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Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Mar 9th 2018 at 10:22 AM

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited has recently partnered with Armorlite Technologies Inc. (ATI) for the distribution of its line of RT, AUT and impact lights. Armorlite’s RT Darkrooms and UT Labs are designed with stressed skin panels and EXOBODY construction, revolutionary structural aluminum exoskeleton frame, complete PVC interior cabinetry and components for zero maintenance, true interior modular construction allowing many options and unlimited customization, among many outstanding features. Armorlite has a long standing history with off road specific industries. The exterior design of these units allows them to withstand the harshest conditions; temperatures ranging from +40 to -50°C, as well as the constant vibration of a vehicle driving through rough terrain while still being the lightest in the market. Armorlite units have found applications in many different industries including environmental testing to emergency response units.

 

For further information, contact sales@ndtproducts.ca or visit our website.

Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Mar 7th 2018 at 3:56 PM

Nubitus is very proud to count on Action-NDT as the official distributor in the territory of France for the non-destructive testing industry. The country's inspection companies will now be able to have a direct link with a brilliant distributor. 

"Action-NDT represents the dynamism and passion of the Nubitus' DNA. Our product is a new technology that will allow hundreds of inspection companies to save time and money. It will ensure the traceability of data recorded during strategic infrastructure. We wanted a partner that represents our values and our vision, we have found the right one, we are certain. The recording of inspection data is critical to ensure better infrastructure control and informed decision-making to maintain public safety. I am very proud to be able to rely on Action-NDT to represent our brand in a market as important as France," explains Éric Dusablon, co-founder of Nubitus. 

"The area of digital data exchange is gaining momentum in industrial market. Imaging techniques become unavoidable as they create a very large volume of data. For us, Nubitus is the innovative answer that arrives at the right time to offer a solution to data transfer. Nubitus fits perfectly into our line card (PA / TOFD / TFM ultrasound, XRF analysis, 3D scanner, eddy current, etc ...) and we are sure our customers will adopt the product very quickly. " says Philippe Henninot, director of Action-NDT. 

Nubitus 

Nubitus is a USB thumb drive that provides connectivity for non-destructive control acquisition instruments or any device equipped with a USB port. The product automatically transfers data to a server (cloud or FTP) remotely via a Wifi network without any manipulation. It is also the only USB key in the world capable of receiving data remotely. Nubitus has the quality of being extremely safe because it allows the encryption of data and supports the highest standards security protocols. 

For the inspection companies, this key is an outstanding news, because they finally have a way to transfer data in real-time to the Level 3 back at the office without any manipulation. Companies will be able to save a lot of time and money. They will be able to ensure that there is no loss of information and to provide complete reports to their client quicker than ever. 


Action-NDT 
Located in Montauban, France, Action-NDT is a dynamic distributor of non-destructive testing equipment. It has benne created by engineers and technicians with decades of experience in non-destructive testing of all techniques. Their activities are: distribution, design, manufacture of Non-Destructive Testing equipment and the services associated with these activities (after-sales service, annual calibrations, advice, etc.). 

Amotus Solutions 

Amotus Solutions Inc. has been developing software and electronic products since 2013 in Quebec City. The company excels in the creation of Linux, Yocto and Embedded operating systems, the development of wireless solutions (Bluetooth) and multiplatform software, in addition to developing high-tech products allowing the interconnection between different products of the everyday and industrial life. Nubitus is a revolutionary product of the company. 

Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Mar 7th 2018 at 9:07 AM

SIUI’s new Smartor is a combination of high-end ultrasonic testing and thickness measurement, at affordable pricing. This compact equipment allows one-hand operation, with 5.7" high resolution LCD brings excellent visual effect.

Smartor can be arbitrary swapped between UT and TG. In UT mode, functions like smart test wizard for weld, plate and forging, weld simulation, B-scan, auto gain control, peak memory, DAC/TCG/AWS/API, video record, curve surface correction, crack height measurement are available. In TG mode, it has various functions, such as A/B scan, through coating/coat /multi-layer thickness measurement, auto-search, velocity measurement, alarm, dataset management, V-PATH, TDG and temperature compensation.

Learn more in the SIUI website.

Category: Product
Posted: Wed, Mar 7th 2018 at 8:52 AM

Zetec Inc., a global leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions, today announced the launch of the MIZ-21C, the first truly affordable handheld eddy current instrument with surface array capabilities.

The MIZ-21C can deliver fast, accurate inspections in demanding NDT applications including aerospace, oil and gas, manufacturing, and power generation. The surface array solution can reduce inspection time by up to 95% compared to traditional handheld pencil probes. The ergonomic design, long battery life, and intuitive touchscreen mean you can inspect more areas faster than ever without fatigue.

The MIZ-21C supports a wide range of existing probes and scanners, which further extends its value. “MIZ-21C is an affordable and capable device that can go anywhere you need to go for your inspection,” said Jesse Herrin, Eddy Current Systems Product Manager for Zetec. “MIZ-21C not only saves time, it opens the door to new inspection possibilities by bringing the power of surface array to places it has never been before.”

For more information, visit the Zetec website.

Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 at 9:50 AM

Another goal is to lay the foundation for a natural gas industry in the province within the next 12 years

The Newfoundland and Labrador government launched a new plan on Monday for growing the oil and gas sector. Highlights of Advance 2030 include doubling offshore oil production by 2030 through reducing development time for projects and laying the foundation for a natural gas industry.

Last month, the province's Oil and Gas Industry Development Council started looking at ways to grow the industry, providing government with 17 focus areas which include actions ranging from the short to long term.

Targets for the offshore oil industry include drilling more than 100 new exploration wells and tapping into multiple basins to produce more than 650,000 barrels of oil per day from new and existing projects. The council estimates that there are more than 37 billion barrels to be drilled off the coast of Newfoundland, and that currently less than seven per cent is accounted for by licensed drilling operations.
To get going on tapping into those reserves, the province wants to reduce project development time for offshore projects to seven years.

At Monday's announcement at The Rooms in St. John's, Premier Dwight Ball called the plan "ambitious, but achievable."

Despite the impending carbon tax and a growing trend toward green energy, Ball said it's not the time to slack off on developing more oil projects, as the world still very much wants to buy Brent Crude.

"There is still a thirst for oil and gas throughout the world," Ball said. "The transition from where we are today with oil and gas to green energy will take quite some time. So while that transition is occurring and taking place, the world will still need oil and gas."

Advance 2030 also aims to get the province more involved in commercial natural gas production. With more than 133 trillion cubic feet of gas potential surrounding the province, Ball said now is the time to start laying the foundation of that industry so that it will be in full swing within 12 years.

"We already know there are tremendous reserves out there. If we do not put targets in place and the mechanism to get there, the fact is if you don't do that and challenge people it will never get done," he said. "So the development council themselves has set a target and they feel that we have tremendous reserves out there that could lead to a commercial gas industry off our province."

Via CBC News

Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Feb 21st 2018 at 7:43 AM

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) announced today that its subsidiary BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has been awarded contracts valued at approximately CA$30 million from Bruce Power to design and supply 13 critical heat exchangers as part of Bruce Power’s asset management program.

These heat exchangers will serve various functions, including maintaining safe reactor temperatures during reactor shutdown conditions and removing decay-heat from the spent fuel storage bays. They are being designed and manufactured in BWXT’s Cambridge, Ontario facility.

BWXT specializes in the design and manufacture of critical nuclear heat exchangers and has supplied over 150 heat exchangers to nuclear utilities worldwide, including several previously for Bruce Power. Work related to these contracts will commence immediately with deliveries occurring between 2018 and 2020.

These heat exchangers will help to safely extend the life of Bruce Power’s reactors so that they can continue to provide low-cost, clean and reliable power for Ontarians for many years in the future,” said John MacQuarrie, President, BWXT Canada.

Our partnership with BWXT Canada is vital to our Life Extension Program, which started January 2016, and is Canada’s largest infrastructure project,” said Mike Rencheck, President and CEO, Bruce Power. “Leveraging BWXT’s proven expertise in heat exchanger work will ensure our Life Extension Program continues to be a success and remains on-time and on-budget supporting Bruce Power’s commitment to continue delivering clean, reliable and low-cost nuclear power for families and business for decades to come.”

This contract is excellent news for BWXT Canada and for the City of Cambridge,” said Member of Parliament for Cambridge, Bryan May. “BWXT Canada produces some of the most critical precision components for nuclear power plants all over the world. The talent right here in Waterloo Region means that Bruce Power can count on a superior product.”

BWXT Canada is a vital part of Cambridge’s advanced manufacturing sector and gives Ontario a huge advantage in the field of nuclear power,” said Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, the Honourable Kathryn McGarry. “This new contract with Bruce Power demonstrates the value being created in our community by moving forward with Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan, including good jobs in the skilled trades and a clean, reliable electricity supply.”

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 heat exchanger 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, 2016 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 950 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.

Contacts

BWXT Canada Media Contact
Natalie Cutler, 519-620-5288
Communications Manager
nacutler@bwxt.com

Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Feb 14th 2018 at 10:09 AM
Acuren Group Inc. Job Fair in search of CGSB Certified Technicians    
 
Thursday February 22, 2018
 
5:00pm to 8:00pm
 
Canadian Hall, Homewood Suites, 975 Syscon Rd, Burlington, ON
 
For more information, please follow the link ... https://www.acuren.com/careers/hot-jobs/
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Feb 13th 2018 at 3:52 PM
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited is happy to announce the addition of REL’s Glo-Black Series of inspection lamps to its product line. The Glo-Black Series are designed for all power prerequisites of Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection (FPI) and Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI). Further, these lights were tested to comply with both ASTM E3022 Standard and Roll-Royce RRES 90061 Requirements. This addition offers NDT Products Ltd. customers a wider choice for their illumination requirements.
 
For more information about the products, email sales@ndtproducts.ca or visit NDT Products website: http://bit.ly/2HejOdY
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Feb 13th 2018 at 8:40 AM

UGMNA, a new event for the NDT community, comes to Charlotte, NC Volume Graphics, a developer of leading software for the analysis and visualization of industrial computed tomography data, will host a new must-attend event for the North American CT and NDT community in Charlotte, NC: The first Volume Graphics User Group Meeting North America (UGMNA). The event will take place on March 12 and 13 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, NC, USA.

The UGMNA will kick off at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 12 with a festive reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Volume Graphics, Inc. in Charlotte, NC. The official conference will begin on Tuesday, March 13 with an exciting one-day conference that focuses on two state-of-the-art technologies: Industrial computed tomography (CT) and additive manufacturing. Two guest speakers, David Bone of Delphi Precision Imaging Corporation and Burke Kernen of Sandia National Laboratories, will both talk about the challenges additive manufacturing poses for inspection and how Volume Graphics helps to overcome them. To offer attendees a complete picture ranging from software to the necessary hardware for CT, the event will also include an exhibition area with partner companies Avonix Imaging, Inc., Jesse Garant Metrology Center, Nikon Metrology, Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions, Inc., YXLON, and ZEISS Industrial Metrology.

Inspiring Exchanges

The UGMNA 2018 is the first Volume Graphics User Group Meeting in North America. It’s the company’s answer to the ever-growing interest of North American customers in a regional user meeting. Volume Graphics has already established similar events in its hometown Heidelberg, Germany, and in Nagoya, Japan, which are both growing in popularity every year. Over the years, these events lead to inspiring exchanges between hundreds of attendees who use Volume Graphics software in quality control, metrology, damage analysis, and product development.

Volume Graphics: Enabling Better Products

Volume Graphics has been developing software for industrial CT since 1997. The headquarters in Heidelberg are the largest of the five locations of Volume Graphics. Employees in offices in the USA (Charlotte, NC), Japan (Nagoya), China (Beijing) and soon Singapore offer sales and support to customers and partners in their respective regions. As of 2016, more than 70% of the “Fortune Global 500” companies worldwide in the automotive and electronics industries were using Volume Graphics solutions. Volume Graphics enables companies to make better products. Its software helps them to find out as much about their products as possible – and non-destructively at that. Industrial CT provides the basis for this, as CT scans reveal every aspect of a component.

For more information: weinreich@volumegraphics.com

+1 (704) 248 7736 Ext. 106

Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Feb 12th 2018 at 11:34 AM

ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada has announced major investments of nearly CAD$70 million by 2020 in its Contrecoeur, Quebec steel production facilities. These sums will enable the company to maintain its leading position in steel in North America, with a focus on product quality through more modern plants and a reduced environmental footprint, said the company in a press release.

ArcelorMittal will replace two reheating furnaces at its Contrecoeur-East wire rod mill (approx. CAD$30 million) and its Contrecoeur-West bar mill (approx. CAD$33 million). The aim is to increase the company's rolling capacity by 100,000 tonnes. The work should extend until the first half of 2020.

At the same time, ArcelorMittal will also be replacing the dust collector at the Contrecoeur-West steelworks by the end of 2018 to improve its performance and health and safety. This work will cost approximately CAD$6 million.

The investments were made possible in part by the Québec government's electricity rebate program for L-rate customers, announced by the Government of Quebec in the 2016-2017 Budget. This electricity rebate is intended for companies engaging in major investment projects in the manufacturing sector as well as in the transformation of natural resources. The ArcelorMittal investment project rebate is currently estimated at CAD$25 million until 2020.

In addition to these new announcements, ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada has invested CAD$27 million for a new finishing line at its Longueuil mill, a project which was completed in June 2017. Past and future work requires support from many suppliers and subcontractors, mostly from local nearby communities, which adds to the economic benefits of projects.

"We are renewing ArcelorMittal's commitment to Quebec,” said François Perras, CEO, ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada. “Our choice to invest in the acquisition of high-performance equipment will help us accelerate our move towards high-value-added steel production, particularly for the automotive and construction industries. ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada will also be in a better position to meet its customers' needs and face international competition. Our workers' ongoing efforts and government support have been instrumental in this investment decision. With this modernization plan, we will continue to play a major role in our communities by supporting over 1,700 direct jobs and converting our natural resources right here in Quebec."

Article via Canadian Metalworking

Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Jan 18th 2018 at 1:04 PM
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Group of Companies, a major re-seller and distributor of NDT and aviation equipment and supplies, announced today that it has acquired substantially all the Assets, Intellectual and Proprietary property including Trademarks of Infinitex Corp.
 
Infinitex Corp is a New York-based company leading the field of ultra-filtration technology, including its pioneering Splitter and Ultra Series. Infinitex is an OEM of membrane-based filtration systems designed to extract clean water from wastewater so they can be discharged to sewer or re-used. The machines run virtually on their own with built-in micro-processing controls that monitor pressure, temperature and time.
 
Sean McKernan, President and CEO of NDT Products Group of Companies, says that “I have personally known Infinitex for over 20 years and have been their exclusive Canadian Distributor in the last 10 years. We are excited to bring the manufacturing in-house at NDT Products and retain some of the key Infinitex employees moving forward. Infinitex product offerings will strengthen and expand NDT Products Group’s presence across North America and will help accelerate our company’s growth.” This acquisition is the latest in a series of initiatives supported by NDT Products Group to further expand its footprint in aerospace, automotive and manufacturing.
 
Bill Thalman, President and Founder of Infinitex noted that, “We are delighted to work with NDT Products, a company that has the vision, resources and talent that can provide Infinitex expanded growth and opportunities.”
 
Infinitex operations in Clarence Center, NY will remain in place during the transition and existing distribution and customer agreements will not be affected.
 
About Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Group of Companies:
Supplying the NDE industry for 40 years, NDT Products Limited represents the leading names such as AGFA, GE Inspection Technologies, Magnaflux, Oxford Instruments, Sames-Kremlin, Sherwin Inc., Spectroline and Zetec. Through its subsidiary Air Dynamics Limited, serving the aerospace market including 3M, PPG, Elixair, Marvel Aero, Radco, among others. Air Dynamics product mix includes aerospace sealants & adhesives, power supplies & accessories, marking equipment, tooling and ground service equipment (GSE). NDT Products Ltd. headquarters is in St. Catharines, ON and has a regional offices in Baie‐D’Urfé, Quebec and Edmonton, AB.
 
About Infinitex:
 
Infinitex, based in Clarence New York is an OEM of membrane filtration systems for industrial wastewater applications. Since 1990, the company has been manufacturing reliable and cost-efficient nano and ultrafiltration systems for small shops to large-scale operations. Media Contacts Aimee Medina Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited marketing@ndtproducts.ca
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Jan 4th 2018 at 7:57 AM

Domson Engineering & Inspection Ltd. is pleased to formally announce that it is now a subsidiary of Industrial Inspection & Analysis (IIA).

IIA is a high growth inspection, testing, and analytical business seeking to build a multi-national platform to serve a breadth of industrial sectors and geographies. Their expanding global footprint includes operations in California, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota.

Domson is proud to be IIA's first Canadian location.

As Domson nears its 20th year in business, the acquisition provides the Domson brand with a strong leadership group, one that is seeking to expand their service capabilities and geographic range to all their valued clients. Domson is joining IIA's other successful inspection and non-destructive testing brands, which includes US NDI, Fox NDE, and NDT Labs, as well as its engineering and analytical brands, which includes QC Group and Infinium NDE.

"This acquisition further enhances our inspection and analytic capabilities with Domson's well-established expertise within the mobile crane and lifting industry for inspection, certification & engineering services," explains John Cote, CEO of IIA.  "A key part of the IIA vision is serving diversified industries and diversifying our geographic presence. Our focus will continue to be on the customer, employee training, and investing in our capabilities."

IIA's vision is to provide story-worthy service and solutions even through the most challenging situations.

To learn more about the new ownership group, please visit: https://industrial-ia.com/

Domson will continue to operate as Domson Engineering & Inspection Ltd. a subsidiary of IIA.

Previous owner and president, Dennis Domenichini, is excited to act as interim General Manager until a formal replacement can be found.

Inquiries and comments are welcomed and encouraged! As always call us at (905) 789-1326 to book an inspection or ask any questions, or email us at: information@domson.ca

Original story:  
https://www.newswire.com/news/industrial-inspection-analysis-acquires-domson-engineering-inspection-20130208
 
Keith Boshart
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
(905) 789-1326, ext. 308
keith@domson.ca

 
Category: CINDE
Posted: Tue, Jan 2nd 2018 at 7:57 AM
TAIT, William Hugh (Bill) March 20, 1931 - December 24, 2017. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Tait, at the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington. Beloved husband of Jacqueline (Jackie) for 64 years. Dear father of Ian (Cathy), Lynne, and Sharon (Michael). Special grandfather to Meghan, Sarah, Cameron and Kirk.
 
Bill was a very proud employee of Dofasco for 40 years, during which time he was an active member of the Hamilton Jaycees. Later Bill and Jackie enjoyed Square Dancing for many years. After retiring he played golf and bridge with his many friends. Cremation has taken place. There will be a Celebration of Life to remember Bill, for family and friends on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Burlington LaSalle Park Pavilion, (BayshoreRoom) 2-4 p.m. If desired donations to Carpenter Hospice would be appreciated by the family.
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Dec 20th 2017 at 9:37 AM
Our office will be closed December 23, 2017 and we return to work on Monday, January 2, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.   We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Dec 20th 2017 at 8:27 AM
Heath, Derek Alfred (1932-2017)
 
It is with great sadness that we announce that Derek passed away peacefully on Wednesday 22 November 2017 after a courageous struggle with illness. Beloved husband of Bridget (Bridie) Heath, loving father of David (Helen) and Angela, grandfather of Megan, Amanda and Jessica. He is survived by brothers Dennis, Frank and Brian and will be fondly remembered by coworkers, family and friends in Canada, Ireland, England and New Zealand.
 
Derek was President of CSNDT, the precursor to CINDE, and was an active and engaged NDT professional throughout his career. He was thought very highly of among colleagues and friends and will be missed by those who were lucky enough to meet him in this tight-knit industry.
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Dec 15th 2017 at 8:57 AM
Clean energy is coming to Canada’s oil patch. The government of Alberta — home to the world’s third-largest oil reserves — on Wednesday auctioned off 595 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to be built in the province. That exceeded the government’s target of 400 megawatts.
 
The process marks a major step for Alberta — Canada’s largest consumer of coal and its second-largest producer of the fuel — in its efforts to transition to all renewable and gas-fired generation by 2030. Rather than a change in direction, Alberta’s government billed the move toward renewables, part of its Climate Leadership Plan, as a continuation of the province’s leading position in energy.
 
It’s an industry that’s going to continue to be at the core of who we are and what we do for many, many years to come,” Premier Rachel Notley said at a news conference. The winning bidders were Capital Power Corp., which is planning a wind farm with 201 megawatts of capacity, EDP Renewables, which is developing a 248-megawatt project, and Enel Green Power SpA, which will build two wind farms with total capacity of 146 megawatts, according to an emailed statement. Combined, the wind farms can power more than 250,000 homes, officials said.
 
The weighted average bid was 3.7 Canadian cents (3 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour, the lowest price for wind power ever in Canada. Developers agreed to sell power for 8.5 Canadian cents a kilowatt-hour in an Ontario procurement last year.

Climate Leadership Plan
 
The Climate Leadership Plan seeks to phase out all pollution from coal-fired electricity and get 30 percent of the province’s power, or about 5,000 megawatts of capacity, from renewable sources by 2030. The first round of the competition started with a request for expressions of interest in March and saw 29 projects advance to the bidding stage.
 
Alberta’s government, controlled by the left-leaning New Democratic Party, has sought to balance efforts to curb climate change while not harming the province’s major industry. Alberta’s oil sands contain the world’s third-largest stores of crude, with proven reserves of about 165.4 billion barrels, and produced about 2.5 million barrels of crude bitumen last year, roughly the same oil output as the entire country of Mexico.

Coal Production
 
Coal is also a major industry in Alberta. The province consumes about two-thirds of the fuel used in Canada for generating electricity, according to the nation’s natural resources department. Alberta has 6,457 megawatts of coal-fired generating capacity, more than four times the 1,530 megawatts in second-place Saskatchewan. The province also accounted for 42 percent of Canada’s coal production last year, according to government estimates. Alberta was expected to produce 27.5 million tons of coal this year, according to the province’s energy regulator.
 
Notley credits the Climate Leadership Plan with helping the province secure federal government approval for Kinder Morgan Inc.’s expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline as well as Enbridge Inc.’s expansion of its Line 3 conduit. Both projects have been seen as key supports for the oil sands, which are a top target of environmentalists seeking to limit global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Pembina Institute, a Calgary-based environmental organization that has been critical of the oil sands industry, praised the power auction on Wednesday, saying it showed that renewables are the affordable electricity-generation option for the province moving forward.
 
It’s a good example of how a competitive process coupled with good policy design can result in cheap clean energy,” Binnu Jeyakumar, the institute’s program director for electricity, said in an emailed statement.
 
News via EnergyNow.ca
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Dec 13th 2017 at 10:23 AM
Heavy Canadian crude fell to a three-year low against benchmark prices Tuesday as bottlenecks on pipelines and rail networks crimped exports.
 
Canadian crude’s discount to West Texas Intermediate futures has widened more than $15 since August as pipeline companies including Enbridge Inc. rationed space amid high Western Canadian inventories. Rail cars struggled to catch up on deliveries after line disruptions over the past two months.
 
You are in a serious pain point right now,” Mike Walls, a Genscape Inc. analyst, said by phone from Boulder, Colorado. “It’s the perfect storm of too much supply and not enough capacity.”  Western Canadian Select’s discount to WTI steepened $3.50 to $25.25 a barrel, the weakest price since February 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg at 9:52 a.m. Calgary time. It was $10.05 below WTI four months ago. The outright price of the crude slid $4.07 to $32.17 a barrel, the lowest level since June. Edmonton Mixed Sweet crude’s discount to WTI grew $1 to $7 a barrel, the widest since January 2015, and the price fell $1.57 to $50.42 a barrel.
 
TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline to the U.S. shut for almost two weeks last month after a spill in South Dakota, contributing to rising oil inventories in Western Canada. While service on the line has resumed, it’s required to run at a reduced pressure, meaning less oil can pass through.
 
Enbridge said Monday it would ration space on some of its pipelines by another 5 percent in December. The announcement came after the company required shippers on light oil feeder pipelines around Edmonton, Alberta, to restrict deliveries because of “high inventories.” Enbridge’s main line ships heavy and light crude from Edmonton to Superior, Wisconsin.

Rising Production
Crude export pipelines were already filling up as new oil sands production entered the market. Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills mine, for example, is starting up now and scheduled to reach 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day by next quarter.
When pipelines fill up, excess crude is typically pushed onto rail cars, requiring a bigger price discount for the crude to make the more expensive form of transport profitable. Space on rail cars is in short supply after three disruptions to the Canadian National Railways Co.’s system in the past two months. The company is playing “catch up,” Kate Fenske, a spokeswoman, said by phone Monday. Business on all of the company’s lines is up 10 percent since last year, she said.
 
Canadian National gives shippers who have committed to use capacity on the network priority when space is limited because the rail company would have to pay a penalty for shipments not delivered, Fenske said. But Canadian oil shippers have been reluctant to sign up for committed space on rail networks after three new oil export pipelines were approved over the past year, Genscape’s Walls said. That’s in contrast with shippers of other commodities, who have been signing up for space, he said.
Two of the new oil pipelines, the expanded Trans Mountain line to British Columbia and Enbridge’s Line 3, could start operation as early as 2019.
“You may not see a lot of people committing on rail right now and that’s causing the differentials to blow out,” Walls said.
 
Article via EnergyNow.ca.
Category: Product
Posted: Tue, Dec 12th 2017 at 2:12 PM
Provides better image quality with reduced exposure, and heavy-duty enclosure.
 
Carestream Non-Destructive Testing introduces the new wireless HPX-DR high resolution digital DR detector that provides higher resolution, heavy duty shielding, optimum portability and improved workflow for use in many NDT mobile and lab inspection applications.
 
The new HPX-DR brings customers higher quality imaging, portability, improved workflow and in most cases, a reduction in overall exposure dose needed for code work,” said Martin Graen, Carestream’s Worldwide General Manager for Non-Destructive Testing Solutions. “The HPX-DR integrates all of the features and benefits of the DRX-Plus with vital customer driven insights resulting in features and improvements that will help our customers drive better digital ROI.”
 
This next-generation of DR detector features a 139 micron pixel pitch, wireless capability and a heavy-duty IP57 enclosure making it better suited for mobile NDT work. It excels in a lab environment where it can be run in a tethered configuration for rapid data transfer. Long life lithium batteries provide up to several hundred images per charge and with the optional three-battery charger pack and hot swap feature, crews can keep working as long as needed without rebooting.
 
Learn more about Carestream NDT here: https://www.carestream.com/en/us/medical/products/nondestructive-testing-ndt-solutions
 
Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Dec 1st 2017 at 1:04 PM
PICA (Pipeline Inspection and Condition Analysis Corp), is currently performing an inspection of 4 miles of 66” cement and steel cylinder lined, PCCP pipe in southern California.
The customer wanted to test the resolution of PICA’s brand new In-Line Inspection Tool, so they embedded some small button magnets in the cement lining, and cemented over them so that PICA didn’t know they were there.
 
The photo shows the pattern made by the magnets, and the incredible resolution of the Tool.  (It also shows that this customer has a great sense of humour!).  For information on how PICA can help you inspect your water or waste water pipelines write to: info@picacorp.com or call 1-800-661-0127
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Dec 1st 2017 at 12:10 PM
As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing solutions, Eddyfi Technologies is pleased to announce the signature of an official, long-term agreement with Heat Transfer Consultants Inc. (HTC, also known as Inspection Software Systems (ISS)) for the exclusive distribution of TubePro and a series of advanced NDT reporting software.
 
Ten years ago, HTC created the best reporting software for heat exchanger tubing inspection. Since then, TubePro dominates the market, allowing efficient reporting for thousands of jobs worldwide. Simultaneously, Eddyfi Technologies took the market by storm with the Ectane® test instrument, which has become the standard in the industry. Because of this, HTC and Eddyfi Technologies decided to join forces and take the next step in terms of reporting software.
 
NDT professionals and decision makers involved in asset management need better reports and they need them faster. This is exactly where we are going. Instead of having Eddyfi and HTC follow independent development tracks, we will harmonize and coordinate our efforts. This unique business relationship and intimacy will allow Eddyfi and HTC to share data structures and align roadmaps to continuously deliver next-generation reporting tools for the industry,” said Louis Beaulieu-Charbonneau, marketing and products VP at Eddyfi Technologies.
 
TubePro 5 brings a ton of key features to improve productivity such as picture-based ultrafast tubesheet mapping, and it comes standard with 3D modeling and visualization tools. Many more capabilities will be implemented on a regular basis, including compatibility with innovative tubing probes and array data formats, through systematic updates, and it will be better synchronized with the Magnifi® software. Lars Meyer, co-owner and lead programmer at HTC said: “We have come to the end of what version 4.x of TubePro could deliver. It was a good software, but the new platform offers much more potential and we are glad to partner with Eddyfi to market this software worldwide.”
 
Eddyfi Technologies and HTC will leverage their relationship to address the reporting needs people are having with a variety of NDT techniques. “Eddyfi Technologies now possesses a broad portfolio of advanced NDT systems. It is inevitable that we will seek to create, with HTC, the most brilliant reporting software for those and for others that we will acquire in the future,” concluded Louis.
 
About Eddyfi Technologies

Eddyfi Technologies maximizes the potential of multiple advanced NDT inspection technologies. It focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through four complementary brands and product lines: Eddyfi, Silverwing, Teletest, and TSC. Eddyfi Technologies serves customers in more than 80 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace. The group employs more than 250 people and leverages 10 centers of excellence and sales offices worldwide, all staffed by NDT experts.
 
View more information on the Eddyfi Website.
Category: CINDE
Posted: Tue, Nov 28th 2017 at 7:28 AM
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ralph Mason.  After a long courageous battle, fought with determination and humour, Ralph passed away peacefully in Burlington on November 4.  Comforted by his family - Helen, his high school sweetheart and wife of 55 years, daughters Terri and Rhonda, Rhonda's husband Chris and grandson Daniel, Cindy and husband Mark with twins Jessica and NIck.
 
An NDT'er of many years, beginning in the NDT Department at Stelco, followed by a number of local inspection companies, Ralph became a top-notch instructor at CSNDT Foundation/NDE Institute of Canada and with INTEG where his unique humour and excellent ability assisted many participants from across the country in obtaining CGSB certification in both MT and especially his favourite, Ultrasonic Inspection.  His vast experience of "hands-on" industrial inspections made his practical classes enjoyable and pertinent.
 
Ralph will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him, but for all his professional abilities, it will be his strong family values for which he will be long remembered. 
 
Provided by Angus Anderson
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Nov 21st 2017 at 2:11 PM
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is pleased to announce the launch of its new high energy industrial CT scanning service. With this system, the company will be the only private lab in the world that provides this specialized inspection service. The new capability will transform the landscape for non-destructive testing and support innovation within advanced manufacturing.
The system is the first of its kind that pairs a 3 MeV cone-beam x-ray source with a large format 2k x 2k flat panel digital detector. It will be able to accommodate rapid inspection of mid-size parts, up to 44.5 inches in diameter by 63 inches in height. This will be advantageous for internal inspection of engineered parts, plastics, composites, castings, and 3D printed parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace, space, defense, automotive, and oil and gas.
 
“It’s always been embedded in the vision of the company to provide trusted solutions that create meaningful advancements in industry. The new computed tomography system is a huge leap forward for mid-size part validation and feasible high-volume part inspection,” says Jesse Garant, President.
 
The unique system offers multiple advantages for non-destructive testing, including a drastic reduction in inspection time for scanning mid-size parts and assemblies. While existing high energy CT inspection services may take 4-16 hours to complete scans, the new system is able to scan parts in less than an hour. The service will also be beneficial for inspection of multi-material parts and assemblies, allowing for cleaner separation of internal components, and inspection of higher density materials not possible with lower energy micro CT systems.
“We’re helping manufacturers qualify and validate parts that either weren’t possible because of limitations with existing technologies or weren’t feasible because the service was too costly or took too much time,” adds Garant.
 
The company aims to fill the gap in current inspection technologies that limits the application of industrial CT technology due to part size and density. This will allow for internal inspection and dimensional validation of high value parts that would otherwise go into production without proper inspection. The exclusive technology will provide accurate metrology data for precise 3D measurements of external and internal part geometries.
 
Calibrated to NIST traceable artifacts, the new machine will help manufacturers maintain the quality and consistency of pre-production and production parts requiring first article dimensional validation. The system will also support PPAP and AS9102 Form 3 reporting requirements specific to the automotive and aerospace industries respectively.
The costly endeavor led by the company required a sizeable $4.5 million investment in technology as well as three years of planning, design, development, and construction to reach full operation. The new system required sourcing from both local and international manufacturers, vendors, and specialists, including the construction of the largest 1m x 1m flat panel detector in the world.
 
With federal operational permits currently in place, the new system is now live. Jesse Garant Metrology Center is currently taking on orders from companies who wish to access this innovative technology during the system’s ramp up period.  
 
Founded in 2009, the company was one of the early pioneers of using CT technology for industrial inspection in North America. Since its inception, the NDT and metrology lab has conducted tens of thousands of inspections for major companies from around the world and is ranked as one of the fastest growing businesses by PROFIT 500. With a total of $15 million invested into imaging technology over the past five years, the company has steadily expanded to meet the growing demand for frequent and large volume inspection projects in the North American market.
 
For more about how our high energy CT service can support your part inspection needs, please contact Mike Earish, Senior Project Manager, at mikee@jgarantmc.com.
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Oct 17th 2017 at 11:19 AM
$37 Million CAD Building Improves Employee Work Experience
 
Olympus NDT (Nondestructive Testing) Canada proceeded today with the official inauguration of its new office and manufacturing complex, built at a cost of $37 million CAD in the Michelet Innovation Zone.  Situated at 3415, rue Pierre-Ardouin, the new site unites all of Olympus NDT Canada's services and personnel under one roof, enabling the company to better respond to production demands and optimize its research and development activities in support of their extensive portfolio of industrial testing and measuring solutions. Company executives from across the Americas and the global headquarters in Japan joined government and business dignitaries from Quebec and beyond to celebrate the facility's opening and to recognize the ideal working environment that it represents.
 
As a previous tenant of the Quebec Metro High Tech park, Olympus NDT Canada decided to invest in the creation of a purpose-built new facility that is more appropriate for the pursuit of its mission: to deliver reliable, cost-effective systems that help ensure quality, safety, and productivity for our customers. "Our new building satisfies our operational growth objectives, and it also clearly advances one of our main areas of focus: the well-being of our employees," explains Alain Laboissonnière, Senior Director of Operations in Quebec. Quality of life for employees is the impetus behind the features that will make the new building the envy of many companies in the provincial capital.
 
A wellness-based work environment
The new 15 794 m2 (170 000 ft2) facility is equipped with a vast hall designed for systems integration – allowing space for large-scale industrial systems to be assembled on-site, as well as an air-conditioned workshop with cutting-edge machining tools for mechanical production. The areas designated for research and development, storage, reception, and shipping are much more spacious than before. Meanwhile, the new electronics manufacturing area is ideally adapted to the company's operations and the server room is now far better equipped. The facility also houses several collaboration-conducive spaces to encourage teamwork, which is fundamental to the company's activities; among these are a number of development labs, more than 40 meeting rooms each equipped with multimedia capabilities, and a 50-person room for employee training.
 
This new facility allows Olympus to offer its employees a range of services to contribute to their well-being; for instance, a cafeteria and multipurpose 400-seat dining hall, a well-equipped exercise room, several common areas, a patio with fireplace, electric vehicle charging stations, and reserved carpool parking. The entrance to the building welcomes visitors with distinctive features such as a ten-meter (32 ft) high ceiling accentuated by a two-story staircase and floor-to-ceiling mural. Built according to the highest environmental building standards, the building is designed to include two green roofs where gardens will add not only aesthetic value, but energy savings as well. The building's orientation, interior design, and an abundance of windows optimize natural light. It is also equipped with a heat recovery system for ventilation and a water reuse system.
 
Allocation of space by department:
    Manufacturing and operations: 45%
    Systems integration: 20%
    Research and development: 20%
    Administrative services and common areas: 15%
 
In addition to creating interior spaces for meeting and collaborating as well as spaces that create a variety of different atmospheres, the architects designed outdoor relaxation areas for employees that line the bank of a small creek and bike path that run through the property. "Olympus has chosen this focus on well-being to preserve its values of innovation, excellence, respect, teamwork, and customer service," states Valerie Lavoie, Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration.
There are currently 380 employees at Olympus NDT Canada. However, the recent move has allowed the company to begin an immediate expansion of its personnel, and recruiting is already underway. The company intends to increase its staff to more than 400 employees, with a focus on software engineering, electrical engineering, and electronics and mechanical manufacturing.
 
About Olympus NDT Canada
The only Canadian subsidiary of Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas, Olympus NDT is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative non-destructive testing instruments that are used in industrial and research applications ranging from aerospace, power generation, petrochemical, civil infrastructure, and automotive to consumer products. Olympus produces dependable and economical maintenance and inspection systems for customers around the world that contribute to the improved safety, security, and productivity for our customers and global communities. Our leading-edge technologies include ultrasound, phased array, eddy current, and eddy current array. 
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Oct 16th 2017 at 10:09 AM
As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing solutions, Eddyfi Technologies confirms the acquisition of the guided wave technology and product portfolio from Plant Integrity Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Welding Institute (TWI).
 
Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, TWI and Plant Integrity have developed, manufactured, and commercialized the Teletest® Focus guided wave NDT system for the past 20 years. The Teletest technology uses long-range guided wave ultrasonic testing to detect corrosion in pipes and pipelines.
 
As part of the transaction, Eddyfi Technologies created the “Teletest” business unit to design, manufacture, sell, and service guided wave technology globally. Sales and service of the Focus instruments, WaveScan™ software, transducer rings, CSWIP LRUT training, product rental, equipment calibration and repair, as well as support services will now be provided by Teletest, part of Eddyfi Technologies. The R&D and collaborative projects activities from TWI and Plant Integrity were excluded from the transaction. All Plant Integrity staff involved in the product portfolio acquired by Eddyfi Technologies joined the team and will relocate to a new facility in the Cambridge area in the coming months. The Plant Integrity guided wave staff in the US relocated to Eddyfi Technologies offices in Houston, Texas.
 
This is the fourth strategic acquisition by Eddyfi Technologies and the third in the past 16 months in the UK. It expands the company’s technology portfolio, widens its customer base, gives critical mass to its UK presence, while adding talented and world-class NDT experts to the group. Martin Thériault, Eddyfi Technologies president and CEO says: “We are very happy to welcome a fourth brand and the guided wave science to Eddyfi Technologies. In particular, this high-end, proven and established, science will nicely complement our Lyft® pulsed eddy current platform and improve our corrosion solutions’ portfolio. In addition, we believe that access to the global Eddyfi Technologies sales network and the significant investment in R&D and new product development will offer new possibilities for Teletest for the benefit of our customers and the industry.”
 
Professor Aamir Khalid, Technology Director at TWI adds: “This transaction completes the story for TWI. TWI developed the Teletest guided wave equipment and now passes it on to a reputable industry player to productize it further and realize the full potential of the science that we developed. TWI and Plant Integrity will focus on providing core inspection, research, and consultancy services to its members and clients.”
 
View the release on the Eddyfi Technologies website.
 
About Eddyfi Technologies
Eddyfi Technologies maximizes the potential of multiple advanced NDT inspection technologies. It focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through four complementary brands and product lines: Eddyfi, Silverwing, Teletest, and TSC. Eddyfi Technologies serves customers in more than 80 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace. The group employs more than 250 people and leverages 10 centers of excellence and sales offices worldwide, all staffed by NDT experts.
 
About TWI
TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organizations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies. Established at Great Abington, Cambridge, UK, in 1946 and with facilities across the globe, the company has a first-class reputation for service through its teams of internationally respected consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff. The company employs more than 900 staff, serving 700 member companies across 4500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses a professional institution, the Welding Institute, with a separate membership of over 6000 individuals.
 
For details:
Veronique Chayer
Marketing Leader
Eddyfi Technologies
T: 418-780-1565 x430
C: 581-999-9202
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Oct 11th 2017 at 3:57 PM
There is a labour disruption that began as of Monday, October 16, 2017.
 
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) served notice to Mohawk College of strike action and took Mohawk College faculty out on a province-wide strike that began Monday, Oct. 16th.
 
CINDE facilities and instructors are not affected by this strike and courses, workshops, exams, etc. will be moving forward as usual.
 
Please expect delays due to picket lines and plan ahead. We will provide more information as it is available.
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Oct 5th 2017 at 10:48 AM
October 5, 2017,  by Meenal Vamburkar
 
(Bloomberg) TransCanada Corp. has scrapped its Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects, oil and natural gas conduits that have faced regulatory hurdles in Canada and stiff opposition from environmental groups.
As a result of the decision, TransCanada expects an estimated C$1 billion ($801 million) after-tax, non-cash charge to be recorded in the fourth quarter, the company said in a statement Thursday. Because regulators failed to reach a decision on the projects, TransCanada expects “no recoveries of costs from third parties.” The Energy East link to Canada’s Atlantic Coast carried a C$15.7 billion price tag.
 
Energy producers in Alberta had hoped the projects would help them diversify their markets, with most of the existing pipeline network linking the energy-rich province to the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast. Last month, TransCanada sought a 30-day suspension of the project applications for more time to review environmental assessment factors.
 
“TransCanada was forced to make the difficult decision to abandon its project, following years of hard work and millions of dollars in investment,” the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, an industry group, said in a statement. “The loss of this major project means the loss of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars for Canada, and will significantly impact our country’s ability to access markets for our oil and gas.”
The decision comes as TransCanada seeks again to complete its controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration rejected in 2015. The $8 billion project, which would carry heavy crude from Alberta to Nebraska, is awaiting state approval in Nebraska after a hearing in August. A final decision on whether to build the line is pending.

Atlantic Access
In January, the National Energy Board voided previous decisions on the Energy East application, forcing the company to start the hearing process anew shortly after competing pipeline projects have been approved. The change came after the regulator’s previous hearing panel stepped down amid accusations of bias.
 
TransCanada applied to build Energy East three years ago, seeking to open access for Western Canadian oil producers to the Atlantic Ocean for exports to Europe. It faced intense opposition in Quebec, where the province’s premier said the line posed a significant risk to its freshwater resources.
 
Energy East would carry about 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to eastern Canadian refineries and a marine terminal in New Brunswick. The Eastern Mainline project would add new gas pipeline and compression facilities to an existing system in Southern Ontario, where most of the country’s home and industrial gas consumers are located.
 
“We are not at all surprised by the decision,” given that TransCanada had sought to delay the project applications, said Robert Kwan, an analyst at RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in a research note. The decision won’t affect the company’s dividend because its growth forecast didn’t include those projects, he said.
 
Article via EnergyNow
Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, Oct 5th 2017 at 9:28 AM

For the latest version of the Rules of Implementation, please visit https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/mining-materials/non-destructive-testing/8586

“4. Prerequisites: Math Skills; Materials & Processes Knowledge; and for RT-only, Radiation Safety
a. Math Skills Pre-Screening – to be administered by RTO (attestation not required for certification application)
Recognized Training Organizations will be responsible to properly pre-screen or administer a math-skill examination for their students in all NDT Methods. The NRCan NDTCB will assist the RTOs by providing a template math examination that can be used by the RTO. The NRCan NDTCB will request the RTOs to individually provide and document their pre-screening criteria to comply with this element. This pre-requisite is for training only.”
Essentially, instead of the math being a requirement for UT, RT and ET only, it is now a requirement for all methods.
 
In addition to the change regarding the math pre-requisite, the other major changes are as follows:
 
• Replacement of references of “Accepted Training Organizations” with “Recognized Training Organizations” in order to conform with the transition to NRCan NDTCB Recognized Training Organization (RTO) program updates.

• Addition to rule for the recertification transition period, which states: “Successful completion of recertification examinations during this transition period will be applied at the end of the 5 year period of validity for which the certificate was conditionally renewed. Following the satisfactory completion of the renewal process the individual will have valid certification for a period of 5 years.”

  • For example, if a candidate within the transition period completes their recertification examination for an NDT method in June of 2019, and their next renewal date (recertification deadline) is October 15th, 2021, their recertification for that method will become effective on October 15th, 2021. Providing that they renew by October 15th, 2021, they will have valid certification for a period of 5 years.
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Oct 5th 2017 at 8:16 AM
Discover the new dedicated solution to detect CUI under galvanized steel cladding.
 
As a leader in advanced electromagnetic non-destructive testing solutions, Eddyfi Technologies is proud to announce the launch of a patent-pending pulsed eddy current (PEC) probe specifically designed to detect corrosion under insulation (CUI) in the presence of galvanized steel cladding. Simultaneously, to support this new PEC-GS probe and new features, the Eddyfi® Lyft® software version 1.3 is being released.
 
Because they are ferromagnetic, galvanized steel weather jackets are a challenge for PEC inspections. Designed to overcome the adverse effects of this material, the patent-pending PEC-GS probe ensures:
 
•             Improved signal penetration
•             Excellent detection capabilities and sizing accuracy
•             Enhanced signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
 
The Lyft 1.3 software was developed to support the acquisition of top-quality data. During scans, the software automatically detects poor-quality signals, displays warnings, and then supplies information about probable causes and potential solutions. The new release also implements a dynamic line filter that adjusts itself automatically during scans when noise sources in the line drift from initial setup values. Furthermore, it is now possible to label rebars and metal wire mesh during setup, enabling the software to select the best sizing algorithm for the application. Finally, this latest version includes new C-scans displaying the amount of wall loss.
 
Find out more on the Eddyfi website.
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Oct 4th 2017 at 11:25 AM
Effective November 1st, 2017, the PCP-09 EDO written examination will be available in an updated electronic format only. The multiple-choice examination will only be available to write at an expanded set of EDO Examination Centres and other participating examination centres. Candidates who have been approved for the PCP-09 written examination may register for the electronic examination (examination dates of November 1st and later) beginning on October 15th, 2017. For more information on eligibility and registration for the electronic examination, please contact the NRCan NDTCB or visit their website ... http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/mining-materials/non-destructive-testing/19567
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Oct 4th 2017 at 8:18 AM
Enform Canada (Enform) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA), announced they have completed the merger between the two safety associations. The new organization is called Energy Safety Canada.

"The merger of these two organizations signals a new day for our industry," says John Rhind, Energy Safety Canada's CEO. "Energy Safety Canada will combine the knowledge and benefits of both organizations to improve oil and gas safety performance. As a unified entity, our vision is to be a globally-recognized authority. Now is the time for industry in Canada to work together and build a world-class reputation for safety.

Rhind has worked for more than 30 years in the industry, including serving as Shell Canada’s Vice President, Oil Sands, and he has played a central role in shaping the vision and benefits of a merged safety association since it was proposed in 2015. Rhind will lead the new organization along with Murray Elliott, who will serve as President. Elliott is a former member of Enform's Board of Directors and former General Manager for Shell Canada's Greater Deep Basin. He also served as Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development for Shell’s Heavy Oil division.

Oil and gas safety in Canada is changing for the better. The new organization is focused on creating standards to help industry arrive at one clear, simple and agreed-upon way of doing things,” says Elliott. “Through collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including a soon-to-be-established senior industry advisory body, Energy Safety Canada will share data analysis and safety expertise to accelerate the improvement of safe work performance. Our goal is the same as industry’s – zero injuries, zero incidents.

As the organization works through the transition, workers’ training and certifications will remain valid, and the services offered by Enform and OSSA will continue, business as usual.

About Energy Safety Canada

Energy Safety Canada is the national safety association for the oil and gas industry. Representing workers and employers, Energy Safety Canada was formed through a merger of Enform Canada (Enform) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) in October 2017. Energy Safety Canada’s focus is to develop and support common industry safety standards, ensure effective learning systems, share data analysis and safety expertise with workers and employers, and advocate for worker health and safety.

News via Enform
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Sep 28th 2017 at 7:48 AM
Quebec City is home to some of the country’s most dynamic, innovative firms. The 11 firms headquartered in the Quebec City Area on this year’s ranking grew their revenues an average of 341% between 2011 and 2016. Collectively they employed 2,020 full time-equivalent employees in 2016.
 
Nucleom also stands in the 45th spot on the PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada’s fastest-Growing Companies.
 
Article via Canadian Business
Category: Product
Posted: Tue, Sep 26th 2017 at 10:11 AM
•    Parametric or POD studies: Based on a first set of computations, metamodels (i.e. « model of the models ») can be calculated, providing the user with the ability to predict numerous sets of new results in real time!
•    UT probes library: Numerous probes from GE and Olympus catalogues will be available as a built-in library within CIVA UT. Tools for IMASONIC probe definition are also coming.
•    Enhanced Total Focusing Method tools: More simulation capabilities in TFM are provided in this CIVA release including: Possibilities to program TFM reconstruction before running the simulation, making TFM computation fully compatible with parametric and batch computations, more tools to analyze TFM images, Plane Wave Imaging TFM (PWI-TFM) , Adaptive TFM (ATFM), and more...
•    Embedded FEM: For some applications with planar defects, a new embedded 2D and 3D FEM code has been implemented, supporting accurate simulations that are beyond the validity limit of the semi-analytical models (small defect, critical angles, etc.).
•    PEC: Pulsed Eddy Current will be now available in CIVA ET.
•    SART and new trajectories available in CT: It is now possible to import complex and robotic trajectories in CIVA CT simulations. Associated with this, a new reconstruction algorithm, called SART, is now available.

 
Numerous other features include new capabilities for 3D-CAD specimen echo computations, new tools to help weld and nozzle inspection simulations, the ability to define robotic scanning patterns in UT, and the option to simulate probes with U ferrite yoke in ET. New features are included in the UT analysis tools (lateral wave linearization, optimized segmentation, full automation capabilities with templates, compatibility with Gekko acquisitions with Rotated Arms and Nozzle inspections, and Plug-In capabilities to apply specific analysis procedure and report on any data acquisition format).
 
For more information, visit www.extende.com or email contactus@extende.com
Category: Product
Posted: Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 at 10:43 AM
ST700 UV lamp for nondestructive testing solves the biggest challenges in fluorescent UV illumination
 
After consulting with numerous NDT experts and inspectors, Magnaflux is expanding their line of LED UV lamps for non-destructive testing with the ST700 overhead inspection LED UV light, which is specifically designed to eliminate or prevent some of the most common challenges around UV illumination in fluorescent NDT testing.

 “Customers using fluorescent or mercury-vapor solutions today find that they do not have the coverage or intensity that they need to properly and efficiently inspect their parts. They also have to deal with frequent bulb failures, hazardous waste disposal costs, and the swift disappearance of mercury vapor bulb replacements in the market. On the other hand, current LED solutions are often too fragile to stand up to harsh industrial environments, while still not providing the coverage that they require,” explains Sakif Ferdous, Magnaflux Market Research Manager.

Designed and tested by NDT professionals, the ST700 speeds up fluorescent NDT processes while also improving inspection quality with an ultra-wide, 12 x 24 in / 30 x 61 cm UV-A beam when mounted 39 in / 1 m from the inspection surface. The ST700’s best-in-industry UV-A inspection area allows inspectors to quickly examine parts while minimizing part handling, especially with larger test parts, and the high intensity UV illumination helps indications stand out bright and clear for faster detection.

Read more on the Magnaflux website.
Category: CINDE
Posted: Tue, Sep 19th 2017 at 11:46 AM

Making plans to improve your knowledge in NDT is an important commitment on your part and a course cancellation can disrupt your NDT career. Our goal as Canada’s National NDT Society is to improve the quality and access of education in NDT throughout Canada. At CINDE, courses run as scheduled as long as one attendee is on the course*.

*In the case of an emergency, alternate arrangements will be made or a full refund provided upon request. CINDE makes every effort to ensure scheduled courses run as advertised.

CINDE will not be liable for ancillary expenses such as travel or accommodation arrangements etc. incurred by the student.

https://www.cinde.ca/courses/registration.phtml#guarantee

Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Sep 14th 2017 at 9:16 AM
University of Toronto Aerospace Team’s (UTAT) customized payload features two Genie camera models for high ground resolutions and fast frame rates, enabled by Teledyne GigE Vision software for Linux
 
Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in image sensing technology, congratulates the University of Toronto Aerospace Team’s (UTAT) UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions on their recent success at Unmanned Systems Canada’s national competition. Both teams were honored with awards for the design and performance of their custom-built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) which flew autonomous search patterns while capturing images at approximately 200 feet above ground.
 
As a platinum sponsor, Teledyne DALSA provided 2 Genie cameras for the mission. The primary payload, a Genie TS-C4096 provided complete coverage of surveillance regions with high ground resolutions for effective target detection and characterization. A second and lighter weight Genie Nano C1940 model provided high-resolution color imaging from a multirotor. In 2018, both teams plan to deploy the Genie Nano C5100 as their primary imaging payload.
 
Teams were ranked for their ability to accurately report goose population attributes, including the geolocations of detected nests, the number of distinct goose species observed and a census count for each of these species. The UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions were two of thirteen university student teams to compete in the Flying Phase of the 9th Unmanned Systems Canada UAS Student Competition and placed 2nd and 1st in the design phase and 1st and 4th in flight operations respectively.
 
"We have had great success using Teledyne DALSA Genie cameras for practical applications like target recognition and identification, precision agriculture and wildlife monitoring," commented Erik Chau, team lead for UTAT. "With the recent release of the Linux Gig-E Framework, we are able to acquire high-resolution images at very fast frame rates on an Odroid XU4 running a Ubuntu operating system."
 
Teledyne DALSA is committed to continuing its sponsorship of the University of Toronto Aerospace team in 2018.
Genie camera models feature the industry’s leading SONY and On-Semi CMOS image sensors. A small form actor and multiple resolutions allow Genie Nano cameras to deliver fast frame rates over a GigE Vision or Camera link standard interface, with a broad feature set that includes Teledyne’s own TurboDrive technology and Trigger-to-Image-Reliability. System designers have deployed Genie models in applications from industrial automation to imaging for the entertainment industry.
 
About Teledyne DALSA, Inc.
Teledyne DALSA is an international technology leader in sensing, imaging, and specialized semiconductor fabrication. Our image sensing solutions span the spectrum from infrared through visible to X-ray; our MEMS foundry has earned a world-leading reputation. In addition, through our subsidiaries Teledyne Optech and Teledyne Caris, we deliver advanced 3D survey and geospatial information systems. Headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, Teledyne DALSA employs approximately 1400 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.teledynedalsa.com.
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Sep 14th 2017 at 8:54 AM
The Inspector System is a new, small and lightweight system located in a small Pelican 2700 case. The NOVO 15 Inspector System Contains:

•    NOVO 15 WN Detector inside the ARMOR 15 Protective Case
•    Control Box
•    Panasonic Rugged 10" tablet with NOVO Touch Professional Software
•    Room for Golden XRS-3 Source
•    Wireless & Wire Operation
 
View the NDT Product Line online: https://www.novo-dr.com/ndt-products
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Sep 7th 2017 at 8:58 AM
As you know, Texas and Louisiana are currently experiencing a state of emergency due to severe flooding. While all of Acuren's employees are safe, they are devastated to confirm that a number of their employees have had severe damage to their homes, vehicles and personal belongings. Acuren is sponsoring a GO Fund me account (see link below) to help Acuren colleagues who have been victimized by the flood.
 
Please consider donating. Every donation will help, no matter how small.
 
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Aug 31st 2017 at 2:35 PM

American rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, made history Sunday night at the 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards with a live performance of their new single “Walk on Water,” filmed with FLIR’s high-definition (HD) thermal imaging cameras.

Using FLIR’s HD Science Cameras and powered by software from FLIR distributor, MoviTHERM, the Los Angeles based band gave MTV and their fans something they’d never seen before – a display that visualized the heat and energy of the performers using the infrared spectrum.

Thirty Seconds to Mars integrated the FLIR SC8300 and A8303 science cameras, typically used for research and development, into MTV’s broadcast to capture the performance in thermal.

We spoke with Thirty Seconds to Mars lead singer, Jared Leto, about the performance, and why he wanted to leverage FLIR technology for the live MTV performance.

"To be able to bring this idea to life, it took a village, a very large village,” said Jared Leto. “When you do a show like the MTV Awards you have an opportunity to explore and experiment, to revisit the past or to push towards the future. We knew we wanted to do something that hadn't been done before. Playing in total darkness, and capturing our performance via thermal signal and doing it live was complex, challenging and seemingly impossible but with the help of a very patient MTV and an enthusiastic team of creative dreamers, we accomplished our goal. Working with the FLIR team has been inspiring and an absolute pleasure.”

Article via FLIR.

Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Aug 28th 2017 at 12:51 PM

CALGARY — Where some see only a jumble of rusted pipes and black tanks jutting from a weed-infested yard in a prairie grain field, Tyler Visscher sees opportunity.

The 31-year-old Red Deer, Alta., electrician is trying to build an oil and gas company the hard way, by scouring the Orphan Well Association’s list of parentless wells in Alberta in hopes of picking out a few winners.

He “adopted” his first well two years ago — bought it, actually — and is now wading through a “whack of paperwork” to buy a second. “Oh, yeah, it’s a gamble for sure,” says the budding oilman. “With everything, there’s a risk, right?”

The crash in commodity prices of the past three years has been linked to a dramatic increase in orphans — oil and gas wells assigned to the OWA because there’s no owner financially able to seal the wells, remove equipment and restore the land when their productive life ends.

In the fiscal year ended March 31, the OWA had 1,391 wells on its list designated for abandonment, up from 768 a year earlier. As of July 6, the list had climbed to 1,438.
That number doesn’t include 1,380 wells the regulator assigned to the OWA in an unprecedented move early this year after owner Lexin Resources was accused of ignoring AER orders and regulations. The former Lexin assets are being marketed as a package by its receiver in a process expected to wrap up this fall.

Many assume orphan wells and related assets are all liability with no value but the Alberta Energy Regulator says that’s not the case. “Recently, many wells, pipelines and facilities have been deemed orphans because their owners have gone bankrupt, despite the fact that they are still capable of producing, transporting or processing oil or gas,” said AER spokesman Ryan Bartlett.
In an effort to place those assets with responsible new owners, the AER has provided a database on the OWA website that gives orphan well locations and history — information designed to attract potential buyers.

“It’s very time-consuming because you have to scour these wells and you have to figure out, ‘OK, why is this well on the list?'” said Visscher. “Was it bad management and the company went bankrupt and now this well is in the orphan well list? Or is the well a poor well? Was it not completed properly? Was it not operated properly? You have to go through, kinda like a detective.”
To take over the well’s production — and responsibility for its environmental liability — the buyer must acquire the underground mineral rights and surface access rights before applying for a licence transfer from the AER.


Not many bother. The AER says the number of licence transfer applications it has handled has increased from four in 2013 to 20 in 2016. Visscher said it took several months to buy his first well east of Calgary. And many hours of work to clean it up after years of neglect. The Crown lease had been returned to the province so he nominated it for public auction and filed the successful bid to buy the mineral rights. He then negotiated an agreement with the landowner, a farmer who hadn’t been paid rent by the previous insolvent owner in four or five years, to gain surface access.

To complete the licence transfer, he then had to pay a $10,000 fee to the OWA. To ensure the wellsite will eventually be reclaimed, he has also had to post a $100,000 bond with the AER.
In all, he says it cost about $50,000 to buy the well which is daily producing some 90,000 cubic feet of natural gas (enough to heat an average single detached home in Canada for one year) plus two barrels of oil. He figures the decade-old well originally cost about $1 million to drill.

Visscher has equipped the well with solar-powered pumps and automated controls designed by his electrical company, Blue Star Electrical, and is using it to demonstrate those products for potential buyers.

He said he’s excited about his second well which is awaiting AER licence transfer. It comes with about 260 hectares of Crown drilling rights which means he will have room to drill more wells if he can find the financial backing to do so.

OWA chairman Brad Herald says “the clock is ticking” for entrepreneurs like Visscher who want to buy orphan wells because a big acceleration in well site cleanups is expected to start this fall. That’s when a $30-million grant announced in the last federal budget is expected to arrive, allowing the province to go ahead with its plan to offer $235 million in loans for OWA projects.

OWA’s annual spending is usually restricted to its $30 million per year industry levy.

Article via EnergyNow

Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Aug 21st 2017 at 8:26 AM

The Non-Destructive Testing Society Singapore (NDTSS) welcomes participants all over the world for the 15th Asia Pacific NDT Conference to be held this November in Singapore. They have over 250 speakers presenting at the conference and 80 International Exhibitors. The Conference is looking forward to a great mixture of participants from all over the world. Please register at the earliest to avoid last minute rush and to reserve your hotel bookings.

Register here

NDTSS us awaiting to host you in Singapore to enjoy the Asian heritage experience.

Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Aug 4th 2017 at 1:34 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Inside EWI on the campus of Ohio State, Senior engineer Roger Spencer holds what looks like a clear computer mouse over a solid piece of steel. The Ultra Sound machine, similar to what is used in a hospital can see what the human eye can't. It's what investigators are likely to use to figure out why the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair snapped killing one person and injuring seven others. Spencer says the machines like this will answer the question why the metal arm of the ride snapped off. "People trained at that can determine where the flaw started was it rapidly and over a long period of time," he said. That's important because Spencer says when steel breaks it can leave a unique signature. "Fatigue cracks are very smooth it would almost be like a machined surface," he said. This metal detective work is called NDT-or non-destructive testing. According to an inspection report on the Fire Ball ride, prior to the accident, inspectors noted NDT was completed. No matter what the investigation finds as the cause, those looking to sue won't be able to collect from the fair. According to the contract between the Fair and Amusement Rides of America, an indemnity clause states "the fair not be held harmless for any claim including death or injury."

Article via 10TV.com

Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 at 10:09 AM
On June 6th, 2017, the CINDE Board of Directors met along with CINDE Members at the CINDE Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss some very important aspects of CINDE’s operations relating to a number of key areas through the year.
 
Kevin Woit (Acuren Group, Inc.) transitioned into his role of Past Chair for CINDE and penned an incredibly positive report on his time as CINDE Chair as well as the future direction of CINDE. During his time as Chair, he was faced with many challenges, but the largest was the decline of the oil and gas industry which the non-destructive testing and inspection industry felt heavily.  Through focussing efforts on the strengths of the staff and organization, CINDE weathered the storm and is poised for growth in the coming year. In his report, he noted, “Some rejuvenation of the training business is visible and I remain very enthusiastic that CINDE is positioned to grow.”  As the Canadian economy continues to recover, CINDE will continue to offer excellent value and quality in all of our activities to the NDT community.
 
As Canada’s non-profit, member organization for the people and companies engaged in NDT, CINDE volunteers to be audited by a third-party every year. The report from the financial auditor noted that there are no inconsistencies and that the statements accurately reflect our operations. CINDE will continue to operate in a transparent manner and continue to serve the NDT industry in an honest and open way.
 
Finally, the CINDE Board of Directors experienced some position and personnel changes.  CINDE welcomed Ed Cabral (Sonatest) to participate as a Director on the Board. Ed is an industry veteran who was already active on the Ontario Chapter Executive who was very interested in helping NDT professionals in Canada engage with CINDE. After many years of service to CINDE and the NDT community, Tim Deagnon (TRD NDT Level 3 Consulting and Training Services) and David Craig (Pratt & Whitney Canada) were required by CINDE Bylaws to retire from the Board after a maximum term time of 8 years. Without the many volunteers who assist CINDE, the organization would not be able to function as strongly as it does. We thank our current and past Directors for their immense support and service to the organization and NDT community.
 
Our Board of Directors for 2017 - 2019 term are:
 
Executive Committee:
•Chairman of the Board: Fulvio Mini (Expertises UberSpec Inc.)
•Vice-Chair, Chair Member Services: Thomas Krause (Royal Military College)
•Vice-Chair, Chair Long Range Planning: Laura Obrutsky
•Secretary-Treasurer: Rick Robichaud (Team Industrial Services Inc.)
•Past Chair: Kevin Woit (Acuren Group, Inc.)

Directors:
•Roy Christensen (Christensen Qualityworks Inc.)
•Michael Connachan (ArcelorMittal Dofasco)
•Heather Kleb (Bruce Power)
•Ed Cabral (Sonatest)
 
We thank all those who were in attendance at the CINDE AGM and look forward to a bigger and better AGM next year!
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Jul 18th 2017 at 8:31 AM

Jesse Garant Metrology Center (USA & Canada) announced that it has expanded its operations to accommodate the growing demand for high volume part inspection for pre-production and production validation. With investments in new equipment and improved infrastructure, including state of the art industrial computed tomography systems for inspecting large parts, their enhanced capabilities solidify their position as leaders within the nondestructive testing and metrology part inspection services industry.


As part of a five year, $15 million roll-out investment in technology, Jesse Garant Metrology Center’s latest expansion includes a more diverse range of advanced imaging systems. The expansion includes a wider range of Industrial CT systems for improved inspection capabilities of industrial parts, digital x-ray systems for high volume part sorting, and new 3D scanning equipment for improved data capture of external features. “Our services are not only to provide our customers with the essential data they need to make qualified decisions, but to help meet the growing demand for larger scale part inspection projects, and continue to be a supporting role in the advancement of industry” says Jesse Garant, President.


With 3 locations within Michigan and Ontario, the company’s centrally located labs primarily serve as an essential hub for the automotive and aerospace industries. Through this investment, the company will continue to be the largest Industrial CT scanning service provider in North America with the greatest diversity of inspection systems available today. “This expansion means we’re able to easily adapt to industry and meet the challenges of part inspection,” adds Garant.


With clients ranging from local businesses to multinational corporations, the company has undergone steady expansion to meet demands from manufacturers around the globe. Last year, Jesse Garant Metrology Center was recognized as the 64th fastest growing business in Canada (2nd in Windsor-Essex) by PROFIT 500 and was also a finalist for Ontario Exporter of the Year.

About Jesse Garant Metrology Center
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is a globally recognized part inspection company, providing NDT and Metrology services using advanced imaging equipment. The company specializes in industrial CT scanning, industrial x-ray, and 3D scanning, with locations in Windsor, ON and Dearborn, MI. For more information, please contact 1-844-JGARANT or visit https://jgarantmc.com.

Category: CINDE
Posted: Mon, Jul 17th 2017 at 8:22 AM
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