship standards for non-destructive testing (NDT).

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01/09/2017 Successful drone deployment of ACFM probes and inspection

Following initial meetings at Subsea Expo 2017 and subsequent discussions, TSC Inspection and Goshawk Technologies finally met to put drone technology to the test, with the aim to successfully prove the concept of deploying ACFM® inspection technology using a specialist unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for aerial inspection.

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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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