West Midlands Branch

Institute Branches 

Mr J Needham 

Vice Chairs
Mr C Sinclair and Mr D Broome
Honorary Secretary
Mr R Naylor

Honorary Treasurer
Mr P Holt
Branch Representatives to Council
Mr J Needham and Mr D Broome

Branch Welfare Officer
Mr R Naylor

To contact any of the above, email: westmidbranch@bindt.org

West Midlands Branch Programme
Meetings start at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated. Buffet and refreshments are provided. Everyone interested in NDT is welcome to attend.

Monday 17 October 2016*
Fact file: Enhanced inspection of CRA-clad pipeline girth welds using phased array 
In today’s pipeline industry, corrosion-resistant alloys (CRAs) are widely used to help protect pipelines that transport corrosive fluids. However, the inspection of pipeline girth welds in CRA-cladded materials presents several challenges. The talk will include a review of current manufacturing practices and the development of improved welding procedures and will also describe a reliable inspection procedure for engineering critical assessment (ECA) of girth welds in clad pipelines, 
Speaker to be advised, Olympus Keymed. 
Note: Joint meeting with TWI West Midlands Branch.
Venue: Doosan Babcock, Birmingham New Road, Tipton, West Midlands DY1 4SJ. Tel: +44 (0)121 530 5000
Note: Venue on the opposite side of the road to postcode location.

Monday 14 November 2016*
Inside story: Computed tomography scanning and digital radiography techniques
3D computed tomography (CT) is one of the most advanced X-ray inspection techniques available. Its state-of-the-art capabilities virtually eliminate evaluation error. The latest developments in this progressive NDT technology will be explained,
by Guy Tolley, Business Development Manager, North Star Imaging UK.
Venue: Aerotech Inspection & NDT Ltd, Charlton Drive, Corngreaves Trading Estate, Cradley Heath B64 7BJ. Tel: +44 (0)1384 564021

Monday 12 December 2016* *CANCELLED*
In profile: Two-part presentation
My past: Big Ben to Cardiff Central, followed by: Our future: BINDT – a professional engineering institute for the 21st century
An opportunity to meet the next President of BINDT and hear about the different directions her varied and interesting career path has taken, as well as her future plans for the Institute,
by Caroline Bull, President Elect, BINDT.
Venue: GB Inspection Systems Ltd, 22A Cobbett Road, Burntwood Business Park, Burntwood, Cannock, Staffordshire WS7 3GL. Tel: +44 (0)121 351 5025

Monday 9 January 2017*
Industry news: New developments in ultrasonic transducer design
In ultrasonic testing, proper acoustic characteristics are needed to achieve the desired materials test objectives. 
The exceptional design features and innovative capabilities of the latest ultrasound transducers will be explained,
by John Skidmore, GB Inspection Systems Ltd.
Venue: Exova Ltd, Materials Testing Laboratories, 182 Halesowen Road, Netherton DY2 9PL. Tel: +44 (0)1384 455751

Monday 13 February 2017
Special feature: West Midlands Air Ambulance
The West Midlands Air Ambulance Service operates three aircraft. Each carries a crew comprising a pilot and two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically-located regional airbases, 90% of the region is within reach in just eight minutes. The talk will include operational issues highlighting the charitable nature of West Midlands Air Ambulance – the largest and one of the busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK,
by Adam Williams, West Midlands Air Ambulance Service.
Venue: Aerotech Inspection & NDT Ltd, Charlton Drive, Corngreaves Trading Estate, Cradley Heath B64 7BJ. Tel: +44 (0)1384 564021

Monday 13 March 2017*
Sector specific: Line oil debris monitoring
Wear debris analysis is used to provide useful information about a machine’s health. Operators of critical machinery are moving towards online sensors for the detection and monitoring of machinery degradation to avoid unplanned equipment shutdown and reduce preventative maintenance costs. The talk will provide an insight into the main monitoring techniques and types of equipment used,
by Steve Greenfield, Eaton Business Systems, and Bob Cutler, Alcontrol.
Venue: To be confirmed.

Monday 10 April 2017*
Point of view: AGM
An opportunity for members to share their views and opinions on the Branch. The AGM starts at 7.30 pm and will be followed by a free bar and hot buffet. All Branch members are encouraged to attend. 
Venue: The Vine Inn (also known as The Bull & Bladder), 10 Delph Road, Brierley Hill DY5 2TN.

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CPD Points from Branch meetings
Attending Branch meetings indicated as containing CPD content can earn valuable points towards PCN certificate renewals.


If anyone is willing or interested in providing talks to Branches, please contact Cindy Bailey at BINDT (cindy.bailey@bindt.org) with an indication of the preferred geographical areas where you could assist.