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SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (July 14, 2021)—Zetec Inc. has published its latest on-demand webinar detailing a more effective approach to one of the most common and critical nondestructive testing applications in aerospace MRO (maintenance, repair and operations): inspections of bolt holes in multi-layer materials.
 
The 40-minute webinar will discuss and demonstrate how using high-resolution C-scans and dedicated analysis displays for rotating-probe and eddy current array data can increase both eddy current inspection productivity and probability of detection.
 
“Rotating eddy current probes and traditional impedance and sweep displays lack the resolution to identify the individual layer where a defect resides. This can make it challenging to determine whether repairs are necessary,” said Nicholas Cardillo, Eddy Current Sales Engineering Director for Zetec. “This webinar will show how to use readily available eddy current technology to better recognize signals of interest, understand flaw morphology and identify layers where bolt-hole flaws are located without the use of encoders or secondary manual measurement methods.”
 
The webinar features:
 
• An introduction to eddy current inspections of bolt holes and the specific inspection challenges related to probability of detection (POD) in multi-layer materials.
• The principles and application of examination techniques, including those outlined in U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directive 2020-24-05 for the wing spar inspections of certain Piper Aircraft and the canopy sill longeron failures on F-15 fighter jets.
• A detailed look at examination results including how C-scan displays, advanced filters and data-review mode can increase user performance, POD and confidence in the eddy current inspection of bolt holes.
 
Zetec’s on-demand webinar is intended for inspection service providers, NDT technicians and aerospace MRO professionals. It is now available for viewing. To learn more, visit: https://www.zetec.com/news/webinar-shows-how-to-increase-productivity-and-confidence-in-bolt-hole-eddy-current-inspections.
 
About Zetec
 
Zetec is a global leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions for the critical inspection needs of industries the world counts on every day, including power generation, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, maritime, military, rail, heavy industry and manufacturing. We serve as a single source of high-performance solutions in both eddy current and ultrasonic technologies. For over 50 years, we have advanced NDT standards and science, providing new insight and control through inspection solutions that protect our customers’ most important assets and ensure the quality of their products. By integrating design and engineering with our own manufacturing, Zetec delivers solutions that optimize productivity, safety and total cost of ownership.
 
Zetec is a subsidiary of Roper Technologies Inc., with global engineering and manufacturing centers in Quebec City and at our corporate headquarters in Snoqualmie, Washington. Zetec support spans the globe, with Centers of Excellence in Houston, Paris, Seoul and Shanghai. For more information about Zetec, visit www.zetec.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
 
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Senceive joins international industrial technology group to support continued innovation and growth
 
Eddyfi/NDT announced today the acquisition of Senceive Ltd. Senceive will join Eddyfi/NDT as a separate entity and become the group’s fifth platform and business unit, continuing to operate under the Senceive name. In addition, with this acquisition, Eddyfi/NDT reaches an important milestone of 10 acquisitions within the past 5 years.
 
For over 15 years, Senceive has focused on bringing the very best intelligent wireless enabled condition monitoring to industrial applications within the IoT (Internet of Things) space. Senceive’s experts were among the first to recognize the immense potential of easy-to-use, precise, reliable, and long-life wireless remote monitoring, explicitly for the challenging and risk conscious civil engineering, rail, and mining environments. Doing so, they empowered those responsible for infrastructure management, construction, and maintenance to proceed with confidence.
 
"Eddyfi/NDT has always valued the importance of confidence in asset owners’ decision-making and understands the pivotal role that remote monitoring plays in keeping both people and infrastructure safe. We are no strangers to the concept of repeatable, high-quality data, for integrity management. Today, with the acquisition of Senceive, we are taking our first steps in infrastructure monitoring; a critical, dynamic, and huge market segment powered by innovation and technological advances. The timing is perfect to increase focus on this sector, with the global pandemic clearly demonstrating the need to minimize site visits by using wireless remote monitoring solutions" said Martin Theriault, CEO of Eddyfi/NDT. "With the strength within our Group and experience across other challenging industry sectors, we believe we can be the "go-to company" for infrastructure monitoring around the world. Within Senceive, we have seen a lot of what has made us successful so far: they are a company that is well managed and established, they are growing rapidly and are respected and genuine leaders. Furthermore, and most importantly, they are driven by their global customer base, sparking product innovation and daring to challenge conventions for the greater benefit of the global community" adds Mr. Theriault.
 
Senceive’s CEO, Graham Smith, stated "Joining Eddyfi/NDT is an extremely exciting opportunity for everyone at Senceive and will provide significant strategic, financial and commercial benefits to reinforce and enhance our market leadership in the wireless enabled remote condition monitoring sector. The business has been growing at a rate of 50-100% over recent years and the opportunities for continued high levels of growth, both organically and through selective acquisitions, are huge, with the existing platforms of people and technology that we have built over 15 years. We think this partnership brings together two outstanding and complementary brands ready to take on new challenges together. Already, I can see that Senceive and Eddyfi/NDT’s teams are true kindred spirits, sharing the same will to succeed and to be recognised globally as the de-facto standard for all clients and partners across our applications. I believe we will now have the resources, investment, backing and imagination to make that a reality."
 
The transaction was financed by a bank syndicate led by National Bank of Canada. EC M&A is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Senceive. McCarthy Tétrault acted as lead legal advisor to Eddyfi/NDT and TLT as the legal advisor for Senceive.
 
About Eddyfi/NDT
Eddyfi/NDT is a fast-growing, innovative, and private industrial technology group focused on advanced diagnostic technologies to monitor the world’s infrastructure health. The Group serves asset owners, large engineering firms, and service companies globally in markets such as Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure, Energy, Mining, Power Generation, and Rail. Eddyfi/NDT believes that advancing science and technology via sensors, hardware, robotics, and software makes the world more productive and safer for people, business, and nature. The company employs over 1,300 people throughout 28 offices worldwide and serves clients in more than 110 countries. www.eddyfi-ndt.com
 
About Senceive
Since formation in the research labs of University College London in 2005, Senceive has pioneered the development of intelligent wireless enabled condition monitoring for industrial applications within the IoT (Internet of Things) space. Senceive’s experts were among the first to recognize the immense potential of easy to use, precise, reliable, and long-life wireless remote monitoring, explicitly for challenging and risk-conscious Civil Engineering, Rail and Mining applications. Senceive employs 60 people and operates in 40 countries. The company has satellite offices in Australia and New York. www.senceive.com
NEW Renewal and Recertification Application Forms
Effective June 15, 2021 the NRCan NDTCB has introduced new forms for renewal and recertification. As of August 15, 2021, the NRCan NDTCB will only accept submission of the new forms, and will no longer accept outdated renewal and recertification application forms.
If you applied for recertification using the old forms, you may be required to submit a separate renewal application in order to meet all of the current recertification requirements and maintain valid certification. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
 
Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body COVID-19 Program Updates
With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) NDTCB (National Non-Destructive Certification Body) is working to ensure the health and safety of the public and our team members in accordance with all public safety guidelines. We are closely monitoring the situation and will adjust our business practices and client services rapidly as required. We remain at the ready to assist you as best as we can throughout this situation. We will keep you updated on any developments via our website.
Temporary accommodations and extensions relating to initial certifications and renewals/recertifications will be provided for select candidates.
 
Current accommodations and extensions:
The following information is a summary of current COVID-19 accommodations and extensions implemented by the NRCan NDTCB. For full details and supplementary verification of certification status, please download and read the NRCan NDTCB COVID-19 Temporary Extension Policy Notice  (PDF, 216 kb). The appropriate extension accommodations will be applied automatically (no need for candidate to submit a request) without re-issuance of the corresponding paperwork or documents. As conditions evolve, we will adjust services accordingly—temporary accommodations and extensions may be amended or applied as required. Please check our website regularly for further updates on this rapidly evolving situation. For more details, please contact our office. Effective May 7, 2021, the extensions were updated from an 18-month extension to a 24-month extension for select candidates.
 
Non-destructive testing (NDT) renewal and recertification
Non-destructive testing (NDT) initial certification
  • A 24-month extension for NDT initial certification candidates who have examinations in process that expired after March 15, 2020. This 24-month extension is applied to the current expiry date(s) listed on your most recent examination results letter.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) annual vision test
  • A 24-month extension for NDT certificate holders who are due to complete their annual vision test requirement from March 16, 2020 to December 31, 2022.
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer operator renewal and recertification
Exposure device operator (EDO) NRCan photo ID card renewal
  • A 24-month extension for EDO photo ID cards that expire from March 16, 2020 to December 31, 2022. This 24-month extension is applied to the current expiry date listed on your EDO ID card.
Additional information about COVID-19 accommodations and extensions:
  • Please note that it is important for all clients to review all the policies and conditions relating to COVID-19 accommodations and extensions.
  • Certification requirements and processing that can be completed via form-filling and document submission (with mail or electronic communication) or remote access should be pursued and supported by all candidates, employers, and the NDTCB network.
  • Affected candidates/certificate holders shall maintain continuity and competence in the method(s) they are certified in and must recertify and/or renew by the end of their (extended) period of validity.
  • Affected candidates/certificate holders shall perform certification/renewal/recertification requirements and examinations as soon as possible, even if they are still temporarily covered by the extension period.
  • The original certification expiry and validity time cycle period will be unaffected by the extension accommodation policy, the NDTCB is only providing a temporary extension for those affected.
  • While at this time, the initial NDT certification process extension has a current end date of To-Be-Decided (TBD), and most candidates in process may be included in this general accommodation, we encourage candidates to complete their examinations and certification requirements as soon as possible.
  • For candidates whose recertification or examination expiry dates are not covered by the current accommodations/extensions, but who may wish to submit requests for additional accommodations or review of their eligibility, we recommend that they keep all records and/or documentation related to their efforts, attempts and actions to fulfill such recertification or examination requirements. The NDTCB may request this supporting documentation for review and justification of an individual’s submission.
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Novosound, a leading ultrasonic company based in Scotland, has overcome competition from some of the biggest organisations in the world to win its first international honour at the 2021 Materials Performance Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards.
 
Organised by the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), Novosound received the award in the Testing category for its revolutionary Belenus ultrasound sensor, which provides corrosion monitoring across a variety of structures and environments in a range of industries.
 
The awards are organised by Materials Performance, which is published by NACE International and is the world’s largest circulation magazine dedicated exclusively to corrosion prevention and control.
 
The honour for Belenus is the company’s first major industrial award, and also its first on a global scale. Manufactured using Novosound’s patented, thin-film technology, the Belenus is the world’s first corrosion monitoring sensor that can operate completely soaked in high-temperature atmospheres up to 400°C (752°F) for extended periods of time.
 
By providing highly accurate and real-time corrosion data from remote and inaccessible locations, the Belenus enables power plant, refining, processing, and manufacturing facility owners and operators to detect corrosion in metal pipework and structures early and reliably. This facilitates improved maintenance planning and increases operational efficiency, as corrosion issues can be actioned and mitigated before unexpected failures occur.
 
Dr Claire Thring, Application Specialist for the Novosound Belenus, said: "The current limitations of ultrasound probes can be traced back to the core rigid, ceramic, sensor materials used in manufacturing, but by using our patented, truly flexible, core thin-film material, the Belenus can conform to any surface curvature.
 
"The flexibility of the Belenus, coupled with its compact size – roughly the size of a Zippo lighter or car key fob – allows it to be fitted to a range of structures including pipes, storage tanks and pressure vessels, enabling 24/7 asset monitoring. The flexibility of the Belenus also allows it to conform to curved surfaces without the need for a couplant material.
 
"This has countless benefits for customers, including potentially eliminating the requirement to shut down assets for inspections, as well as carry out readings. Not only does this save companies time and money, but it also limits the number of occasions personnel are required to enter what can be dangerous environments."
 
Dr Dave Hughes, Founder and CEO of Novosound, added: "The Novosound Belenus, is a simple, smart ultrasound sensor that provides 24/7 corrosion monitoring across a range of infrastructures and environments.
 
"This award is a pivotal moment for the company, and we are delighted to have been recognised by our peers. We were up against some huge, global organisations, but to be honoured with this award at the CORROSION 2021 Virtual Conference & Expo is a big achievement for us.
 
"To even be considered for an award we had to show the Belenus had the potential for a significant positive impact in corrosion control, and we are delighted to receive this endorsement from others within the industry."
 
The Belenus is suitable for fixed installation in both extreme and ambient environments. By providing real-time, asset integrity data, the Belenus enables operators to proactively manage corrosion risk, making data-informed decisions and reducing the overall cost of operations.

One customer, a blue chip Energy Company based in the UK, explained how installing Belenus, on-site at one of their power stations, benefits their company, saying:
"The Belenus is an innovative solution and will not only help better manage the health of our assets but bring significant efficiencies and cost savings with our maintenance management programmes."
 
Novosound is no stranger to winning awards, having previously been named as a finalist for the 2020 E&T Innovation Awards in the Future Unicorn category, while Dr Hughes was honoured with the Institute of Directors Scotland Director of the Year – Start-up award last year.
 
Based near Glasgow, Novosound’s ultrasound sensors have all been invented and produced in Scotland and have already attracted a long list of clients around the world in the oil and gas, energy, renewables, medicine, aerospace and automotive markets. Its products are helping transform the Non Destructive Testing industry thanks to their unique underlying technology, which helps test metal pipework and structures no matter what shape or size, or what temperature they are operated at – with the Kelpie, Belenus and Nebula products solving problems that have existed for a generation.
 
About Novosound
Since its launch in 2018, Novosound has become one of Scotland’s technology success stories with its patented, market disruptive ultrasound sensor technology. Based near Glasgow, the company utilises its in-house design and manufacturing capabilities to engineer a thin-film core material that is flexible, extreme temperature resistant, lightweight, low profile, compact, and capable of producing high resolution images. The Novosound team is made up of scientific, technical and commercial experts who work together with global clients to develop bespoke ultrasound products and solutions. For more information visit www.novosound.net
Great news!  An addition has been made to the IR team.  We are pleased to announce that Glenn Snell has joined us as director of sales.  Glenn’s role will be to provide leadership to the IR sales team.  Under him, we see an already talented group of individuals, who have deep skillsets and broad experiences, not only continue to excel but to thrive.  Glenn will be a key component in helping us to offer the best in NDT solutions to you.  IR is growing, and Glenn will be a key part of that. 
 
In Glenn’s words, he was “born and bred in radiography”.  He spent the first 25 years of his career with Eastman Kodak, which included roles in medical sales, as the digital product manager, and in digital archive solutions.  Glenn spent the last 13 years with CarestreamNDT, with a focus on promoting, training and supporting customers with digital RT offerings including CR and DR.  Most recently he held the role of strategic accounts manager for North America.
 
Glenn’s extensive experience in NDT will compliment IR’s focus to offer best-in-class products while providing a technical resource to support our clients in all disciplines.  The industry, with its ongoing adoption of new technology, will benefit from Glenn’s commitment of ensuring clients get the most out of their investment.
 
When Glenn gets some downtime he enjoys camping, fishing or just hanging with his wife and two kids, ages 18 and 21. 
 
Glenn will be operating out of our Burlington office, but is available to clients across North America.  He can be reached directly at 289-439-9692 or by email at glenn@irss.ca.
Please join us in welcoming Glenn. 

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