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Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Feb 6th 2024 at 11:29 AM

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February 6, 2024

IR Announces Expansion into Quebec
New Acquisition Opens IR to Greater Cross-Country Presence
Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec—IR Supplies and Services (IR) is pleased to announce its acquisition of the Canadian business operation of U.S. based Test Equipment Distributors LLC (TED) located in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec.

“Expanding our operations to service even more of Canada has been a part of our long-term plans and we are excited to now have achieved that,” said Robert Muschket, president of IR. “The changeover of TED Canada to IR has been very positive and very thorough. Together we’ve had the best interest of staff, vendors, and most importantly, valued clients in mind.”

With the finalization of the purchase, IR now has three locations: the original location in Edmonton, Alberta, the more recent location in Burlington, Ontario, and now the third location in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, a suburb of Greater Montreal. With a strong and agile sales team, client support will expand to not only the Montreal area, but it will strengthen IR’s presence coast-to-coast.

“IR and TED have a relationship that goes back several years,” explains IR vice president, Robbie VanHoek. “We’ve worked together on several fronts with an ongoing focus on client needs. Providing NDT solutions has always been foremost in our mind.”

Operations at the Vaudreuil-Dorion location will continue as the transition is underway. “We are going to hit the ground running,” explains Muschket. “An integral part of our exchange is knowing the expertise of the existing staff will support a smooth changeover. Key people from our other locations will be at our new Quebec location to help facilitate the merging of the two businesses.”

Commenting on the announcement, Leon Bunch, president of Test Equipment Distributors LLC and CEO of its parent company Integrity Aerospace Group, said, “As a leading equipment and service provider in the NDT industry, this sale of our Canadian assets was very carefully considered and is part of TED’s strategic plan to focus on and pursue growth opportunities that best leverage our skills and resources for the benefit of our customers, employees and shareholders. We have full confidence that IR intends to maintain and build upon the solid relationships and reputable business that we have built in Canada.”

For more information on IR Supplies and Services, visit the IR website at IRSS.ca.

About IR Supplies and Services
IR Supplies and Services has been a trusted source for industrial solutions across Canada since 2004. They supply top products and brands, perform research, provide training, and perform maintenance, repair, and equipment calibrations. IR leverages both outside partners and internal capabilities to bring the most comprehensive and high-quality equipment to clients.

Website: https://irss.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/irsuppliesandservices/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/irsuppliesandservices/
SOURCE IR Supplies and Services
For further information contact: Barbara Daley, Marketing Manager, IR Supplies and Services, barb@irss.ca, 780-974-5764.
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Le 6 février 2024

IR annonce son expansion au Québec
Une nouvelle acquisition permet à IR d’accroître sa présence à travers le pays
Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec — IR Équipements et Services (IR) a le plaisir d’annoncer l’acquisition des activités commerciales canadiennes de Test Equipment Distributors LLC (TED), une entreprise américaine située à Vaudreuil-Dorion, au Québec.

« L’expansion de nos activités pour desservir une plus grande partie du Canada faisait partie de nos plans à long terme et nous sommes ravis d’y être maintenant parvenus », a déclaré Robert Muschket, président d’IR. « La transition de TED Canada vers IR s’est déroulé de manière très positive et très rigoureuse. Nous avons veillé ensemble aux bien du personnel, des fournisseurs et, surtout, de nos précieux clients. »

Grâce à la finalisation de l’achat, IR dispose désormais de trois sites : le premier à Edmonton (Alberta), le plus récent à Burlington (Ontario) et maintenant le troisième à Vaudreuil-Dorion (Québec), une banlieue du Grand Montréal. Fort d’une équipe de vente solide et agile, le service à la clientèle s’étendra non seulement à la région de Montréal, mais il renforcera la présence d’IR d’un bout à l’autre du pays.

« Les relations entre IR et TED remontent à plusieurs années », explique Robbie VanHoek, vice-président d’IR. « Nous avons travaillé ensemble sur plusieurs fronts en gardant en permanence à l’esprit les besoins des clients. Fournir des solutions de CND a toujours été au centre de nos préoccupations. »

Les activités du site de Vaudreuil-Dorion se poursuivront pendant la période de transition. « Nous allons démarrer sur les chapeaux de roue », explique M. Muschket. « Notre échange repose en grande partie sur la certitude que l’expertise du personnel en place contribuera à une transition en douceur. Des personnes occupant des postes clés sur nos autres sites seront présentes sur notre nouveau site au Québec afin de faciliter la fusion des deux entreprises. »

À propos de cette annonce, Leon Bunch, président de Test Equipment Distributors LLC et PDG de sa société mère Integrity Aerospace Group, a déclaré : « En tant que fournisseur d’équipements et de services de premier plan dans le secteur des CND, la vente de nos actifs canadiens a été mûrement réfléchie et s’inscrit dans le cadre du plan stratégique de TED visant à se concentrer sur les opportunités de croissance qui permettent de tirer le meilleur parti de nos compétences et de nos ressources dans l’intérêt de nos clients, de nos employés et de nos actionnaires ». Nous avons pleinement confiance en l’intention d’IR de maintenir et de consolider les relations solides et la réputation des activités que nous avons établies au Canada ».

Pour plus d’informations au sujet d’IR Équipements et Services, visitez le site Web d’IR à l’adresse IRSS.ca.

À propos de IR Supplies and Services

Depuis 2004, IR Équipements et Services constitue une source fiable de solutions industrielles à travers le Canada. L’entreprise fournit des produits et des marques de premier ordre, effectue des recherches, dispense des formations et se charge de l’entretien, de la réparation et de l’étalonnage des équipements. IR s’appuie à la fois sur des partenaires externes et sur ses capacités internes pour offrir à ses clients de l’équipement le plus complet et de la plus haute qualité.

Site Web : https://irss.ca/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/irsuppliesandservices/
LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/company/irsuppliesandservices/
SOURCE IR Équipements et Services
Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter : Barbara Daley, directrice Marketing, IR Équipements et Services, barb@irss.ca, 780-974-5764.
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Category: CINDE
Posted: Fri, Jan 12th 2024 at 1:58 PM

CINDE is now offering online Practice Exams for sale. Practice Exams allow students or NDT technicians to prepare for a CGSB NDT certification exam or a prerequisite exam.   Click here for more details.

Each Practice Exam contains the equivalent of two to three exams worth of multiple-choice questions which can be attempted by topic or as a simulation exam. Feedback is provided for incorrect answers. Practice Exams are accessible for 60 days.

They are accessible online or through smart phone/tablet using the TalentLMS app.

Practice Exams are available for online purchase only:

  • Magnetic Particle Level 2,........$39.99 - 170 questions
  • Math ........................................ $19.99 - 60 questions
  • Penetrant Testing Level 2 ....... $39.99 - 170 questions
  • Ultrasonic Testing Level 1 ....... $39.99 - 160 questions
  • Ultrasonic Testing Level 2 ....... $39.99 - 170 questions
  • EMC ........................................ $39.99 - 120 questions
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Nov 15th 2023 at 3:28 PM

 

ROCHESTER, NY, November 15, 2023 — Carestream, a world-leading provider of medical imaging systems and non-destructive testing solutions, today announced the upcoming retirement of David C. Westgate, the company’s Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, to occur on December 1, 2023. Carestream’s Board has appointed Todd Clegg to be interim President and CEO, effective December 1, 2023.  

 “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to express our sincere thanks to Dave for his leadership of Carestream. Dave oversaw and directed significant accomplishments that contributed to the success of the company during his tenure including the 2019 divestiture of the Health Care Information Systems business, navigating through the global pandemic and executing a successful restructuring that resulted in fundamental changes to the company’s financial position and global footprint,” said Robert Rasmus, Director on the Carestream Board.

Mr. Clegg is an experienced executive, investor and board member. From 2005 to 2022, he was a Managing Director of Onex Corporation, a Canadian investment management firm that owned Carestream from 2007 until 2022. He was involved in the formation of Carestream when it was carved out of Kodak in 2007, spent a year working at Carestream in 2010 and partnered closely with Carestream’s leadership team as a member of its Board from 2019 to 2022.  Mr. Clegg is a current board member of Lannett Company, QualTek Services and The Goddard Center.  He is a prior board member of over 10 large corporations and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

 

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About Carestream

Carestream is a worldwide provider of medical imaging systems; 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 1-888-777-2072 or visit www.carestream.com

CARESTREAM is a trademark of Carestream Health.

 

 

Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Oct 24th 2023 at 10:24 AM

October 2023
From the desk of Paul James Simpson
CGSB 48.9712 RT, RT/AS, UT, PT, MT Level 3 CGSB 48.9712 XRF Level 2 ACCP/SNT TC-1A/NAS 410 RT, RT/AS, RT/CR, UT, PT, MT, VT Level III
Lead Auditor ISO 9001 and ISO AS 9100
Chapter 1
"Knowledge is Power; to have the courage to step forward requires the experience, the knowledge and the intelligence of the responsibility involved." P J Simpson
Standards and Certification Chronology (www.asme.org)
1971975 In 1975 the formation of the Nuclear Power Codes and Standards Supervisory Committee (now known as the Nuclear Board) was created. This was my first year in the NDE industry. The NDE standards and codes were in the infancy stage and the beginning of a gradual but significant expansion of quality expectations. For example, ASME BPVC Sec V Article 2 and Article 3 1974 edition referencing Radiography was only a dozen pages and a shadow of the ASME BPVC Sec V Article 2 CED present day (this incorporated Article 3 into Article 2 many years ago). The present edition, including mandatory and nonmandatory appendixes, is a 44 page section. The present edition of course references additional articles and other codes such as ASTM that have all followed the significant expansion of quality expectations of the last 40 years.

Chapter 2
NDE in Business and the Business of NDE
In my early years, starting in the mid 1970’s, I found myself in an NDE (Non-Destructive Examination) industry that was really in the infancy stage and at the edge of what was to become a major factor in manufacturing and in-service examination.
The technology was simple and in comparisons to todays standards was frankly somewhat crude. However, at this point in time, the information, standards and technology were limited and was presented incrementally on a yearly basis to those of us in the industry. The years passed by and under the tutelage of technicians and managers from such prestigious institutions as the British shipyards, Krautkramer, NRCan and ASNT, I acquired the KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) of the NDE industry.
• Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) - The attributes required to perform a job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying service, education, or training.
• Knowledge - Is a body of information applied directly to the performance of a function.
• Skill - Is an observable competence to perform a learned psychomotor act.
• Ability - Is competence to perform an observable behavior or a behavior that results in an observable product.

Chapter 3
Leaping forward into the early 90’s I found myself in the position of holding certifications for both CGSB and SNT TC-1A/NAS410 in most of the NDE methodologies. Under the direct direction of craft masters
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such as Mr. Peter Brady of Atlas Testing Labs/AITEC, Newport News, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, to mention only a few, and a now robust Nuclear industry my learning curve expanded on that gradient assent.
In the 1990’s I began studying for and acquired my Level 3 certifications and found myself part owner and Corporate QA Manager and Corporate Level 3 of a large USA and Canadian NDE company (AITEC Inc.). My numerous duties included corporate SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures for NDE) and included the mentoring, training and certification of the future technicians within the NDE industry. I applied the teaching principals and skills that had been present to me in my earlier years by the great pioneers in the industry. By this time my mentors and earlier teachers had retired, and I inherited the task of teacher; the torch had been passed on so to speak.
At this time and into the 2000’s more and more information in the form of technical knowledge, higher code and specification standards were thrust upon us in the industry. It became increasingly more difficult to teach and have the new technicians in the industry meet the required and expected standard.
I needed to sit down and analyze the issue and dilemma before all of us in the industry. Why was it such a formative task to reach the required level of expectation?
My conclusion was somewhat simple.
Firstly, there is no such thing as “Common Sense”. Common sense is a relative term that only applies to your unique perspective and level of responsibility. What I considered to be common sense was beyond comprehension to the students that I was mentoring. After all I was in the industry for decades with a gradient learning period, and of course it was common sense to me, however, for the newbies it was overwhelming.
Secondly and lastly, after understanding the first statement regarding common sense, what a huge leap it is for the up and coming technicians in the industry. What I had learned on a gradient basis over the past years as incrementally presented was now the expectation in todays environment, see the attached illustration (Learning Curve related to ASME CED 1974 to CED present Day).
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What I discovered was that I needed a methodology for teaching, as I was now in charge of writing and updating all Standard Operating Procedures, technical papers and techniques for NDE for the entire corporate entity. All the above fore mentioned documents were audited and approved by both our customers and ANI’s (Approved Nuclear Inspectors) and thus had been scrutinized to the Nth degree.
How to pass on the wealth of knowledge to the up and coming NDE technicians and personnel within a relatively short time span and as well on a continuing basis?
What I decided and used as the starting point to teach was all the approved documents that I had created. After all they contained the knowledge and acquired knowledge of past years. I set up, on my own time and at no charge, classes on the first Saturday of every month. An open-door policy was critical, no questions were too trivial to address. It was time to pay back and pay forward what had graciously been gifted to myself over the past decades. Imagine having to leap forward from the early 1970’s to present day.
It is now the task of all us who are seniors in the NDE industry to recognize the responsibility that presents it self to us. As I explained to an esteemed colleague who comment to me “all the people who taught us are gone and there is nobody to teach any more”. I replied “there are two in the room right now…. you and me, it’s our turn. We have the advantage of a gradient learning curve over the years and with the guidance of the standards such as ASNT, our classroom training with the related experience and available reference materials are well positioned to execute this task.”
"Knowledge is Power; to have the courage to step forward requires the experience, the knowledge and the intelligence of the responsibility involved." P J Simpson

Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, Oct 12th 2023 at 11:47 AM

Our Ultrasonics Level 1 course has been expanded to 8 days, to follow the new ISO 9712 2021 standard.  The course will run Monday to Friday and then the next week Monday to Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.

Prerequisites required to take the UT 1 course can be found here.

More details will be posted as soon as available.

Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Oct 11th 2023 at 9:36 AM

IR and Skygauge Partnership!

Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Jun 15th 2023 at 10:41 AM
The Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE) is pleased to announce the NDT in Canada 2024 Conference, held in Ottawa, Ontario at the Brookstreet Hotel, June 11-13, 2024.

Please click here for full details.
Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, May 25th 2023 at 2:36 PM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2023 will be held June 7, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. at the NDT in Canada Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

All CINDE voting members are encouraged to attend and participate in the AGM. To help ensure that adequate space is available, please RSVP your intention to attend to the National Office: Email g.tubrett@cinde.ca Phone: 905-387-1655 ext 228. 

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

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

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

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

Documents for your review:

Agenda AGM June 7, 2023-Rev.1.pdf

Voting Summary AGM 2022.pdf

Board Slate of Directors 2023-2025.pdf

Auditors Report-CINDE FS Draft March 31, 2023.pdf

CINDE By-law No 10-Rev 1.pdf

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