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Amec Foster Wheeler forms alliance to test equipment for nuclear safety

* 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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