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Originally Posted: Tue, Nov 21st 2017 at 2:11 PM #953
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is pleased to announce the launch of its new high energy industrial CT scanning service. With this system, the company will be the only private lab in the world that provides this specialized inspection service. The new capability will transform the landscape for non-destructive testing and support innovation within advanced manufacturing.
The system is the first of its kind that pairs a 3 MeV cone-beam x-ray source with a large format 2k x 2k flat panel digital detector. It will be able to accommodate rapid inspection of mid-size parts, up to 44.5 inches in diameter by 63 inches in height. This will be advantageous for internal inspection of engineered parts, plastics, composites, castings, and 3D printed parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace, space, defense, automotive, and oil and gas.
 
“It’s always been embedded in the vision of the company to provide trusted solutions that create meaningful advancements in industry. The new computed tomography system is a huge leap forward for mid-size part validation and feasible high-volume part inspection,” says Jesse Garant, President.
 
The unique system offers multiple advantages for non-destructive testing, including a drastic reduction in inspection time for scanning mid-size parts and assemblies. While existing high energy CT inspection services may take 4-16 hours to complete scans, the new system is able to scan parts in less than an hour. The service will also be beneficial for inspection of multi-material parts and assemblies, allowing for cleaner separation of internal components, and inspection of higher density materials not possible with lower energy micro CT systems.
“We’re helping manufacturers qualify and validate parts that either weren’t possible because of limitations with existing technologies or weren’t feasible because the service was too costly or took too much time,” adds Garant.
 
The company aims to fill the gap in current inspection technologies that limits the application of industrial CT technology due to part size and density. This will allow for internal inspection and dimensional validation of high value parts that would otherwise go into production without proper inspection. The exclusive technology will provide accurate metrology data for precise 3D measurements of external and internal part geometries.
 
Calibrated to NIST traceable artifacts, the new machine will help manufacturers maintain the quality and consistency of pre-production and production parts requiring first article dimensional validation. The system will also support PPAP and AS9102 Form 3 reporting requirements specific to the automotive and aerospace industries respectively.
The costly endeavor led by the company required a sizeable $4.5 million investment in technology as well as three years of planning, design, development, and construction to reach full operation. The new system required sourcing from both local and international manufacturers, vendors, and specialists, including the construction of the largest 1m x 1m flat panel detector in the world.
 
With federal operational permits currently in place, the new system is now live. Jesse Garant Metrology Center is currently taking on orders from companies who wish to access this innovative technology during the system’s ramp up period.  
 
Founded in 2009, the company was one of the early pioneers of using CT technology for industrial inspection in North America. Since its inception, the NDT and metrology lab has conducted tens of thousands of inspections for major companies from around the world and is ranked as one of the fastest growing businesses by PROFIT 500. With a total of $15 million invested into imaging technology over the past five years, the company has steadily expanded to meet the growing demand for frequent and large volume inspection projects in the North American market.
 
For more about how our high energy CT service can support your part inspection needs, please contact Mike Earish, Senior Project Manager, at mikee@jgarantmc.com.
Originally Posted: Tue, Oct 17th 2017 at 11:19 AM #952
$37 Million CAD Building Improves Employee Work Experience
 
Olympus NDT (Nondestructive Testing) Canada proceeded today with the official inauguration of its new office and manufacturing complex, built at a cost of $37 million CAD in the Michelet Innovation Zone.  Situated at 3415, rue Pierre-Ardouin, the new site unites all of Olympus NDT Canada's services and personnel under one roof, enabling the company to better respond to production demands and optimize its research and development activities in support of their extensive portfolio of industrial testing and measuring solutions. Company executives from across the Americas and the global headquarters in Japan joined government and business dignitaries from Quebec and beyond to celebrate the facility's opening and to recognize the ideal working environment that it represents.
 
As a previous tenant of the Quebec Metro High Tech park, Olympus NDT Canada decided to invest in the creation of a purpose-built new facility that is more appropriate for the pursuit of its mission: to deliver reliable, cost-effective systems that help ensure quality, safety, and productivity for our customers. "Our new building satisfies our operational growth objectives, and it also clearly advances one of our main areas of focus: the well-being of our employees," explains Alain Laboissonnière, Senior Director of Operations in Quebec. Quality of life for employees is the impetus behind the features that will make the new building the envy of many companies in the provincial capital.
 
A wellness-based work environment
The new 15 794 m2 (170 000 ft2) facility is equipped with a vast hall designed for systems integration – allowing space for large-scale industrial systems to be assembled on-site, as well as an air-conditioned workshop with cutting-edge machining tools for mechanical production. The areas designated for research and development, storage, reception, and shipping are much more spacious than before. Meanwhile, the new electronics manufacturing area is ideally adapted to the company's operations and the server room is now far better equipped. The facility also houses several collaboration-conducive spaces to encourage teamwork, which is fundamental to the company's activities; among these are a number of development labs, more than 40 meeting rooms each equipped with multimedia capabilities, and a 50-person room for employee training.
 
This new facility allows Olympus to offer its employees a range of services to contribute to their well-being; for instance, a cafeteria and multipurpose 400-seat dining hall, a well-equipped exercise room, several common areas, a patio with fireplace, electric vehicle charging stations, and reserved carpool parking. The entrance to the building welcomes visitors with distinctive features such as a ten-meter (32 ft) high ceiling accentuated by a two-story staircase and floor-to-ceiling mural. Built according to the highest environmental building standards, the building is designed to include two green roofs where gardens will add not only aesthetic value, but energy savings as well. The building's orientation, interior design, and an abundance of windows optimize natural light. It is also equipped with a heat recovery system for ventilation and a water reuse system.
 
Allocation of space by department:
    Manufacturing and operations: 45%
    Systems integration: 20%
    Research and development: 20%
    Administrative services and common areas: 15%
 
In addition to creating interior spaces for meeting and collaborating as well as spaces that create a variety of different atmospheres, the architects designed outdoor relaxation areas for employees that line the bank of a small creek and bike path that run through the property. "Olympus has chosen this focus on well-being to preserve its values of innovation, excellence, respect, teamwork, and customer service," states Valerie Lavoie, Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration.
There are currently 380 employees at Olympus NDT Canada. However, the recent move has allowed the company to begin an immediate expansion of its personnel, and recruiting is already underway. The company intends to increase its staff to more than 400 employees, with a focus on software engineering, electrical engineering, and electronics and mechanical manufacturing.
 
About Olympus NDT Canada
The only Canadian subsidiary of Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas, Olympus NDT is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative non-destructive testing instruments that are used in industrial and research applications ranging from aerospace, power generation, petrochemical, civil infrastructure, and automotive to consumer products. Olympus produces dependable and economical maintenance and inspection systems for customers around the world that contribute to the improved safety, security, and productivity for our customers and global communities. Our leading-edge technologies include ultrasound, phased array, eddy current, and eddy current array. 
 
Originally Posted: Mon, Oct 16th 2017 at 10:09 AM #951
As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing solutions, Eddyfi Technologies confirms the acquisition of the guided wave technology and product portfolio from Plant Integrity Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Welding Institute (TWI).
 
Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, TWI and Plant Integrity have developed, manufactured, and commercialized the Teletest® Focus guided wave NDT system for the past 20 years. The Teletest technology uses long-range guided wave ultrasonic testing to detect corrosion in pipes and pipelines.
 
As part of the transaction, Eddyfi Technologies created the “Teletest” business unit to design, manufacture, sell, and service guided wave technology globally. Sales and service of the Focus instruments, WaveScan™ software, transducer rings, CSWIP LRUT training, product rental, equipment calibration and repair, as well as support services will now be provided by Teletest, part of Eddyfi Technologies. The R&D and collaborative projects activities from TWI and Plant Integrity were excluded from the transaction. All Plant Integrity staff involved in the product portfolio acquired by Eddyfi Technologies joined the team and will relocate to a new facility in the Cambridge area in the coming months. The Plant Integrity guided wave staff in the US relocated to Eddyfi Technologies offices in Houston, Texas.
 
This is the fourth strategic acquisition by Eddyfi Technologies and the third in the past 16 months in the UK. It expands the company’s technology portfolio, widens its customer base, gives critical mass to its UK presence, while adding talented and world-class NDT experts to the group. Martin Thériault, Eddyfi Technologies president and CEO says: “We are very happy to welcome a fourth brand and the guided wave science to Eddyfi Technologies. In particular, this high-end, proven and established, science will nicely complement our Lyft® pulsed eddy current platform and improve our corrosion solutions’ portfolio. In addition, we believe that access to the global Eddyfi Technologies sales network and the significant investment in R&D and new product development will offer new possibilities for Teletest for the benefit of our customers and the industry.”
 
Professor Aamir Khalid, Technology Director at TWI adds: “This transaction completes the story for TWI. TWI developed the Teletest guided wave equipment and now passes it on to a reputable industry player to productize it further and realize the full potential of the science that we developed. TWI and Plant Integrity will focus on providing core inspection, research, and consultancy services to its members and clients.”
 
View the release on the Eddyfi Technologies website.
 
About Eddyfi Technologies
Eddyfi Technologies maximizes the potential of multiple advanced NDT inspection technologies. It focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through four complementary brands and product lines: Eddyfi, Silverwing, Teletest, and TSC. Eddyfi Technologies serves customers in more than 80 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace. The group employs more than 250 people and leverages 10 centers of excellence and sales offices worldwide, all staffed by NDT experts.
 
About TWI
TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organizations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies. Established at Great Abington, Cambridge, UK, in 1946 and with facilities across the globe, the company has a first-class reputation for service through its teams of internationally respected consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff. The company employs more than 900 staff, serving 700 member companies across 4500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses a professional institution, the Welding Institute, with a separate membership of over 6000 individuals.
 
For details:
Veronique Chayer
Marketing Leader
Eddyfi Technologies
T: 418-780-1565 x430
C: 581-999-9202
Originally Posted: Thu, Oct 5th 2017 at 10:48 AM #949
October 5, 2017,  by Meenal Vamburkar
 
(Bloomberg) TransCanada Corp. has scrapped its Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects, oil and natural gas conduits that have faced regulatory hurdles in Canada and stiff opposition from environmental groups.
As a result of the decision, TransCanada expects an estimated C$1 billion ($801 million) after-tax, non-cash charge to be recorded in the fourth quarter, the company said in a statement Thursday. Because regulators failed to reach a decision on the projects, TransCanada expects “no recoveries of costs from third parties.” The Energy East link to Canada’s Atlantic Coast carried a C$15.7 billion price tag.
 
Energy producers in Alberta had hoped the projects would help them diversify their markets, with most of the existing pipeline network linking the energy-rich province to the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast. Last month, TransCanada sought a 30-day suspension of the project applications for more time to review environmental assessment factors.
 
“TransCanada was forced to make the difficult decision to abandon its project, following years of hard work and millions of dollars in investment,” the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, an industry group, said in a statement. “The loss of this major project means the loss of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars for Canada, and will significantly impact our country’s ability to access markets for our oil and gas.”
The decision comes as TransCanada seeks again to complete its controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration rejected in 2015. The $8 billion project, which would carry heavy crude from Alberta to Nebraska, is awaiting state approval in Nebraska after a hearing in August. A final decision on whether to build the line is pending.

Atlantic Access
In January, the National Energy Board voided previous decisions on the Energy East application, forcing the company to start the hearing process anew shortly after competing pipeline projects have been approved. The change came after the regulator’s previous hearing panel stepped down amid accusations of bias.
 
TransCanada applied to build Energy East three years ago, seeking to open access for Western Canadian oil producers to the Atlantic Ocean for exports to Europe. It faced intense opposition in Quebec, where the province’s premier said the line posed a significant risk to its freshwater resources.
 
Energy East would carry about 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to eastern Canadian refineries and a marine terminal in New Brunswick. The Eastern Mainline project would add new gas pipeline and compression facilities to an existing system in Southern Ontario, where most of the country’s home and industrial gas consumers are located.
 
“We are not at all surprised by the decision,” given that TransCanada had sought to delay the project applications, said Robert Kwan, an analyst at RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in a research note. The decision won’t affect the company’s dividend because its growth forecast didn’t include those projects, he said.
 
Article via EnergyNow
Originally Posted: Wed, Oct 4th 2017 at 8:18 AM #945
Enform Canada (Enform) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA), announced they have completed the merger between the two safety associations. The new organization is called Energy Safety Canada.

"The merger of these two organizations signals a new day for our industry," says John Rhind, Energy Safety Canada's CEO. "Energy Safety Canada will combine the knowledge and benefits of both organizations to improve oil and gas safety performance. As a unified entity, our vision is to be a globally-recognized authority. Now is the time for industry in Canada to work together and build a world-class reputation for safety.

Rhind has worked for more than 30 years in the industry, including serving as Shell Canada’s Vice President, Oil Sands, and he has played a central role in shaping the vision and benefits of a merged safety association since it was proposed in 2015. Rhind will lead the new organization along with Murray Elliott, who will serve as President. Elliott is a former member of Enform's Board of Directors and former General Manager for Shell Canada's Greater Deep Basin. He also served as Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development for Shell’s Heavy Oil division.

Oil and gas safety in Canada is changing for the better. The new organization is focused on creating standards to help industry arrive at one clear, simple and agreed-upon way of doing things,” says Elliott. “Through collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including a soon-to-be-established senior industry advisory body, Energy Safety Canada will share data analysis and safety expertise to accelerate the improvement of safe work performance. Our goal is the same as industry’s – zero injuries, zero incidents.

As the organization works through the transition, workers’ training and certifications will remain valid, and the services offered by Enform and OSSA will continue, business as usual.

About Energy Safety Canada

Energy Safety Canada is the national safety association for the oil and gas industry. Representing workers and employers, Energy Safety Canada was formed through a merger of Enform Canada (Enform) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) in October 2017. Energy Safety Canada’s focus is to develop and support common industry safety standards, ensure effective learning systems, share data analysis and safety expertise with workers and employers, and advocate for worker health and safety.

News via Enform
Originally Posted: Thu, Sep 28th 2017 at 7:48 AM #944
Quebec City is home to some of the country’s most dynamic, innovative firms. The 11 firms headquartered in the Quebec City Area on this year’s ranking grew their revenues an average of 341% between 2011 and 2016. Collectively they employed 2,020 full time-equivalent employees in 2016.
 
Nucleom also stands in the 45th spot on the PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada’s fastest-Growing Companies.
 
Article via Canadian Business
Originally Posted: Thu, Sep 14th 2017 at 9:16 AM #940
University of Toronto Aerospace Team’s (UTAT) customized payload features two Genie camera models for high ground resolutions and fast frame rates, enabled by Teledyne GigE Vision software for Linux
 
Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in image sensing technology, congratulates the University of Toronto Aerospace Team’s (UTAT) UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions on their recent success at Unmanned Systems Canada’s national competition. Both teams were honored with awards for the design and performance of their custom-built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) which flew autonomous search patterns while capturing images at approximately 200 feet above ground.
 
As a platinum sponsor, Teledyne DALSA provided 2 Genie cameras for the mission. The primary payload, a Genie TS-C4096 provided complete coverage of surveillance regions with high ground resolutions for effective target detection and characterization. A second and lighter weight Genie Nano C1940 model provided high-resolution color imaging from a multirotor. In 2018, both teams plan to deploy the Genie Nano C5100 as their primary imaging payload.
 
Teams were ranked for their ability to accurately report goose population attributes, including the geolocations of detected nests, the number of distinct goose species observed and a census count for each of these species. The UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions were two of thirteen university student teams to compete in the Flying Phase of the 9th Unmanned Systems Canada UAS Student Competition and placed 2nd and 1st in the design phase and 1st and 4th in flight operations respectively.
 
"We have had great success using Teledyne DALSA Genie cameras for practical applications like target recognition and identification, precision agriculture and wildlife monitoring," commented Erik Chau, team lead for UTAT. "With the recent release of the Linux Gig-E Framework, we are able to acquire high-resolution images at very fast frame rates on an Odroid XU4 running a Ubuntu operating system."
 
Teledyne DALSA is committed to continuing its sponsorship of the University of Toronto Aerospace team in 2018.
Genie camera models feature the industry’s leading SONY and On-Semi CMOS image sensors. A small form actor and multiple resolutions allow Genie Nano cameras to deliver fast frame rates over a GigE Vision or Camera link standard interface, with a broad feature set that includes Teledyne’s own TurboDrive technology and Trigger-to-Image-Reliability. System designers have deployed Genie models in applications from industrial automation to imaging for the entertainment industry.
 
About Teledyne DALSA, Inc.
Teledyne DALSA is an international technology leader in sensing, imaging, and specialized semiconductor fabrication. Our image sensing solutions span the spectrum from infrared through visible to X-ray; our MEMS foundry has earned a world-leading reputation. In addition, through our subsidiaries Teledyne Optech and Teledyne Caris, we deliver advanced 3D survey and geospatial information systems. Headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, Teledyne DALSA employs approximately 1400 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.teledynedalsa.com.
Originally Posted: Thu, Sep 7th 2017 at 8:58 AM #938
As you know, Texas and Louisiana are currently experiencing a state of emergency due to severe flooding. While all of Acuren's employees are safe, they are devastated to confirm that a number of their employees have had severe damage to their homes, vehicles and personal belongings. Acuren is sponsoring a GO Fund me account (see link below) to help Acuren colleagues who have been victimized by the flood.
 
Please consider donating. Every donation will help, no matter how small.
 
Originally Posted: Thu, Aug 31st 2017 at 2:35 PM #937

American rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, made history Sunday night at the 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards with a live performance of their new single “Walk on Water,” filmed with FLIR’s high-definition (HD) thermal imaging cameras.

Using FLIR’s HD Science Cameras and powered by software from FLIR distributor, MoviTHERM, the Los Angeles based band gave MTV and their fans something they’d never seen before – a display that visualized the heat and energy of the performers using the infrared spectrum.

Thirty Seconds to Mars integrated the FLIR SC8300 and A8303 science cameras, typically used for research and development, into MTV’s broadcast to capture the performance in thermal.

We spoke with Thirty Seconds to Mars lead singer, Jared Leto, about the performance, and why he wanted to leverage FLIR technology for the live MTV performance.

"To be able to bring this idea to life, it took a village, a very large village,” said Jared Leto. “When you do a show like the MTV Awards you have an opportunity to explore and experiment, to revisit the past or to push towards the future. We knew we wanted to do something that hadn't been done before. Playing in total darkness, and capturing our performance via thermal signal and doing it live was complex, challenging and seemingly impossible but with the help of a very patient MTV and an enthusiastic team of creative dreamers, we accomplished our goal. Working with the FLIR team has been inspiring and an absolute pleasure.”

Article via FLIR.

Originally Posted: Mon, Aug 28th 2017 at 12:51 PM #936

CALGARY — Where some see only a jumble of rusted pipes and black tanks jutting from a weed-infested yard in a prairie grain field, Tyler Visscher sees opportunity.

The 31-year-old Red Deer, Alta., electrician is trying to build an oil and gas company the hard way, by scouring the Orphan Well Association’s list of parentless wells in Alberta in hopes of picking out a few winners.

He “adopted” his first well two years ago — bought it, actually — and is now wading through a “whack of paperwork” to buy a second. “Oh, yeah, it’s a gamble for sure,” says the budding oilman. “With everything, there’s a risk, right?”

The crash in commodity prices of the past three years has been linked to a dramatic increase in orphans — oil and gas wells assigned to the OWA because there’s no owner financially able to seal the wells, remove equipment and restore the land when their productive life ends.

In the fiscal year ended March 31, the OWA had 1,391 wells on its list designated for abandonment, up from 768 a year earlier. As of July 6, the list had climbed to 1,438.
That number doesn’t include 1,380 wells the regulator assigned to the OWA in an unprecedented move early this year after owner Lexin Resources was accused of ignoring AER orders and regulations. The former Lexin assets are being marketed as a package by its receiver in a process expected to wrap up this fall.

Many assume orphan wells and related assets are all liability with no value but the Alberta Energy Regulator says that’s not the case. “Recently, many wells, pipelines and facilities have been deemed orphans because their owners have gone bankrupt, despite the fact that they are still capable of producing, transporting or processing oil or gas,” said AER spokesman Ryan Bartlett.
In an effort to place those assets with responsible new owners, the AER has provided a database on the OWA website that gives orphan well locations and history — information designed to attract potential buyers.

“It’s very time-consuming because you have to scour these wells and you have to figure out, ‘OK, why is this well on the list?'” said Visscher. “Was it bad management and the company went bankrupt and now this well is in the orphan well list? Or is the well a poor well? Was it not completed properly? Was it not operated properly? You have to go through, kinda like a detective.”
To take over the well’s production — and responsibility for its environmental liability — the buyer must acquire the underground mineral rights and surface access rights before applying for a licence transfer from the AER.


Not many bother. The AER says the number of licence transfer applications it has handled has increased from four in 2013 to 20 in 2016. Visscher said it took several months to buy his first well east of Calgary. And many hours of work to clean it up after years of neglect. The Crown lease had been returned to the province so he nominated it for public auction and filed the successful bid to buy the mineral rights. He then negotiated an agreement with the landowner, a farmer who hadn’t been paid rent by the previous insolvent owner in four or five years, to gain surface access.

To complete the licence transfer, he then had to pay a $10,000 fee to the OWA. To ensure the wellsite will eventually be reclaimed, he has also had to post a $100,000 bond with the AER.
In all, he says it cost about $50,000 to buy the well which is daily producing some 90,000 cubic feet of natural gas (enough to heat an average single detached home in Canada for one year) plus two barrels of oil. He figures the decade-old well originally cost about $1 million to drill.

Visscher has equipped the well with solar-powered pumps and automated controls designed by his electrical company, Blue Star Electrical, and is using it to demonstrate those products for potential buyers.

He said he’s excited about his second well which is awaiting AER licence transfer. It comes with about 260 hectares of Crown drilling rights which means he will have room to drill more wells if he can find the financial backing to do so.

OWA chairman Brad Herald says “the clock is ticking” for entrepreneurs like Visscher who want to buy orphan wells because a big acceleration in well site cleanups is expected to start this fall. That’s when a $30-million grant announced in the last federal budget is expected to arrive, allowing the province to go ahead with its plan to offer $235 million in loans for OWA projects.

OWA’s annual spending is usually restricted to its $30 million per year industry levy.

Article via EnergyNow

Originally Posted: Mon, Aug 21st 2017 at 8:26 AM #935

The Non-Destructive Testing Society Singapore (NDTSS) welcomes participants all over the world for the 15th Asia Pacific NDT Conference to be held this November in Singapore. They have over 250 speakers presenting at the conference and 80 International Exhibitors. The Conference is looking forward to a great mixture of participants from all over the world. Please register at the earliest to avoid last minute rush and to reserve your hotel bookings.

Register here

NDTSS us awaiting to host you in Singapore to enjoy the Asian heritage experience.

Originally Posted: Fri, Aug 4th 2017 at 1:34 PM #934

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Inside EWI on the campus of Ohio State, Senior engineer Roger Spencer holds what looks like a clear computer mouse over a solid piece of steel. The Ultra Sound machine, similar to what is used in a hospital can see what the human eye can't. It's what investigators are likely to use to figure out why the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair snapped killing one person and injuring seven others. Spencer says the machines like this will answer the question why the metal arm of the ride snapped off. "People trained at that can determine where the flaw started was it rapidly and over a long period of time," he said. That's important because Spencer says when steel breaks it can leave a unique signature. "Fatigue cracks are very smooth it would almost be like a machined surface," he said. This metal detective work is called NDT-or non-destructive testing. According to an inspection report on the Fire Ball ride, prior to the accident, inspectors noted NDT was completed. No matter what the investigation finds as the cause, those looking to sue won't be able to collect from the fair. According to the contract between the Fair and Amusement Rides of America, an indemnity clause states "the fair not be held harmless for any claim including death or injury."

Article via 10TV.com

Originally Posted: Tue, Jul 18th 2017 at 8:31 AM #932

Jesse Garant Metrology Center (USA & Canada) announced that it has expanded its operations to accommodate the growing demand for high volume part inspection for pre-production and production validation. With investments in new equipment and improved infrastructure, including state of the art industrial computed tomography systems for inspecting large parts, their enhanced capabilities solidify their position as leaders within the nondestructive testing and metrology part inspection services industry.


As part of a five year, $15 million roll-out investment in technology, Jesse Garant Metrology Center’s latest expansion includes a more diverse range of advanced imaging systems. The expansion includes a wider range of Industrial CT systems for improved inspection capabilities of industrial parts, digital x-ray systems for high volume part sorting, and new 3D scanning equipment for improved data capture of external features. “Our services are not only to provide our customers with the essential data they need to make qualified decisions, but to help meet the growing demand for larger scale part inspection projects, and continue to be a supporting role in the advancement of industry” says Jesse Garant, President.


With 3 locations within Michigan and Ontario, the company’s centrally located labs primarily serve as an essential hub for the automotive and aerospace industries. Through this investment, the company will continue to be the largest Industrial CT scanning service provider in North America with the greatest diversity of inspection systems available today. “This expansion means we’re able to easily adapt to industry and meet the challenges of part inspection,” adds Garant.


With clients ranging from local businesses to multinational corporations, the company has undergone steady expansion to meet demands from manufacturers around the globe. Last year, Jesse Garant Metrology Center was recognized as the 64th fastest growing business in Canada (2nd in Windsor-Essex) by PROFIT 500 and was also a finalist for Ontario Exporter of the Year.

About Jesse Garant Metrology Center
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is a globally recognized part inspection company, providing NDT and Metrology services using advanced imaging equipment. The company specializes in industrial CT scanning, industrial x-ray, and 3D scanning, with locations in Windsor, ON and Dearborn, MI. For more information, please contact 1-844-JGARANT or visit https://jgarantmc.com.

Originally Posted: Mon, Jul 10th 2017 at 3:16 PM #930

The new surface inspection software combined with the HandySCAN 3D is going to reinforce the company’s position as a provider of advanced NDT solutions

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable and highly accurate 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced today that it will extend its expertise in non-destructive testing (NDT) to the aerospace industry. By expanding access to its inspection solutions, the company aims to better enable airlines, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service companies, to more efficiently perform the evaluations of in-service aircraft safety, while cutting costs and saving downtime.

"As predictive maintenance becomes more prominent, aviation maintenance professionals and aircraft MRO providers are increasingly on the lookout for innovative methods that enable quicker and safer decisions to be made on the outcome of part defects," says Steeves Roy, NDT Product Manager at Creaform. "The mapping of external surface defects on aircraft parts, which can prove difficult to obtain using traditional methods—namely hail damage, bird impacts and lightning strikes on the fuselage and wings—can be assessed with 3D scanning. When paired with advanced inspection tools, such solution cuts down on the operator’s impact on measurements, shortens time to get the final report, and reinforces decision-making."

To ensure that the solution matches aviation maintenance industry requirements and properly reflects the market needs, Creaform is partnering with major aircraft manufacturers for beta testing. The surface inspection solution dedicated to aerospace applications is set for release in October 2017.

Earlier this year, Creaform announced that the HandySCAN 3D metrology-grade laser scanner had made its first major step into the aerospace industry. It was added to the Airbus Technical Equipment Manual (TEM) which is referenced in the Airbus Structure Repair Manual (SRM).

Well-known for its NDT solutions for the oil and gas industry, Creaform’s NDT product solution is comprised of its flagship HandySCAN 3D™ portable metrology-grade 3D scanner and its Pipecheck™ NDT software, both of which allow automatic on-site inspection, detection, and characterization of pipeline defects. With traceable and repeatable inspection data and results, operators can access critical information for making safer decisions.

Article via Creaform 3D website.

Originally Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:58 AM #928

* Collaboration with Element Materials Technology, Tecnatom and TUV Rheinland in Equipment Qualification Services Alliance

* Customers will benefit from vast global experience, specialist testing facilities and strategic expertise

* Alliance to target EQ needs on nuclear new build and modification projects

Amec Foster Wheeler has formed an alliance with Element Materials Technology, Tecnatom and TUV Rheinland to offer Equipment Qualification (EQ) and Materials Qualification (MQ) services for nuclear sites in the UK and Europe.

Together the four companies, which individually already support many power plants and other nuclear licensed sites around the world, have formed the EQ Services Alliance (EQSA) so that customers can benefit from their vast collective global experience, specialist testing facilities and qualification expertise.

Greg Willetts, Vice President for Consultancy and Defence at Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business, said:

"Our collective capability and expertise means that EQSA can meet all of our customers’ EQ and MQ needs on new build or modification projects.

"EQSA is dedicated to ensuring that the new build supply chain and existing operators can correctly qualify safety critical components right first time in order to meet UK regulatory expectations while helping to avoid delays and unforeseen costs as the project develops.

"We are supporting customers on materials selection and preparation of qualification plans as well as analysis and testing – all designed to establish, preserve and upgrade required equipment qualifications."

Examples of services offered by EQSA include design support, materials selection, desktop/physical analysis, operating experience, ageing and thermodynamic accident conditions/design basis event testing (such as loss-of-coolant accident), seismic testing, CE marking test and certification, accelerated ageing tests on materials and equipment and testing for mechanical and corrosion resistance.

Qualification of equipment is essential for safety in nuclear power plants and involves detailed checks to ensure that components have the capability to perform designated functions on demand for the design life of the plant, including under accident or seismic conditions.

Article Via Amec Foster Wheeler

Originally Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:23 AM #927

Materials Testing – the most comprehensive exhibition in the world of testing for quality, non-destructive testing (NDT), materials testing, condition monitoring and diagnostic technology – returns in 2017 with a new range of features and industry speakers.

Materials Testing 2017 will take place from 5-7 September in Telford, UK and promises to be bigger and better than ever. More than 40 exhibitors from countries around the world have already signed up, with the final number expected to be around 70.

Materials Testing 2017 is free of charge for visitors, who will benefit not only from a concentration of materials testing innovation and excellence, but also from an enhanced programme of talks and seminars in the exhibition hall, covering practical aspects of NDT and related technologies.

Registration now open!

Materials Testing 2017 will present companies with a major forum for promoting their products and services and interfacing with their markets; a unique opportunity to:

  • Present the latest technologies
  • Source new contacts
  • Meet industry colleagues
  • Keep up-to-date
  • Get new business

Opening times

  • Tuesday 5 September: 09h30–16h30
  • Wednesday 6 September: 09h30–16h30
  • Thursday 7 September: 09h30–14h00

Materials Testing takes place once every two years and is recognised as one of the leading international exhibitions for the NDT, condition monitoring, diagnostic engineering and quality testing industries.

The event is organised by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), and will run alongside BINDT’s annual conference, NDT 2017, providing additional networking opportunities.

The venue for this year's exhibition - the International Centre in Telford, in the West Midlands - is less than one-and-a-half hours from three international airports and only five minutes away from the UK rail and motorway networks.

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Originally Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:18 AM #926

The University of Alabama and Airbus will partner in an effort to enhance engineering education and research, according to an agreement signed between representatives from the two organizations.

Airbus, with headquarters in Toulouse, France, and a manufacturing facility in Mobile, will assist UA in purchasing equipment in the areas of additive manufacturing and aerodynamic velocity measurements as well as a variety of student engagement activities.

Dr. Carl A. Pinkert, UA vice president for research and economic development, signed the agreement at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme, or AGUPP, in Toulouse in April.

Pinkert was one of nearly 30 representatives from 20 Airbus partner universities around the world who met with some 70 Airbus employees at the event.

To advance technology and tackle engineering challenges, the University has to collaborate with industry in an exchange of ideas to improve the education of our students,” said Pinkert. “We are proud to partner with Airbus and continue our efforts to support an innovative, diverse workforce for the aerospace industry.”

AGUPP is a strategic Airbus initiative connecting a global network of universities and engineering schools to develop high-tech talents of the future. Activities include the development of strategic competencies in technical and soft skills, the development of training courses, with a specific focus on Innovation, and support for universities to encourage diversity among engineering students and graduates.

This year’s event focused on how universities and industry can work together to define and develop competencies that meet the rapidly changing needs of the aerospace industry. The meeting was also an opportunity for Airbus to formally set new partnerships with two universities in Germany, another in France and UA.

As part of the activities, students in the UA chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, or AIAA, will have the opportunity to visit Airbus’ facility in Mobile and network with AIAA members from Airbus and supporting companies. Airbus personnel from Mobile will also visit Tuscaloosa as part of the agreement.

The agreement also provides for an Airbus Seminar series in the College of Engineering that will bring speakers, possibly Airbus officials, to campus to talk to students and faculty about research and development from the aerospace industry.

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Originally Posted: Wed, May 31st 2017 at 7:38 AM #925

May 29, 2017, in the presence of the Mayor and Quebec provincial government representatives, a groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction on the new Eddyfi Technologies complex was held the.
 
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Originally Posted: Thu, May 18th 2017 at 10:39 AM #924

This new acquisition by Eddyfi Technologies further broadens the company’s product portfolio and addressable markets.

As a world leader in advanced inspection solutions, Eddyfi Technologies is thrilled to announce the acquisition of TSC Inspection Systems. Headquartered in Milton Keynes, UK, TSC has significantly contributed in shaping the landscape of electromagnetic testing technologies over the last 30 years. The company developed the field-proven ACFM® technology with support from BP, BG Group, Conoco, and Shell, who were keen to significantly improve the reliability of underwater inspections, reduce operator dependence, and provide auditable inspection records. Decades later, the ACFM technology is specified by owners and operators of safety-critical infrastructures worldwide and is accepted as one of the most reliable methods of detecting surface-breaking cracks in steel structures and metallic components. The company’s StressProbe™ technology also provides highly versatile, non-contacting strain measurement systems that can operate through coatings in harsh environments, both onshore and subsea. TSC currently has 35 employees and satellite offices in Aberdeen and Singapore.

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Originally Posted: Fri, Mar 31st 2017 at 2:41 PM #919

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.

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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products
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Originally Posted: Thu, Mar 30th 2017 at 4:30 PM #918

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.

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