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Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Jan 17th 2020 at 12:13 PM
MFE Enterprises announces the launch of its new 61 lb. manual and mapping edge scanner today, the MFE Edge. MFE Enterprises applied the superior mapping software and reliable technology of its coveted Mark IV Tank Scanner to the functionality of an edge scanner when designing the MFE Edge.
 
One of the most exciting features of the Edge is its ability to map the critical zone. Mapping an impressive 1/8 inch from the shell wall takes inspectors to unprecedented territory. Operators may utilize the MFE Edge on its own or use it in unison with the Mark IV Tank Scanner. They will have the ability to export their analytical mapping reports from the MFE Edge and import them into the Mark IV Tank Scanner, making the use of both machines a particularly advantageous partnership when mapping defects.
 
MFE Enterprises’ Business Development Manager Bryan Duke says the ability to map the critical zone is an extraordinary advantage for NDT inspectors.
”Mapping the critical zone and getting an 1/8 inch from the shell is a game-changer for our customers. The ability to merge analytical data with the Mark IV will save them so much time, which saves them money. We’re thrilled about this launch and what it will mean for our customers,” Duke says.
 
With other scanners, the time and money constraints of shipping large pieces of equipment to various job sites can be extensive and inconvenient. MFE Enterprises’ answer to this is the Edge’s remarkably light 61 lb. scanner weight. During storage and shipments, the Edge may be separated into two parts: the handle assembly and the magnetic bridge. The two cases distribute the Edge’s already light weight across the two cases, allowing for much easier transport.
 
These features along with the MFE Edge’s 180-degree pivoting handle assembly, Getac Rugged F110 tablet, real-time display, and hot-swappable batteries make the MFE Edge a necessary tool for inspectors.
 
If you want to know more about the MFE Edge or to arrange a demo, please contact Bryan Duke at bduke@mferentals.com.
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Jan 9th 2020 at 11:50 AM
WALTHAM, Mass., October 30, 2019—OmniScan® instruments are recognized globally as the benchmark for portable phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) thanks to their power, reliability and ease of use. The new OmniScan X3 flaw detector elevates the standard with innovations that improve the entire inspection workflow. Setting up for a job is faster and more efficient while total focusing method (TFM) images collected through full matrix capture (FMC) give users more confidence in their decision making. When an inspection is complete, leading-edge software tools make analysis and reporting easier.
The OmniScan X3 flaw detector combines the essential tools needed for PAUT inspections, such as TOFD, two UT channels, eight groups and 16:64PR, 16:128PR and 32:128PR configurations*, with powerful innovations, including:
  • TFM/FMC with 64-element aperture support
  • Improved phased array imaging, including an innovative live TFM envelope feature
  • Acoustic influence map (AIM) simulator for TFM mode
  • 25 GB file size
  • Up to 1,024 × 1,024-pixel TFM reconstruction and four simultaneous, live TFM propagation modes
  • Simplified user interface with onboard scan plan
  • Wireless connectivity to the Olympus Scientific Cloud (OSC) makes it simple to keep the instrument’s software up to date
The comprehensive onboard scan plan tool enables users to visualize the inspection, helping reduce the risk of errors. The entire scan plan, including the TFM zone, can be created in one simple workflow. Creating a setup is also faster with improved calibration tools and support for simultaneous probe and beam set configuration, onboard dual linear, matrix and dual matrix array creation and automatic wedge verification.
Certified IP65 dust proof and water resistant, the instrument has the reliability and ease of use that OmniScan flaw detectors are known for combined with high-quality images that help make interpreting flaws more obvious. With the total focusing method, users can produce geometrically correct images to confirm the characterization of flaws identified through conventional phased array techniques and obtain better images throughout the volume of a part. Additional features that enable outstanding images include a 16-bit A-scan, interpolation and smoothing and a vivid 10.6-inch WXGA display that provides clarity and visibility in any light.
The OmniScan X3 flaw detector makes analysis and reporting faster, both onboard the instrument and on a PC. The instrument also comes with a variety of helpful data interpretation tools:
  • Circumferential outside diameter (COD) TFM image reconstruction to facilitate interpretation and sizing of long seam weld indications
  • Merged B-scan to facilitate the screening of phased array weld indications while keeping the workflow simple
Whether inspecting pipes, welds, pressure vessels or composites, the OmniScan X3 flaw detector enables users to complete their work efficiently and interpret flaws with confidence.
 
For more information about OmniScan flaw detectors, visit: www.olympus-ims.com.
 
*The 16:64PR configuration limits the number of groups to 1 TOFD, 2 PA and 2 TFM.
 
About Olympus
Olympus is a global technology leader, crafting innovative optical and digital solutions in medical technologies; life sciences; industrial solutions; and cameras and audio products. Throughout our nearly 100-year history, Olympus has focused on being true to society and making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. 
 
Our Industrial Solutions Business is committed to the safety and betterment of society through the pioneering, development and manufacture of world-leading test and measurement solutions. These solutions are used in industrial and research applications ranging from aerospace, power generation, petrochemical, civil infrastructure, automotive and consumer products. For more information, visit https://www.olympus-ims.com.
 
Olympus…True to You. True to Society. True to LIFE.
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Dec 18th 2019 at 9:29 AM
FITCHBURG, Wis., Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix, LLC., a nuclear technology company founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 2005, has announced that it has now demonstrated the capability to take ASTM Category I neutron radiographs at its new accelerator-based industrial radiography facility, the Phoenix Neutron Imaging Center (PNIC), which opened in October of this year. ASTM Category I images are the highest image quality level specified by ASTM E545, the gold standard for defining the quality of neutron radiographs.
Neutron imaging, also known as N-ray, is a form of radiographic inspection similar to X-ray imaging that provides unique information and valuable insight into an object's internal structure that other non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques cannot. Neutron imaging is a vital inspection technique for high-reliability products such as the turbine blades found in aircraft jet engines, energetic devices such as aircraft ejection mechanisms, spacecraft payload fairing separation mechanisms, and munitions.
 
Since the discovery of neutron imaging as an industrial NDT technique in the 1950s, only nuclear reactors could provide the magnitude of neutron radiation to create high-quality images in reasonable time periods. However, after decades of increasing regulation and costs, scores of these reactors have closed. There are now only a few nuclear reactors available for commercial imaging, drastically limiting the availability of neutron inspection in the NDT community.
 
The high neutron output of the PNIC system allows Phoenix to exceed the annual throughput of reactor facilities with an equivalent level of image quality. This technical achievement represents the culmination of years of work by Phoenix's engineers to mitigate industry concerns on the availability of neutron radiography.
 
"The ability to generate ultra-high-quality neutron images with a small, relatively low-cost, accelerator-based neutron imaging system is truly an industry game-changer," said Dr. Evan Sengbusch, president of Phoenix. "This achievement is analogous to the early use of compact x-ray generators in medical diagnostics over a century ago. It is a first step in making neutron imaging as ubiquitous as x-ray imaging is today."
 
Of the handful of reactors that remain, continued unplanned outages and no line of sight to the specialty fuel needed to refuel the reactors will likely cause further shutdowns in the near future which drives significant concern for users reliant on those facilities. Phoenix is now positioned to take on neutron imaging work put at risk by an aging nuclear reactor fleet and maintain the high quality and reliability levels required for a broad range of aerospace and defense components supplied to the government and commercial sectors.
 
Unlike a nuclear reactor, the Phoenix system can also be built anywhere, making it possible for high-volume users of neutron imaging to have dedicated neutron imaging capabilities in-house. Phoenix's goal is to not just shore up this fragile supply chain with a network of n-ray capable facilities but to make neutron radiography, a powerful yet underutilized tool for industrial nondestructive testing, more accessible and available to a broader user base.
 
The 10,000 square foot neutron imaging services facility that will provide neutron activation analysis, radiation effects testing, neutron (n-ray), and x-ray imaging. The company's 50,000 square foot corporate headquarters, which broke ground in November of this year, will also be located on the same site and will allow Phoenix to meet the increasing demand for accelerator systems and employ an estimated additional 50 full time, highly paid professionals over the next several years.
 
About Phoenix
Phoenix's proprietary neutron generators, one of which recently broke a world record for the most neutrons produced in a sustained fusion reaction during a demonstration with sister company SHINE Medical Technologies, do not rely on the fission of fissile materials. Phoenix began developing its first neutron radiography system in 2012 under a Small Business Innovation and Research contract with the US Army. The Phoenix neutron radiography systems are designed to be installed at industrial facilities and incorporated directly into the quality control processes used to inspect products for defects which could not be detected with more widely-utilized NDT techniques. Other clients of Phoenix include major aircraft turbine blade casting houses and manufacturers of energetic devices. PNIC, which is set to begin taking on new clients in Q1 2020, represents a paradigm shift in the availability of neutron imaging by providing all of the benefits of reactor-driven neutron imaging facilities with fewer drawbacks, while also providing other services for NDT professionals such as industrial X-ray imaging and CT (computed tomography).
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Dec 6th 2019 at 11:10 AM
The first segments of pipe for the Coastal GasLink Project begin to arrive at storage sites this week in anticipation of construction ramp up later next year, TC Energy reported on Tuesday.
The $6.6-billion pipeline, which will provide the natural gas feed for the $40-billion LNG Canada project, will stretch 670 kilometres from the Dawson Creek area in Northeast B.C. to the coast at Kitimat.
 
TC Energy said that starting in December 2019, pipe will be transported by rail and truck and stored at sites across the project route until it’s needed for assembly and installation. That phase of construction is expected to start next summer and continue through to 2022.
 
Initial deliveries are planned for the Chetwynd and Kitimat area. Deliveries to other areas across the route will continue through April 2021, the company said.
“With construction progressing on the Coastal GasLink Project, we are committed to delivering economic benefits across the province. With more than $1 billion in employment and contracting opportunities for Indigenous and local communities, significant benefits are already being realized across the project right-of-way,” TC Energy said.
“In fact, nearly 1,000 women and men are currently working on the project to make sure we are ready for mainline construction in 2020.”
 
Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Dec 6th 2019 at 7:44 AM
Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science in Canada is excited to announce the launch of OE750 – a ground-breaking new optical emission spectrometer for verifying incoming materials specifications in metal processing facilities. Complex supply chains, zero-fault quality strategies and more demanding regulations and standards mean metals processing businesses are under increasing pressure to check their incoming materials beyond grade information and verify tramp and trace elements content before allowing them into production. To meet these new high-demand QAQC requirements, the new OE750 optical emission spectrometer offers a level of analytical performance never previously seen in an analyser in this class. It covers the entire spectrum of elements in metal and has some of the lowest detection limits possible. The result is an analyser that has the capability of much more expensive instruments, bringing high quality analysis within reach for the first time for many metals working businesses.

Revolutionary new optical concepts, with four patents pending, using superior CMOS detector technology is behind the high level of optical resolution and large dynamic range of the OE750. As a result, this new analyser has a very wide wavelength range, meaning it can measure the entire range of elements within metals at low ppm levels. This is essential for meeting today’s tight metals specifications and the analyser can meet the requirements of relevant standards and specifications such as for example the ASTM E415 test method for carbon and low-alloy steel and ASTM E1086 the Standard Test Method for the analysis of Stainless Steel by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry.

One advantage of the OE750’s new optics design is the fast start-up time. The instrument is ready for use in less than an hour, thanks to the low volume occupied by the optics. This aids high throughput production, where facilities need to check 100% of the material supplied.
In addition to the new optics design, the OE750 has other technical features that support high volume metals analysis. It has a new sealed spark stand with optimised laminar flow; this reduces argon consumption, reduces the likelihood of contamination and drastically reduces maintenance requirements. A unique mid-pressure system with low-pressure argon purge cuts down the pump usage. This reduces the power consumption of the pump by 90% and enables an oil-free design to be used, increasing reliability and instrument uptime. This makes the OE750 highly reliable with low operating costs.

In addition to innovative hardware technology, the new OE750 includes software that enhances its performance. For example, it includes the Hitachi GRADE Database that includes more than 12 million records for over 339,000 materials from 69 countries and standards, reducing time and potential errors from manually consulting grade catalogues. As an option it comes with a SPC/LIMS package enabling an easy an effective monitoring of processes involved with the instrument and the processes to be controlled with it. This is an ideal tool to meet demands from standards such as IATF 16949.

Wilhelm Sanders, Hitachi OES Product Business Development Manager said: “In the past, metal processing businesses had to choose between high performance analysis and instrumentation that was in their price range. Thanks to the new OE750 they no longer have to make that compromise. The OE750 offers comprehensive metals analysis in one accessible package.”
For more information, contact Non-Destructive Testing (NDT ) Products Limited, the channel partner for Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science in Canada, at 1-833-202-4504/sales@ndtproducts.ca.
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Nov 4th 2019 at 7:58 AM
Tommy Thomson, 1956 - 2019

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Tommy on Thursday, October 24th, 2019. Tommy died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a 2 year hard fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Pauline, loving and supportive father of Ryan (Nita) and Megan, much loved son of Mary and Tommy (deceased) and loving brother of Liz. Tommy was dearly loved by his mother-in-law Helen and father-in-law Daniel (deceased). He will be lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Anne, brother-in-law’s Jeff, Kevin and Raymond and his nieces Maria, Cherl, Francesca, Lauren and Rebecca. Lovingly remembered by his many cousins.

Tommy was born in Greenock, Scotland, and immigrated with Pauline and his children in 1988. He was a well-established, respected and successful business man in the N.D.T. industry. He was a mentor to many and always made time for others. Tommy was always the life and soul of the party and had the gift of making everyone around him laugh. He loved time with his family, good friends - too many to mention, soccer, sailing and travelling.

Thank you to all our friends and neighbours for prayers, support, gifts of food, garden work, and Fr. Larry Parent for spiritual support. We also would like to thank Dr. Hubay and her team at GRCC and the palliative team including Dr. Tan and especially nurses, Allison and Diane for their compassionate care and support.

At Tommy’s request, cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to share happy memories with his family at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visitation was held 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019. Visitation continued from 10:00 am - 10:45 am, with a Memorial Service that followed at 11:00 am in the chapel on Thursday, October 31st, 2019. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Prostate Cancer Canada - Research or Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Centre.

Visit www.henrywalser.com for Thomas' memorial.
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Nov 4th 2019 at 7:53 AM
With sadness, we report the passing of  Roger Lyon, a very active NDT community member.
 
Roger Lyon spent 12 years in the Royal Navy between 1960 and 1972 before embarking on an NDT career for 40 years.  He was the sitting president of EFNDT, elected in Gothenberg, Sweden.  Roger had been active in the British Institute of NDT, starting off in the PCN Technical Committee and then as Chairman of the Certification Advisory Board, Chairman of the Certification Management Committee, Chairman of the SANDT Advisory Committee, Member of Council, Vice President, President Elect, President, Member of the Industry Committee, MQ&E, ECWG, Executive COmmittee, EFNDT and BINDT/ICorr Policy Group.
 
Roger passed away suddenly on September 30th, 2019.

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