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Phone system at CINDE
Category: CINDE
Posted: Mon, Jul 17th 2017 at 8:22 AM
Our office is currently experiencing phone issues.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  Please call 289-260-4897 if it is an emergency or email any of our staff if you know their email address.  The main email is info@cinde.ca and you will be answered immediately. 
Notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE)
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Apr 5th 2017 at 8:02 AM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2017 will be held June 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the NDT in Canada Conference in Quebec City.

All CINDE voting members are encouraged to attend and participate in the AGM. To help ensure that adequate space is available, please RSVP your intention to attend to the National Office: Email info@cinde.ca Phone: 905-387-1655 ext 221. 

During the AGM, Directors will be elected as needed and announcements made about the award recipients who made outstanding contributions through technical achievement and the advancement of NDT in Canada or through publication in the CINDE Journal.

The Nominations Committee develops the slate of Officers and Directors for each elective office or position on the Board becoming vacant at the close of the next Annual General Membership Meeting. To be an eligible Board candidate, the Secretary shall confirm that the nominee:

     1. Is a member of CINDE in good standing.
     2. Has indicated an understanding of the duties required and his/her availability and willingness to serve and fulfill the duties if elected.
     3. Has served on the Board as a member of the Executive Committee prior to being nominated for the position of Vice President.

Members can submit the name(s) of individuals for consideration as a Board member to the Nomination Committee by emailing the candidate's full contact information to info@cinde.ca

Call for Award Nominations for 2017
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Apr 5th 2017 at 7:58 AM

The Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE) has a long history of recognizing those people who have furthered the technical progress of NDT or made other significant contributions to the Canadian NDT / NDE community as a whole. For a list of past Award recipients, please click here.  Each year CINDE accepts nominations for the following awards:

W.E. Havercroft Award
Established in 1977, this award is named after William E. Havercroft who was widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of NDT in Canada. It is given to a member of CINDE who has made outstanding contribution towards NDT in Canada. Contributions may be in any area including technical, educational or managerial capacities. Recipients will receive a life-time membership with CINDE.

Technical Achievement Award
Established in 1983, this award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding technical contribution to NDT in Canada. Recipients are selected on the merit of their technical achievement and the resulting paper as published in a recognized technical journal. Recipients will receive a one (1) year membership (or extension if an active member) with CINDE.

Fellow of CINDE
Established in 1983, this award is given to a CINDE member who has made continuous and significant contributions to the advancement of NDT / NDE in the scientific, technical, educational, managerial or related areas. Nominees must have at least 10 years membership in CINDE, with 5 continuous years of membership immediately prior to the nomination.

Canadian NDT Research Award
For outstanding and sustained excellence within NDT research and development that has contributed to innovation and/or breakthroughs that have benefited Canadian society and industry partners. Recipient must be a CINDE Member in good standing.

Award Nomination Procedure
Awards are given out at the Annual General Meeting. Anyone can submit an award nomination for someone who they feel is a deserving individual per the award criteria. If upon review of the Awards Committee it is decided that nominees are insufficiently qualified, then no award will be conferred.  Nominations for these awards should be submitted to the Awards Committee, care of CINDE National Office in Hamilton:

     135 Fennell Avenue West
     Hamilton, ON L9C 0E5
     Fax: 905-574-6080
     Email: nominations@cinde.ca

If you would like to nominate or apply, download a nomination form here.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited Announces Acquisition of Air Dynamics Company Limited.
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Mar 31st 2017 at 2:41 PM

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Group of Companies, a major re-seller and distributor of NDT equipment and supplies, announced on March 16th, 2017, the successful acquisition of Air Dynamics Company Limited, a leading supplier in the Canadian aerospace industry. The transaction is an integral part of the NDT Products strategic growth plan and continued expansion into Eastern Canada.

Air Dynamics represents major brands serving the aerospace market including 3M, PPG, Elixair, Marvel Aero, among others. Air Dynamics product mix includes aerospace sealants & adhesives, power supplies & accessories, marking equipment, tooling and ground service equipment (GSE). Air Dynamics is a Transport Canada licensed facility and is an approved supplier for major airlines, military and defense establishments and aircraft manufacturers and OEMs. Air Dynamics facility will remain in Baie‐D’Urfé, Quebec and NDT Products Limited will be managing and overseeing the company’s sales and operations under the leadership of M. Sean McKernan, President and CEO of NDT Products Limited.

The time has come to ensure continued growth and development for the company”, according to Bruce Truesdale, former President of Air Dynamics Company Limited. “Sean and I go back more than 25 years. I hand over Air Dynamics with pride and confidence that Sean, his team, and the Air Dynamic staff, will continue to keep Air Dynamics growing and evolving.”

We look forward to welcoming Air Dynamics to the NDT Products family” says M. Sean McKernan. “Air Dynamics is well-positioned in the aerospace industry and has a significant presence in Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. With this transaction, we will leverage on both companies’ strengths, utilize operational synergies and share best practices. Our team is looking forward to meeting Air Dynamics customers and welcoming them into the NDT Products family.

Media Contact:
Josh McKernan
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products
jsmckernan@ndtproducts.ca

CDPQ Invests $36.5 Million in Eddyfi, a Fast-Growing Test, Inspection, and Measurement Company
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Mar 30th 2017 at 4:30 PM

Today, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced an investment in Eddyfi, a manufacturer of advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions. The CA$36.5 million investment combines a minority stake and a credit facility to fund the acquisition plan of the company.

Headquartered in Québec City, Eddyfi develops, manufactures, and commercializes NDT inspection technology globally—instruments, software, and sensors—for the inspection of key assets in the power generation, petrochemical and aerospace industries, to name a few. Eddyfi’s high-performance systems are used to assess the structural integrity of critical components and prevent downtime, financial losses, and casualties.  

With the implementation of its growth plan, Eddyfi is well-positioned to reinforce its status as a global industry leader. Its technologies are perfectly suited to respond to global market trends such as widespread aging critical infrastructure and increased inspection standards imposed on nuclear plants and oil & gas assets, for example.

“This transaction is well aligned with our commitment to help Québec companies expand internationally as part of their growth strategy,” said Christian Dubé, Executive Vice President, Québec at la Caisse. “Over the years, Eddyfi has innovated by investing in technologies to provide increasingly effective solutions better tailored to its clients’ needs. Today its equipment and software are recognized in more than 70 countries.”

“Over the coming years, our growth will be focused in particular on strategic acquisitions. After the acquisition of Silverwing and IPN in 2016, adding a financial partner became essential. However, we needed to be careful in selecting the partner that would best support our culture and style, and be aligned with the ambitions and the dynamics of our industry. Without a doubt, CDPQ is the perfect partner for Eddyfi,” said Martin Thériault, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eddyfi.

Eddyfi currently has close to 200 employees working in its offices based in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

About Eddyfi Technologies

Eddyfi Technologies is a label designed to maximize the potential of multiple advanced and niche NDT inspection technology brands. With its two centers of excellence in Québec City (Canada) and Swansea (UK), Eddyfi Technologies focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through two strong, complementary brands: Eddyfi and Silverwing. The company serves customers in more than 70 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace, leveraging its six offices around the globe, all staffed with NDT experts.

Read more at Eddyfi.com

Eddyfi Introduces the First Portable System for AC and ECT Tubing Inspection
Category: Product
Posted: Tue, Mar 28th 2017 at 4:28 PM
This new Reddy® eddy current testing (ECT) system is perfect for air conditioners and intended to replace aging solutions used in the inspection industry.

Committed to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Eddyfi is pleased to introduce a new addition to its Reddy line dedicated to AC and ECT tubing inspection. This new solution is designed to replace a wide range of existing aging ECT instruments used to inspect air conditioners and to perform other ECT tubing inspections. Most existing ECT instruments are bulky and have not evolved since their introduction, making them incompatible with modern realities where productivity and profitability are crucial.

More at https://goo.gl/KI1wY2.

Eddyfi Reinventing Pulsed Eddy Current. Again.
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Mar 16th 2017 at 10:44 AM

The new wave of improvements pushes the limits of pulsed eddy current testing even further.

Dedicated to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Eddyfi is proud to announce the release of Lyft® version 1.2 and Lyft Pro, and the launch of its new improved line of pulsed eddy current (PEC) probes.

Version 1.2 of the Lyft software refines existing features in a number of ways. The compensated wall thickness (CWT) tool is nearly twice as precise compared to the previous version 1.1 and it can now be used on a wider range of defect types and shapes. Lyft 1.2 brings improved performances on small defects and the ability to size corrosion near massive metal objects/geometries such as flanges by actively compensating for their electromagnetic contribution, resulting in better flaw sizing and improved versatility.

Read the entire story at https://goo.gl/QWLjNl

 

Emergency Closure Information
Category: CINDE
Posted: Tue, Mar 14th 2017 at 5:50 AM
Our office in Hamilton is now CLOSED due to bad weather.
 
Please visit http://www.cinde.ca/courses/registration.shtml#emg for further instructions.
 
 
WiFi for CINDE Students in Hamilton
Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, Mar 9th 2017 at 12:32 PM
Need WiFi while attending a CINDE training class in Hamilton?  We have arranged with Mohawk College to allow you to gain access to a wifi-guest account.   Visit your Member area for login details (within your pre-course information under Task #11.    
 
 
 
TecScan introduces the ultraSCAN Mx Flatbed Squirter System
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Feb 27th 2017 at 9:11 AM

TecScan is proud to introduce the ultraSCANTM Mx system which is specially designed for Ultrasonic Testing (UT) of Large Aerospace Composite Panels. With the increasing demand for composite components in the aerospace industry, inspection time is becoming a critical factor in overall production rates. TecScan’s flatbed scanners are designed for high throughput inspection of composite panels and components.

The standard configuration of the ultraSCAN Mx is a 5-axis system (X, Y, Y2, Z, Z2) with an inspection envelop of 3.5 x 2.5m. It comes with a specially designed water delivery system that provides a stable and repeatable UT signal. ultraSCAN Mx offers an efficient way to maximize the scanning rate with the use of multiple ultrasonic probes integrated into a specially designed water-box system. This multi-channel technology minimizes the amount of indexes required to scan the parts, reducing the total scanning time.. Instead of moving a single pair of probes across the surface of the parts, arrays of probes are used in pairs to scan across the inspected panel, the elements of the emitting array being fired simultaneously or one after the other.

Learn more at: www.tecscan.ca

Eddyfi Expands IRIS Product Family
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Feb 16th 2017 at 2:04 PM

IRIS Kits Now Supporting 0.5 in Tubing up to 6.6 in Pipes

Dedicated to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Eddyfi is proud to expand its portfolio of internal rotating inspection system (IRIS) products to support tubing as small as 12.7 mm (0.5 in) in outside diameter (OD) to pipes as large as 168 mm (6.6 in) in OD. For the whole story, visit https://goo.gl/SVw4xG.

 
Zetec Partners with NDT Products Ltd.
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Feb 14th 2017 at 9:23 AM
Zetec Incorporated has recently partnered with Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited to help provide customers with industry-leading UT solutions for Ontario and Quebec. As a global leader in non-destructive testing solutions, Zetec provides fast, cost-efficient inspection solutions that give customers un-matched insight and control. Zetec serves as a single source for high-performance products and solutions in both eddy current and UT technologies. NDT Products Ltd. is a leading supplier of Non-Destructive Testing equipment, accessories & calibration services for the NDT industry. The company represents major OEMs in the areas of ultrasonic, radiography, eddy current, material analysis, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, remote visual inspection and now, both high-end ultrasonic and high-end eddy current solutions from Zetec.
 
For more information, visit www.ndtproducts.ca or contact sales@ndtproducts.ca.
CINDE Provides Improved Access To Training in Alberta
Category: CINDE
Posted: Mon, Feb 13th 2017 at 10:09 AM

The Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE) is helping to improve access to its world-class training courses. “To support the people and companies that have been experiencing hard times resulting from a decline in oil and gas, CINDE is changing the pricing structure of our courses,” announces Glenn Tubrett, CINDE CEO. “We are happy to pass along these savings to help people who are entering the field and weathering the current economic conditions. We’re in NDT to help the industry and the people within it.

Training and development can be a very high cost for employers or employees looking to improve their capabilities.  However, not training can have far worse consequences – leading to loss of market and inability to keep up with competitors.  The new price for all courses will be $1190 for 1 week courses and $2250 for 2 week courses. This price change is a step toward ensuring that all stakeholders in the NDT community can remain competitive in the NDT industry.


As Canada’s NDT Society, we aim to improve the quality of education in non-destructive evaluation as well as assist the Canadian industry in its use of NDE. CINDE is dedicated to the growth of NDT and the success of our future non-destructive testing professionals. This new national strategy will provide support to the people and companies who have supported our organization for so long and help strengthen the industry as a whole.

To register for courses, please visit: https://www.cinde.ca/courses/

About CINDE:

The Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE) was formed in 2001 from the merger of The Canadian Society for Nondestructive Testing (CSNDT) and the NDE Institute of Canada.  It is Canada’s not-for-profit, member-based, technical society dedicated to the people and companies engaged in the business of non-destructive evaluation (NDE), non-destructive testing (NDT), and inspection.  CINDE offers world-class NDT training, is a government approved full-service certification examination centre, and offers many member services including an internationally recognized conference and chapter events.  For more information, please visit www.cinde.ca and http://events.cinde.ca/.

For more information, please contact:

Don Courchesne
Member Services Coordinator
Email: memberservices@cinde.ca
Telephone: 1-800-964-9488 ext. 238

 
CNSC Updates to EDO forms and Website - CCSN Mise jour des formulaires d'OAE et de page web
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Feb 8th 2017 at 10:35 AM

(La version française suit)
Dear Industrial Radiography Licensees,

This message is to notify you that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has recently updated the Exposure Device Operator (EDO) application forms and the CNSC’s EDO website.  These new EDO application forms are to be used for all future EDO applications.  However, the CNSC will continue to accept the old EDO application forms until February 28, 2017.  The EDO application forms have been redesigned in order to standardize the information submitted in EDO applications to help ensure that the CNSC receives all of the information necessary to process the applications.  These new application forms should reduce the need for CNSC staff to request applicants to provide additional information to support their EDO applications and should make the EDO certification processes more efficient.

The new application forms are now available on the CNSC’s EDO website: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/nuclear-substances/exposure-device-operators/index.cfm

For initial certification as an EDO, we have updated the application form and created an EDO on-the-job training (OJT) attestation form that is to be included with each application for certification.  The EDO on-the-job Training Plan form provided in Appendix B of the Certified Exposure Device Operator Personnel Certification Guide (CSA PCP-09) can still be used to log the completion of each aspect of the OJT program; however, only the new EDO OJT attestation form is expected to be submitted with each application.

For renewal of an EDO certification, we have updated the application form and created an EDO employer attestation form that is to be included with each application.  We have also created a new sample CNSC EDO work log and CNSC EDO continuing education log for certified EDOs to use.  As stated in the updated application form for renewal of certification, EDOs will no longer be expected to submit supporting information regarding their EDO-related work experience or continuing education activities with their application.  However, we reserve the right to request this information after their application has been processed in order to verify that they are maintaining the appropriate records of their work experience and continuing education activities.

Also, we have updated the application form to apply for replacement of a damaged, lost or stolen EDO certification card to simplify the process.

Finally, we would like to remind you that, as mentioned in the letter sent to you in September 2016, as of January 1, 2017, the CNSC only considers a worker to be qualified to operate an exposure device if they have a valid EDO certification card, that is, an EDO certification card issued on or after February 1, 2013 that has not expired. If an EDO has a certification card that has expired or that does not have an expiry date, they need to submit an application for renewal of an EDO certification to the CNSC to obtain a valid EDO certification card.

Please feel free to send a message to the EDO email account (cnsc.edo-oae.ccsn@canada.ca) if you have any questions about the updated application forms or the EDO certification processes.

We recommend that you pass along this information to employees at your company who may be affected by these changes.

Regards,

Corinne Françoise
Director, Personnel Certification Division

                                                                                                                                      
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À tous les titulaires de gammagraphie industrielle,

Le présent message a pour but de vous informer que la Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire (CCSN) a récemment mis à jour les formulaires de demande d’accréditation pour les opérateurs d’appareil d’exposition (OAE) ainsi que les pages du site Web de la CCSN consacrées aux OAE. Il faudra dorénavant utiliser ces nouveaux formulaires de demande d’accréditation pour toutes les demandes d’accréditation concernant des OAE. Toutefois, la CCSN continuera d’accepter les anciens formulaires jusqu’au 28 février 2017. Les formulaires ont été retravaillés dans le but de normaliser les renseignements soumis dans les demandes ainsi que pour s’assurer que la CCSN reçoit tous les renseignements nécessaires afin de traiter les demandes. Ces nouveaux formulaires devraient réduire le nombre de requêtes de renseignements supplémentaires envoyées aux demandeurs pour appuyer leurs demandes d’OAE et rendre plus efficace le processus d’accréditation des OAE.

Les nouveaux formulaires sont maintenant disponibles sur la page Web de la CCSN consacrée aux OAE : http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/fra/nuclear-substances/exposure-device-operators/index.cfm

En ce qui concerne l’accréditation initiale d’un OAE, nous avons mis à jour le formulaire de demande et créé un Formulaire d’attestation de la formation en milieu de travail (FMT) d’un OAE qui doit être inclus avec chaque demande d’accréditation. Il est encore possible d’utiliser le Plan de formation en milieu de travail de l’OAE fourni à l’annexe B du Guide d’accréditation des opérateurs d’appareils d’exposition (CSA PCP-09) pour consigner l’achèvement de chaque élément du programme de FMT, toutefois la CCSN s’attend à ce que seul le Formulaire d’attestation de la FMT d’un OAE soit soumis avec chaque demande d’accréditation.

En ce qui a trait au renouvellement de l’accréditation d’un OAE, nous avons mis à jour le formulaire de demande et créé un Formulaire d’attestation de l’employeur d’un OAE qui doit être inclus avec chaque demande. Nous avons également produit des exemples d’un carnet de travail d’OAE et d’un carnet de formation continue pour OAE à l’usage des OAE accrédités. Comme il est indiqué dans le formulaire de demande mis à jour pour le renouvellement de l’accréditation, il n’est plus nécessaire pour les OAE de soumettre les renseignements concernant leur expérience de travail à titre d’OAE ni les activités de formation continue avec leur demande. Par contre, nous nous réservons le droit de demander ces renseignements à la suite du traitement de leur demande afin de vérifier qu’ils conservent des dossiers appropriés de leur expérience de travail et de leurs activités de formation continue.

De plus, nous avons mis à jour le Formulaire de demande de remplacement d’une carte d’accréditation d’OAE endommagée, perdue ou volée afin de simplifier le processus.

Enfin, nous souhaitons vous rappeler, tel que mentionné dans la lettre qui vous a été envoyée en octobre 2016, qu’à compter du 1er janvier 2017, la CCSN considérera qu’un travailleur a les compétences nécessaires pour faire fonctionner un appareil d’exposition seulement s’il détient une carte d’accréditation d’OAE valide, c’est-à-dire une carte non échue, émise le ou après le 1er février 2013. Ainsi, tout OAE dont la carte d’accréditation n’a pas de date d’expiration ou dont la carte est échue devra soumettre une demande de renouvellement de l’accréditation d’un OAE à la CCSN pour obtenir une carte d’accréditation d’OAE valide.

N’hésitez pas à envoyer un message au compte courriel des OAE (cnsc.edo-oae.ccsn@canada.ca)
si vous avez des questions au sujet des formulaires de demande mis à jour ou du processus d’accréditation des OAE.

Nous vous recommandons de transmettre cette information aux employés de votre entreprise qui pourraient être touchés par ces changements.

Recevez nos salutations distinguées.

Corinne Françoise
Directrice, Division de l’accréditation du personnel

Course confirmations NOW available in your CINDE member area
Category: CINDE
Posted: Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 at 1:52 PM
Your CINDE member/visitor area is the "HUB" of your NDT training career.  Whether you are a member or a visitor, we maintain your training records. 
 
Things you can do in YOUR member/visitor area:
Task #7   - Register for an online exam
 
Task #8  - Register for your training
 
Task #11 - Review past course marks, your notifications when you are interested in a course AND something NEW - review your pre-course confirmation to find out when class starts, parking, accommodations, etc.  This course confirmation was previously emailed to you upon receipt of payment, but history proved that it was just too hard to keep that "most important email" at the top of your inbox ;)   It's handy now, safe inside your CINDE member area - "Task #11".
 
Task #13 - Upload training prerequisites for review
 
Task #15 - Register for a workshop
 
Task #19 - Register for a written and/or practical exam
 
Task #24 - Need more reading material? 
 
Task #26 - Purchase items for the NDT in Canada conference
ASNT Expands Computer-based Testing for Candidates Worldwide
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th 2017 at 10:31 AM

2017 is starting off with a major win for the nondestructive testing (NDT) industry and certification examination candidates. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) is now offering computer-based testing (CBT) to certification candidates around the world.

ASNT CTO James Bennett remarked that CBT is a win for ASNT and candidates alike. “We are confident that CBT is a tremendous benefit to meeting the diverse schedules in the NDT industry. By creating a consistent scheduling and test taking experience for all candidates, we can ensure quality and quickly respond to any concerns.”

The previous model allowed candidates to only take examinations at authorized test centers (AEC’s) and limited approved locations at specific dates and times. With Pearson VUE as ASNT’s chosen CBT administrator, candidates will now experience streamlined scheduling by having the option to schedule via phone or online 24/7 and with a worldwide network of test centers including ASNT examination partners from which to choose.

AEC’s and National Sponsoring Organizations (NSO’s) remain trusted examination partners to the Society and the NDT community. Each AEC/NSO offers industry training opportunities and resources that non-AEC/NSO testing locations do not. Candidates may find a greater overall value in choosing an AEC/NSO as a testing center when scheduling examinations through Pearson VUE

Key benefits for ASNT and candidates include examination integrity safeguarding with added layers of security and candidate verification. Also, the majority of examination results to be given at the test site immediately.

Not only does CBT provides a consistent testing experience for all candidates but it also aligns with ASNT’s move towards a more efficient and cost-effective paperless environment. All applications for examinations are now entirely online to not only give candidates an intuitive, secure portal to upload required documentation, but also streamline the administrative process of gathering and assessing applications for completeness.

While this is a very different way of doing business than in the past, supporting a global membership of over 16,000 necessitates ASNT to be innovative and agile for members and all of those in the NDT community that look to ASNT examinations as critical professional credentials.

ASNT recently celebrated 75 years of creating a safer world last year because of its renowned commitment to supporting and promoting excellence in NDT. ASNT’s offering of CBT is one way that commitment is being upheld.

For more information, go to http://www.ASNT.org.

About ASNT
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, based in Columbus, Ohio, is an international technical society with over 16,000 members that provides a forum for exchange of NDT technical information; NDT educational materials and programs; and standards and services for the qualification and certification of NDT personnel. As the industry’s largest society, ASNT exists to create a safer world and build awareness and appreciation for the impact of NDT. http://www.ASNT.org

Cyberhawk Helps Development of UK Drone Guidelines
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th 2017 at 10:25 AM

Cyberhawk played a key role in the drafting of the ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Management Standards and Guidelines’, which were produced by Oil & Gas UK in conjunction with a working group. As well as Cyberhawk, this group included duty holders who have used UAS, industry and aviation safety experts and a limited number of additional UAS operators.

Cyberhawk were the first company to operate UAS in the North Sea back in early 2012, and has been one of the most significant contributors to the development of the guidelines.

Company founder Malcolm Connolly, the only person in the working group with first hand experience of operating UAS offshore, said: “The creation of these guidelines marks a step-change for the offshore inspection industry and reflects the fact that the vast majority of oil and gas operators, both offshore as well as onshore, are now using UAS. This has driven the need for an industry specific set of standards.

The UK offshore sector already boasts stringent safety and operating standards for other areas of aviation. The introduction of these guidelines marks an important milestone within the sector and a recognition that adoption of UAS technology will continue to grow with a clearer set of guidelines to work to."

“Training and competency play a key role in the new guidelines, as does the reliability of equipment being used and the track record and experience of the UAS operator in question. These guidelines significantly exceed the current minimum requirements set out by the UK CAA for general commercial UAS operations, which is a crucial factor in allowing the continued use of drones to improve the offshore inspection industry."

We are particularly pleased that Oil & Gas UK sought to involve the UAS operators themselves, which we believe has made a fundamental impact when compared with other industry specific UAS guidelines which have been produced elsewhere.”

Cyberhawk has been recognised at both the 2012 and the 2016 Oil & Gas UK Awards, where its UAS inspection solutions were named winners of the SME Business Innovation and Efficiency category.

Health, safety and environment director at Oil & Gas UK, Mick Borwell, said: “[UAS] technology is particularly attractive for its use in improving safety. For example, sending unmanned aircraft instead of people into confined spaces to conduct inspections reduces risk, and is also effective and efficient.

Article via the Cyberhawk website

Videoscope iRis DVRx with 3mm Thin Insertion Probe: Quality and Compact Size
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th 2017 at 10:02 AM

Fiberscope.net has added a small diameter iRis DVRx to their professional videoscopes product line. Previously, this modification of a popular iRis videoscope was available only with 4mm and 6mm articulating probes. The probe diameter is a crucial parameter which effectively defines the suitability of a video inspection device for a particular job. The iRis DVRx model is one of the most affordable PRO grade video borescopes in its market segment. Adding a small diameter option will definitely increase the spectrum of applications for this already popular model.

The new modification comes with a 3mm (0.118’’) probe, the ideal diameter for high precision inspections of aircraft and automotive engines. The extra durable tungsten braided probe features two-way articulation and ranges between 1.5 and 4m (4.9’ and 13.1’ respectively) in length. The superb quality image is provided by a top notch "chip on the tip" CMOS camera integrated in a short distal end. Expectedly, the probe is waterproof up to 14.7 psi as well as oil-proof and 5% saline resistant.

View more on fiberscope.net

DolphiTech to Release Extendable NDT Platform
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th 2017 at 9:55 AM

DolphiTech today announced plans to offer a new range of ultrasound instruments with extended capabilities for non-destructive testing and inspection of materials. Based on its ultrasound- and transducer technology DolphiTech will offer NDT solutions with interchangeable transducers for different materials and applications. Product launch is planned for October 2017. The new system – codenamed DolphiCam 2 – will include a choice of transducers over a wide frequency range. DolphiCam 2 will also include features for robotics integration, general network connectivity and remote expert inspections (Remote NDT). DolphiTech will also intensify its efforts to integrate 3D positioning, giving inspectors improved structural awareness through CAD data integration and more.

"The customers want flexible NDT systems based on ultrasound imaging technology. DolphiTechs current product range is optimized for CFRP, but we want to offer a complete solution for multi-material structures. Customers has asked us for flexibility to inspect different materials as well as multimaterial joints. And we want to improve the geometric access to the material, very important in the automotive industry. This is all now becoming a reality", says Eskil Skoglund, Head of R&D at DolphiTech.

View more on the DolphiTech website.

In Memoriam: Terry Paul
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Jan 27th 2017 at 3:51 PM

Entered into rest on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the West Haldimand General Hospital, Hagersville, in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Roberta (nee Fogan). Loving father to Bradley (Jodi) and Michael Henderson. Dear grandfather of Summer (William) and great-grandfather to Ellie Henry. Brother of Shirley Orr, Bow River, Alberta, Dale (Beth), Calgary, Alberta, Marvin (Sharlene) Rockford, Washington, Don (Bernice) Calgary, Alberta, and Laurel (Connie) Calgary, Alberta. Predeceased by his brother Jim, brother-in-law Dean Orr and sister-in-law Janice. Also survived by his sister-in-law Shirley, as well as many nieces and nephews. Terry served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years as a Technician in the Air Force. Upon his retirement from the Military he took a job with OPG where he was employed for many years. Visitation took placeat the Miller Funeral Chapel, Caledonia, on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 7 - 9 p.m. followed by the service in the chapel on Tuesday, January 10 at 11 a.m.

CINDE offers sincere condolences to the Paul family.  Terry was employed with CINDE for many years and was held very highly within the organization and within the NDT community.

The World's fastest metals analyser Vulcan, launched by Oxford Instruments
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Jan 19th 2017 at 12:59 PM

Oxford Instruments has launched Vulcan, the fastest metals analyser with the most advanced reporting tools on the market. Vulcan is an ergonomic, balanced handheld LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) analyser with a simple user interface. Vulcan has been designed for the rapid identification of a wide range of alloys in manufacturing plants within multiple industries and the scrap metal processing/recycling markets world-wide.

Fast, accurate, durable
Vulcan is the fastest metals analyser available, taking just one second to measure metal alloys - that’s faster than any XRF (X-ray fluorescence) analyser or any other laser product on the market. In quality control and quality assurance this means that large inventories of incoming raw materials or finished parts can be checked very quickly. Large quantities of scrap metal can be sorted in scrapyards easily and fast.

For more information, visit the NDT Products website.

Season's Greetings from the staff at CINDE
Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, Dec 22nd 2016 at 9:17 AM
Our offices are closed December 23, 2016 and we return to work on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.   If you have any questions, please email info@cinde.ca and we will do our best to reply to your email prior to January 2nd. 
 
ZEISS Opens Car Body and Automated Inspection Center in Michigan
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Dec 12th 2016 at 3:21 PM

ZEISS Industrial Metrology opens a new facility in Wixom, Michigan, dedicated to the latest developments for the process chain in car body metrology and automated inspection. "This center helps us illustrate how to make production more efficient in line, in the measuring room, and in-between. This means production and quality can find solutions to problems anytime, from anywhere in the manufacturing facility. ZEISS also showcases solutions for robotic inspection, quality and process data mining, plus measurement planning and offline programming," states Bob Wasilesky, key account manager for automated inspection at Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, LLC.

"This facility provides a one-stop shop for customers to come in and see the full range of ZEISS automated inspection solutions first hand," says Bob. "The design focuses on learning, with dedicated stations highlighting the interaction of ZEISS technologies in the process chain." The ZEISS AIBox features a fully enclosed measuring cell, bringing traceable coordinate measuring technology close to production. The ZEISS AIMax digital-optical 3D sensor and AIMax Cloud optical 3D sensor are the new benchmark in robot-based 3D inline metrology for composite and sheet metal processing, welding, and car body construction. For portable 3D metrology, the ZEISS COMET L3D 2 and T-SCAN offer great flexibility, a high measuring speed and impressive performance.

Customers can see in action and learn about networking inline, atline and offline. ZEISS PiWeb software connects each station, combining measurement data from multiple systems into graphical part stories, SPC charts, quality documents and dashboards. ZEISS engineers at the new facility are available to show the benefits of these technologies, provide consulting, custom programming and specialized training.

The location and contact information for the new center is:
ZEISS Car Body & Automation Center
47815 West Road
Wixom, Michigan 48393
metrology@zeiss.com
1-800-327-9735

Exova Acquires Insight NDT
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Dec 12th 2016 at 2:42 PM

Exova Group plc, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has acquired Insight NDT Limited (Insight), a South Yorkshire-based non-destructive testing (NDT) and radiographic inspection business. Insight is at the forefront of the NDT market in the UK, providing its specialist services to the industrial sector since 1997.

Insight’s reputation is built on consistently providing high quality, high capacity and fast turnaround radiographic inspection services for manufacturers of specialised castings and forgings within the industrials market, as well as providing testing for the nuclear, medical, rail and oil & gas sectors. The business has an experienced team of 20 specialists and achieved revenues of around £2m in 2015.

Paul Barry, Group Managing Director, Industries, said: "This acquisition significantly enhances our technical expertise and service offering within the NDT market and provides a complementary extension to our specialist testing facilities in the Midlands. The addition of Insight to our portfolio is a clear demonstration of our commitment to continuing to diversify our Oil & Gas and Industrials business and to develop our capabilities in new markets."

View more information on the EXOVA website.

AOS introduces OEM-PA LITE
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Dec 12th 2016 at 2:15 PM

Advanced OEM Solutions is an innovator in producing small form factor , high performance, easy to integrate Phased Array instruments. The new OEM-PA LITE module is perfect for building portable and rugged phased array instrument, and is small (140 mm x 125 mm) and lightweight enough to mount directly on scanners and other automated devices. It is also powerful enough to handle your phased array inspection needs in extreme environments. Since it can be mounted directly, there is no need for long, complex umbilical cables. Find out more about this product and our vast catalog of phased array instruments on our website: www.aos-ndt.com.

Carestream NDT Unveils New DRX-Plus High Resolution Wireless Digital Detector
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Dec 12th 2016 at 12:50 PM

Carestream’s Non-Destructive Testing organization has launched the new wireless DRX-Plus high resolution digital DR detector that provides exceptional image quality, optimum portability and improved workflow for use in many NDT mobile and lab inspection applications.

The new DRX-Plus offers customers the best of all worlds: high quality imaging, portability, improved workflow and in most cases, a reduction in overall exposure dose needed for code work,” said Martin Graen, Carestream’s Worldwide General Manager for Non-Destructive Testing Solutions. “The DRX-Plus leverages years of technical expertise (over 11,000 DR detectors shipped) combined with customer insights. The new DRX-Plus has many unique features and workflow improvements that will help our customers drive better digital ROI.”

For more information visit: http://www.carestream.com/nondestructivetesting.html

Canadian Institute for Non-Destructive Evaluation (CINDE) Supports Military Veterans
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Dec 7th 2016 at 12:40 PM

The Canadian Institute for Non-Destructive Evaluation (CINDE) is helping Canadian military veterans on their way to a successful NDT career.  CINDE partnered with Canada Company, a charitable organization that administers the Military Employment Transition (MET) Program

CINDE values the contributions that our men and women of the military have provided to our country.  We proudly support and will stand by our veterans to provide the tools that they need to successfully transition into a civilian career in non-destructive testing.  We are pleased to provide qualifying veterans with a free membership to CINDE, which includes a number of benefits to get them started on a successful career path.  This will entitle them to a free attempt at the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) online mathematics examination (must be live-proctored) which is a pre-requisite to many of the NDT training courses. It also provides networking opportunities, savings on books/technical references, and a number of other benefits which can be viewed here.

For more information, please contact CINDE Member Services via email at memberservices@cinde.ca

The Canadian Institute for Non-Destructive Evaluation (CINDE) was formed in 2001 from the merger of The Canadian Society for Nondestructive Testing (CSNDT) and the NDE Institute of Canada.  It is Canada’s not-for-profit, member-based, technical society dedicated to the people and companies engaged in the business of non-destructive evaluation (NDE), non-destructive testing (NDT), and inspection.  CINDE offers world-class NDT training, is a government approved full-service certification examination centre, and offers many member services including an internationally recognized conference and chapter events.  For more information, please visit www.cinde.ca and http://events.cinde.ca/.

Nexxis Rolls Out Latest Inuktun Crawler Down Under
Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Nov 23rd 2016 at 9:55 AM
The latest option for the Versatrax 100 MicroMag allows for both non-destructive thickness measurement as well as visual inspection. The mobile robotic inspection vehicle, designed and built by Inuktun Services Ltd. (ISL), can now be customized to include a Cygnus ultrasonic transducer. The UT probe can measure the thickness of steel in pipes, on tank walls and on ship hulls in up to 100ft of water.
 
The MicroMag UT Probe and Wire brush is a high-performance easy-to-use accessory for the standard MicroMag crawler to support highly accurate ultrasonic thickness measurements of underwater ferrous metal surfaces. It can also be used in air with a couplant. The standard probe included with the InuktunMicroMag is the Industrial Cygnus Mini ROV UT probe, which offers sound velocities between 1000m/s and 9995m/s, with accuracy of 0.1mm.
 
Resolution is 0.05mm, and the frequency is 2.25MHz for measuring steel thicknesses between 3mm-250mm. Options are available in 3.5 MHz (2mm-150mm) or 5.0MHz (1mm-50mm). The probe is fully integrated with Inunktun's Versatrax controller and video display functions and its multiple echo transducer enables fast and reliable measurements on surfaces that are heavily corroded and/or coated.
 
Read more at Nexxis.
New Versatile Scanner for Eddy Current Array Probes
Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Nov 16th 2016 at 8:56 AM
Eddyfi expands its range of manual scanners, facilitating the deployment of ECA technology.   
 
As a world leader in electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi is thrilled to introduce the most versatile scanner for surface ECA inspections. This new manual scanner is designed to work with Eddyfi’s extensive range of standard ECA probes; whether it is for weld inspection or stress-corrosion cracking, eddy current array (ECA) technology has the potential to significantly reduce the time required to perform surface inspections.
 
Read more on the Eddyfi website.
Eddyfi Launches the Sharck Fillet Weld Probe
Category: Product
Posted: Tue, Nov 15th 2016 at 12:11 PM
As a world leader in electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi is happy to announce the launch of the Sharck fillet weld probe. It is designed around the well-known tangential ECA technology (TECA), which is specifically made for carbon steel crack assessment. Not only does the technology enable establishing crack position and measuring its length, but also its depth, with only minimal surface preparation. Similar to the Sharck butt weld probe, this one can tolerate a liftoff (paint or coating, for example) up to 3 mm (0.120 in).
 
The Sharck fillet weld probe was specifically designed to make inspecting 90° T-joints easy. The probe combines the ability of individual, spring-loaded fingers to conform to weld crowns with a clever mechanical design enabling parts of the array to be adjusted to the cap angle (30°, 45°, or 60°). The result is a compelling C-scan image for rapid and intuitive analysis.

This new probe enables operators to completely scan weld caps, toe areas, and heat-affected zones at high speeds (up to 200 mm/s (8 in/s)). This is a major improvement over pencil probes and conventional eddy current probes, reducing inspection and down times. The Sharck fillet weld probe is therefore the perfect addition to the Sharck probe family, covering an ever-expanding range of welds.

“This is a robust probe with a clever design, leveraging a field-proven technology,” said Angélique Raude, surface inspection product manager at Eddyfi. “TECA has been successfully deployed over the past years in all geographic regions thanks to its detection and sizing capabilities, and versatility to a wide range of carbon steel grades. This is only possible thanks to the simple and universal calibration process Eddyfi has developed. We are very proud of this new addition to the Sharck family.”

Read more on the Eddyfi website.
CIVAFIDEL2D Launched
Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Oct 19th 2016 at 4:14 PM

CIVA FIDEL2D, an “add-on” module to CIVA UT simulation software, uses a hybrid semi-analytical and finite difference method of computation to provide refined 2D simulation of UT inspection of composites, while minimizing the computation time required . This tool is based on the FIDEL code (from AIRBUS Innovation Group), but has been integrated into the CIVA interface for ease and continuity of use.  CIVA FIDEL2D  is dedicated to composite structures and helps to evaluate additional configurations not possible with existing semi-analytical models, such as the heterogeneity of the composite plies, and interaction between the plies.  It is also possible to simulate layers of resin only (for example epoxy) located between the composite fiber plies, to model ply waviness, to compute the response of a very small defect compared to the wavelength, and to visualize the beam propagation and its interaction with the composite structure and any defects that are present.

Learn more on the EXTENDE website.

Eddyfi Launches Tank Floor Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) Probe
Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Oct 14th 2016 at 12:17 PM

As a world leader in advanced electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi is proud to launch the tank floor PEC probe. This probe was developed for the in-service inspection of storage tank annular rings. No other inspection technique can currently achieve this without emptying tanks. With its super-thin 4.8 mm (0.2 in) titanium blade, the probe can slide up to 400 mm (16 in) under tank floor edges to assess the remaining wall thickness of this critical region exposed to corrosion. This latest addition to the Lyft solution makes it possible to include storage tank annular rings in asset integrity management (AIM) programs, minimizing the risks of unforeseen and potentially hazardous failures.

Eddyfi used all its know-how to develop this probe and included support for features customers already appreciate from our existing standard Lyft probes—the built-in remote controls and status LEDs, for example—for efficient one-person operation. The tank floor probe’s bottom surface is also magnetically shielded, maximizing sensitivity for optimal component analysis and protection against signal distortion from potential disruptive ferromagnetic structures. Finally, the probe’s titanium blade is designed to withstand harsh field conditions.

Read more on the Eddyfi website.

Tecnatom Awarded Airbus Robotic Inspection Device Contract
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Oct 7th 2016 at 2:24 PM

Tecnatom has been awarded the supply of two new robotic inspection systems for the Airbus production site in Nantes. The first one is already operating at the customer premises and the second has just passed the pre-acceptance tests. Inspection systems are based on Tecnatom’s TAURUS robotic system, in this case on a base with turning table, in order to facilitate ultrasonic inspection of revolution parts made of carbon fiber, called acoustic panels. The A380, A350, A320neo and A330neo aircraft incorporate these components.

Tecnatom consolidates its presence in the French aerospace market, where it already counts on such inspection systems operating in Corse Composites Aéronautiques and Daher-Socata factories, in addition to others provided by its French subsidiary Metalscan.

Madrid, October 3rd 2016.- Tecnatom’s aerospace division strengthens its position in the French aerospace market, thanks to the award of two new inspection systems for the Airbus site in Nantes. These equipments are based on TAURUS robotic system, in this case on a base with turning table, in order to facilitate ultrasonic inspection of revolution parts made of carbon fiber.

The first one is already operating at Airbus Nantes plant and it helps increasing productivity in the inspection of cylindrical panels, which are incorporated in the A380, A350, A320neo and A330neo aircraft. The second system, which actually is an evolved version of the first, has just passed the pre-acceptance testing and will be in production early next year. Both systems are very similar, but thanks to a close cooperation with the customer, the latter has enhanced capabilities. It is a TAURUS robotic system of new generation, dedicated to ultrasonic inspections of revolution parts made of carbon fiber composite through air transmission technique. This technique is essential for the inspection of special parts, such as acoustic panels, because they have a core of paper and is not possible the use of water for ultrasonic transmission, which adds difficulty to the inspection technique.

Furthermore, our software for data acquisition -InspectView©- has been improved and also our electronic system SONIA (both own patented technology by Tecnatom). Probes on air of low frequency have been used and they are getting good results, detecting all defects required. Another improvement incorporated in the systems is a lighter carbon fiber yoke, and a new robot and controller able to increase accuracy and double the speed in data transmission. This system has also incorporated new technology in order to increase safety levels during operation, protecting both people and the pieces and other elements, too.

Finally, the system also includes an application of geometries recognition, called GEOLID and also developed by Tecnatom, which allows recognition of the piece from its geometry, and selects from the file trajectories for inspection, the one which corresponds. In addition, it also monitors that the position of the workpiece in tooling, and the latter within the space of inspection, are correct in leveling and alignment, interrupting inspection otherwise to prevent damage in the piece to be inspected.

These two systems for Airbus Nantes add to other inspection equipment also based on robots that Tecnatom has already in operation in Corse Composites Aéronautiques and Daher-Socata factories, in addition to others provided by its French subsidiary Metalscan.

Via Tecnatom

FLIR Acquires Point Grey Research for $253M
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Oct 7th 2016 at 2:09 PM

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today that it has reached a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire the business of Point Grey Research, Inc., a leading developer of machine vision cameras for use in industrial, retail, scientific, traffic, mapping, and other advanced imaging applications, for approximately $253 million in cash.

Founded in 1997 and based in Richmond, British Columbia, Point Grey is a global leader in the development of advanced visible imaging cameras and solutions that are used in industrial automation systems, medical diagnostic equipment, people counting systems, intelligent traffic systems, military and defense products, and advanced mapping systems. Point Grey designs, manufactures, and distributes its cameras and related software to a global base of customers that build systems for improving the efficiency, quality, analysis, and safety of a wide range of processes and products.

The addition of the Point Grey business will augment FLIR's existing OEM cores and components business by adding a broad range of visible spectrum machine vision cameras and solutions. Additionally, FLIR's thermal sensor technology, with its unique ability to remotely measure temperature, see through factory obscurants such as smoke and steam, and accurately detect and characterize human activity in retail settings, will further extend Point Grey's product range into new application spaces. The business will become FLIR's Integrated Imaging Solutions line of business operating within the OEM and Emerging segment.

"We're excited to add the broad range of innovative products from Point Grey to FLIR as together we have a unique capability to create advanced sensing solutions for the broad machine vision market," said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. "Thermal imaging technology provides vision systems customers an alternative imaging spectrum that offers a rich, largely untapped layer of information that can be further leveraged. Point Grey's global presence and credibility in industrial vision systems provides a strong platform for us to integrate our leading thermal technology. Point Grey is a proven, high-performing business with an impressive set of products, customers, processes, and people, all of which we see as being highly synergistic and strategically significant to FLIR. We welcome the Point Grey employees to FLIR and look forward to creating highly valuable solutions for a wide array of intelligent imaging applications."

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016. FLIR anticipates the business and related transaction costs will be approximately $0.01 dilutive to its 2016 earnings per share and accretive for 2017.

About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR's advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. For more information, go to FLIR's web site at www.FLIR.com.

Carestream NDT Unveils New HR-PRO High Performance Imaging Plates
Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Oct 7th 2016 at 1:53 PM

New Design Provides Longer Life Under Extreme Conditions

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Carestream NDT has launched a new HR-PRO High Performance Imaging Plate designed to improve overall plate life. It has exceptional image quality and is designed for use in the most challenging NDT inspection environments.

The new HR-PRO plates  offer customers’ better overall performance for work in extreme environments,” said Martin Graen, Carestream’s Worldwide General Manager for Non-Destructive Testing Solutions. “We continue to put customers at the forefront of everything we do. This latest investment is the result of working closely with commercial customers from concept to launch and every step in between. The new HR-PRO solution enables greater customer acceptance for digital imaging by offering better performance and driving greater ROI.” This next-generation imaging plate features a formulated laminated coating over the phosphor that protects the imaging plate against many of today’s common issues. The HR-PRO provides the same high quality image as our current HR product and is ideally suited for applications requiring 25, 50 or 100 micron scan resolutions.

For more information please visit www.carestreamndt.com/ndt.

Eddyfi Releases Lyft Software Version 1.1
Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 at 9:54 AM

Eddyfi once again pushes back the limits of pulsed eddy currents.

As a world leader in advanced electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi is proud to announce the release of Lyft™ software version 1.1. This major update comes with an electronics upgrade which dramatically improves the overall performance of the Lyft solution, allowing pulsed eddy current (PEC) to solve a broader range of applications.

The upgraded electronics and software enable the Lyft instrument to scan thicker metal (up to 64 mm or 2.5 in) and thicker insulation (up to 203 mm or 8 in). Moving forward, the system can also be used on smaller diameter pipes — as small as 25 mm (1 in). Several other new features were also added, such as a compensated wall thickness sizing tool, allowing for more accurate sizing of flaws smaller than the probe’s averaging area.
The inspection setup and configuration time is typically reduced by a factor of three compared to the previous version. This is the result of the improvements made to the SmartPULSE™ feature, which is designed to automate and optimize PEC inspection setups. Eddyfi also integrated several features following suggestions and lessons learned since the launch of the original Lyft solution six months ago. For example, the dynamic scanning mode (a PEC scanning method unique to Lyft) of version 1.1 is significantly superior compared with version 1.0, allowing for more flexible inspections.


Learn more at the Eddyfi website.

SNC-Lavalin to build Candu nuclear reactor for China
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 at 7:46 AM

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is closing in on its goal of becoming a major player in China’s thriving nuclear-energy industry with an agreement for the development in that country of the next generation of Candu reactors.

The Montreal-based global engineering giant said on Thursday it has an agreement in principle for a joint venture with state-owned atomic-power and weapons company China National Nuclear Corp. and manufacturing conglomerate Shanghai Electric Group Co. Ltd. to design, market and build the Advanced Fuel Candu Reactor (AFCR).

SNC signed an initial memorandum of understanding with CNNC to pursue power generation, mining and nuclear-related environmental projects around the world more than two years ago.

The joint venture to be created – the new company is expected to be registered in China by mid-2017 – is the first between a foreign company and the Chinese nuclear giant involving the development of new technology. The announcement comes amid an official four-day visit to Canada by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and efforts by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to strengthen Canada’s ties with China after a decade of chillier relations between Beijing and the Conservative government of Stephen Harper.

China is the ideal market for the AFCR, given the country’s “massive commitment to nuclear,” said Sandy Taylor, president of the power division at SNC-Lavalin. But AltaCorp Capital analyst Chris Murray cautioned that the agreement is only one more step in a drawn-out process.It is a very, very slow process,” he said. “We don’t expect there to be any near-term financial impact.”

John Luxat, professor of nuclear safety analysis at McMaster University and a former board member of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., said the new reactor technology has a high potential for use in China because of the large number of existing light-water reactors whose spent fuel would be reused by the AFCRs. Each new AFCR unit would have the ability to use recycled uranium from four light-water reactors to generate six million megawatt-hours of additional carbon-free electricity without needing any new natural uranium fuel, said SNC.

China currently has more than 33 light-water reactors in operation and 23 more such reactors under construction, according to SNC.

The joint venture is expected to establish two design centres – one in Canada and one in China – to complete the new technology. Completion of the technology “could lead to construction of the world’s first two AFCR in China, and possibly subsequent builds in China and around the world,” SNC said.

The potential for this is very, very large” and the joint venture also offers the possibility of exporting the technology to other parts of the world, Mr. Taylor said. Already, CNNC is working on a Candu-based project in Argentina, with SNC’s involvement, he said.

SNC bought the Candu unit from Ottawa for $15-million in 2011. But Candu has had a poor track record of selling its technology abroad and questions have also been raised over its cost-effectiveness. China, however, appears to have endorsed the concept of building reactors that run on recycled uranium.

The agreement announced Thursday is “a great endorsement of our expertise and Candu nuclear technology from the largest nuclear market in the world,” Mr. Taylor said in a news release. The proposed joint venture follows the signing of a framework agreement in 2014 and is subject to government and regulatory approvals, SNC said.

Article via Globe and Mail

Deloitte survey: oil and gas executives see 2017 as a year of recovery
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Sep 22nd 2016 at 9:41 AM

The two-year downturn in the oil and gas industry may be coming to a close. An annual survey released by Deloitte, “2016 Oil and Gas Industry Survey: Optimism Emerges in the Aftermath of a Long Downturn,” shows more than half (59%) of oil and gas professionals believe the recovery already has begun or will begin in 2017. While the current state of the market still leaves cost-containment initiatives a priority for oil and gas companies, executives nonetheless showed renewed confidence in an industry recovery. Executives pointed to expectations of rising prices, a return to increasing capital expenditures and headcount as drivers of their optimistic outlook.

This recovery in many ways mimics the pattern of the recovery from the Great Recession,” said John England, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and US and Americas oil and gas leader. “If last year was the year of hard decisions, 2017 will be the slow road back. Companies are generally optimistic that prices will rise to a more sustainable level next year; however, they understand that even if we see an uptick in price, the industry likely won’t fully recover until 2018 or beyond.

Deloitte’s survey reveals that from upstream to downstream, most respondents expect to see an increase in capital expenditures next year. In fact, the upstream sector, which took the hardest hit in this downturn, is the most optimistic about a recovery, followed by the midstream sector. The study also reveals a number of trends in opinion that offer insight into the direction the industry may be headed:

US$60/bbl is a key threshold

Most executives believe that US$60/bbl is an important threshold for a revival in US oil and gas exploration and production activity.

  • 71% of professionals believe it is possible for the 2016 average price per barrel to reach US$40 - 60, or for prices to at least rise to that range by the end of the year (61%). Almost half of the respondents believe that prices will continue to rise, reaching US$60 - 80 by 2017 (44%) or by 2020 (46%).
  •   Nearly one-third of the respondents (28%) foresee crude oil prices returning to US$80 - 100 for WTI and Brent by 2020.
Non-Destructive Testing Products Ltd. Included on the 2016 PROFIT 500
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Sep 20th 2016 at 1:56 PM

Canadian Business and PROFIT today announced the inclusion of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited on the 28th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Non-Destructive Testing Products Limited made the 2016 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 127%.

Companies become a part of the PROFIT 500 through innovative thinking, smart strategy and sheer grit,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “These firms demonstrate what Canadian entrepreneurs can achieve, both at home and across the globe.”

NDT Products is proud and honoured to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking,” says President and CEO Sean McKernan. “This achievement is a testament to the hard-work and dedication of our team.” NDT Products Limited ranks in the top 400 for the entire country and Top 20 in the fastest-growing Wholesale & Distribution Category.  The company is one of only 2 firms in the Niagara region to be included in the list.

NDT Products is a channel partner for the top brands in the NDT industry, with suppliers such as AGFA, Brammer Standard Company Inc, Circle Systems, Inc., Envirosight, GE Inspection Technologies, Golden Engineering, Gould-Bass, Hydra International Corporation, Infinitex, Krautkramer, Magnaflux, Oxford Instruments, Sherwin Incorporated, Sonotech, Spectroline and Zetec.  The company is located St. Catharines Ontario, offering blanket coverage nationwide.  Recently, NDT Products opened a warehouse in Edmonton, AB to service the growing needs of our Western Canada customers. NDT Products has a full-service department offering calibration, service, and repair. The staff has over 100 years of combined experience in the NDE industry. The company is certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards and has been running the ISO program since fall of 2003.

In 2012, President and CEO Sean McKernan received the Niagara Entrepreneur of the year award for achievements in Technological Innovation.

About Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited
Supplying the NDE industry for 39 years, NDT Products is a one-stop shop for all aspects of non-destructive testing. The company represents the top brands in the NDT industry. The company headquarter is located in St. Catharines Ontario, with a regional office in Edmonton, AB. NDT Products has a full-service department NDT Products is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

About PROFIT and PROFITguide.com
PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 34 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at PROFITguide.com.

Media contact
Josh McKernan, Non-Destructive Testing Products Limited, jsmckernan@ndtproducts.ca  and 905-934-5195 x 35

 
Domson Engineering & Inspection Welcomes Brad Gamble as General Manager of Operations
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Sep 12th 2016 at 9:36 AM

Domson Engineering and Inspection Ltd would like to announce the recent hire of Brad Gamble as their General Manager of their operations based out of Brampton, Ontario.

Brad has been exclusively involved in NDT over the past 37 years in roles of progressively increasing responsibility and he maintains current NDT certifications in the Canadian General Standards Board 48.9712 program, as well as, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, NDT Level III program.

Over his career Brad has participated in NDT operations servicing the nuclear and fossil power industry, oil and gas, refineries, chemical plants, pipeline, pulp and paper, mining, manufacturing and construction. Through experiences gained in assignments ranging from technical practitioner, to NDT and quality management, and finally to overall business leader, Brad has a very well rounded background to leverage in tackling his new role.

Zetec Introduces Leasing in the U.S.
Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 at 2:30 PM

Introducing NDT equipment leasing options with Zetec Financial Services. This program is currently available in the U.S. only.

Affordable leasing keeps your NDT fleet current and at the forefront of inspection technologies without large capital expenditures. Improve inspection time and accuracy with the latest equipment from Zetec.

Zetec Financial Services is the complete, simple and convenient source offering significant benefits:

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INTUITIVE Named New Prime Contractor for US Army
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 at 2:17 PM

Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation (INTUITIVE) is proud to announce it is the new Prime contractor for support to the Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) Corrosion Program Office (CPO) Nondestructive Testing (NDT) program mission. With this contract, INTUITIVE and its team members will provide Technical Services for the Aerospace Materials Function Nondestructive Testing Center of Excellence (CoE), Weapons Development and Integration (WDI) Directorate, AMRDEC. The Army’s NDT Program contains many facets that require technical and logistic expertise to successfully support Army Aviation operations. The focal point of the Army’s NDT program is the NDT CoE. The NDT effort has a five year performance period.

While this may be INTUITIVE’s first time to prime the Nondestructive Testing (NDT) task order, they are no strangers to the Corrosion Program Office and its operations. INTUITIVE has supported Corrosion efforts for the last 5 years, where they have established a reputation as a prime contractor with well-defined technical solutions and competitive costs. INTUITIVE’s management approach has been proven successful on other EXPRESS tasks with the Corrosion Program Office, which contributed to their receipt of this new award. This new award reflects the Corrosion Program Office’s trust that INTUITIVE will provide the highest quality, low risk solutions, both on-time and within budget.

INTUITIVE teamed with incumbent, Huddleston Technical Services to help meet the needs of the CPO NDT mission. Since the launch of the NDT CoE, Huddleston has played a key role in providing NDT engineering expertise, logistical support, and both classroom and on-site training to hundreds of Warfighters worldwide. Huddleston’s 13 years of experience with the NDT CoE organization coupled with INTUITIVE’s keen managerial skills is sure to exceed the expectations of the CPO. INTUITIVE’s President, Harold Brewer, stated, "We are excited to support the Corrosion Program Office in this new capacity. INTUITIVE is committed to the success of the NDT CoE mission and we will utilize our experience, capabilities, and skilled personnel to perform all the requirements of the Technical Services for the NDT CoE task."

Source: Intuitive

The life of a pole: Greater Sudbury Hydro using new technology to test life of power poles
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 at 1:50 PM

Greater Sudbury Hydro is trying out new non-destructive technology to see which power poles need replacing. The utility company is working with Oakville contractor, G-Tel Engineering on this pilot project, which measures the shell thickness of the wooden poles.

A box is placed at the ground line of the pole, said Mark Van De Rydt, engineering supervisor with Greater Sudbury Hydro.  When the lever is pulled on the equipment, two special probes each insert two inches deep within the shell of the pole.

The equipment takes two different measurements: insertion force and moisture content. "Those two [measurements] are very important to determine the strength remaining in a pole," Van De Rydt said.

Even though the tests are necessary, Van De Rydt said It's always a challenge to test the quality of power poles without tampering with them.

"This technology was implemented because it's known as non-destructive testing. Older styles of pole-testing actually involved taking a core sample of the pole. And then, examination of that sample was what somebody used to determine if it was rotting," he said.

"It's something we've kind of needed here, but never [was] able to get our hands on it." A total of 3,000 wooden poles will be tested throughout Greater Sudbury Hydro coverage area. Testing is currently underway in Capreol, Coniston, Falconbridge, Sturgeon Falls and Cache Bay.

The average life of a wooden pole is between 40- 50 years, Van De Rydt said, but extra loading on a pole may affect its strength, as well as destructive wood peckers. Sudbury Hydro expects the testing to be finished by mid-October.

Source: CBC Sudbury

GB Inspection Added to Acuren Approved Vendors
Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Aug 24th 2016 at 8:53 AM

We are pleased to announce that GB Inspection Systems has been added to the Acuren Approved Vendor List.

About Acuren: A market leader, committed to delivering a Higher Level of Reliability. Acuren provides an unrivaled spectrum of capabilities, including inspection, traditional and advanced NDT, NDE, ANDE, condition based monitoring, failure analysis, rope access, materials engineering and reliability engineering.

About GB Inspection Systems: A leading UK manufacturer and designer of ultrasonic transducers and accessories. The company supplies NDT equipment and consumables and provides a repair and calibration service covering most types of NDT equipment.

GB Inspection Systems products are available in the US and Canada through MFE Rentals, Inc. Headquarters, 150 Holder Lane, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Canadian orders can be placed in Western Canada, John McIntosh at (587) 758-7128 jmcintosh@mferentals.com Eastern Canada Antony Cote (647) 560-0003 acote@mferentals.com.

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