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Dutch Rail employs predictive maintenance

28/02/2019 Dutch Rail employs predictive maintenance

Engineers in the Netherlands have improved rail reliability by taking a new predictive approach to track maintenance.

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New inertial measurement unit

28/02/2019 New inertial measurement unit

STMicroelectronics has introduced the ISM330DLC six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), which extends the company’s family of ultra low-power microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors for industrial applications.

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New inertial measurement unit

28/02/2019 Onyx secures new contracts

STMicroelectronics has introduced the ISM330DLC six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), which extends the company’s family of ultra low-power microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors for industrial applications.

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Outstanding calibre of finalists revealed for 2019 Offshore Achievement Awards

27/02/2019 Outstanding calibre of finalists revealed for 2019 Offshore Achievement Awards

Finalists for the Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA), supported by principal sponsor TAQA, have been revealed.

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Thomas Wenzel will lead Yxlon International

27/02/2019 Thomas Wenzel will lead Yxlon International

The Board of Directors of the Comet Group has appointed Thomas Wenzel as Head of the X-Ray Systems (IXS) Division, General Manager of Yxlon International and member of the Executive Committee of the Comet Group, which came into effect in December 2018. Following a comprehensive evaluation process, the Comet Group has thus selected an in-house candidate with 25 years of experience in the X-ray systems business.

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TCS partners with SAP

27/02/2019 TCS partners with SAP

India-based IT services and consulting firm Tata Consultancy Services (TSC) has partnered with SAP to develop Intelligent Rail Digital Maintenance (iRDM), which is powered by SAP Leonardo.

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Metso partners with Rockwell Automation

26/02/2019 Metso partners with Rockwell Automation

Metso Mining has collaborated with Rockwell Automation to introduce a predictive maintenance solution for the mining industry.

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Safety PLC with fail-safe condition monitoring

26/02/2019 Safety PLC with fail-safe condition monitoring

ABB has developed what it claims is the world’s first safety programmable logic controller (PLC) with integrated condition monitoring. It claims the combination will enhance the functional safety of applications and reduce the need for manual inspections and maintenance.

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ADI focuses on industry 4.0

26/02/2019 ADI focuses on industry 4.0

Analog Devices Inc (ADI) is targeting industrial original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a cluster of Industry 4.0 announcements.

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Validating rocket thermal protection before a space-shot launch

25/02/2019 Validating rocket thermal protection before a space-shot launch

FLIR Systems has reported on how the University of Southern California (USC) Rocket Propulsion Lab has used a FLIR T540 thermal camera to provide valuable data at a level unattainable with thermocouples to measure the performance of rocket thermal protection systems during engine firing.

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Yokogawa adds to OpreX Control and Safety System

22/02/2019 Yokogawa adds to OpreX Control and Safety System

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it has developed a software platform that enables software packages to run on general-purpose computers in a redundant configuration, which it has added to its OpreX™ Control and Safety System family. This redundancy software will help to raise the availability of all of the solutions that make up Yokogawa’s OpreX Control category of systems, software and devices. By making a system redundant, high availability can be achieved. The first software packages based on this platform will be released in March. These are the ‘Exaopc OPC interface package’ and the ‘Exapilot operation efficiency improvement package’.

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AssetMinder includes vibration sensors

22/02/2019 AssetMinder includes vibration sensors

InVMA’s AssetMinder turnkey asset performance management platform has been enhanced to include high-frequency vibration sensors that measure vibration levels and temperature.

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FRP Advisory secures future of Bloodhound project

21/02/2019 FRP Advisory secures future of Bloodhound project

On 7 December 2018, Andrew Sheridan and Geoff Rowley, joint administrators of Bloodhound Programme Ltd, the company behind Project Bloodhound, the initiative to reach 1000 mph in a land vehicle, announced that efforts to secure an investor to take the project forward had not been successful.

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Portable ultrasonic inspection solution

19/02/2019 Portable ultrasonic inspection solution

Active with key industry players for 60 years, Sonatest, a leading ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT) manufacturer, has delivered its new generation of the popular RapidScan product family, the RSflite. Complemented by the agile WheelProbe2 linear array probe and the newly-developed UTmap stitching and analysis software, this latest Sonatest solution sets a new standard of performance, portability and efficiency for the inspection of simple to complex composite structures.

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SpotSee expands utility of SpotBot

18/02/2019 SpotSee expands utility of SpotBot impact monitoring device

SpotSee, a global provider of shock and vibration monitoring through low-cost connectivity and data, has added temperature threshold monitoring to its leading impact monitoring device, SpotBot™ Cellular, bringing even more supply-chain data and transparency to the fingertips of its users.

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Pexa establishes presence in India

18/02/2019 Pexa establishes presence in India

After three years of supplying high-tech surface coatings to India’s fast-growing aerospace industry from its UK base, Pexa has now established its own company and premises in India. Pexa Aerospace Materials Pvt Ltd is located in South Bangalore, close to India’s main centres of aerospace production. This new facility will be a full player in the local market, receiving goods in bulk and splitting them down for local supply, stocking products to support customer programmes and moving further into value-adding activities such as product mixing. In addition, it will act as the sales agent for Pexa for sales of products into India for export programmes.

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Non-contact motion amplification platform

15/02/2019 Non-contact motion amplification platform

Iris M from RDI Technologies is said to be the first device of its kind that allows users to see, in real time, motion that is not visible to the human eye. This patented Motion Amplification™ technique lets users see the invisible.

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15/02/2019 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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Multiple-angle TOFD wedge

13/02/2019 Multiple-angle TOFD wedge

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is becoming a popular substitute for steel pipe. Varieties of polyethylene used in industry can have an acoustic velocity range from approximately 2100 m/s to about 2600 m/s. Using polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or polystyrene as a refracting wedge material could result in very little refraction or even negative refraction. Elastomeric materials designed by Innovation Polymers range from approximately 1025 m/s to about 1600 m/s, ensuring positive refraction for all applications on polyethylene.

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New market size, share and trends analysis report

12/02/2019 New market size, share and trends analysis report

The global non-destructive testing (NDT) market size is projected to reach US$21.2 billion (approximately £16.27 billion) by 2025, progressing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% during the forecast period, according to a new report from Research and Markets, titled: ‘Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report 2018-2025’. Increasing manufacturing activities in developing as well as developed nations are poised to bolster market growth over the forecast period.

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Rolls-Royce picks Uptake for data analysis

11/02/2019 Rolls-Royce picks Uptake for data analysis

Rolls-Royce plc has partnered with artificial intelligence (AI) software specialist Uptake to analyse technical data from Trent-series engines in an effort to improve the serviceability of power plants.

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Portable vibration meter

08/02/2019 Portable vibration meter

An upgraded version of its successful portable vibration meter with a bright, easily readable display has been introduced by Monitran. When connected to a constant current-type accelerometer, the compact MTN/VM330D stores up to 100 time-stamped readings, which can be transferred to a PC using the USB cable supplied.

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Stork appoints regional director to lead UK organisation

07/02/2019 Stork appoints regional director to lead UK organisation

Stork’s UK organisation has appointed Steve Hunt as Regional Director UK to lead the evolving business within a range of sectors, both on- and offshore. Steve takes on the position with immediate effect and will be based in Aberdeen.

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Solving high-speed automotive testing challenges

06/02/2019 Solving high-speed automotive testing challenges

FLIR Systems has published a white paper that discusses how new infrared (IR) camera technologies are providing engineers and technicians with the tools they need to address the difficulties of high-speed automotive testing.

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Weld and SCC inspection

05/02/2019 Weld and SCC inspection

The MagnaFORM™ scanner is a fast and reliable way to reduce the turnaround time of weld and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) inspections.

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New NDT drone thermal imaging course launched

04/02/2019 New NDT drone thermal imaging course launched

The iRed Academy’s new Drone Thermography Category 1 course provides commercial drone pilots with the expertise to use infrared cameras on both airborne platforms and at ground level. It also enables them to understand, analyse and report on the images they acquire with those cameras.

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0219 Sellafield

01/02/2019 Wood wins Sellafield control systems framework

Wood has won a contract to supply programmable digital control technologies to the Sellafield Ltd nuclear site in Cumbria, UK.

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