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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: 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.
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Nov 1st 2018 at 3:50 PM
The NRCan NDTCB has implemented a significant program update to its certification process for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). The minimum percentage of qualifying work experience obtained by NDT candidates in order to be eligible for practical examination has been reduced from 50% to 25% (reference updated [Version 03] NRCan NDTCB Rules of Implementation for CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014). The current Rules of Implementation for CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 can be found on our website at the following link: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/mining-materials/non-destructive-testing/8586.
 
This means that candidates who have obtained 25% or more of their total required work experience hours (and have satisfied all minimum application requirements) are eligible to receive admittance to the NDT practical examination for a given method. This change affects new applications and applications already in process. Candidates are responsible to contact the NRCan NDTCB to inquire about their eligibility for practical examination, or to submit work experience hours for review to receive their practical examination admittance and registration form(s). The NRCan NDTCB will not notify candidates of their eligibility for practical examination—candidates must initiate this process/inquiry. Please contact the NDTCB for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

    Visual Inspection
    Radiography
    Ultrasonic
    Eddy Current
    Drone Inspection
    MPI/LPI

 

Visit the Intech NDE website for more details.
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Sep 10th 2018 at 11:37 AM
On March 2017, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited opened its Quebec & The Maritimes Office in Baie D'urfé, Québec. The office location enabled the company to better serve its Eastern Canada customers. To show appreciation to new and existing customers, NDT Products Limited is hosting an Open House on September 28, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm in the Baie D'urfé Office.
 
During the open house, NDT Products will be showcasing the latest NDT equipment & supplies, Aerospace Sealants, Adhesives & Supplies, Airline Maintenance Equipment and Wastewater Filtration System. Product experts from Sherwin Inc., Hitachi-High Tech Analytical Science, Zetec & 3M will be on hand to provide a demo and answer product questions. Guests will also be treated to lunch & refreshments.
 
Everyone is welcome. Contact marketing@ndproducts.ca for more information. Follow the link to RSVP to the event: https://bit.ly/2O4D9RR
Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Aug 15th 2018 at 12:58 PM

The latest generation thermal mass flow meters and controllers for gases, represents a truly ground-breaking shift in versatility and user-friendliness. Benefits are based upon further advances in flow-signal processing and a highly stable flow control regime that is virtually impervious to process fluctuations.

Lowest range 0,014...0,7 mln/min
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Features
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•    Pressure and Temperature Independent
•    Turn Down up to 1:150
•    Multi-Gas / Multi-Range functionality (25 selectable gases)
•    Pressure ratings 10 / 64 / 100 bar
•    Customized I/O options
•    Safety in compliance with IEC 61010-1

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Hoskin Scientific Ltd.
www.hoskin.ca

 
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Aug 9th 2018 at 1:48 PM

OPG’S PICKERING NUCLEAR TO OPERATE UNTIL 2024 CNSC grants 10 - year licence for Pickering

 Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to grant a 10-year operating licence for OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

“OPG is very pleased with the CNSC’s decision that will save Ontario’s electricity customers up to $600 million and preserve 7,500 jobs across Ontario,” said Jeff Lyash, OPG’s  President and CEO. “Today’s decision reflects our continued investment in Pickering to improve its already strong performance, and the dedication of our staff to nuclear safety and ensuring safe and reliable operations to 2024.”  

The licence will be valid from September 1, 2018 until August 31, 2028. The station will operate until the end of 2024, followed by safe storage activities, such as removal of fuel and water, between 2024 and 2028.

OPG applied to the CNSC for a licence renewal in August 2017. From June 25 to June 29 2018, the CNSC held a public hearing in Pickering, Ontario.  

Quick facts:  
•Continued safe operations of Pickering Nuclear will help to secure a reliable and efficient supply of low cost, baseload electricity.  
•For two years in a row, Pickering Nuclear has been awarded the highest possible safety rating from federal regulators.
•OPG has continually invested in the station to keep the units running efficiently.  
•Operating Pickering until 2024 will avoid carbon emissions comparable to taking 3.4 million cars off the road
•Continued Pickering operations will contribute $12.3 billion to Ontario’s GDP

For further information, please contact:
Ontario Power Generation
Media Relations
416-592-4008
or
1-877-592-4008

Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Jul 20th 2018 at 11:42 AM

Drone Harmony’s Cell Tower Inspection is the first application designed solely for the task of capturing data at cell sites with a drone.

In a nutshell, Drone Harmony has made it as easy as possible for the pilot to obtain the quality data that is needed for this task. The flight plans in Drone Harmony are generated automatically and are tailored to a rough 3D model of the inspected tower. The model can be either imported, or easily constructed in the application using a simple wizard.

Obstacles can also be included in the model and the generated plans avoid these obstacles automatically. Every step of the simple setup procedure is visualized in 3D, so there is very little uncertainty, or room for error. Finally, the app flies the drone automatically.

Cell Tower Scan is designed to replace the previously used processes consisting of either manually flying the drone, or manually planning a flight path by placing waypoints in a 2D interface. Both processes represent a much longer, less accurate process, often requiring re-runs due to missing data, and highly skilled pilots. Another issue with manual flight around cell towers is radio interference, which magnifies the errors and inaccuracies associated with the manual process.

Drone Harmony has developed Cell Tower Scan in close collaboration with Bentley’s Reality Modelling team to guarantee that the data captured by the app is ideal for Reality Modelling and 3D reconstruction. Together with Bentley Systems, Drone Harmony has also worked with a number of companies collaborating directly with pilots and clients to guarantee that the end to end solution delivers both the required quality of results, and that the app achieves the cost saving targets.

Learn more about Drone Harmony Cell Tower Inspection. The new Android app based on Drone Harmony’s mission planning framework, featuring a scene-centered workflow, a full 3D planning environment and obstacle avoidance.

Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Jul 20th 2018 at 11:29 AM

H3 Dynamics Holdings announces the start of H3 Zoom.AI,a new cloud-based and artificial intelligence enabled services platform that connects with camera drones to offer a safer, faster, and more accurate alternative to dangerous, difficult to reach, or mass-scale maintenance inspection activities around the world, improving worker safety, reducing downtimes and improving productivity.

With a first focus on Smart Cities, H3 Zoom is launching Façade Inspector (video), a visual inspection tool that leverages machine learning and drones to transform the way high-rise building facades are inspected and maintained. Façade Inspector by H3 Zoom will be unveiled for the first time at the 2018 World Cities Summit– Singapore Pavilion (Booth S30) on July 9-11.

As new regulations call for an increase in inspection frequencies while the amount of buildings continues to grow, H3 Zoom’s Façade Inspector addresses the scalability challenge by introducing a fully digitized process that can scan a high-rise building within minutes instead of weeks, while avoiding gondolas and improving worker safety. H3 Zoom’s AI engine can sort through thousands of HD images and billions of pixels to precisely identify, qualify, and localize different types of defects, which are then represented through interactive inspection reports.

Industry professionals can now log into H3 Zoom.AI, find the building elevation maps they are familiar with, see a summary and of defects found by severity and by type (surface cracks, paint peels or corrosion marks and other defects), all of which can be visualized as an overlay onto the elevation maps. The interactive nature of the solution offers users the ability to "zoom" into any of the HD images that captured the identified problem. Each defect description also comes with a severity grading which the AI engine has learned over time from expert inputs.

Offered as a cloud-based subscription service, Façade Inspector is also available as an API so that further integration between smart city stakeholders can be supported. This also opens the possibility for completely new service opportunities for thousands of inspection services companies, contractors, real estate developers, owners and operators.

About H3 Zoom Pte. Ltd.

H3 Zoom is a cloud based and AI-powered digital services platform that addresses specific infrastructure maintenance use cases across several industry verticals. The platform will feature a range of digital subscription services that feature automated anomaly reporting systems based on visual, thermal or chemical sensor inputs gathered by drones and a variety of other remotely operated sensor robots.

About H3 Dynamics Holdings Pte. Ltd.

H3 Dynamics, parent company of H3 Zoom.AI, is a holding company with businesses that combine cloud-based artificial intelligence / machine-learning data services with internet-connected, automated inspection & monitoring robots and drones so that data collection in the field, data transfer and data processing can be fully automated end-to-end. H3 Dynamics is a Singaporean company with a European subsidiary in Paris France, a US subsidiary in Austin Texas, as well as representation in Japan and Brazil.

Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Jul 20th 2018 at 10:36 AM

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Richard Matthews as the President of NDT Global.

With more than 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry and most recently the position of Operations Director for PIMS of London, Mr. Matthews' appointment supports NDT Global's visionary product strategy and continued growth in developing service solutions to meet the future needs of the industry.

"I am both honored and delighted to be the President of NDT Global. I believe our customer-driven research and development focus, along with a commitment to operational rigor and discipline, ensures that we continue to offer the best value pipeline assurance solutions in the industry." Mr. Matthews commented.

Based at our headquarter office, he will be responsible for implementing the organization's strategy and driving the day-to-day business of the company, including the delivery of high-accuracy pipeline robotic solutions for the inspection of cracks, metal loss and mechanical damage to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries worldwide.

Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Jul 20th 2018 at 10:33 AM

SGS and Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE), announced today a Strategic Alliance Agreement (SAA) for the joint deployment and commercialization of BHGE's real-time software and sensor-based Predictive Corrosion Management (PCM) solution. Leveraging the capability of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), PCM will enable asset owners to increase their ability to monitor their facilities, and detect and predict corrosion issues using real-time data powered by BHGE's ultrasonic sensing technology and advanced analytics. François Marti, SGS Chief Operating Officer North America, and Holger Laubenthal, CEO of Inspection Technologies for BHGE, signed the SAA in the presence of customers and company officials during a recent conference in Houston.

"This partnership with BHGE will enable SGS to broaden its asset integrity service offering with advanced digital inspection solutions that will greatly benefit our oil & gas clients," said François Marti, SGS COO North America.

PCM generates wall thickness and temperature measurements from Rightrax PM ultrasonic sensors placed on critical equipment such as pipes, tanks, and vessels; the solution applies advanced analytics, resulting in real-time assessment of data that has traditionally been gathered through risky and time-consuming manual inspections. While particularly valuable to oil & gas downstream, petrochemical, and upstream asset operators, PCM can help any industry segment challenged by corrosion-related risk. PCM is one essential tool to help asset owners benefit from enhanced plant reliability and integrity programs, while maximizing operational safety and extending asset life.

"PCM is one of our core offerings to help customers make the invisible, visible," said Holger Laubenthal, CEO of Inspection Technologies for BHGE. "We are looking forward to working with SGS to accelerate deployment of PCM, a predictive digital solution that is becoming a benchmark for corrosion monitoring across several industries. This agreement will play a key role in improving safety, reducing equipment downtime, and improving operations for our customers globally."

SGS provides visual inspection and non-destructive testing services to large industrial assets, both in-service and during regular shutdown events, helping to ensure industrial asset integrity globally. BHGE's Inspection Technologies business, part of its Digital Solutions segment, has been one of SGS' suppliers of non-destructive testing (NDT) technology for years and is itself providing industrial asset owners with critical technological solutions and services. Combining SGS' broad network and asset integrity expertise with BHGE's technological expertise will ensure rapid deployment of PCM, and drive scale in the market for inspection and maintenance services and technology.

About SGS
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world. Visit us at https://www.sgs.com/en/campaigns/predictive-corrosion-management

About BHGE
Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) is the world's first and only full stream provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. We deploy minds and machines to enhance customer productivity, safety and environmental stewardship, while minimizing costs and risks at every step of the energy value chain. With operations in over 120 countries, we infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup – inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world. Visit us at BHGE.com.

Category: CINDE
Posted: Fri, Jun 29th 2018 at 1:31 PM
The opportunity to take online theory anywhere, anytime - at your own pace. - would that work for you?   We are currently running Blended Learning training courses in Liquid Penetrant Levels 1 & 2, Magnetic Particle Levels 1 & 2 and Ultrasonics Level 1.  These theory courses along with practical hands-on training meet the Certifying Body's (NRCan) training requirements.
 
The theory training provides monitoring of your progress through quizzes and having access to CGSB certified instructors.  The practical training provides the component needed to meet the NRCan practical hands-on hours. 
 
Upon completion of the theory, practical training and final exam, a certificate of successful completion would be issued.
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Jun 27th 2018 at 8:38 AM
IR Supplies and Services Teams Up With Educator to Further Skills of Developing Experts
 
Edmonton, Alberta—In conjunction with NAIT’s recent celebration on their record-breaking fundraising campaign and the upcoming opening of their Productivity and Innovation Centre, IR Supplies and Services is pleased to announce their contribution to furthering the studies of future professionals in the NDT (non-destructive testing) industry.
 
Robbie VanHoek, Manager of Business Development at IR spoke about the company’s commitment during Tuesday’s announcement.  
“Over the last year we have had the opportunity to partner with NAIT on helping to expand their NDT program in the new centre.   By working with our vendors, IR has been able to donate new equipment and additional support to NAIT. The number one resource in our industry is our people – the future generation of NDT.  Supporting that is a priority for us.”  
 
NAIT’s NDT program will be housed in the new Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC), scheduled to open this fall. PIC will be NAIT’s front door to industry, offering services and solutions to help Alberta companies become more innovative, productive and competitive.
 
As the technical aspects of the NDT industry continue to evolve, the need for new equipment and supporting the training for the use of that equipment is important for those who undertake the program. 
 
Brian Pardell, NAIT’s Associate Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development said it’s important for the polytechnic to collaborate with industry. “IR’s donation of equipment for NAIT’s NDT program is a true testament to the partnership between industry and NAIT. This donation allows NAIT to ensure that our programing is aligned to the changing needs of industry and that our graduates are trained and ready to work with the right skill set when they begin their careers.”
 
IR’s contribution could not have been made without the cooperation of their suppliers, with whom they share a valued relationship.

About IR Supplies and Services
IR Supplies and Services has been a trusted source for NDT equipment in Canada since 2004.  They supply top products and brands, perform non-destructive testing research, provide NDT training courses and perform maintenance, repair, and equipment calibrations. IR leverages both outside partners and internal capabilities to bring the most comprehensive and high-quality NDT equipment to customers.

 

About NAIT
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
 
 
For further information contact: Barbara Daley, Marketing Manager, IR Supplies and Services, barb@irss.ca, 780-452-4761
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, May 7th 2018 at 9:49 AM

As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection technologies, Eddyfi Technologies is thrilled to confirm the acquisition of M2M, a renowned developer and manufacturer of phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) instruments for NDT.

With its head office in Paris, France, M2M has become, over recent years, the reference in high-end portable PAUT flaw detectors with real-time total focusing method (TFM) and hot, new products such as Gekko™ and Mantis™. M2M employs 60 people in France, the USA, and China, and sells to major customers in industries such as oil & gas, aerospace, power generation, and manufacturing.

Read more on the Eddyfi website.

Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Apr 25th 2018 at 8:28 AM

BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) announced today that its subsidiary BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has been awarded a contract valued at approximately CA$642 million from Bruce Power to design and supply 32 steam generators for Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project.

The original contract for Bruce Power’s Unit 6 steam generators, previously announced in July 2016 and amended in August 2017, has been amended to include an additional 24 steam generators (including steam drums) for Bruce Units 5, 7 and 8.

This steam generator contract represents the largest contract ever to be awarded to BWXT Canada and will secure many jobs in both engineering and skilled labour in Cambridge through 2030.

Commencing in 2020, MCR is part of Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program, which will allow the eight-unit site to operate to 2064, and provide over 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity for decades.

Work related to this contract will commence immediately with deliveries occurring through 2030.

“The steam generator contract allows us to secure very long-term work for our Cambridge, Ontario facility, which sustains jobs for many of our highly skilled and talented employees for many years to come,” said President of BWXT Canada, John MacQuarrie. “The life extension of Bruce Power’s nuclear reactors is vital to the supply of clean, low-cost and reliable power for Ontarians, and we are so proud to be part of this project.”

“This ‘Made in Ontario’ agreement is good news for employees of BWXT, as well as the economy of the greater Cambridge area,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “Bruce Power’s supply chain acquires 90 percent of its goods and services right in Ontario, investing $4 billion into the province’s economy annually, while creating and sustaining 22,000 jobs directly and indirectly every year, including here in the Cambridge area.”

Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, said, “The award of this contract by Bruce Power is a tremendous win for the City of Cambridge and means jobs in Waterloo Region. I am proud to see BWXT Canada playing a major role in ensuring the success of the most significant energy infrastructure project for the Province of Ontario.”

“Today’s announcement is an indication of the incredible engineering and manufacturing talent we have right here in Cambridge,” said Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, Kathryn McGarry. “I’m so pleased that BWXT will continue to support Bruce Power in their contribution to clean, low-cost and reliable power for Ontarians for many years to come.”

“This contract means a lot to both the talented people of BWXT and the City of Cambridge,” said Mayor of Cambridge, Doug Craig. “For over 170 years, BWXT has been a prominent employer in our city, and we look forward to their continued success.”

Forward Looking Statements
BWXT cautions that this release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the performance, timing, impact and value, to the extent contract value can be viewed as an indicator of future revenues, of the steam generator contract. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, modification or termination of the contract and delays. If one or more of these or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expressed. For a more complete discussion of these and other risk factors, please see BWXT’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. BWXT cautions not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except to the extent required by applicable law.

About BWXT Canada Ltd.
BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has over 60 years of expertise and experience in the design, manufacturing, commissioning and service of nuclear power generation equipment. This includes CANDU ® and Pressurized Water Reactor steam generators, heat exchangers, nuclear fuel and fuel components, other critical plant components, parts and related plant services. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, BWXT Canada has approximately 1,100 employees at locations in Cambridge, Peterborough, Toronto and Arnprior, Ontario. BWXT Canada is a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT). BWXT is a leading supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical, management and site services to support governments in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components, fuel and services for the commercial nuclear power industry. Learn more at www.BWXT.com.

About Bruce Power
Bruce Power supplies 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 percent less than the average cost to generate residential power. Extending the operational life of the Bruce Power units to 2064 will create and sustain 22,000 direct and indirect jobs every year, create CA$4 billion in annual Ontario economic benefit, and will ensure low-cost, clean and reliable energy for Ontario families and businesses.

Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

News via BWXT website.

Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Apr 19th 2018 at 3:30 PM

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have a major new clue in their hunt for what caused the left engine on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 to fail during a Tuesday flight. The incident resulted in the death of one passenger, identified as Jennifer Riordan, 43, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 

In a press conference Tuesday evening, the NTSB's chairman, Robert Sumwalt, announced that one of the engine's 24 fan blades, the 13th, had snapped off near the central hub.
 

According to Sumwalt, a preliminary examination of where the blade failed found evidence of metal fatigue. The investigation is expected to take 12 to 15 months.
 

Sumwalt told the media that Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly indicated the airline would immediately begin enhanced inspections using ultrasonics of the engines across its fleet of more than 710 Boeing 737s.
 

The Boeing 737-700 involved in Tuesday's accident was delivered new to Southwest Airlines in July 2000. The nearly 18-year-old jet is powered by two CFM International CFM56-7B turbofan engines. CFM International is a joint venture between GE Aviation and France's Safran Aircraft Engines.
 

One of the most popular jet engines in the world, the CFM56-7B can be found on more than 6,700 aircraft.
 

"The members of the CFM Team worldwide wish to express their deepest condolences to the family of the victim of this incident," the jet-engine maker said in a statement. "CFM will support the NTSB and Southwest Airlines in determining the cause of the accident and CFM and its parent companies, GE and Safran, will make every resource necessary available to ensure support."

Article via Business Insider

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