19/06/2014 Lancaster course proves a success

The recent Global School of NDT (GSNDT) Phased Array Level II course at Lancaster University proved to be a success.

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18/06/2014 Healthy demand drives growth in condition monitoring equipment market

For companies to survive in the modern competitive world, implementation of the right strategies remains critical for ensuring efficient management of day-to-day operations. Given that timely delivery of products and services is a key competitive variable dictating the success or failure of a company, the importance of uninterrupted, efficiently managed and clutter-free production operations comes to fore. As a key strategy that helps organisations improve their operational efficiency, asset management is increasingly gaining prominence in the modern business world. Efficient management of company assets, such as people and capital equipment, ensures that businesses are always up and ready for routine operational challenges. Poor handling of the same can temporarily or permanently disrupt business operations. As a major step towards ensuring better asset management and utilisation, identifying vulnerabilities of assets assumes profound importance. Against this backdrop, machine condition monitoring is growing in popularity, according to a report by Research & Markets.

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17/06/2014 New products launched at industry-specific symposium

The 30th April and 1st May 2014 saw the BINDT Aerospace Symposium return to BAWA in Filton, Bristol, with a full agenda for delegates and an increase in exhibition stand numbers.

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16/06/2014 Personal glimpses from the 2014 Aerospace Symposium

The morning of Wednesday, 31 April arrived and the 2014 Aerospace Symposium started. There were around 50 delegates, 15 speakers and 34 exhibitors at this event, which continues to be a great window to the world of aerospace NDT. The papers followed the four themes that were introduced in the previous symposia.

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13/06/2014 BINDT registrations 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.

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12/06/2014 AcousticEye receives 2014 New Product Innovation Leadership Award

AcousticEye Ltd, a leading supplier of non-traversing tube and pipe inspection for the global NDT market, has announced that it is the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 New Product Innovation Leadership of the Year Award for non-destructive testing equipment.

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11/06/2014 DolphiCam included in Boeing 787 Dreamliner NDT manual

DolphiTech AS has announced that Boeing has accepted its high-performance camera technology – DolphiCam. The new, flexible system can now be used in the non-destructive testing of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s carbon-fibre airframe.

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10/06/2014 AINDT doing things differently with 2014 conference

Looking to break away from the traditional conference experience, AINDT is introducing new elements to create a unique event. The 2014 AINDT Conference and Trade Exhibition, being held in Brisbane, Queensland, from 23-26 November, will include a series of training, networking and exhibition event-firsts, making the three days valuable for all levels of industry professionals.

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09/06/2014 Bloodhound SSC project – success depends on NDT and condition monitoring

The Bloodhound Project is a global education initiative focused on a 1000 mph land speed record attempt. It aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and its centrepiece is the Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car), a 135,000 horsepower rocket- and jet-powered racing car being built in the UK by a team of Formula 1 and aerospace experts. NDT News editor David Gilbert was invited to the Bloodhound Technical Centre in Bristol to witness some testing of the carbon composite air intake that will funnel air into the jet engine…

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06/06/2014 Scheme to address skills shortage will show being a technician is a ‘career for life’

The University of Sheffield is leading a £400,000 scheme to tackle a ‘black hole’ in universities’ technical expertise and train the workforce needed to ensure the country is at the forefront of international research and development.

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05/06/2014 Broad industry collaboration to address structural well integrity

Fatigue loading on subsea wellhead systems from riser and rig motions has been the subject of increased attention in recent years. In an effort to enhance how the offshore industry is carrying out wellhead fatigue assessments, 16 operators are now progressing with a second phase of a Joint Industry Project (JIP). The goal of the JIP is to develop a recommended practice (RP) to complement current codes and standards and improve the methodology to assess the integrity of an important well barrier.

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04/06/2014 Lavender opens new US facility

Lavender International has announced the next stage of its global expansion. Following on from growth in the UK (expansion to the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield, UK) and in Perth, Australia (expansion of the Malaga facility and new staff), its USA company has moved to new premises in Houston.

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03/06/2014 Report confirms NDT as an engineering service essential to the UK economy

NDT is crucial for the development of new manufacturing methods and engineering materials, for assuring the integrity of much of the UK infrastructure and for asset life management. As such, NDT is essential to deliver many of the key competences defined by the Technology Strategy Board in its high-value manufacturing strategy. The UK has traditionally been strong in NDT technology and major global players rely upon UK R&D organisations. UK training and certification in NDT are seen as the international gold standard. A report*, compiled by a cross-sector industry-academic working group, identifies the key opportunities and challenges for the UK NDT community and recommends the high-level actions needed to maintain and extend the UK’s position in support of both the public good and economic growth.

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