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ADNOC selects Honeywell platform

25/02/2020 ADNOC selects Honeywell platform

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has selected Honeywell’s asset monitoring and predictive analytics solution to drive improved asset and machinery management across its upstream and downstream operations. Leveraging artificial intellience (AI) technologies such as machine learning and digital twins, the platform is expected to help generate significant yearly savings through reduced unplanned maintenance and increased reliability, uptime and safety.

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Axiomtek’s new system

24/02/2020 Axiomtek’s new system

Axiomtek, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance PC-based industrial computer products, has introduced the ICO320-83C, a fanless DIN-rail embedded system with four RJ-45 Gigabit power over Ethernet (PoE) ports for connection with cameras.

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Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance

21/02/2020 Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance

Nord Drivesystems has launched condition monitoring for predictive maintenance (PdM) concepts.

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Toshiba Group – inspection technology

20/02/2020 Toshiba Group develops inspection technology for plant facilities and equipment in high and inaccessible places

Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (ESS), companies dedicated to providing industry with solutions that raise operational efficiency and productivity, have developed a drone-based inspection technology for complex industrial locations, such as power plants, oil refineries and chemical manufacture facilities.

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Wärtsilä takes predictive maintenance to the next level

19/02/2020 Wärtsilä takes predictive maintenance to the next level

The technology group Wärtsilä has announced the launch of its Expert Insight predictive maintenance product. This digital product enables customer support to be delivered proactively by Wärtsilä Expertise Centres to ensure long-term accurate insight for their predictive maintenance strategies. The product is available in combination with a Wärtsilä Lifecycle Solutions agreement.

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Senseye and Malone Group announce alliance

19/02/2020 Senseye and Malone Group announce alliance

Senseye has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Malone Group to support the deployment of its pioneering predictive maintenance (PdM) software in the UK, Ireland and Canada.

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New features added to condition monitoring system

18/02/2020 New features added to condition monitoring system

Dynapar has introduced upgrades to its Dynapar OnSite™ condition monitoring system, offering greater flexibility, compatibility and adaptability to help users successfully anticipate breakdowns and plan maintenance schedules accordingly.

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Compact CMMs

17/02/2020 Compact CMMs

A range of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) has been introduced by British manufacturer LK Metrology, offering high accuracy and repeatability in a compact footprint. Built at the company’s factory near Derby, the new ALTERAC machines are available in three sizes: 7.7.5, 10.7.5 and 10.7.7, their respective X-, Y- and Z-axis movements being 700 × 650 × 500 mm, 1000 × 650 × 500 mm and 1000 × 650 × 650 mm. Typical applications are likely to be found in industries with demanding inspection requirements, such as aerospace, automotive, medical, etc.

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High-precision thermal testing

17/02/2020 High-precision thermal testing

FLIR Systems’ T530/T540 thermal imaging cameras are designed to offer research and development (R&D) scientists and engineers the resolution, crisp imagery and temperature accuracy needed to help improve product design, increase efficiency or gain insight into a target’s thermal behaviour.

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Bloodhound LSR – back on the road to making history

14/02/2020 Bloodhound LSR – back on the road to making history

The Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) team is in a celebratory mood, having successfully completed the crucial high-speed testing phase of the programme, during which it notched eye-watering speeds of 628 mph (1010 km/h). This places the Bloodhound LSR car, unofficially, as the sixth fastest car of all time.

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X-ray fluorescence analyser

13/02/2020 X-ray fluorescence analyser

The Vanta Element hand-held X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyser offers speed and ease of use in a variety of test environments, including scrap recycling and metal manufacturing. Users can obtain clear material and grade identifications in seconds and compare alloy grades on the instrument’s screen. With a dual-core processor and powered by Olympus’s proven Axon™ technology, the Vanta Element analyser has the same stability and resolution as the rest of the Vanta series for rapid sorting and a fast return on investment.

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High-performance OES analyser

13/02/2020 High-performance OES analyser

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science Corporation, a Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation wholly owned subsidiary engaged in the manufacture and sales of analysis and measuring instruments, has launched the OE750, a ground-breaking new optical emission spectrometer for verifying demanding metals specifications in foundries and metal production.

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Offline vibration monitoring equipment market uncertainty prevails

12/02/2020 Offline vibration monitoring equipment market uncertainty prevails

HTF MI has recently introduced a study, titled: ‘Global offline vibration monitoring equipment market insights, forecast to 2025’.

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ClassNK concludes joint research agreement

12/02/2020 ClassNK concludes joint research agreement

Classification Society ClassNK has concluded a joint research agreement for developing advanced condition-based maintenance (CBM), a new maintenance and management process for engine machinery plants, and establishing a new classification survey scheme based on CBM.

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New NDT Programme Manager and Lecturers appointed

11/02/2020 New NDT Programme Manager and Lecturers appointed

Alexander Tsougranis has been appointed as TWI Training’s NDT Programme Manager for the UK and Europe. Alexander is a mechanical engineer specialising in engineering education with CEng status.

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ExRobotics and Yokogawa collaborate

11/02/2020 ExRobotics and Yokogawa collaborate to accelerate adoption of robotics for inspection of facilities in hazardous environments

ExRobotics BV, a Netherlands-based developer of robotics technology for hazardous environments, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a global provider of industrial automation, control and measurement technology, have announced the signing of a licensing agreement that will enable Yokogawa to sell and deploy ExRobotics’ inspection robot hardware and software platforms worldwide.

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PCB completes construction of $1 million clean room facility

10/02/2020 PCB completes construction of $1 million clean room facility

PCB Piezotronics Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of MTS Systems Corporation, has announced the completion of new environmentally controlled clean rooms totalling 4300 ft2 at its Walden Avenue headquarters. Earlier this year, the sensor manufacturer began assembly of all pressure and force products at the new state-of-the-art facility.

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BAM and the University of Birmingham extend MoU and launch joint research centre

10/02/2020 BAM and the University of Birmingham extend MoU and launch joint research centre

On 5 December 2019, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) and the University of Birmingham extended their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for another three years. As part of this agreement, they are launching a virtual research centre for chemistry and materials sciences. The joint research centre will initially focus on materials characterisation, catalytic chemistry and corrosion research. In addition, the partners plan to work more closely together in the area of energy research.

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Phoenix ISL awarded contract for nuclear NDT inspection solutions

07/02/2020 Phoenix ISL awarded contract for nuclear NDT inspection solutions

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has announced that it has recently been awarded a contract by Framatome to supply custom-designed scanning solutions for NDT inspections within the primary circuits of boiling water reactors (BWRs) and pressurised water reactors (PWRs) within nuclear power plants in Finland.

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Pipeline inspection using optical gas imaging

07/02/2020 Pipeline inspection using optical gas imaging

FLIR Systems has published a new application spotlight that highlights the role its optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras are playing in detecting gas leaks in oil and gas pipelines.

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TU Ilmenau and Fraunhofer IZFP develop intelligent sensor technology

06/02/2020 TU Ilmenau and Fraunhofer IZFP develop intelligent sensor technology for processing big data

The Ilmenau University of Technology (TU Ilmenau) is intensifying its research efforts in order to master the rapid increase in data during the course of digitisation.

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Van Geffen is now part of the AVT Reliability Group

05/02/2020 AVT Reliability’s global reach strengthened by acquisition of Van Geffen

Leading Dutch asset condition monitoring specialist Van Geffen has become part of the AVT Reliability Group following its acquisition by Rotherham-based AES Engineering Ltd.

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Innovative Scottish technology company Novosound receives £3.3 million investment

03/02/2020 Innovative Scottish technology company Novosound receives £3.3 million investment

Foresight Group has announced a £500,000 investment from the Foresight Scottish Growth Fund in award-winning novel thin-film ultrasound technology company Novosound Ltd. The Fund is financed by the Scottish Growth Scheme through a combination of Scottish government funds and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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