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Hankook develops IoT-based condition monitoring system

10/08/2020 Hankook develops IoT-based condition monitoring system

Hankook Tire has developed a facility abnormality prediction system called Hankook Condition Monitoring System Plus (CMS+), based on artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, accelerating its advancement of smart factories.

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DKSH extends partnership with Bruker in China

07/08/2020 DKSH extends partnership with Bruker in China

DKSH Business Unit Technology and Bruker, renowned for its market-leading analytical X-ray solutions, have extended their distribution agreement in China.

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IMRANDD secures integrity services renewal with Dana Petroleum

06/08/2020 IMRANDD secures integrity services renewal with Dana Petroleum

Technology and data intelligence specialist IMRANDD has secured a two-year contract extension with Dana Petroleum, providing integrity services for all of its UK-operated assets.

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Measuring separator sand levels in explosive atmospheres

05/08/2020 Measuring separator sand levels in explosive atmospheres

During hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), part of the process involves injecting sand to keep the pores of a well open. When the well is brought back online after fracking, some of that sand burps back up to the surface and into a separator.

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Vaisala and FMI technologies head to Mars

04/08/2020 Vaisala and FMI technologies head to Mars

International collaboration is taking Vaisala and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) to Mars on board NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which launched on 30 July 2020. Vaisala’s sensor technology, combined with FMI’s measurement instrumentation, will be used to obtain accurate and reliable pressure and humidity data from the surface of the red planet.

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Fatigue and structural integrity to be focus of new innovation centre

03/08/2020 Fatigue and structural integrity to be focus of new innovation centre

Coventry University and TWI Ltd are set to build on their long-standing relationship with the inception of the Fatigue and Structural Integrity Innovation Centre, a new venture that will provide a further platform through which to combine their complementary skills and experience in delivering industry-led research and development (R&D) in the areas of fatigue and structural integrity.

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Dual-Ethernet DAQ system

30/07/2020 Dual-Ethernet DAQ system

Adlink has launched a rugged dual-Ethernet data acquisition (DAQ) system with a Linux-based software development kit (SDK) designed for machine condition monitoring (MCM) using a RESTful application programming interface (API). The MCM-204
is equipped with four 24-bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) inputs to support remote real-time monitoring, analysis and control.

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STI Vibration releases demo kit

29/07/2020 STI Vibration releases demo kit

STI Vibration has released the CMCP601R reciprocating compressor demonstration kit, designed to display vibration monitoring techniques used on reciprocating machinery.

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Uralkali’s new mobile inspection system

28/07/2020 Uralkali’s new mobile inspection system

Russia-based Uralkali has launched the commercial operation of a digital system for monitoring the condition of production equipment via mobile inspections.

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Wireless sensors enable automated machine monitoring

27/07/2020 Wireless sensors enable automated machine monitoring

SKF has released a compact and cost-effective vibration and temperature sensor, which monitors the condition of rotating parts on heavy machinery.

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Wireless accelerometer device

27/07/2020 Wireless accelerometer device

TE Connectivity’s Measurement Specialties 8911 Wireless Accelerometer provides a broad bandwidth >10 kHz, a 3.5 V supply voltage and a –20°C to +60°C operating range. The series combines a sensor, a digital signal processor, a data collector and a radio within a compact device that measures both vibration and temperature data.

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Condition monitoring market to grow despite COVID-19 crisis

24/07/2020 Condition monitoring market to grow despite COVID-19 crisis

Reportlinker.com has announced the release of a report, titled: ‘Global machine condition monitoring equipment industry’, which has found that the vibration monitoring equipment market will be reset to a new normal that, going forward in a post-COVID-19 era, will be continuously redefined and redesigned.

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Data viewer app

23/07/2020 Data viewer app

The new Olympus Data Viewer app for Vanta hand-held X-ray fluorescent (XRF) analysers provides Olympus Scientific Cloud™ (OSC) users with a central location to remotely view and share real-time analysis results from multiple analysers.

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US town integrates road condition monitoring

22/07/2020 US town integrates road condition monitoring

Massachusetts town Spencer is working with smart city technology provider Cimcon on an initiative to improve driver safety, meet state environmental guidelines and reduce the costs associated with ineffective road monitoring and maintenance.

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Meggitt adds distributor in Colombia

21/07/2020 Meggitt adds distributor in Colombia

Meggitt has named Inessman LTDA as a new distributor in Colombia. Headquartered in Bogotá, Colombia, Inessman is an engineering company that provides electrical testing, predictive maintenance and engineering services.

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Regal Beloit introduces equipment monitoring solutions

20/07/2020 Regal Beloit introduces equipment monitoring solutions

US-based Regal Beloit Corporation has introduced new wireless vibration and temperature monitoring solutions.

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Digital radiography viewing software

17/07/2020 Digital radiography viewing software

Raising the bar in non-destructive testing (NDT) technology, the new Carestream NDT Industrex digital viewing software version 5.2 delivers a higher level of image resolution for digital radiography (DR), resulting in more accurate defect detection for NDT inspections.

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Multi-spectral dynamic imaging

17/07/2020 Multi-spectral dynamic imaging

FLIR Systems’ patented MSX® (Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging) technology adds visible light details to thermal images in real time, delivering greater clarity by embedding edge and outline detail onto thermal readings. Based on FLIR’s unique on-board processor, this innovative technology uses an internal digital camera to enhance thermal images in real time.

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RTA Rail Agency’s condition monitoring system

15/07/2020 RTA Rail Agency’s condition monitoring system

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Rail Agency has rolled out a remote asset condition monitoring system that uses a special algorithm to secure data on the condition of railway switches, cutting down the need for human interference.

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ACFM compliant array probe

14/07/2020 ACFM compliant array probe

As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions, Eddyfi Technologies has announced the launch of the Sensu 2 ACFM® compliant array probe for crack detection and sizing in ferritic welds, from its TSC product line.

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NSI moves to purpose-built imaging facility

13/07/2020 North Star Imaging moves to purpose-built imaging facility in California

North Star Imaging has announced the move of its West Coast Inspection Services business to a much larger testing facility in Aliso Viejo, California. The new facility provides more space for expansion, more warehousing for larger parts to be brought in for X-ray scanning services and more room to introduce new innovations as the business continues to grow.

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Outotec provides systems for grinding mills

10/07/2020 Outotec provides systems for grinding mills

Outotec is looking to maximise grinding mill availability with a new modular system that provides all control functions required for the safe operation of equipment and its associated lubrication systems, as well as continuous condition monitoring.

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Miniature controllers

09/07/2020 Miniature controllers

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has extended its range of miniature controllers for inductive displacement sensors with two new multi-channel models. Together, the complete range of controllers opens up a wide field of potential applications from test and development, machine building and automation tasks.

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Wenzel and Nikon Metrology enter distribution partnership

08/07/2020 Wenzel and Nikon Metrology enter distribution partnership

Nikon Metrology Europe and Wenzel have announced their new distribution partnership, which commenced in April 2020. The distribution partnership means that Wenzel became an official Nikon Metrology partner for the sales and distribution of Nikon Metrology laser scanning products in the European market.

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The Indigo 520 features a hardened glass touchscreen

07/07/2020 Vaisala unveils high-end industrial transmitter to enable world-class data and smart decisions

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental and industrial measurements, has introduced the new industrial-level Indigo 520 transmitter, which has been designed to bring extensive benefits and ease of use to demanding industrial applications.

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‘Vivid’ images for improved quality assurance of steel components

06/07/2020 ‘Vivid’ images for improved quality assurance of steel components

Parents-to-be are familiar with them – ultrasound images of their unborn child: pin sharp and brilliant, they convey an almost photorealistic level of detail and a deep impression of the child in the womb. The Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP is researching and developing a technology to bring this type of vivid image to industrial applications. As part of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), scientists at the research institute in Saarbrücken have started to develop a novel imaging method that will generate vivid images of microstructural changes and stress distributions in real time. This technology will provide significant information on the load capacity and lifetime of steel components in a completely new way.

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03/07/2020 National Science and Media Museum celebrates 50 years of MacRobert Award

This summer, the National Science and Media Museum was due to host a new temporary exhibition of photographs to celebrate 50 years of the MacRobert Award for engineering innovation. Due to the current circumstances the museum brought the exhibition online on 10 June 2020, so that as many people as possible could view these amazing images.


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AI self learning-enabled condition monitoring

02/07/2020 AI self learning-enabled condition monitoring

Following years of collaboration with Innovate UK and the University of Strathclyde on gathering data, running algorithms and profiling diesel generators, as well as spending a good deal of time on design development and testing, Datum Electronics has announced its artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled condition monitoring technology, aimed at improving fuel efficiency and reducing maintenance and operational costs.

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ETher NDE extends warranty on key EC flaw detectors

01/07/2020 ETher NDE extends warranty on key EC flaw detectors

ETher NDE has announced the extension of the standard manufacturer warranty period to three years on three of its leading eddy current flaw detectors: the WeldCheck series, the AeroCheck series and the ETherCheck range. The manufacturer’s warranty covers all components of the instrument and will only exclude customer damage or misuse.

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Engineering Council registration

25/06/2020 BINDT registration with the Engineering Council

As a member of The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing you can apply for engineering registration with the Engineering Council (EC).

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Virtual mock-up for NDE inspectors evolves

24/06/2020 Virtual mock-up for NDE inspectors evolves

Following the commercial release in September 2019 of this brand new product, TraiNDE UT keeps evolving and a new version is already available. TraiNDE UT v1.1 improves the user experience, especially in the management of the tactile interactivity on the virtual mock-up screen.

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Nominations open for Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

24/06/2020 Nominations open for Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Diverse, multi-faceted and continually evolving, engineering creates the solutions to global challenges and improves billions of lives. It has propelled us from our first use of stone tools to an era of artificial intelligence and space travel. From smartphones and fashion to medicine and energy, engineers have revolutionised the way we live and will play a pivotal role in addressing the challenges of our future.

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Vaisala takes its world-leading humidity measurements to the cloud

23/06/2020 Vaisala takes its world-leading humidity measurements to the cloud

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental and industrial measurements, has introduced a new cloud-based Vaisala Jade Smart Cloud system for professionals who want to access high-quality measurement data anywhere, at any time. The data can be viewed on the go, on either a mobile device, such as mobile phone or tablet, or on a PC or laptop. The Jade Smart Cloud is ideal for any structural moisture or ambient humidity measurement monitoring needs on the go, because it keeps users updated on critical measurements continuously.

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MHS introduces IoT-based predictive maintenance solution

23/06/2020 MHS introduces IoT-based predictive maintenance solution

MHS, a single-source provider of material handling automation and software solutions, has announced the launch of MHS Insights, a condition-based maintenance solution that monitors assets through Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and system data to provide timely maintenance recommendations and strategic health assessments.

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Graphite blocks in the core of an advanced gas-cooled reactor

19/06/2020 Jacobs selected by Radioactive Waste Management Ltd to study radioactivity in graphite nuclear reactor cores

The product line TCNF Plus addresses scientific and industrial applications with demand for the highest resolutions, down to 0.5 microns. X-RAY WorX has extended its TCNF Plus product line with the addition of two new models, the XWT-225-TCNF Plus and the XWT-240-TCNF Plus, with maximum voltages of 225 kV and 240 kV, respectively.

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The business value of digitalising industrial inspection processes

19/06/2020 The business value of digitalising industrial inspection processes

Industrial inspections, including asset integrity management, non-destructive testing (NDT), risk-based inspections and fitness-for-service evaluations, are inherently people-centric processes. Technicians and engineers are specially trained and skilled to conduct highly specialised and sometimes dangerous inspections that cannot be completed by machines alone. It is a service-driven business. As with all service-orientated businesses, operational efficiency, from customer relations and project management to billing and retention, is critical to success.

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Nanofocus X-ray tubes

18/06/2020 Nanofocus X-ray tubes

The product line TCNF Plus addresses scientific and industrial applications with demand for the highest resolutions, down to 0.5 microns. X-RAY WorX has extended its TCNF Plus product line with the addition of two new models, the XWT-225-TCNF Plus and the XWT-240-TCNF Plus, with maximum voltages of 225 kV and 240 kV, respectively.

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X-ray and CT system

18/06/2020 X-ray and CT system

Yxlon International has launched its completely new operating concept with the innovative universal X-ray and computed tomography (CT) system Yxlon UX20. Specialised X-ray knowledge is no longer mandatory. Now, even untrained personnel can easily achieve optimal inspection results. This is made possible by the award-winning Yxlon Geminy software platform, which combines all of the programs involved.

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sensemetrics signs IIoT partnership with YieldPoint

17/06/2020 sensemetrics signs IIoT partnership with YieldPoint

California-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cloud technology company sensemetrics has entered the underground mining market via a co-development and go-to-market partnership with Canadian instrumentation company YieldPoint.

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Trial of monitoring service for auxiliary marine machinery

17/06/2020 Trial of monitoring service for auxiliary marine machinery

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL) has announced that it will launch a trial of a new monitoring service for auxiliary marine machinery, jointly developed with Asahi Kasei Engineering Corporation.

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This is Engineering Day

16/06/2020 Academy calls on engineering community to show young people how they can ‘be the difference’

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has announced that it plans to lead a second ‘This is Engineering Day’ on Wednesday 4 November 2020 to celebrate the engineers and engineering shaping our everyday lives and the world around us. Working with EngineeringUK and partners across the profession, the initiative is central to the Academy’s This is Engineering campaign to give more young people, from all backgrounds, the opportunity to take up engineering careers. The event will form a key part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2020.

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Phoenix ISL joins forces with Eclipse Scientific

16/06/2020 Phoenix ISL joins forces with Eclipse Scientific to simplify phased array inspections

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has collaborated with Eclipse Scientific to enable customers to easily set-up their scan plans through the ES BeamTool 9 software. The latest software release provides customers with the ability to easily configure their Phoenix ISL phased array probes and wedges to ensure they have the best scanning coverage possible through great simulation.

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Eddy current controller

15/06/2020 Eddy current controller

The eddyNCDT 3070 is a new powerful eddy current measurement system from Micro-Epsilon that is suitable for high-precision displacement, distance, position, runout, extension, thermal expansion and oil film thickness measurements in harsh industrial environments. The system is designed to work with Micro-Epsilon’s range of subminiature sensors, which offer measuring ranges of less than 1 mm and measure to submicron accuracies at a frequency response up to 20 kHz.

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High-definition MWIR cameras

15/06/2020 High-definition MWIR cameras

Compact in design, FLIR Systems’ A8200sc and A8300sc mid-wave infrared (MWIR) cameras offer the speed and sensitivity that researchers need to capture rapid thermal events and record the most accurate temperature measurements.

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Flygt launches monitoring system

12/06/2020 Flygt launches monitoring system

Wastewater solutions company Flygt, a Xylem brand, has launched a pump monitoring system that offers precise station diagnostics and predictive analytics, ensuring the extended lifetime of a facility’s pumps.

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AVT Reliability introduces router enabling contactless data collection

12/06/2020 AVT Reliability introduces router enabling contactless data collection

Plant reliability specialist AVT Reliability® has enhanced its Machine Sentry® suite of cloud-based condition monitoring tools with the launch of its long-range low-energy Bluetooth® router, Gateway.

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Ellis Selkirk at Tweddle Engineering undertaking MPI

11/06/2020 Responsive NDT investment in staff sees new qualifications across the business

Four apprentices at Responsive NDT, based at Lillyhall near Workington, have successfully gained PCN Level 2 radiographic testing certification as part of their NVQ Level 3 qualifications.

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Nortest joins forces with TTS Systems

11/06/2020 Nortest joins forces with TTS Systems

Nortest, a supplier of polymer test equipment from Elastocon AB, Lambient Technologies LLC and Hildebrand GmbH, became TTS Nortest on 1 June 2020.

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Solar Team Twente is using Yokogawa’s WT5000

10/06/2020 How more accurate power analysis boosted a solar racing car’s range, speed and competitiveness

The Yokogawa WT5000 Precision Power Analyzer is being used by Solar Team Twente to maximise the team’s chances of winning the ultimate challenge for solar-powered racing cars, the biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

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09/06/2020 Grant for next-generation condition monitoring

Aker Solutions and Cognite have been awarded a US$2 million (approximately £1.6 million) grant from the California Energy Commission for a project called ‘NextWind Real-Time Condition Monitoring’.


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