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Investment boost for Ashtead’s NDT rental fleet

14/06/2019 Investment boost for Ashtead’s NDT rental fleet

As demand grows for the latest non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment, Ashtead Technology has ramped up investment in new items for its rental fleet.

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Laser ultrasonics

13/06/2019 Laser ultrasonics

With a strong expertise in laser-based ultrasound technologies, Sound & Bright offers a wide range of systems for various applications, from the laboratory to industry.

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SKF announces SKF Pulse condition monitoring tool

12/06/2019 SKF announces SKF Pulse condition monitoring tool

SKF has introduced the SKF Pulse, which combines a hand-held sensor with a mobile app, allowing users to monitor rotating equipment and machine health to predict issues and improve reliability before operations are impacted.

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New ultrasonic refurbishment service launched by Sercal

11/06/2019 New ultrasonic refurbishment service launched by Sercal

In April 2019, Sercal NDT launched a new section on its website offering the refurbishment of legacy ultrasonic flaw detectors and ultrasonic thickness gauges.

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Wireless condition monitoring sensor

10/06/2019 Wireless condition monitoring sensor

Plant reliability specialist AVT Reliability® has launched the latest in its new suite of intelligent condition-based monitoring and maintenance products, the wireless Machine Sentry® MSF-1 triaxial vibration and temperature sensor.

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Onyx working with Portuguese wind farms

07/06/2019 Onyx working with Portuguese wind farms

Predictive maintenance technology provider Onyx InSight is installing its monitoring platform across 730 MW of wind farms operated in Portugal by Iberwind.

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Wood wins US$1 billion UK nuclear design and engineering contract

06/06/2019 Wood wins US$1 billion UK nuclear design and engineering contract

Wood has secured a new contract worth up to US$1 billion (approximately £784.3 million) to provide engineering design services to Sellafield Ltd over the next 20 years.

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Thermal camera with analytic software solutions

05/06/2019 Thermal camera with analytic software solutions

FLIR Systems has partnered with MathWorks® to offer MATLAB software solutions for its research and development (R&D)/science-grade thermal camera users.

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The global strategic partnership agreement was sealed at the Hannover Messe 2019

04/06/2019 Schaeffler and Mitsubishi Electric announce global strategic partnership

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co KG have announced a global strategic partnership as part of the e-F@ctory Alliance network. Since 2010, both companies have been partners in the e-F@ctory Alliance, which is part of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s e-F@ctory concept. This concept supports companies with measures within the framework of the digital transformation, such as the integration of machine and plant data into manufacturing execution systems (MESs) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

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FLIR completes strategic investment in DroneBase

04/06/2019 FLIR completes strategic investment in DroneBase

FLIR Systems and DroneBase Inc have announced that FLIR has made a strategic investment in DroneBase, a global drone operations company that provides businesses with access to one of the largest unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) pilot networks. The investment establishes FLIR as the exclusive provider of thermal product solutions and as the official small UAS thermal imaging training provider for the DroneBase enterprise pilot network through the FLIR Infrared Training Center (ITC).

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UK consortium wins Innovate UK grant

03/06/2019 UK consortium wins Innovate UK grant for research and development on NDT in metal additive manufacturing

A consortium comprising ETher NDE (St Albans), Sonemat (Coventry), Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies (Moira), Innvotek (London), Brunel Innovation Centre (Abington) and TWI (Abington) has won a grant to develop technology to inspect metal additive manufactured parts during the manufacturing process. The technology uses electromagnetic methods (electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) and eddy current (EC)) to detect defects and to monitor residual stress in additive manufacturing (AM) and is abbreviated as EM-ReSt.

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Casella introduces site boundary monitor

31/05/2019 Casella introduces site boundary monitor

UK-based dust, noise and vibration monitoring expert Casella has introduced its Guardian2 site boundary monitor, which is designed to help site management remain compliant with emission levels through remote monitoring and reporting, including monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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HVPD unveils a safer way to conduct asset condition monitoring

31/05/2019 HVPD unveils a safer way to conduct asset condition monitoring

Global engineering company High Voltage Partial Discharge (HVPD) has recently launched a new product that will make it safer and easier to monitor the condition of electrical assets.

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Intelligent sensor cable with Smart Core technology

30/05/2019 Imago releases camera based on neuromorphic sensor

Machine vision camera maker Imago Technologies has built an industrial camera based on a vision sensor that operates along similar principles to human vision, rather than capturing frames like a standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor.

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Intelligent sensor cable with Smart Core technology

29/05/2019 Intelligent sensor cable with Smart Core technology

Leuze electronic presents a concrete innovation towards powering Industry 4.0 applications with its new Smart Core cable.

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DKSH and Bruker AXS strengthen partnership in China

28/05/2019 DKSH and Bruker AXS strengthen partnership in China

DKSH Business Unit Technology, a leading market expansion services provider for technology companies that are seeking to grow their businesses in Asia, and Bruker AXS, renowned for its analytical X-ray solutions, have signed an exclusive distribution agreement in China.

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Eddyfi Technologies launches ‘ultimate ultrasound imaging machine’

28/05/2019 Eddyfi Technologies launches ‘ultimate ultrasound imaging machine’

Eddyfi® Technologies has released Panther, which it claims is the ultimate ultrasound imaging machine. Panther comes with M2M’s state-of-the­-art phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) and total focusing method (TFM) capabilities.

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Future of online machine condition monitoring equipment market

24/05/2019 Future of online machine condition monitoring equipment market

Up Market Research has published a report, titled: ‘Global Online Machine Condition Monitoring Equipment Market Analysis and Forecast 2019-2025’, which it claims delivers key insights and provides a competitive advantage to clients through a detailed report. The report contains pages that elucidate on the current market analysis scenario, upcoming as well as future opportunities, revenue growth, pricing and profitability.

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B&K Vibro installs power station monitoring system in New Zealand

24/05/2019 B&K Vibro installs power station monitoring system in New Zealand

Brüel & Kjær Vibro (B&K Vibro) has received an order for the supply of VC-8000 SETPOINT® systems and services for monitoring a 250 MW gas-/coal-fired steam turbine, generator and main boiler feed pump at Huntly Power Station, the largest in New Zealand. Huntly is owned by Genesis Energy, the third largest generating company in New Zealand in terms of production capacity.

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Ashtead offers wider range of thermal imaging cameras

23/05/2019 Ashtead offers wider range of thermal imaging cameras

Ashtead Technology has extended its relationship with Testo by including the company’s range of advanced infrared cameras in the products that it offers for sale. “This broadens the range of applications for which we can supply market-leading products,” commented Josh Thomas, Ashtead’s Senior Sales Manager.

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The IoT sensor WILSEN.sonic.level

22/05/2019 Fill level management in the Internet of Things

Pepperl+Fuchs has presented a level sensor that transmits its data to a secure remote station in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IoT sensor WILSEN.sonic.level is bundled into a starter package with the WILSEN.service and a business data platform, making it easier to gain an introduction to the technology. This allows users to quickly determine the value of the IoT system for their own company.

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Non-destructive testing and inspection market – global forecast to 2024

21/05/2019 Non-destructive testing and inspection market – global forecast to 2024

Non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques are primarily used in engineering industries for evaluating the different properties of structures, equipment, components and materials without causing any damage. NDT and inspection is an extremely valuable technique for timely evaluation and diagnosis of faults in products. It is an important quality control tool in the manufacturing process, as it allows for the early detection of surface and subsurface defects in finished and work-in-progress (WIP) goods.

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Compact confocal sensor

20/05/2019 Compact confocal sensor

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has launched a compact confocal chromatic displacement sensor that offers outstanding value for money and high accuracy, enabling its cost-effective use in high-volume original equipment manufacturing, machine building, systems integration and continuous production applications.

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GPMS and Bell announce exclusive distribution agreement

17/05/2019 GPMS and Bell announce exclusive distribution agreement

Green Power Monitoring Systems (GPMS) has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bell for GPMS’s Foresight MX predictive health monitoring system on Bell 407 helicopter models.

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Pipelines, the Norwegian deep sea and digital radiography

16/05/2019 Pipelines, the Norwegian deep sea and digital radiography

Imagine an early August morning on a remote Norwegian fjord coast. The North Sea Giant, a 150 m-long pipe-laying vessel, is being readied to lay down an 8.4 km gas pipeline onto the seabed of the Norwegian Sea. The massive ship will leave the shores of Orkanger and start its journey at sea to reach the Åsgard field, which is 200 km away.

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Uncooled camera for methane detection

15/05/2019 Uncooled camera for methane detection

FLIR Systems has announced the FLIR GF77 Gas Find IR, its first uncooled thermal camera designed for detecting methane.

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Perpetuum secures track monitoring contract

14/05/2019 Perpetuum secures track monitoring contract

Perpetuum has secured a contract from the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to offer track condition information services for the 1250 km-long rail line from Riyadh to Qurrayat in Saudi Arabia.

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Yxlon and Japanese Nagoya Electric Works announce collaboration

13/05/2019 Yxlon and Japanese Nagoya Electric Works announce collaboration

Yxlon International, a division of the Swiss Comet Group, has announced a collaboration with the Japanese company Nagoya Electric Works (NEW) Co Ltd. The collaboration includes the development and distribution of specialised X-ray systems for the semiconductor industry.

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Smart IR thermal imaging cameras for Industry 4.0

10/05/2019 Smart IR thermal imaging cameras for Industry 4.0

The new range of IRSX industrial infrared (IR) cameras from Automation Technology (AT) is designed to facilitate the use of thermal imaging in Industry 4.0 applications. Completely self-contained with embedded data processing, these compact, rugged cameras feature a multitude of interface protocols for direct communication with automation and control equipment. These include open platform communications unified architecture (OPC UA), a platform-independent open standard for machine-to-machine communication that is ideally suited to Industry 4.0.

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Project aims for real-time track monitoring

09/05/2019 Project aims for real-time track monitoring

An Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded project aimed at developing a self-powered, wide-area track condition monitoring system for railways is planned.

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Digital radiography solution provides significant cost savings

08/05/2019 Digital radiography solution provides significant cost savings

Oceaneering International Inc has launched a new digital radiography solution for the oil & gas sector, the Trip Avoidance X-ray Inspection (TAXI™) system, which aims to reduce the number of unplanned shutdowns.

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ACFM inspection system

07/05/2019 ACFM inspection system

Eddyfi Technologies has recently launched the new TSC U41™ subsea inspection solution. For the last 30 years, alternating current field measurement (ACFM®) technology has been used globally for the detection and sizing of subsea surface-breaking cracks. Recognised and approved by many certification bodies, including DNV, ABS and Lloyd’s Register, the technique has been used successfully in place of traditional non-computerised and more user-dependent methods, such as magnetic particle inspection (MPI). ACFM technology has been successfully deployed for the inspection of structural node welds on jackets, caisson inspection, pipeline damage, spudcans and welded plate structures.

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Safran opens new research centre

03/05/2019 Safran opens new research centre

Safran has opened a new research centre for advanced turbine blades used on aeroplane and helicopter engines at its plant in Gennevilliers, near Paris, France.

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Teratonics pushes ahead in the real-time NDT market

02/05/2019 Teratonics pushes ahead in the real-time NDT market

Teratonics, a Paris-Saclay-based deep-technology start-up with a proprietary technology for contactless non-destructive testing (NDT) and imaging, has received a seed investment from Socomore Ventures.

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Wood wins key strategic role on Hinkley Point C project

01/05/2019 Wood wins key strategic role on Hinkley Point C project

Wood has secured a new contract to provide a construction design management advisory service for the Hinkley Point C new-build nuclear power station project in the UK.

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CMNews

30/04/2019 Spire invests in ERI

Spire Capital, a New York-based private equity firm specialising in technology-enabled business services, media, communications and education sectors, has announced an undisclosed investment in ERI Solutions Inc.

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CMNews

29/04/2019 KraussMaffei collaboration

KraussMaffei is supporting the Chair of the Department of Engineering Design and Plastics Machinery (KKM) at the University of Duisburg-Essen by providing a new injection moulding machine from the all-electric PX series. The PX 120-380 is a complete digital equipment solution with DataXplorer. The goal of KraussMaffei is to develop new systems and applications and to use the acquired data to improve product and process quality on a sustainable basis.

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CMNews

26/04/2019 Minnich highlights concrete vibration innovations

Minnich Manufacturing has showcased its latest concrete vibration solutions, the Stinger electric flex shaft concrete vibrator, the M-Box high-cycle vibration control solution and the Auto Vibe paving vibrator monitoring system, at World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas.

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26/04/2019 Employers to help bridge skills gap in NDT sector at free industry forum

An award-winning apprenticeships training provider, together with a group of non-destructive testing (NDT) training schools, are hosting a specialist forum for employers to help tackle the growing industry skills gap.

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25/04/2019 Carestream Non-Destructive Testing appoints new leadership for Europe, Middle East and Africa Region

Carestream’s non-destructive testing (NDT) business has experienced rapid growth and is expanding operations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA). In order to manage and support this growth, Philippe Moreau has joined Carestream NDT as the Regional Business Manager NDT for EMEA. 

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Flicq and Ioetec cooperate

24/04/2019 Flicq and Ioetec cooperate

Flicq Inc, a Californian innovator in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, and Ioetec Ltd, a UK-based security company focused on securing the Internet of Everything (IoE), have announced that they are cooperating on providing end-to-end security from the edge to the cloud.

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Latest inspection technology added to rental fleet

23/04/2019 Latest inspection technology added to rental fleet

Launched in September 2018, the Olympus IPLEX GX represents the latest technology in visual inspection and is now available as part of the Ashtead Technology rental fleet. “This is important news for maintenance and inspection engineers,” commented Steve Drake, Ashtead’s NDT Market Manager. “Visual inspection is all about image quality and the IPLEX GX offers new levels of capability, with a larger touch-screen display, a 30% brighter LED light and a sophisticated noise reduction algorithm, to make it easier to identify defects in darker areas.”

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23/04/2019 Pexa wins first Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Pexa, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of coatings and surface treatment products to aerospace and other high-technology engineering markets, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

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M2M Gekko successfully qualified by the EPRI

18/04/2019 M2M Gekko successfully qualified by the EPRI

Eddyfi Technologies has announced that the Gekko® phased array flaw detector has been successfully qualified for the examination of austenitic and ferritic piping welds according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) procedure EPRI-PIPE-MPA-1, Rev.2. The EPRI procedure is qualified according to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, Section XI, Appendix VIII.

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Monitoring device tracks pump systems

17/04/2019 The IN-1000 condition monitoring device

Allweiler has introduced the IN-1000 condition monitoring device, a CIRCOR International product that is suitable for monitoring pumps in operationally critical and environmentally sensitive chemical engineering applications.

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Global NDT in aerospace and defence market report

16/04/2019 Global NDT in aerospace and defence market report

In 2017, the non-destructive testing (NDT) market was valued at US$2115.4 million (approximately £1.6 billion) and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3% during the forecast period (2018-2023), to reach US$3835.4 million (approximately £3 billion) by 2023, according to a new report from Research and Markets.

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ABB provides predictive maintenance to Illinois energy grid

15/04/2019 ABB provides predictive maintenance to Illinois energy grid

Ameren Illinois, an electricity and natural gas utility that serves about three quarters of the state of Illinois, has chosen ABB to deliver predictive maintenance solutions as part of its multi-million-dollar initiative to modernise its energy delivery infrastructure.

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Creaform Engineering expands offering with new dimensional management services

12/04/2019 Creaform Engineering expands offering with new dimensional management services

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has announced that it is extending its dimensional management services to its entire global audience. Dimensional management is an engineering methodology used for preventative quality assurance, which ensures the functionality, producibility, repeatability and performance of any given product according to specific requirements. This proven methodology allows manufacturers to guarantee quality while mitigating production waste and costs as well as product returns.

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Mixed signal oscilloscope

11/04/2019 Mixed signal oscilloscope

The new Yokogawa DLM3000 is the first of a new generation of mixed-signal oscilloscopes featuring the familiar ‘look and feel’ and small footprint of the earlier DLM2000 series, but with a complete hardware redesign featuring higher measurement speed and precision plus an intuitive touch-screen display for enhanced ease of use and improved productivity.

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A new family of accelerometers

10/04/2019 A new family of accelerometers

Kionix has announced the KX13x Series, a new product family of accelerometers designed to meet the needs of a wide range of applications, provide superior performance and improve the capability to accurately detect events and conditions.

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