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Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Jun 11th 2019 at 7:20 AM
IR Supplies and Services will be holding an open house at their Burlington location on July 9, and you are invited to join them.  Activities start at noon and they will be providing lunch, site tours, a chance to meet with product vendors, and product demonstrations.  This is a great opportunity to meet with the team that is bringing NDT supplies and services to Eastern Canada.
 
IR is located at 1329 Heine Court, Burlington, Ontario and their website is IRSS.ca.
 
Please RSVP to marketing@irss.ca.
Category: CINDE
Posted: Fri, Apr 19th 2019 at 9:11 AM
CINDE is closed Friday, April 19 in observance of the statutory holiday. We will return to the office on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 8:00am EST.
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Apr 8th 2019 at 10:04 AM
Located on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, the penitentiary was once home to gangsters and criminals including Al Capone, Alvin ‘Creepy’ Karpis, and George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly. Now, archaeologists have used ground-penetrating radar data and terrestrial laser scans to non-destructively uncover a hidden military traverse underneath the prison. Led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York, the team also made use of georectifications – where old digitised maps are linked to a coordinate system so that they can be accurately geolocated in 3D space – to locate and assess the historical remains.

The team’s methods revealed that remnants of buried structures – including a "bombproof" earthwork traverse along with its underlying vaulted brick masonry tunnel and ventilation ducts – ran east to west beneath the prison recreation yard.

"The remains of these historical archaeology features were just a few centimetres beneath the surface and they were miraculously and impeccably preserved," said Binghamton University archaeologist Timothy de Smet. "The concrete veneer of the recreation yard floor is incredibly thin and, in fact, in places sitting directly atop the architecture from the 1860s. We also learned that some of the earthwork traverses were covered over with thin concrete layers through time, likely to decrease erosion on the rainy windy island. It was wonderful to find the history just beneath our feet that we can visualise for the public."

View the full article on The Engineer.

Category: Product
Posted: Tue, Mar 26th 2019 at 1:07 PM
Zetec Inc. will exhibit its latest ultrasound and eddy current technology for nondestructive testing of aircraft components and other critical aviation applications at MRO Americas in Atlanta from April 9-11 (Booth #4908).
 
Zetec, a global leader in NDT instruments, probes, software, and other solutions, will showcase two of its leading technologies for aircraft MRO:
 
- The MIZ®-21C handheld eddy current testing (ET) instrument with surface array capabilities can reduce inspection time by up to 95% compared to traditional handheld pencil probes, and the device’s ergonomic design and long battery life mean you can inspect more area without fatigue or lost productivity. The MIZ-21C is ideal for fast, efficient inspections of skins, stringers, frames, rivet holes, tubing, and other ferrous and non-ferrous components on the flight line. It is available in three models to meet a range of inspection needs and budgets.
 
- The TOPAZ®16 ultrasonic testing (UT) device delivers unmatched value for the most common aviation and aerospace inspection applications. Combined with the NDT PaintBrush® scanner, TOPAZ16 can be used to inspect metal and CFRP, where porosities, de-lamination, foreign bodies, and other indications can occur on the surface or within a particular layer of carbon fiber or in resin. TOPAZ16 sets the standard for value and versatility among portable phased array UT instruments, with a rugged casing, high-resolution multi-touch display, and fully integrated UltraVision® Touch software.
 
In addition to its product lineup, Zetec technical experts will demonstrate how to use MIZ-21C and TOPAZ16 to accurately and reliably detect cracks, corrosion, changes in thickness, and other indications in bolt holes, scarf-damage repairs, and CFRP honeycomb panels.
 
“With 31,600 commercial aircraft currently in service and a backlog of more than 17,000 aircraft on order, MRO managers face a growing challenge to keep existing planes airworthy for as long as possible,” said Wade Jenstead, Director of Sales - Americas for Zetec. “We’re excited to show the aircraft MRO community how Zetec inspection solutions can play a vital role in safety and compliance while reducing the cost of unplanned downtime.”
 
For information about Zetec’s lineup of innovative NDT solutions, visit www.zetec.com.
 
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Mar 25th 2019 at 10:44 AM
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited is adding to its offerings the New Sonic hardness testing equipment. A leader in sales and marketing of non-destructive testing products and services for over 30 years, NDT Products is proud to launch to the Canadian market a new line of high-quality, measuring equipment for hardness testing on metallic components and materials.
 
NewSonic is a manufacturer of the SonoDur line of mobile, ultrasonic contact impedance (UCI) method of hardness testing instruments, manual and motorized probes—all conforming to applicable DIN/ASTM standards. In addition to portable testing products, the company also offers testing equipment and custom-solutions for automated hardness measurement for production lines.
 
“We are excited to bring this new line of UCI hardness testers to the Canadian market,” according to M. Sean McKernan, President, and CEO of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited. Mr. McKernan adds, “Following the announcement of the discontinuation of GE Inspection Technologies portable hardness testers in 2017, we conducted a thorough search of an alternative product line that would meet our customers’ needs. We found that the New Sonic’s line of hardness testers and probes exceeded our requirements in terms of quality, technology, and serviceability.” NDT Products Limited is the exclusive distributor of the New Sonic hardness testing equipment in Canada.
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Mar 25th 2019 at 10:39 AM
Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science Corporation (Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science), a Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (TSE: 8036) wholly owned subsidiary engaged in the manufacture and sales of analysis and measuring instruments, has introduced a new accessible model of the popular X-MET8000 Geo handheld XRF analyzer optimized for soil and mining grade control applications. It offers unrivalled price-performance ratio with a rapid return on investment (ROI) allowing immediate on-site decision making rather than having to send samples for laboratory analysis.
 
Easy to use and designed to withstand the harshest environments and weather conditions, the X-MET8000 Optimum Geo offers results in seconds with real time data sharing for fast decision making. The revolutionary Boost™ technology delivers low levels of detection whilst the integrated GPS enables you to combine geolocation data with analyses results for flawless site mapping.
 
Share results, photographs and GPS coordinates on-the-go with the ExTOPE Connect app, whilst with the cloud service, you have real-time access anytime, anywhere to results. Results are stored on the analyzer, and can be downloaded to the USB memory stick or PC in a CSV or PDF format. You can also manage results from multiple X-METs with a single ExTOPE Connect account.
 
Mikko Järvikivi, Head of Product Management, said: “We’re adding another model to our popular X-MET range used by thousands of businesses around the world. The X-MET Optimum Geo complements our existing X-MET8000 Expert Geo handheld XRF analyzer by providing an alternative accessible option for soil testing and mining professionals. The X-MET8000 Geo range compliments other testing methods by saving time and money when it comes to on-site screening. More interesting and promising samples can then be selected for laboratory analysis to verify results.”
 
Category: Product
Posted: Tue, Mar 12th 2019 at 4:32 PM
Applications exist where ultrasonic probes are required to be in place for long periods of time, sometimes in relatively extreme conditions. Typically, ultrasonic corrosion monitoring and ultrasonic flow metering place probes on a surface and take readings on a continuous or periodic basis. Water soluble gels eventually dry and the coupling effect is reduced and then lost. Innovation Polymers has developed a new ultrasonic couplant that permits long term probe placement without significant coupling losses. The material is a high viscosity liquid polymer with virtually no evaporation at normal working temperatures. The tacky texture makes it an effective pressure sensitive adhesive i.e. it forms a bond when pressure is applied.
 
Contact: Rick MacNeil P.Eng.
Cell 226-749-3035
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Mar 5th 2019 at 1:31 PM

Carestream’s Non- Destructive Testing (NDT) business has experienced rapid growth and is expanding operations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA). In order to manage and support this growth, Philippe Moreau has joined Carestream NDT as the Regional Business Manager NDT for EMEA.

“We are excited to welcome Philippe to the Carestream NDT team. His skill set enhances and strengthens Carestream’s growing presence in NDT and in EMEA, and he has proven himself to be a successful customer focused leader in many markets and technologies,” said Marty Graen, Vice President and General Manager, Carestream Non-Destructive Testing.

Previously in roles of increasing responsibility at General Electric/Baker Hughes (a GE Company), Mr. Moreau brings 30 years of sales experience to Carestream including 25 years specifically in NDT film and digital radiography sales and consulting. This experience, combined with his deep knowledge of the region and market dynamics, will help drive business growth through exceptional customer service and technology solutions.

In addition, Carestream has appointed Thirugnana (Thiru) Sambandam as the new Regional Business Manager NDT for Emerging Markets, responsible for driving customer focused business growth in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the Baltics. “Thiru is a high performing 21-year veteran in sales and operations for the Middle East and Africa markets. The key to his proven success has been a keen focus on customer needs and challenges. He will bring this same passion to this leadership role to enhance our focus on customer satisfaction and business growth,” said Mr. Graen.


About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing; and precision contract coating services for a wide range of industrial, medical, electronic and other applications—all backed by a global service and support network. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative or call 888-777-2072, or visit www.carestream.com. To view Carestream’s latest news announcements, please visit www.carestream.com/news.

 
Category: CINDE
Posted: Fri, Mar 1st 2019 at 1:56 PM
For those students taking a 2, 3, 5 or 10 day course ONLY: You will be receiving an invitation link to pay for your parking at a discounted rate. Please click the invitation link in that email to pay at your discounted rate. You need to provide details about the make/model of your car and the license plate.   This way you can purchase the required parking pass now and avoid a daily visit to the parking machines.

If registering for a course last minute or have yet to receive an invitation link email, one can be processed on the first day of class, first thing in the morning, providing sufficient time to pay for parking.  Or feel free to email info@cinde.ca and request one.
 
Full parking details can be found here   
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Feb 27th 2019 at 6:53 AM
Mohawk College is closed.  Please call 1-800-964-9488, Ext 221 for specific instructions if you are taking a class or exam.
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Feb 20th 2019 at 10:54 AM
Alberta is preparing a giant crude-by-rail operation to help its oil-sands producers cope with a pipeline crunch, and it expects a big profit from the venture.
The Canadian province, which holds the world’s third-largest crude reserves, plans to net C$2.2 billion ($1.7 billion) after investing C$3.7 billion to lease tank cars and buy service from rail providers, generating C$5.9 billion from sales and increased royalty and tax revenue, according to a statement on Tuesday.
 
The rail plan is one of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s signature moves to help the province’s oil producers, who have been hurt by pipeline shortages that have made it difficult to ship their crude to refiners on the U.S. Gulf Coast, weighing on prices. The plan also comes after Notley mandated production cuts to ease the strain on shipping capacity and work down a glut of oil that had built up in storage.
 
Not all oil companies have the capital to invest in crude by rail, Notley said at a press conference Tuesday in explaining why government intervention was necessary.
“That’s why it was important to step up,” she said.
 
The deal reached with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and Canadian National Railway Co. entails leasing 4,400 rail cars over three years, buying crude from the province’s producers, and then shipping the oil to various markets throughout North America. The province expects to generate revenue from the profit it turns on selling crude to refiners, as well as from the higher oil prices that the additional shipping capacity will support.

Key Goals
Add 120,000 barrels a day of crude-by-rail capacity over three years Lease 4,400 rail cars for three years Shrink Canadian crude discount by $4 a barrel over two yearsAlberta’s investment in rail comes as companies struggle to get new oil pipelines built to get Alberta’s crude to markets even as production rose and pipeline bottlenecks developed, causing heavy Canadian crude’s discount to West Texas Intermediate futures to widen to $50 a barrel in October.
 
“The investment in crude by rail and the elevation of the amount of crude going by rail comes as a result of successive federal government failings” to get new pipelines approved and built, Notley said Tuesday.
 
Last year, Canada’s federal government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan Inc. to keep alive a project to expand the only pipeline that carries Alberta’s crude to the Pacific Coast. That project later suffered a setback when a court ruled that the National Energy Board would have to resume regulatory hearings.
The rail service will begin in July with about 20,000 barrels a day before ramping up to its full capacity of 120,000 barrels a day by mid-2020. The province is still in negotiations with potential refiners, but expects to sell to refiners within Canada and along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
 
“Absolutely no risk” exists in finding markets for the oil and that the oil would displace rail shipments of agricultural and other commodities, Notley said.
Companies including Imperial Oil Ltd. have criticized the government’s intervention in the market, saying the mandatory production curtailments caused the price difference between Canadian crude and competing grades elsewhere to narrow so much that shipping by rail is no longer economic. The discount of Western Canadian Select shrank to less than $7 a barrel last month. Amid the criticism, Notley’s government recently reduced curtailment to 250,000 barrels a day from 325,000 barrels a day and the price discount has since widened to $15 a barrel.
“We anticipate that differentials will get back to rail economics very soon,” she said.
 
The rail plan has a few differences from the outline Notley provided in a speech in November. The lease of 4,400 rail cars, without buying or leasing locomotives, is less than the 7,000 cars and 80 locomotives originally planned. The lower figure came about through negotiations with the rail lines and more efficient routes, the province said.
“We are confident that this will turn out to be a good business decision for taxpayers,” she said. “The risk is in doing nothing.”
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Feb 20th 2019 at 10:04 AM
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Thursday it had taken a stake in Suncor Energy Inc, sending the U.S.-listed shares of the oil and gas producer up 4 percent in after-market trading.
 
Berkshire said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has a stake of 10.8 million shares in the company, representing about 0.7 percent of Suncor’s total outstanding shares, according to Eikon data from Refinitiv.
Article via Reuters.
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Feb 20th 2019 at 9:03 AM
FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Endeavor Robotic Holdings, Inc., a leading developer of battle-tested, tactical unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the global military, public safety, and critical infrastructure markets, from Arlington Capital Partners for $385 million in cash. Endeavor’s highly-mobile and easy to operate ground robots utilize advanced sensing and actuation in providing explosive ordnance disposal, reconnaissance, inspection, and hazardous materials support for troops, police, and industrial users at stand-off range. Along with the recent acquisition of Aeryon Labs, FLIR has significantly expanded its unmanned systems capabilities.
 
Based outside Boston and formerly known as iRobot Defense & Security, Endeavor has shipped more than 7,000 UGVs to customers in over 55 countries. Their robots have been deployed in numerous applications, including by police and SWAT teams, by first responders, and at nuclear power and industrial plants. Endeavor is one of the largest UGV providers to the United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DoD), and a key supplier of unmanned systems for the accelerating modernization of global military and law enforcement operational assets. Having recently been awarded the U.S. Army’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) contract, Endeavor is a major participant in several programmatic opportunities with the U.S. DoD and its ally militaries worldwide.
 
"The acquisition of Endeavor Robotics, coupled with previous acquisitions of Aeryon Labs and Prox Dynamics, has positioned FLIR as a leading unmanned solutions provider and advances the strategy we detailed at our Investor Day last year," said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. "This acquisition aligns with our evolution from sensors to intelligent sensing and ultimately solutions that save lives and livelihoods. Endeavor’s momentum with the U.S. DoD and other global defense and police forces provides us significant opportunity to participate in long-term franchise programs and will help us create growth for the company."
 
Having the largest deployed fleet of tactical robotics systems in the world, Endeavor has over 30 years of proven experience in advanced ruggedized UGVs. The company’s family of UGVs covers a broad spectrum of robot weight classes, from the five-pound throwable FirstLook® reconnaissance robot to the 500-pound Kobra™ heavy-lift robot, and all models are controllable under one common command and control system. Endeavor’s modular approach to design also allows for varying payloads and sensor systems for the needs of each customer, including imaging and reconnaissance, vehicle and room inspection, bomb disposal, hazardous materials detection and disposal, radiation monitoring, and route clearance.
 
"Joining forces with FLIR Systems will allow Endeavor to take its life-saving technology to the next level, so we can better serve the warfighter, the police officer, and the first responder who use our robots on the frontlines every day," said Sean Bielat, CEO of Endeavor. "We’re excited to be part of a company that sees its strategic growth in unmanned systems and will invest in our products, platforms and people. It is a tremendous fit and we look forward to the mission ahead."
 
Upon closing of the acquisition, which is expected in the first quarter of 2019, Endeavor will be part of the FLIR Government and Defense Business Unit’s Unmanned Systems and Integrated Solutions division. The transaction is expected to be $0.03 dilutive to FLIR Systems’ 2019 adjusted earnings per share due to borrowing costs associated with funding the transaction, and accretive thereafter. FLIR Systems’ management will discuss this strategic acquisition during its 2018 Q4 earnings call scheduled for February 13, at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
 
About FLIR Systems
 
Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,700 employees, FLIR Systems’ vision is to be "The World’s Sixth Sense" by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection.
 
Article via FLIR website.
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Feb 12th 2019 at 1:22 PM
NDT.net has revamped its website providing a mobile-friendly design. Today, about 33% of NDT.net users already access the platform from mobile devices, with the tendency to increase. India has been on top of the list - 50% of the users are already accessing NDT.net from mobile devices.

"NDT.net is based on a complex customized programming system. Redesigning a website with such features is a challenge, but is absolutely necessary to serve the needs of our users. ", says Rolf Diederichs owner of NDT.net, "I am pleased to see we have successfully mastered this project, ready to be launched for 2019. This has been a major step to make our website more user-friendly."

The front page received a completely new design and all other sections are now reacting responsively on mobile devices. This development has been a major milestone. This is especially for forum users, which frequently engage in problem solving and other discussions on the spot using mobile devices. In addition to the mobile design, the forum has also received an embedded translation box to ease communication across countries. Last but not least, the exhibition has received mobile-friendly navigation and search filters.

NDT.net has provided an innovative and open access web-platform for the global community of non-destructive testing since 1996. It will continue its development and improvement in order to provide users worldwide with high-quality website, unique features and services.

Further feedback and suggestions for the website can always be addressed to info@ndt.net.
www.ndt.net
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Jan 18th 2019 at 9:32 AM

Rebecca Rudolph is VP of Global Sales for YXLON Copenhagen and COMET Industrial X-ray from 1st of January 2019. Rebecca joined COMET as Sales & Business Development Manager for portable X-ray systems in North America in 2014 and then was promoted as VP Marketing & Sales for the American market in 2017.

Rebecca's expertise lies in understanding and working with a variety of NDT modalities for materials inspection and characterization, including mini- and microfocus X-ray imaging, portable X-ray sources, detectors, and X-ray computed tomography.

She has a diverse background in a number of microscopy and spectrography techniques and holds a B.A. in Geology from Oberlin College.

You can read more about Rebecca and the YXLON Copenhagen sales department on our website: www.yxlon-portables.com/about/sales-organization

Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Jan 18th 2019 at 9:17 AM

Noah Fredette is Director of Sales and Marketing for the American market from 1st of January 2019. Noah joined COMET as the Senior Sales & Business Development Manager for portable X-ray systems in North America in 2017 and brings his experience and enthusiasm to the continued delivery of sales and new customer development.

Noah has been working with X-ray and digital radiography technology in the industrial world for over five years, focusing on the aerospace and oil & gas markets. He also has extensive experience negotiating contracts with multi-national corporations, key account management and holds a B.S in Business Administration from Juniata College.

Noah uses his past experience in non-destructive imaging applications, sales, and account management to drive the growth of COMET’s portable brand in America.

You can read more about Noah and the YXLON Copenhagen sales department on our website: www.yxlon-portables.com/about/sales-organization

Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Jan 10th 2019 at 8:33 AM

To support the upcoming growth of the business, Nucleom began the construction of its new headquarters last July, an investment of approximately $6 million. In addition to the project management, administrative support and business unit, a research and development laboratory on Non-Destructive Testing will be built to develop innovative inspection methods and techniques.

For Nucleom, the construction of the new headquarters will result in the consolidation of more than a hundred positions in Canada and will double the number of jobs available in Quebec within a 5-year period. As part of this growth focus, PROFIT 500 placed Nucleom as the number 1 fastest growing company in Quebec City in 2017. Since then, Nucleom has continued to grow by doubling its turnover in 2018.

During winter 2019, Nucleom will join the leading expertise of the Michelet Innovation area at 3405 Rue Pierre-Ardouin. In fact, the company is focusing on the particularly flourishing sector of Non-Destructive Testing in Quebec City, an acknowledged world leader in this field, to establish its headquarters.

The latter will support all the major contracts, thereby ensuring the integrity of equipment in the nuclear sector mainly, but also in the petrochemical, mines and infrastructure sectors. Nucleom’s projects have helped to promote public and environmental protection in these sectors.

To support the company growth, Nucleom is glad to count on its association with Investissement Québec as a financial partner, who granted a $1.733 million-dollar loan directly from their equity.

“Nucleom is led by an experienced and dynamic team that has a well-defined strategic vision for the company. We are proud to support this leader in their growth, and thereby, to play an active role in the development of Quebec’s next generation of business people. The company is in an excellent position to build on opportunities in the nuclear industry and to continue its growth”, declared Pierre Gabriel Côté, President and Chief Executive Officer of Investissement Québec.

This was also made possible through the LEED Certification Assistance Program by Vision Entrepreneuriale Québec 2023, City of Quebec. Also, a special thanks to the National Bank for their financial support in this growth project. Nucleom is also very grateful to its employees, clients and collaborators. This sustained growth over the years reflects the dedication of the entire team and their loyalty.

View more on the Nucleom website.

Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Dec 19th 2018 at 2:56 PM
From all the staff and Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation, we wish you...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The CINDE office will be closed from December 24, 2018 and will reopen on January 7, 2019 at 8:00am.  The info@cinde.ca mailbox will be monitored from January 2 - 4.
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Dec 19th 2018 at 2:55 PM
As of January 1, 2019, Mohawk College will become a tobacco and smoke-free campus.  The following excerpts  are taken from Mohawk's Smoke Free Q&A weblink:
 
Why has Mohawk decided to become smoke-free?
Mohawk is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning and working environment for students, employees and visitors to the college. Becoming a smoke-free environment supports this commitment and aligns with other colleges and universities, including McMaster University who became smoke-free in January 2018. Many hospitals and municipal buildings have also gone smoke-free.
 
What does a smoke-free campus mean?
This means that starting January 1, 2019 smoking in any form including tobacco, vaping, e-cigarettes (or other devices), and cannabis products, will not be permitted anywhere on Mohawk College property. This includes the Fennell and Stoney Creek Campuses, the Student Residence (including private residence rooms and all common-areas) and all satellite campus locations. This is consistent with the rules governing other campuses in Canada. For example, the Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster University became smoke-free on January 1, 2018.
 
Who does this apply to?
The smoke-free policy applies to all members of the College community, including but not limited to all employees, students, including continuing education and apprenticeship students, visitors, contractors, independent operators and student government representatives on all College owned, rented, or leased property or vehicles. This policy also applies to any persons or groups renting or making use of College facilities.
 
Can employees and students smoke in their personal vehicle while on Mohawk College property?
No. Smoking will not be permitted on any College property. This includes smoking in personal vehicles parked on college property.
 
Will there be designated smoking areas on campus?
No. The existing smoking shelters will be removed and effective January 1, 2019 there will be no smoking on any Mohawk campus.
 
Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Dec 5th 2018 at 10:27 AM
Rick MacNeil, P. Eng., CEO of Innovation Polymers, experts in acoustic-capable polymers, announces the release of a new multiple-angle TOFD wedge that eliminates testing frustrations associated with HDPE pipes. High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) pipe has become a popular substitute for steel pipe due to its chemical and corrosion resistance. But, when it comes to TOFD inspection, the various kinds of polyethylene used in the industry can require expensive custom wedges, produce inaccurate results, and require multiple restarts.

 

Innovation Polymers has designed wedges specifically for TOFD applications on HDPE. Interchangeable plugs made from Innovation Polymers’ low velocity elastomeric polymers permits the user to select a refracted-angle option best suited for the TOFD inspection at hand. These wedges are primarily intended for the TOFD inspection of high density polyethylene butt fusion joints. The modular concept consists of a standard housing, replaceable plug inserts and a threaded plate to accommodate different sized probes up to 12.5mm (0.5 inch) diameter.
 

"The Innovation Polymer design provides TOFD resolution that equals that achieved by water and hard-plastic wedges without their inconveniences and limitations." says Rick MacNeil, CEO of Innovation Polymers, and owner of the patents for the ACETM, AqualeneTM, and AqualinkTM polymers who has worked with ultrasonic consulting expert Ed Ginzel to develop his new multiple angle wedge specifically for TOFD applications on HDPE. "Users should find Innovation Polymer’s interchangeable TOFD inserts convenient, adaptable to the various HDPE formulations and easy to change-out in the field."


The new multiple angle TOFD wedge will eliminate these 4 common TOFD inspection frustrations, including:

• Selecting an optimum fixed angle for TOFD inspections without machining custom wedges by having a wedge with inserts that allow for different refraction angles.

• Replace cross-linked polystyrene (RexoliteTM) or PMMA (LuciteTM/PerspexTM) wedges which can result in negative refraction and greatly reduce the required standoff to the fusion joint.

• Make up for lost time due to water-wedges that lose their reservoir during scanning, requiring the scan to be stopped and restarted.
 

• Adapt to multiple HDPE formulations using Innovation Polymer’s interchangeable TOFD inserts, making it easy for you to run adapt the HDPE material in the field.

To book an interview with Rick MacNeil call 226-749-3035 or email rmacneil@innovationpolymers.ca.
 

Via Innovation Polymers website

Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Dec 5th 2018 at 8:20 AM
HEARN, Murray George, age 91, of Port Dover, Ontario, died Tuesday morning, November 27, 2018 surrounded by his family at Brantford Hospital. Born June 10,1927 in Hamilton, Ontario, he was the son of the late Alfred and Kathleen (nee Hayward) Hearn. Predeceased by his older sister Ann Bowen (Lloyd) and younger brother Irvin Hearn (Jane).

For 35 years Murray worked at Stelco Steel in Hamilton and later in Nanticoke. His love for life was large and he was a true Canadian, visiting all capital cities. Murray loved to spend time with family and friends and if he could get them to fish, fly or sit around a campfire with him even better. He volunteered many years for Scouts Canada in Stoney Creek. He was a member of the Canadian Heritage War Plane Museum and the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association.

Dearly loved father to the late Christine Wedmid (Nick), John (Willa), Kathy Austen (Keith), Peter (Olenka), late Janie, Patricia Hamilton, George (Debbie) and Roberta Hunt (Kevin). He was loved and will be sadly missed by each of his 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. He truly enjoyed his adventures with his partner, Diane James, over the past 6 years. A friend to Dar and Greg, Shannon Hall, Lynda and Shelly Manzer and David and Donna Manzer.

The family would like for you to join them in a Celebration of Life at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158, 212 Market Street, Port Dover, on Sunday December 9, 1:00-4.00 pm. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca
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Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Dec 3rd 2018 at 1:28 PM
IR Opens New Location in Eastern Canada
 
Burlington, Ontario--IR is spreading its reach, across Canada that is.  In addition to its offices and showroom in Western Canada—Edmonton, Alberta to be specific--IR will now have an eastern presence.  The change takes place with the opening of their new location in Burlington, Ontario.
 
“We’re really excited about this change and how it provides support for the NDT industry right across Canada,” said Robbie VanHoek, National Business Development Manager at IR.  “We have clients all over the world, and we’ve been able to support those clients from our home office in Edmonton.  We really want to be able to provide face-to-face service for specific NDT hotspots though, and selecting this location in Eastern Canada for our expansion seems like the natural decision”.
 
Robbie who has been with IR for over five years, will now call Burlington his home base.  There he will oversee business that includes an in-store shopping option.  This is in addition to the e-commerce option that IR already has in place.
 
Originally known as Industrial Radiography Supplies and Services, IR is a mainstay in the non-destructive testing (NDT) industry.  It first supported companies, as its name suggested, using radiographic methods.  Clients were not only able to source the supplies required for their everyday business, they were able to get maintenance on their equipment in a highly regulated industry where service was previously unavailable.  Over the years the focus broadened, and IR added more NDT disciplines in their offering, including ultrasonics, magnetic particle, and liquid penetrant.
 
“We recently increased our bench strength with the addition of two highly qualified and experienced business development specialists”, said Brian Sargent, co-owner of IR.  “With the extra support at home, we are now able to broaden our reach beyond oil and gas, and into aerospace, power generation and manufacturing.  We’re really excited about sharing our expertise in an industry that is all about high standards.”
 
The official opening of the IR location in Burlington is today, Monday December 3, 2018.  The address and other contact information can be found on the IR website at IRSS.ca.
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Dec 3rd 2018 at 12:58 PM
We are pleased to announce the senior appointment of Mr. Nathan Leslie to the role of Chief Sales Officer.
Having joined NDT Global in 2014, Mr. Leslie held the position of USA Key Account Team Manager, supporting several of our largest clients identify critical corrosion and crack like features in their pipeline assets, utilizing high-resolution ultrasonic technologies.
 
With over a decade of experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Leslie brings an in-depth knowledge and proven record of accomplishment of expanding presence and market share. Graduating from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. Mr. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Marketing. He has continued his studies completing various sales and management courses.
 
Mr. Leslie commented, "I am excited about joining the talented Executive Leadership team we have at NDT Global. In the role of Chief Sales Officer, I look forward to working with our Sales and Marketing teams to deliver unique solutions our clients need to operate their assets safely and efficiently - without failures".
The appointment of Mr. Leslie to the executive leadership team supports NDT Global's commitment to developing service offerings to meet the future needs of the industry. This appointment will drive the go to market strategy, providing strong sales leadership and planning for NDT Global's sales strategies in existing and developing markets.
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Nov 19th 2018 at 10:24 AM
Canadian heavy crude prices rallied Friday as U.S. refinery demand rises and increased volumes are shipped by rail car.
Heavy Western Canadian Select’s discount to West Texas Intermediate futures narrowed to $39.25 a barrel, the smallest since late September, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The absolute price increased to $17.43 a barrel after dropping on Thursday to the lowest in Bloomberg data stretching back a decade.
 
BP Plc returned its crude unit and a coker to operation after maintenance was completed, a person familiar with operations said Wednesday. At the same time, increased volumes of crude are being exported by rail as companies sign up for multi-year contracts.
 
Crude-by-rail loadings at monitored terminals in Western Canada reached a record-high monthly average of 274,000 barrels a day in October, according to Genscape Inc. data. Canadian oil companies have said they seek to double those volumes by next year.
 
“If rail volumes continue expanding, it could help cover for limited storage space and help producers avoid cuts,” Dylan White, oil market analyst at Genscape Inc. said in an email.
A glut caused by a surge Western Canadian production running into limited pipeline capacity this year has caused heavy and light grades to trade at record discounts to world oil benchmarks. Last month, WCS more than $50 a barrel to WTI. A year ago, the discount was less than $15.
 
The price collapse has prompted oil sands producers including Cenovus Energy Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to shut what could amount to 140,000 barrels a day or more this quarter.
Crude inventories at five monitored terminals in Western Canada reached 34.2 million barrels the week ended Nov. 9, Genscape’s White said. That’s an increase of about a million barrels versus two weeks earlier. Inventories reached the highest observed capacity in May 2014.
 
Article via EnergyNow.
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Nov 1st 2018 at 3:50 PM
The NRCan NDTCB has implemented a significant program update to its certification process for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). The minimum percentage of qualifying work experience obtained by NDT candidates in order to be eligible for practical examination has been reduced from 50% to 25% (reference updated [Version 03] NRCan NDTCB Rules of Implementation for CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014). The current Rules of Implementation for CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 can be found on our website at the following link: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/mining-materials/non-destructive-testing/8586.
 
This means that candidates who have obtained 25% or more of their total required work experience hours (and have satisfied all minimum application requirements) are eligible to receive admittance to the NDT practical examination for a given method. This change affects new applications and applications already in process. Candidates are responsible to contact the NRCan NDTCB to inquire about their eligibility for practical examination, or to submit work experience hours for review to receive their practical examination admittance and registration form(s). The NRCan NDTCB will not notify candidates of their eligibility for practical examination—candidates must initiate this process/inquiry. Please contact the NDTCB for more information.

Background: This program update is being implemented by the NRCan NDTCB as part of our continuous improvement to further streamline the certification process, and to assist candidates in gaining both employment/work experience and certification in the field of NDT.

Based on recent feedback from various industry stakeholders and program users across Canada, the NRCan NDTCB is aware that it may be challenging for candidates to gain access to the qualifying work experience required for both practical examination eligibility and certification eligibility, which may then create potential time delays and barriers for the fulfillment of certification and examination requirements.

 
Although program updates such as this may improve the certification process for current and future candidates, the NDTCB would like to encourage the NDT industry/employers to continue to improve access to and provide opportunities for quality work experience for NDT certification candidates.
 
As always, the NRCan NDTCB appreciates your participation and continued support and we strongly encourage you to share this update with as many current or future candidates as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.
 
Thank you

 
Bonjour,
 
L’OCEND de RNCan a mis en œuvre une importante mise à jour du programme concernant son processus de certification en essais non destructifs (END). Le pourcentage minimum d’expérience de travail nécessaire que les candidats à la certification en END doivent avoir obtenu pour être admissibles à l’examen pratique a été réduit de 50 % à 25 % (référence mise à jour [version 03] : Règles de mise en œuvre de la norme CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 de l’OCEND de RNCan). Les règles de la mise en œuvre de la norme CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 sont disponibles sur notre site Web à l'adresse suivante: https://www.rncan.gc.ca/mines-materiaux/essais-non-destructifs/8587.
 
Cela signifie que les candidats qui ont obtenu au moins 25 % du nombre total d’heures d'expérience de travail exigées (et qui ont satisfait à toutes les exigences minimales applicables à la demande de certification) peuvent être admis à l'examen pratique de certification en END pour une méthode donnée. Cette modification touche les nouvelles demandes et les demandes déjà en cours de traitement. Les candidats sont responsable de communiquer avec l’OCEND de RNCan pour se renseigner sur leur admissibilité à l’examen pratique ou pour soumettre les heures d’expérience de travail afin de recevoir leurs formulaires d’admission et d’inscription à l’examen pratique. L’OCEND de RNCan n’informera pas les candidats de leur admissibilité à l’examen pratique, les candidats doivent se charger par eux-mêmes de cette requête ou demande de renseignements. Veuillez communiquer avec l’OCEND pour obtenir de plus amples informations.

Contexte : Cette mise à jour du programme est mise en œuvre par l’OCEND de RNCan dans le cadre de notre processus d’amélioration continue pour but de simplifier le processus de certification et d’aider les candidats à acquérir de l’expérience professionnelle/emploi et une certification dans le domaine des END.

Les commentaires reçus récemment de divers intervenants de l'industrie et utilisateurs du programme de partout au Canada ont montré à l’OCEND de RNCan qu'il pouvait être difficile pour les candidats d'accéder à l’expérience de travail nécessaire exigée pour l'admissibilité à l’examen pratique et à la certification, ce qui peut entraîner des retards et créer des obstacles au respect des exigences en matière d’admissibilité à la certification et à l’examen.

Bien que les mises à jour du programme comme celle-ci puissent améliorer le processus de certification des candidats actuels et futurs, l’OCEND souhaite encourager le secteur des END et les employeurs à continuer à améliorer l'accès à des possibilités d'expérience de travail de qualité pour les candidats à la certification en END.
 
Comme toujours, l’OCEND de RNCan vous remercie de votre participation et de votre soutien constant et nous vous encourageons vivement à partager cette mise à jour avec autant de candidats présents ou futurs que possible. Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas à contacter notre bureau.
 
Merci,
 
National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB)
Natural Resources Canada
183 Longwood Road South, 1st Floor
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A5
Telephone: 1-866-858-0473
Fax: (905) 645-0836
NDT Email: nrcan.ndt-end.rncan@canada.ca
Website: http://ndt.nrcan.gc.ca
 
Organisme nationale de certification en essais non destructifs (OCEND)
Ressources naturelles Canada
183, chemin Longwood sud, 1ère Étage
Hamilton (Ontario) Canada  L8P 0A5
Téléphone : 1-866-858-0473
Télécopieur : (905) 645-0836
Courriel END :  nrcan.ndt-end.rncan@canada.ca  
 
 
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Oct 18th 2018 at 11:56 AM
The CNSC is the first regulator in Canada to implement clear guidance and requirements for managing worker fitness for duty with respect to alcohol and drug use, which includes a comprehensive set of alcohol and drug testing measures.
 
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Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Oct 16th 2018 at 9:14 AM

Building on last year's success, we are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Winnipeg Open House on Wednesday October 17th.

Some of the new and exciting products and solutions that will be showcased are:

    C - Scan Solution for the fast inspection of composite structures
    Handheld Eddy Current Instrument with array probes for surface inspection of cracks, corrosion, conductivity and coating thickness
    Drone Inspection - Inspection of inaccessible, dangerous, and confined spaces all while reducing downtime, inspection costs, and increasing safety

 

We will also have product specialists on-hand to help you with solutions for inspection challenges in:

    Visual Inspection
    Radiography
    Ultrasonic
    Eddy Current
    Drone Inspection
    MPI/LPI

 

Visit the Intech NDE website for more details.

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