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Branch enjoys tour of modern facility at Intertek Derby

Iain Baillie reports

On 16 November, Intertek (Derby) hosted the first in-person East Midlands Branch meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Intertek is a FTSE 100 company that provides many NDT services across the world, with a large facility in Derby.

The company gave us a tour of the 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) system, which has a large scanning size of 1.2 m × 0.8 m and two viewing stations. It has fully approved NDT Level 2 and Level 3 staff for sentencing flight hardware. Rolls-Royce plc was one of the first customers and has also granted inspection approvals (this may be why their scanning envelope is roughly the same size as a Trent XWB fanblade!).

After this, we toured the rest of the modern facility, which comprised ultrasonic immersion tanks, phased array ultrasonics, eddy current arrays, dye penetrant (and cleaning) lines, magnetic particle inspection (MPI) benches and conventional X-ray/gamma inspections.

Afterwards, there was a buffet and a chance to meet some people who we have not seen for years and to welcome new faces. We held our annual general meeting (AGM)
and the committee was unanimously re-elected (despite some of us trying to find replacements). We agreed to carry on with the 4.45 pm arrival time for a 5.00 pm start. Check the East Midlands Branch web page at for further dates. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month, so 
18 January will be our next in-person date.