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Carestream NDT partners with American Institute of NDT

22/10/2020 Carestream NDT partners with American Institute of NDT to offer Advanced Industrial Radiographic Training Academy

Two leaders in the non-destructive testing (NDT) industry are joining forces to provide new hands-on training for NDT technicians and companies who want to optimise their use of digital radiography (DR).

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22/10/2020 EU/International Recognition of PCN certification (UKAS Accreditation) from 1st January 2021

BINDT has become aware of rumours circulating suggesting that PCN certification will no longer be recognised from the beginning of 2021 (i.e. end of the Brexit transition period), which will impact upon the acceptability of certificates issued. There appears to be some confusion about the areas where recognition will cease, and we wish to clarify the situation, as follows.



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V-Guard Industries looks at predictive maintenance in plants

20/10/2020 V-Guard Industries looks at predictive maintenance in plants

Consumer electricals company V-Guard Industries has told its investors that major IT initiatives are to begin in the first quarter of 2021.

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MEMS capacitive accelerometers

20/10/2020 MEMS capacitive accelerometers

Silicon Designs of Kirkland, Washington, USA, which manufactures rugged commercial- and inertial-grade microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) capacitive accelerometers, has introduced its Model 2276 Series for zero-to-medium frequency aerospace and automotive testing, industrial vibration monitoring and robotics instrumentation applications.

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Optical µCMM machine on the road

19/10/2020 Optical µCMM machine on the road

Since the start of September, optical measurement equipment supplier Bruker Alicona has been on the road. Over a period of seven weeks, running through to November, Bruker will visit 20 cities in 14 states with a selection of its optical 3D form and roughness measuring systems. Each day, three to four exclusive demo slots are available in each city visited. The demos are subject to registration via the Bruker Alicona website. The event concept is designed to offer personalised demo sessions with comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures to protect the health of all participants. These measures include, among others, a limited number of visitors, strict adherence to the safety distance of 6 ft, compulsory use of masks and regular disinfection after each slot.

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ROSEN Group headed for hydrogen

19/10/2020 ROSEN Group headed for hydrogen

With more than 30 years of experience in pipeline integrity management, the ROSEN Group is investing in a new challenge to support operators in the transition towards a low-carbon future. The company has been developing a holistic approach for managing the integrity of hydrogen pipelines. This approach can be applied to the conversion of existing natural gas pipeline grids to hydrogen or used to new-build networks.

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Condition monitoring system for dredger

16/10/2020 Condition monitoring system for dredger

Bakker Sliedrecht has signed a contract with CCCC Guangzhou Dredging Company to supply a condition monitoring system to China’s largest trailing suction hopper dredger Jun Yang 1. The condition monitoring system, engineered in Sliedrecht, Netherlands, will be used for measuring the vibration of bearings in submersible motors and will be installed on site by sister company Bakker Zhangzhou.

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Pitstop joins the Geotab Marketplace

16/10/2020 Pitstop joins the Geotab Marketplace

Pitstop has announced the availability of its predictive maintenance solution on the Geotab Marketplace, a go-to source for organisations seeking to better manage their fleets.

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AVT Reliability achieves RoSPA Gold Award

15/10/2020 AVT Reliability achieves RoSPA Gold Award for third consecutive year

AVT Reliability® has achieved a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award  – the toughest health and safety award in the world – for the third year in succession.

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COVID-19 widens gender gap on engineering career choices

15/10/2020 COVID-19 widens gender gap on engineering career choices

The gender gap in the engineering sector has always been present, women make up just 12% of the engineering workforce, but new research from EngineeringUK suggests that, for young people in particular, the COVID-19 pandemic is deepening gender differences in career aspirations in engineering and technology.

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Mixed signal oscilloscope

14/10/2020 Mixed signal oscilloscope

Yokogawa has launched the DLM5000, a new-generation mixed signal oscilloscope with options for four or eight analogue inputs. The new oscilloscope is the successor to the previous eight-channel DLM4000. With redesigned hardware, the DLM5000 offers major improvements in both performance and operability, including a sampling rate double that of the DLM4000.

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Compact digital radiography detector

14/10/2020 Compact digital radiography detector

Carestream’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) group has added another product to its family of digital radiography (DR) products: the HPX-DR 2530 high-resolution compact detector. The detector has a resolution of 98 μm, for a higher level of defect detection and analysis.

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Brüel & Kjær Vibro reaches milestone

13/10/2020 Brüel & Kjær Vibro reaches milestone

Brüel & Kjær Vibro has reached the milestone of 30,000 next-generation diagnostic data acquisition unit (DDAU) condition monitoring platforms sold to the wind turbine generator market.

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Endress+Hauser commended by Frost & Sullivan

13/10/2020 Endress+Hauser commended by Frost & Sullivan

Based on its recent analysis of the global liquid analyser market, Frost & Sullivan has recognised Endress+Hauser with the 2020 Global Company of the Year Award for its robust product line, customer-centric approach and industry-leading expertise. The company is one of the top five competitors in the water analysis instrumentation market and is said to be the undisputed market leader for pH sensors.

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Lavender International launches online pre-learning platform for Level 2 courses

12/10/2020 Lavender International launches online pre-learning platform for Level 2 courses

Lavender International has announced the launch of a new online pre-learning platform for a number of its Level 2 courses.

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AOS/TPAC appoint UK sales agent

12/10/2020 AOS/TPAC appoint UK sales agent

The Phased Array Company (TPAC) has appointed Dr Annabel Dance as its Sales Agent for the UK. TPAC is a premier provider of advanced ultrasonic hardware for phased array (PA), full matrix capture (FMC) and multi-channel conventional ultrasonic testing (UT) inspections.

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Portable X-ray detectors

08/10/2020 Portable X-ray detectors

Waygate Technologies (formerly GE Inspection Technologies), a world leader in industrial inspection solutions, has launched two new portable X-ray detectors from its DXR digital X-ray family to ensure the safety, quality and productivity of its customers’ complex products and processes. The DXR140P-HC and DXR75P-HR direct radiography detectors combine the latest technological advances with extensive customer feedback and offer high-quality efficient imaging, as well as thorough protection for use in harsh environments. Both devices can now be ordered for product demonstrations.

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High-definition thermal science cameras

08/10/2020 High-definition thermal science cameras

FLIR Systems has announced the FLIR A8580 series of entry-level cooled high-definition thermal science cameras, designed for a wide range of industrial, military, science and product research and development (R&D) applications.

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Onyx InSight to retrofit turbines

07/10/2020 Onyx InSight to retrofit turbines

Onyx InSight, a provider of predictive maintenance solutions to the wind industry, has teamed up with European renewable power producer Ventient Energy to optimise output and extend the life of a large fleet of the UK’s onshore turbines with new technology.

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Bosch Sensortec releases new longevity programme

07/10/2020 Bosch Sensortec releases new longevity programme

Bosch Sensortec has announced it is launching a longevity programme. The company is doing so to help meet the needs of industrial applications.

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Olympus and Metal Analysis Group to deliver API RP 578 training

06/10/2020 Olympus and Metal Analysis Group to deliver API RP 578 training

Olympus and Metal Analysis Group have announced a collaboration to offer API RP 578 global training courses for alloy verification and positive material identification (PMI) experts who want to sharpen their skills, advance their careers or earn their certificate of completion.

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Sarcos Robotics names MFE Rentals official partner for remote visual inspection robot

06/10/2020 Sarcos Robotics names MFE Rentals official partner for remote visual inspection robot

Sarcos Robotics and MFE Rentals have announced a partnership, giving MFE Rentals’ customers premier access to the innovative, award-winning Guardian® S robotic crawler system, a compact multi-purpose remote visual inspection tool designed to traverse challenging terrain while maintaining real-time two-way video, voice and data communication.

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New world-leading research facility for lab-based X-ray computed tomography

05/10/2020 New world-leading research facility for lab-based X-ray computed tomography

A new National Research Facility (NRF), which represents a £10 million investment over five years from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in laboratory-based X-ray computed tomography (CT), is set to launch in November this year.

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The Raman probe can take measurements in highly radioactive environments

05/10/2020 Jacobs deploys scientific breakthrough in radioactive and hazardous substance contamination monitoring

Jacobs is deploying a new type of Raman spectroscopy technology, which makes it safer and cheaper to spot radioactive contamination or other hazardous substances in waste stores and nuclear facilities undergoing decommissioning.

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Condition monitoring in flood prevention

02/10/2020 Condition monitoring in flood prevention

Floods are a major challenge for many countries today. Over the last few years, the UK has suffered badly from a series of violent storms that have caused widespread flooding, both in terms of coastal areas and river floods. Industry experts predict that due to the effects of climate change, these types of storm are likely to continue over the next decade and beyond, with the economic cost to the UK being as high as £6 billion.

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PSG and Pexa unite

01/10/2020 PSG and Pexa unite as Addev Materials Aerospace & Defense

In 2019, Pexa and PSG, both part of the Graytone Group and leading distributors of surface finishing materials and chemicals to the aerospace industry, were acquired by Addev Materials, the French-owned international specialist in chemicals distribution and custom packaging.

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Industry heavyweight joins Novosound to drive international growth strategy

01/10/2020 Industry heavyweight joins Novosound to drive international growth strategy

In 2019, Pexa and PSG, both part of the Graytone Group and leading distributors of surface finishing materials and chemicals to the aerospace industry, were acquired by Addev Materials, the French-owned international specialist in chemicals distribution and custom packaging.

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01/10/2020 BINDT Statement on Brexit

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) means that we must meet the challenges that this decision will bring and, as the deadline for exiting the EU approaches, we recognise that a number of parties will understandably be concerned. These include our corporate and individual members, as well as the holders of PCN certification and their employers.


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Israeli sensor start-up

30/09/2020 Israeli sensor start-up

Merck KGaA, from Darmstadt, Germany, has announced the first commercial product from Feelit, based in Haifa, Israel.

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Vibration sensor for industrial systems

30/09/2020 Vibration sensor for industrial systems

Mouser Electronics Inc, a new product introduction (NPI) distributor with a large selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the ADcmXL1021-1 vibration sensor from Analog Devices Inc.

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Expert Insight’s expanding options

29/09/2020 Expert Insight’s expanding options

Wärtsilä, from Finland, has revealed that its digital predictive maintenance product is now being offered to support two-stroke engines and will be available for scrubbers at a later date.

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Yokogawa’s new solution

29/09/2020 Yokogawa’s new solution

Yokogawa Corporation of America has announced the release in North America of its Sushi Sensor, an OpreX™ Asset Management and Integrity wireless solution, with advanced artificial intelligence analytics via GA10 software that make it ideal for Industrial Internet of Things plant asset management (PAM) applications.

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SKF Enlight ProCollect supports lubrication management

28/09/2020 SKF Enlight ProCollect supports lubrication management

SKF has extended the capability of its Enlight ProCollect portable data collection system, enabling maintenance engineers to plan lubrication routes around a factory or process operation.

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Water company completes remote monitoring trial

28/09/2020 Water company completes remote monitoring trial

Anglian Water has completed a successful trial with 8power, using remote condition monitoring sensors and analytic services at some of its large water pumping assets. The next stage of the project will see multiple Anglian Water sites monitored with the latest generation of 8power sensors.

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BladeSave’s wind turbine condition monitoring

28/09/2020 BladeSave’s wind turbine condition monitoring

In order to develop and validate a condition monitoring system for wind turbine blades, five companies, including TWI, Renewable Advice, EWT, Halliburton and ASSIST, have formed the BladeSave consortium to combine their expertise in structural health monitoring (SHM) and fibre-optic sensing technology, as well as management software that incorporates risk-based blade data analysis.

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3D white light scanner

25/09/2020 3D white light scanner

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable and automated 3D measurement solutions, has announced that the Go!SCAN 3D has been added to the company’s line-up of non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies for the oil & gas industry.

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IMechE Argyll Ruane Level 3 Services working smart during the pandemic

24/09/2020 IMechE Argyll Ruane Level 3 Services working smart during the pandemic

Established in February 1999 by David Griffin, IMechE Argyll Ruane’s Level 3 Services department offers NDT support and services to the aerospace, oil & gas, petrochemical, medical and automotive industries, to name but a few.

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the FLIR GF77a Gas Find IR camera

24/09/2020 Optical gas imaging camera

FLIR Systems has announced the FLIR GF77a Gas Find IR camera, its first uncooled fixed-mount autonomous leak detection camera designed specifically to visualise methane and other industrial gases.

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Image analysis software

24/09/2020 Image analysis software

Olympus, a leading manufacturer of industrial microscopes, is improving the efficiency of non-metallic inclusion analysis for steel manufacturers that use Olympus Stream™ image analysis software. The newly released Olympus Stream version 2.4.3 enables users to more precisely choose the areas of the sample they wish to analyse, helping speed up the inspection process for high-purity steel. New line measurement features also ease the process of capturing multiple line measurements on a sample for cleaner reporting.

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Reactec raises funds to develop monitoring kit

23/09/2020 Reactec raises funds to develop monitoring kit

Reactec, an industrial vibration monitoring company based in Edinburgh, UK, has raised £700,000 for the ongoing development of its monitoring technology, including a pioneering social distancing device.

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An industry first for commercial fleet managers

23/09/2020 An industry first for commercial fleet managers

Garrett Motion Inc, a differentiated technology provider to the automotive industry, has developed the Garrett Early Warning System (EWS) software to focus the power of both physics and artificial intelligence (AI) into an aftermarket tool benefiting global commercial fleet managers.

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Mixed-reality pipeline inspection

22/09/2020 Mixed-reality pipeline inspection

Quasset, a company that provides modern and practical asset management solutions, has announced the launch of HoloGrid, a mixed-reality application to create 3D grids.

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X-ray time delay integration camera

22/09/2020 X-ray time delay integration camera

Hamamatsu Photonics has developed an X-ray time delay integration (TDI) camera, model C15400-30-50A, which offers enhanced sensitivity to low-energy X-rays through the application of a new technique. This X-ray TDI camera provides sharp high-contrast X-ray images of thin objects such as thin aluminium sheets and light-element materials, including carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and is expected to improve accuracy in in-line non-destructive inspection of foodstuffs, industrial products, etc.

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Transforming NDT

21/09/2020 Transforming NDT with industrial demands and global transformation requirements

In an ever-changing inspection environment that demands a specific and efficient reaction to the needs of clients, inspection technologies are required to evolve with that trend. In order to remain customer focused and meet the demands of the changing landscape, Applus+ is developing new and innovative ways to adapt to those changes.
Grant Meredith, Technical Manager at Applus+ Australia, explains…

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The Petasense VM3

18/09/2020 Petasense launches new smart sensor

Petasense, a Silicon Valley-based, venture-backed leader in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has announced the launch of the patented Vibration Mote Model 3 (VM3). Petasense’s Asset Reliability & Optimization (ARO) system includes plug-and-play wireless sensors and predictive analytics software to provide real-time insights into asset health.

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AI-embedded computers receive ECE-R10 type approval

18/09/2020 AI-embedded computers receive ECE-R10 type approval

Syslogic manufactures embedded computers that are used in vehicles and mobile systems. The computers are often used as a vehicle control unit (VCU). The latest vehicle computers are based on NVIDIA’s artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled Jetson AGX Xavier modules. For this product range, Syslogic just received the type approval according to ECE R10, also known as E-mark. Moreover, Syslogic also meets EMC industry standard ISO 7637 for road vehicles.

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BINDT announces 2019 CM Innovation Award winner

17/09/2020 BINDT announces 2019 CM Innovation Award winner

BINDT’s CM Innovation Award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to technology innovation, technology transfer or technology strategy in the field of condition monitoring (CM). This prestigious prize is awarded each year by the British Institute of NDT’s Condition Monitoring Technical Committee (CMTC).

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Next-generation condition monitoring field device

16/09/2020 Next-generation condition monitoring field device

Brüel & Kjær Vibro GmbH has introduced a next-generation VCM-3 condition monitoring platform designed to increase the uptime and reduce the overall lifecycle costs of pumps, fans, motors, gearboxes and many other types of machine, while increasing reliability.

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Academy sets target to elect half of all new Fellows from groups currently under-represented in the Fellowship

16/09/2020 Academy sets target to elect half of all new Fellows from groups currently under-represented in the Fellowship

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has launched a campaign aimed at delivering a Fellowship that is ‘fit for the future’ by the time it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2026. This is defined as a Fellowship that embodies the full breadth and diversity of engineering excellence.

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Composites Virtual Summit: a free online meeting place for the composites industry

15/09/2020 Composites Virtual Summit: a free online meeting place for the composites industry

AMI has announced the launch of its free-to-attend Composites Virtual Summit, taking place 19-22 October 2020. This four-day online conference will bring together stakeholders from across the composites supply chain to discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

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