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Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Aug 15th 2019 at 10:00 AM
GE Digital (NYSE: GE) announced the general availability of enhanced Compliance Management features in its Asset Performance Management (APM) Integrity software for the oil and gas, chemical and power industries. Developed in collaboration with one of the largest U.S. petroleum refiners, Compliance Management is a major development of GE Digital’s inspection data management capability, an integrated component of the APM Integrity solution.

Inspection planning and auditability continue to be a challenge for the industry. Although planning inspections for thousands of pieces of process equipment is highly complex, mechanical integrity inspections and non-destructive testing are typically planned and tracked manually. To address the risk of missed inspections on regulated equipment, Compliance Management highlights where an organization may have deficiencies and then streamlines and automates the inspection planning process. This also drastically speeds time to value for new organizations implementing the solution.

"With this new functionality, GE Digital has targeted one of the most basic aspects of a mechanical integrity program: the inspection planning process. It’s difficult for planners to manage thousands of pieces of equipment and ensure there aren’t gaps in the program that could result in regulatory fines or, worst case, a loss of containment event," said Vipin Nair, APM Integrity product leader at GE Digital. "By automating manual inspection planning processes, Compliance Management gives mechanical integrity planners a new tool to reduce the risk of missed inspections thus reducing regulatory risk, increasing team efficiency and improving safety."

APM Integrity | GE Digital | Asset Performance Management Software
Leveraging GE Digital’s strong integration capabilities to Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, APM Integrity’s Compliance Management uses data from an EAM to automatically generate an inspection plan based on the regulatory code that applies to the equipment. This streamlines the inspection planning process, allowing planners to take more of a review-and-approve role as opposed to a manual, planning-and-scheduling process. If a regulated piece of equipment does not have an inspection plan in place, users are automatically notified – providing a layer of protection that ensures inspections are not missed, which could result in a fine from regulators in the event of an audit.

Compliance Management is now generally available on premises or in the cloud as part of APM Integrity, part of the broader GE Digital Predix APM suite. Additional product details, user scenarios and demonstrations of APM Integrity will be presented at GE Digital’s upcoming User Conference on September 24 in Austin, Texas.
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Aug 15th 2019 at 9:25 AM

Zetec Inc. today introduced the NDT Sweeper™ Scanner, a highly versatile manual 2D encoded scanner for ultrasonic inspections in oil and gas, aerospace, and other applications.

NDT Sweeper has two integrated encoders for precise 2D scanning. It can support up to two phased array probes at the same time for pitch-catch ultrasonic inspections, and the individual probe suspension can be fixed axially or laterally to meet specific needs. Easy to deploy and able to encode in raster scan across long distances, NDT Sweeper excels in providing C-Scan mapping of large components.

NDT Sweeper features non-marring wheels with integrated magnets that make it effective and safe to use on many types of materials, including composites and steel. The wheels are optimized for easy movement in the scan and index direction.

With a compact, lightweight, and ergonomic design, NDT Sweeper can cover hard-to-reach areas. It’s perfectly suited to ultrasonic inspections ranging from long-seam welds to corrosion mapping and other demanding NDT applications.

“Thanks to its innovative design, NDT Sweeper can replace multiple specialized scanners, lowering costs and reducing the amount of equipment needed to carry out a variety of different inspections,” said Dominic Giguère, Portable UT Product Manager for Zetec. “Deployed with a TOPAZ® portable ultrasonic instrument and UltraVision® software, it’s a complete, cost-effective solution that gives the inspector full confidence that the entire area under test has been sufficiently covered.”

For more information about the NDT Sweeper Scanner and other Zetec products, contact your local Zetec representative, or visit www.zetec.com.

Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Jul 31st 2019 at 8:02 AM
Steel Thickness Gage STG
The STG is designed to accurately measure metal structures subject to corrosion. It offers a wide measurement range, two-point calibration and multiple languages.
Salient Features
•    Thickness Range: 0.020"-20" (0.5mm-508mm)
•    2-Point Calibration
•    Multiple Languages Support
•    IP54 Rated Case

 
Corrosion Thickness Gage (CTG-DL+)
This is designed to accurately measure metal structures subject to corrosion. It offer a huge (100,00 Readings) data logger, Non Encoded B-Scan as standard features. It is equipped with COLOR A-Scan and the user can select rectification mode of his choice.
Salient Features
•    Echo to Echo mode to ignore the paint or coating thickness
•    Q-Bar to confirm measurement stability
•    Ideal for high temperature thickness gaging applications
•    Vibration and COLOR change of A-Scan on alarm

 
Precision Thickness Gage (PTG-DL+)
This is ideal for measuring wall thickness for manufactured parts requiring unprecedented accuracy and resolution. It utilizes single element transducers and offers a 30 MHz, square wave pulser, 0.0001” or 1 micron resolution with the ability to store and re-call 30 unique applications.
Salient Features
•    Live COLOR A-Scan
•    Multiple modes for challenging applications
•    Vibration and COLOR change of A-Scan on alarm

 
View more on JMDNDT.com
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Jul 31st 2019 at 7:23 AM
Toronto – Ontario Power Generation (“OPG”), under a new subsidiary, has entered into a purchase agreement with affiliates of TC Energy (formerly TransCanada Corporation) to acquire a portfolio of combined-cycle natural gas-fired plants in Ontario.

The role that natural gas plays in maintaining system reliability has become even more important with the addition of intermittent wind and solar generation in recent years. Natural gas is the partner or enabler of renewable energy, providing the flexibility required to ensure a reliable electricity system.”
-Ken Hartwick, OPG’s President and CEO
 
Key Facts About TC Energy Transaction
 
Acquiring portfolio of combined-cycle natural gas-fired plants in Ontario from affiliates of TC Energy:
    -100% ownership of Napanee Generating Station (900 MW)
    -100% ownership of Halton Hills Generating Station (683 MW)
    -Remaining 50% ownership of Toronto’s Portlands Energy Centre (50% of 550 MW)

In addition to these assets, OPG entered into a purchase and sale agreement with affiliates of Canadian Utilities Limited in June to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the 560MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired Brighton Beach Generating Station. OPG already owns 50% of the Brighton Beach Generating Station.

OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America with expertise in nuclear, hydro, biomass, solar and gas.

For further information, please contact:
Ontario Power Generation
416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008
Release via OPG website.
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Jul 24th 2019 at 2:39 PM
MISSISSAUGA: July 19, 2019 - Candu Energy Inc., a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, was awarded $36 million worth of contracts from Bruce Power in 2019 from January 1 to April 31 to support Bruce Power’s operational objectives. This includes initiatives that will reduce maintenance outage duration and increase output from the Unit 4 reactor. The work was awarded under a Master Services Agreement signed in 2016 and is in addition to work announced previously.
 
The award includes continued support of the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System (BRIMS) program with the maintance and operation of the Advanced NonDestructive Examination (ANDE)/replication maintenance tool and the Modal Detection And Repositioning (MODAR) tool for fuel channel spacer repositioning.  The BRIMS work is about time-saving innovations that will contribute to the common goal of reducing the outage duration.
 
“Employees at SNC-Lavalin continue to explore and introduce innovation to Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program that provides efficiencies and value to the job,” said Bill Fox, Executive Vice-President, Nuclear at SNC-Lavalin. “We remain committed to making investments to grow our team and explore new technologies to support ongoing plant operations as well as the Major Component Replacement Project.”
 
The awards also include a new initiative to deploy SNC-Lavalin’s CANDUclean™ System to remove the oxide deposits from all accessible U-tubes in each of the preheaters in Unit 4 to improve output. This latest application of the CANDUclean™ technology is the result of a collaborative effort between Bruce Power and SNC-Lavalin.
“Increasing our output and operating the Bruce Power site to 2064 by innovating and extending the life of our units will create and sustain 22,000 direct and indirect jobs annually, while injecting $4 billion into Ontario’s economy each year for decades,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “By working together with our partners to find efficiencies we will continue to power more for less in support of Ontario families and businesses.”
 
Since the early 1990’s, the CANDUclean™ system has been successfully deployed at CANDU® nuclear power plants worldwide to remove magnetite deposits from inside the steam generator tubes.  The current technology evolved through modifications implemented out of operating experience and lessons learned from past efforts. This has resulted in a mature system with a history of successfully increasing heat exchanger flows, reducing reactor inlet header temperatures, improving the ability to inspect steam generator tubes and reducing maintenance operator radiation fields.
 
About SNC-Lavalin
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin's employees think beyond engineering. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction management, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across the EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear, Clean Power, and Resources businesses. www.snclavalin.com
 
About CANDU® technology
SNC-Lavalin is the sole licensee for CANDU® heavy water reactor technology. CANDU reactors were designed as multi-fuel reactors capable of using natural uranium, recovered uranium, mixed -oxide and thorium fuels. CANDU reactors are an important component of low-carbon clean air energy programs on four continents and power over 50% of the homes of the province of Ontario’s 14 million residents.
 
Media
Ken Chiu
Senior Advisor, External Communications
416-252-5315, ext. 54541
Ken.Chiu@snclavalin.com
Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Jul 24th 2019 at 2:04 PM
Berg Engineering & Sales, Company Inc., specializing in nondestructive and material testing equipment since 1969, has launched sales of the latest innovative digital UCI hardness tester, the SonoDur3. The SonoDur3 by NewSonic represents the cutting edge of portable hardness testing technology. The SonoDur 3 uses Ultrasonic Contact Impedance Technology to deliver instant and reliable hardness results on difficult to reach surfaces. It is a 3rd generation tool that is built on the successes of previous models and is backward compatible with all previous SonoDur generation stands and probes.
 
The SonoDur 3 works with a suite of over 18 different probes with test forces ranging from 1N to 98N, making it the most universal UCI hardness testing solution available. Along with the latest OS system, it allows for simple downloads and statistical data management. SonoDur 3 is a natural replacement for the now discontinued MIC 10 and MIC 20 UCI hardness testers. The new system makes the transition seamless with an intuitive interface and touchscreen as well as with the latest available technologies in storage and wireless data transfer.
According to Stephen Berg, CEO of Berg Engineering, "Simply put, with the launch of the SonoDur 3, NewSonic took the best, reliable UCI hardness testers in the MIC 10 and MIC 20 and made them better."
 
Using rapid hardness measurements via a 136° Vickers diamond, the SonoDur 3 will help you assess whether or not your parts meet your hardness quality assurance standards.
 
About Berg Engineering
Berg Engineering & Sales Company, Inc., a privately-held company based in Rolling Meadows, IL, provides sales and service to the nondestructive testing, material testing and electrical testing equipment industries. Berg Engineering’s products facilitate inspections to improve cost, productivity and the quality of their customers' products. Brands distributed and serviced by Berg Engineering include Buehler, Magnaflux, Wilson, NewSonic, Synergys, CorDEX, Zetec and many more. The company has been in business for over 50 years.
Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Jul 24th 2019 at 2:00 PM
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has conducted a running test of the prototype EX ROVR, a plant inspection robot with explosion protection features to limit the danger of the robot itself igniting an explosion or fire from electric sparks or heat, even in areas with flammable gas. The test was conducted jointly with JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation at its Mizushima Refinery in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture.
During the test, the EX ROVR moved autonomously through several floors of the narrow plant building including navigating stairs, collected data from its various sensors, and managed continuous automated operation including charging at a docking station. The robot is still in development, but the test confirmed that it meets the requirements for basic functionality to conduct routine patrol inspections at JXTG Energy's plant, and handle emergency situations. MHI and JXTG Energy will thoroughly analyze the test results to further resolve issues, and make improvements.
 
MHI is developing the explosion-proof plant inspection robot based on its success with robotics technologies in such areas as support for nuclear plant accident containment. The EX ROVR has an explosion-proof design that complies with Japan's explosion-proof guidelines, as well as the ATEX and IECEx (Note1) explosion protection standards widely adopted in Europe and around the world, allowing it to be used safety in areas with an explosive gas atmosphere (Zone 1). MHI will conduct further tests and demonstrations in a range of plant environments in order to improve the check density and enhance safety, with the aim of commercialization.
 
MHI, by offering new solutions using explosion-proof robot technologies, will move forward with development to allow for greater plant safety and productivity.
 
* IECEx is an international system for certification of equipment for use in explosive atmospheres. The quality assessment provisions are based on standards created by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The ATEX Directive, based on IECEx, stipulates the health and safety requirements, and conformity assessment procedures, that must be met in order to bring to the EU market equipment for use in explosive atmospheres, and protective systems. Both follow the same standards, so there is fundamentally no difference in terms of technical details.
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Jul 24th 2019 at 1:56 PM
Kent, WA – Industrial Inspection & Analysis, Inc.™ ("IIA") – a leader in providing inspection, testing, and engineering services – expands its service offerings with the recent acquisition of Advanced Technical Services NW, Inc. ("ATS"). Based in Kent, WA, ATS is the largest full-service, independent provider of calibration services in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Founded in 1986, ATS is a leader in providing calibration services of the highest quality. With a focus on customer service and a proven track record of helping companies achieve the increasing demands for quality and service, the addition of ATS is a great complement to IIA’s Laboratory Services group, which includes NDT Laboratories, QC Group, Timco Engineering, and IBB Technology of America.
 
"ATS’s unique mix of field and laboratory calibration services for customers in the Pacific Northwest region are a welcome addition to IIA’s ever-growing portfolio of capabilities" explains John Cote, Chairman of IIA. "The market we serve has an essential need for ongoing monitoring of their equipment and machinery to ensure proper functionality when building various parts and components. We are excited to boost our ever-expanding list of in-house capabilities with the addition of ATS’s calibration services. We look forward to continuing the success Cathy Baldwin and Phil Lausier have achieved to this point as we work to expand our suite of solutions to our customers."
 
"We are excited to announce this transaction and see great value for ATS partnering with IIA moving forward," states Cathy Baldwin, President of ATS." Phil Lausier and I are very proud of what our team has accomplished to date, and we are grateful to our dedicated staff who have represented our company well through high quality service. We expect ATS and its employees will achieve great success with IIA in the years to come."
 
This transaction continues IIA’s strategy of building a network of inspection and testing brands that hold a competitive advantage and offer a strong value proposition to a long list of customers in a wide variety of end markets.
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
Poppa. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.
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.

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