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CAN strengthens international presence with contract award in Angola

21/06/2021 CAN strengthens international presence with contract award in Angola

CAN Group has announced the award of a substantial contract with a major oil and gas operator in Angola, further strengthening its international presence.

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IMechE Fife NDT will open in July 2021

21/06/2021 Scotland’s new training school

IMechE Fife NDT will be opening its doors in July 2021, offering a full range of courses, including MT, PT, VT, WI, RI and UT. Based in Dunfermline, it is also said to be the first training school in Scotland to offer the advanced courses of ET, TOFD and PAUT.

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Monitoring technology for earthquake-prone regions

16/06/2021 Monitoring technology for earthquake-prone regions

California-based QuakeLogic and SignaGuard have announced the development of a breakthrough process that combines the proprietary technology of both companies for structural health monitoring in earthquake-prone regions such as the Himalayas.

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Pipe elbow inspection scanner

15/06/2021 Pipe elbow inspection scanner

Zetec Inc, a global leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) technology, has introduced the ElbowFlex™ scanner for quick manual ultrasonic inspections of pipe elbows in oil & gas, petrochemical, power generation, manufacturing and other industrial applications.

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Growth in global industrial vibration and condition monitoring markets

14/06/2021 Growth in global industrial vibration and condition monitoring markets

Technavio has announced the release of its two latest reports. The first, on the industrial vibration sensor market, is segmented by product (displacement sensor, acceleration sensor and velocity sensor), end-user (process industries and discrete industries) and geography (Asia-Pacific (APAC), Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South America). The report offers an in-depth analysis of recent developments, changes in market regulations, product approvals, product launches and the market behaviour across various segments.

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There are now several Finnish measurement instruments on Mars

14/06/2021 NASA’s Perseverance rover commences cutting-edge scientific measurements on Mars with Finnish equipment

The USA National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Perseverance rover has now spent its first few months on the surface of Mars. The testing and deployment phase is proceeding well and, after the first technology demonstration with the Ingenuity helicopter, the rover is commencing the continuous scientific measurements. With the arrival of the humidity and pressure measurement instruments on board Perseverance, the first meteorological network on another planet is being created.

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Ashtead Technology awarded funding for unmanned digital twinning project

11/06/2021 Ashtead Technology awarded funding for unmanned digital twinning project

Welaptega, an Ashtead Technology company, has launched a US$500,000 (approximately £355,000) initiative to develop a product to enable digital twinning of underwater infrastructure without the need for offshore personnel.

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Element expands further into German calibration market with KDK acquisition

11/06/2021 Element expands further into German calibration market with KDK acquisition

Element Materials Technology (Element) has acquired Kalibrierdienst Kopp GmbH (KDK), a market-leading calibration and measurement services provider, significantly strengthening the Group’s calibration business in Germany.

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Dual-element transducers

10/06/2021 Dual-element transducers

Olympus’s new DC series (DC1 to DC5) dual-element transducers provide inspectors with a complete corrosion monitoring toolbox for pipeline and tank integrity. Optimised for corrosion and thin materials, the transducers work with the non-destructive testing instruments and ultrasonic inspection procedures used in the oil & gas, energy and mining industries.

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Phased array instrument

10/06/2021 Phased array instrument

The MicroPulse 6PA 128/256 is the latest mains-powered phased array instrument from Peak NDT. The system has retained the existing MicroPulse command language and data reporting structures; therefore, this can be a seamless upgrade from the MicroPulse 5.

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Lavender International launches new TFM training course

09/06/2021 Lavender International launches new TFM training course

As a global provider of NDT training, Lavender International is expanding its advanced ultrasonic course offering by introducing a new total focusing method (TFM) course.

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Schaeffler and Siemens to cooperate on intelligent diagnostics for drive systems

08/06/2021 Schaeffler and Siemens to cooperate on intelligent diagnostics for drive systems

Electric motors drive core industrial processes and the rolling bearing is their central mechanical component. The bearings experience all of the loads and stresses that occur in the electric motor. Therefore, bearing diagnostics provide a crucial indicator of the overall condition and reliability of a motor. In addition to developing a portfolio of condition monitoring solutions for operators, the automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is also working with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers such as Siemens on joint offerings to increase the availability of machinery and equipment.

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Hitachi Rail acquires Perpetuum

08/06/2021 Hitachi Rail acquires Perpetuum

Hitachi Rail has completed its acquisition of digital technology company Perpetuum, which will give Hitachi a broader portfolio of maintenance services.

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19 LK Metrology CMMs equipped with a Revo tactile scanning head are in use at the USA transmission plant of a global automotive manufacturing group

03/06/2021 Inspection times halved at vehicle transmissions manufacturer

At the USA transmission plant of a global automotive manufacturing group, component inspection times have been reduced by half or more following the decision to partner with LK Metrology Inc, which has upgraded all of the on-site computer numerical control (CNC) coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to use five-axis scanning technology in addition to touch probing. The metrology company, based in Brighton, Michigan, is the USA subsidiary of British CMM manufacturer LK Metrology Ltd, which built 19 of the 26 CMMs in use at the USA factory. Two are on the shop floor, while the others are installed in five different quality control (QC) rooms.

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Offshore wind turbine maintenance and repair can be challenging

03/06/2021 New £1.6 million project to develop autonomous fleet of drones for offshore wind farm inspection

A swarm of drones might soon take the place of humans dangling on ropes to carry out routine close-up safety inspections of offshore wind turbines.

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The project aims to develop an automated data processing procedure for verification of detected wind turbine blade defects

01/06/2021 DNV and partners launch new research project to develop automated verification of offshore wind turbine inspection results

DNV has launched a new collaborative research project to develop an automated data processing procedure for verification of detected wind turbine blade defects, with the aim of building trust and generating broader acceptance of automated data processing techniques across the industry and to inform future regulation.

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Online vibration monitoring system upgrade

27/05/2021 Online vibration monitoring system upgrade

SPM Instrument AB has received an order for a total of 154 sensors for the replacement of an older SPM system on the drive side of the drying section on Hallsta’s PM12 paper machine in Sweden.

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SKF given excellence award

27/05/2021 SKF given excellence award

The SKF Cooper sealed split spherical roller bearing, said to be the only sealed split spherical roller bearing currently on the market, has earned a 2020 Manufacturer Excellence Award for Innovation in Product Design from the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA). This the third BSA Manufacturer Excellence Award for SKF. The company was honoured in 2019 for the SKF Pulse vibration sensor and mobile app and in 2017 for the SKF Multilog On-line System.

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Onyx Insight signs wind farm deal

27/05/2021 Onyx Insight signs wind farm deal

Data analytics company Onyx InSight has been selected by Eurus to monitor and analyse the health and performance of 33 wind turbines at two wind farms in Japan.

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Join the Big Engineering Conversation to drive change

26/05/2021 Join the Big Engineering Conversation to drive change

EngineeringUK is inviting the engineering community to take part in the Big Engineering Conversation, a new campaign to encourage discussion and realise the ambition to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering.

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A Uganda Airlines A330neo powered by the Trent 7000

26/05/2021 Rolls-Royce announces service agreement with Uganda Airlines

Rolls-Royce has signed a TotalCare® agreement with new customer Uganda Airlines for their two new Airbus A330neo aircraft powered exclusively by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. Uganda Airlines received the first A330neo in December 2020 and the second in January 2021.

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Applus+ acquires Inecosa and Adícora from Iberdrola

25/05/2021 Applus+ acquires Inecosa and Adícora from Iberdrola

Applus+, a global testing, inspection and certification company, has announced the acquisition of 100% of Inecosa and Adícora, which are two separate subsidiary companies of the Iberdrola Group. The two companies will form part of the Energy & Industry division of Applus+.

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LK Metrology has been focusing on R&D to enhance its range and introduce new products

25/05/2021 LK Metrology optimistic after three years of independence

LK Metrology, the Derbyshire, UK-based coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer, is this year celebrating its 58th anniversary as a fully independent company once again, following a change of ownership in 2018. The company pioneered CMM technology and its name is linked to numerous innovations, such as ceramic bridge design, air bearing and granite guideways, carbon fibre composite spindles and horizontal-arm coordinate measuring.

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Wärtsilä provides support for Siem Offshore vessels

24/05/2021 Wärtsilä provides support for Siem Offshore vessels

Finland-based company Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with Siem Offshore covering reduction in emissions and predictive maintenance for two well intervention vessels.

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Schaeffler receives Red Dot Design Award in two categories with OPTIME

24/05/2021 Schaeffler receives Red Dot Design Award in two categories with OPTIME

The innovative condition monitoring solution OPTIME is a winner of this year’s Red Dot Design Award in two categories. A jury composed of designers, professors and journalists from various specialist fields awarded OPTIME in the categories of ‘Smart Product’ and ‘Industrial Design’, thus confirming the outstanding product design, functional configuration and high level of innovation demonstrated by the digital service solution from Schaeffler.

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Teledyne e2v and Yumain announce collaboration to create AI-based imaging solutions for machine vision

20/05/2021 Teledyne e2v and Yumain announce collaboration to create AI-based imaging solutions for machine vision

Teledyne e2v, a Teledyne Technologies company and global innovator of imaging solutions, has announced a new technology and industrial collaboration with Yumain, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) vision solutions provider serving a broad range of industrial applications. Together, the companies will develop cutting-edge bio-inspired vision solutions that can enable innovation in industrial applications.

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In-line XRF analyser

20/05/2021 In-line XRF analyser

The new Vanta iX in-line X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyser automates material analysis and alloy ID on the manufacturing line, delivering instant results for real-time process monitoring and 100% inspection. Designed to operate 24/7, the analyser streamlines quality inspections for metal fabrication and geoprocessing.

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Screening Eagle Technologies welcomes new Chief Sales Officer

18/05/2021 Screening Eagle Technologies welcomes new Chief Sales Officer

Screening Eagle Technologies is excited to welcome Darren Burford to its leadership team in the newly created position of Chief Sales Officer.

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CAN is one of the first companies to gain DNVGL approval for remote inspection of hull structures

18/05/2021 CAN secures DNVGL approval for remote inspection techniques

CAN Group has announced that it has received approval from DNVGL to provide remote inspection techniques as an alternative inspection solution for the classification surveys of the structures of ships and mobile offshore units.

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Norway’s many fjords, glaciers and mountains make travelling without natural obstacles a challenge

13/05/2021 FLIR dual-vision cameras for automatic incident detection keep Norwegian tunnels safe

FLIR was selected to provide intelligent dual-vision cameras with embedded automatic incident detection (AID) to be installed in the new Hundvåg and Eiganes tunnels in Norway. The cameras now alert tunnel operators on a variety of possible traffic incidents, including stopped vehicles, lost cargo and pedestrians, allowing emergency services to react quickly.

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Tecnitest has tailored its automatic UT part inspection system to the needs of CERN’s Group for Mechanical and Materials Engineering

11/05/2021 Baugh & Weedon partner Tecnitest successfully completes installation of automated UT part inspection system at CERN

Tecnitest Ingenieros SL has successfully completed the development and installation of an automatic ultrasonic (UT) part inspection system for the non-destructive testing (NDT) service at CERN’s Group for Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

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Bilfinger has secured a new contract with Altera Infrastructure to extend its existing service delivery

10/05/2021 Altera Infrastructure contract award bolsters Bilfinger’s inspection growth strategy

Leading operations, maintenance and asset integrity contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has secured a three-year global support contract to provide offshore execution services, including inspection and enactment services, to Altera Infrastructure Production AS.

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Conservation-quality 3D scanning platform for commercial art world launched

07/05/2021 Conservation-quality 3D scanning platform for commercial art world launched

Arius Technology Inc, a world-leading art technology company, has partnered with Crozier, a global leader in fine arts logistics and an Iron Mountain business, to provide clients with ultra-high-resolution imaging previously unavailable to the commercial art world. The core of the technology, known as the Art Digital Master File (ADMF™) platform, will transform analytics, documentation and visualisation of art, bringing art collectors into the digital age of art preservation and stewardship.

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RAEng President comments on ODA and Horizon Europe funding

07/05/2021 RAEng President comments on ODA and Horizon Europe funding

Commenting on the importance of maintaining funding for research and innovation and international partnerships, Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), said: “World-leading scientific research coupled with engineering innovation provides the lifeblood of economic success in the modern world and international cooperation is essential for the success of Global Britain. While economic circumstances are challenging, it was very disappointing that research and innovation programmes suffered severely when international development expenditure was reduced from 0.7% to 0.5% of UK gross national income (GNI), despite appeals from across the charity and research sectors to the Foreign Secretary.

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Brüel & Kjær Vibro acquired by NSK

06/05/2021 Brüel & Kjær Vibro acquired by NSK

Brüel & Kjær Vibro (B&K Vibro), a leading independent supplier of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery, has been acquired by NSK, a global organisation specialising in the research, design and manufacture of motion and control solutions.

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Ynvisible and SpotSee announce collaboration

06/05/2021 Ynvisible and SpotSee announce collaboration

Ynvisible Interactive Inc, located in Vancouver, Canada, has announced its first customer collaboration to bring new temperature indication solutions to market with Dallas-based SpotSee, a global provider of shock, vibration and temperature monitoring through low-cost connectivity and data. Both companies are partners in the CHARISMA project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme.

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Baker Hughes signs agreement to acquire ARMS Reliability

04/05/2021 Baker Hughes signs agreement to acquire ARMS Reliability

Baker Hughes has announced it is acquiring ARMS Reliability, a leading global provider of reliability solutions to some of the world’s largest industrial companies across a wide range of industries including mining, oil & gas, power, manufacturing and utilities. The acquisition deepens Baker Hughes’ industrial asset performance management (APM) capabilities and will expand the company’s industrial asset management offerings.

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ABS Consulting brings ultrasonic testing technology developed for NASA to offshore assets

04/05/2021 ABS Consulting brings ultrasonic testing technology developed for NASA to offshore assets

ABSG Consulting Inc (ABS Consulting) has signed an exclusive global licensing agreement to offer an innovative ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT) solution that supports the expanded use of composite materials on offshore assets to extend service life.

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IIoT solution optimises uptime

29/04/2021 IIoT solution optimises uptime

Svendborg Brakes says that its newly launched Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution is empowering the mining industry to boost its operations.

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Roll service and condition monitoring agreement extended

28/04/2021 Roll service and condition monitoring agreement extended

Valmet and Shanying International Holdings Co Ltd have signed an agreement for an additional three years of Valmet’s roll maintenance and condition monitoring services at the company’s Anhui mill in China.

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Bolt condition monitoring

27/04/2021 Bolt condition monitoring

Valley Forge & Bolt, based in Phoenix, USA, is taking its SPC4® Load Indicating Technology to a new level with the UHF Band RTM™ Meter, a wireless bolt monitoring system.

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AI software for CNC machine tool monitoring

27/04/2021 AI software for CNC machine tool monitoring

Switzerland-based NUM has launched artificial intelligence (AI) software that provides computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool users with condition monitoring capabilities.

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New vibration energy-harvesting generators

26/04/2021 New vibration energy-harvesting generators

Replacing batteries in Internet of Things (IoT) devices is said to be the number one problem limiting the exponential adoption of the IoT. This is driving significant developments in ultra-low-power microprocessors, new IoT-centric communication standards, ‘always awake’ smart sensors and energy harvesting. Xidas claims to have revolutionised energy harvesting for Industrial IoT by releasing the industry’s first high-power-output, vibration-based energy-harvesting generator (the VEG series) in a small footprint, with prices similar to those of industrial batteries.

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The Vibrostore 100

26/04/2021 Brüel & Kjær introduces Vibrostore 100

Brüel & Kjær (B&K) Vibro has launched Vibrostore 100, a palm-sized device that provides vibration level and bearing wear monitoring for balance-of-plant machines at the push of a button.

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Airbus support for RAAF

21/04/2021 Airbus support for RAAF

Airbus Defence & Space has secured a contract from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to use data analytics to better support the air refuelling boom system used by the service’s A330 multi-role tanker transports (MRTTs).

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ADI’s CBM development platform

21/04/2021 ADI’s CBM development platform

Analog Devices (ADI) in Massachusetts, USA, has introduced a condition-based monitoring (CBM) development platform designed to help accelerate condition monitoring hardware, software and algorithm development.

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X-ray detector

19/04/2021 X-ray detector

Bruker Corporation, a global market leader in X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrumentation, and Dectris, a technology leader in hybrid photon counting (HPC) detectors for laboratory instrumentation and synchrotron beamlines, have introduced the Eiger2 R 250K X-ray detector, the latest member in the Eiger2 R series of HPC pixel detectors.

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Breakthrough electric utility predictive analytics

19/04/2021 Breakthrough electric utility predictive analytics

Koch Engineered Solutions (KES) companies Sentient Energy and OnPoint Digital Solutions have announced a partnership that combines their deep domain expertise and complementary capabilities to create targeted predictive analytics outcomes for electric utilities. The companies claim that the collaboration brings together extensive electrical, environmental and other situational data with the speed and machine learning power of performance analytics to produce a uniquely valuable grid management tool.

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SpotSee acquisition

16/04/2021 SpotSee acquisition

SpotSee, a global leader in supply chain condition monitoring through its ShockLog, ShockWatch, ShockWatch RFID, TiltWatch and WarmMark brands and connectivity solutions, has announced that it has acquired TMC Hallcrest and LCR Hallcrest, two global leaders in temperature monitoring products and indicators.

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Gram & Juhl’s new cloud platform

16/04/2021 Gram & Juhl’s new cloud platform

KK Wind Solutions subsidiary Gram & Juhl, located in Vojens, Denmark, has added a cloud platform to its Turbine Condition Monitoring (TCM) portfolio.

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