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Jesse Garant Metrology Center is re-defining the future of service based part inspection
Posted: Tue, Jul 18th 2017 at 8:31 AM

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.

Creaform Extends NDT Expertise to Aerospace
Posted: Mon, Jul 10th 2017 at 3:16 PM

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.

Amec Foster Wheeler forms alliance to test equipment for nuclear safety
Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:58 AM

* 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

Pipeline Inspection is the Focus at Materials Testing 2017
Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:23 AM

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.

Article via BINDT

UA, Airbus Partner to Enhance Engineering Education, Research
Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:18 AM

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.

Article Via University of Alabama

Eddyfi Technologies Expanding with CA$13.75M Investment for New Offices
Posted: Wed, May 31st 2017 at 7:38 AM

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.
 
Read more at: https://goo.gl/naCYzX

Eddyfi Confirms Acquisition of TSC Inspection Systems
Posted: Thu, May 18th 2017 at 10:39 AM

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.

Read on https://goo.gl/9eYzVf

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited Announces Acquisition of Air Dynamics Company Limited.
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
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

Zetec Partners with NDT Products Ltd.
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.
CNSC Updates to EDO forms and Website - CCSN Mise jour des formulaires d'OAE et de page web
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

ASNT Expands Computer-based Testing for Candidates Worldwide
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
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

In Memoriam: Terry Paul
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.

ZEISS Opens Car Body and Automated Inspection Center in Michigan
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
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Exova Acquires Insight NDT
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."

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