Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited Announces Acquisition of Air Dynamics Company Limited.
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Group of Companies, a major re-seller and distributor of NDT equipment and supplies, announced on March 16th, 2017, the successful acquisition of Air Dynamics Company Limited, a leading supplier in the Canadian aerospace industry. The transaction is an integral part of the NDT Products strategic growth plan and continued expansion into Eastern Canada.
CDPQ Invests $36.5 Million in Eddyfi, a Fast-Growing Test, Inspection, and Measurement Company
Today, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced an investment in Eddyfi, a manufacturer of advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions. The CA$36.5 million investment combines a minority stake and a credit facility to fund the acquisition plan of the company.
Headquartered in Québec City, Eddyfi develops, manufactures, and commercializes NDT inspection technology globally—instruments, software, and sensors—for the inspection of key assets in the power generation, petrochemical and aerospace industries, to name a few. Eddyfi’s high-performance systems are used to assess the structural integrity of critical components and prevent downtime, financial losses, and casualties.
With the implementation of its growth plan, Eddyfi is well-positioned to reinforce its status as a global industry leader. Its technologies are perfectly suited to respond to global market trends such as widespread aging critical infrastructure and increased inspection standards imposed on nuclear plants and oil & gas assets, for example.
“This transaction is well aligned with our commitment to help Québec companies expand internationally as part of their growth strategy,” said Christian Dubé, Executive Vice President, Québec at la Caisse. “Over the years, Eddyfi has innovated by investing in technologies to provide increasingly effective solutions better tailored to its clients’ needs. Today its equipment and software are recognized in more than 70 countries.”
“Over the coming years, our growth will be focused in particular on strategic acquisitions. After the acquisition of Silverwing and IPN in 2016, adding a financial partner became essential. However, we needed to be careful in selecting the partner that would best support our culture and style, and be aligned with the ambitions and the dynamics of our industry. Without a doubt, CDPQ is the perfect partner for Eddyfi,” said Martin Thériault, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eddyfi.
Eddyfi currently has close to 200 employees working in its offices based in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.
About Eddyfi Technologies
Eddyfi Technologies is a label designed to maximize the potential of multiple advanced and niche NDT inspection technology brands. With its two centers of excellence in Québec City (Canada) and Swansea (UK), Eddyfi Technologies focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through two strong, complementary brands: Eddyfi and Silverwing. The company serves customers in more than 70 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace, leveraging its six offices around the globe, all staffed with NDT experts.
Read more at Eddyfi.com
Zetec Partners with NDT Products Ltd.
Zetec Incorporated has recently partnered with Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited to help provide customers with industry-leading UT solutions for Ontario and Quebec. As a global leader in non-destructive testing solutions, Zetec provides fast, cost-efficient inspection solutions that give customers un-matched insight and control. Zetec serves as a single source for high-performance products and solutions in both eddy current and UT technologies. NDT Products Ltd. is a leading supplier of Non-Destructive Testing equipment, accessories & calibration services for the NDT industry. The company represents major OEMs in the areas of ultrasonic, radiography, eddy current, material analysis, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, remote visual inspection and now, both high-end ultrasonic and high-end eddy current solutions from Zetec.
CNSC Updates to EDO forms and Website - CCSN Mise à jour des formulaires d'OAE et de page web
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This message is to notify you that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has recently updated the Exposure Device Operator (EDO) application forms and the CNSC’s EDO website. These new EDO application forms are to be used for all future EDO applications. However, the CNSC will continue to accept the old EDO application forms until February 28, 2017. The EDO application forms have been redesigned in order to standardize the information submitted in EDO applications to help ensure that the CNSC receives all of the information necessary to process the applications. These new application forms should reduce the need for CNSC staff to request applicants to provide additional information to support their EDO applications and should make the EDO certification processes more efficient.
The new application forms are now available on the CNSC’s EDO website: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/nuclear-substances/exposure-device-operators/index.cfm
For initial certification as an EDO, we have updated the application form and created an EDO on-the-job training (OJT) attestation form that is to be included with each application for certification. The EDO on-the-job Training Plan form provided in Appendix B of the Certified Exposure Device Operator Personnel Certification Guide (CSA PCP-09) can still be used to log the completion of each aspect of the OJT program; however, only the new EDO OJT attestation form is expected to be submitted with each application.
For renewal of an EDO certification, we have updated the application form and created an EDO employer attestation form that is to be included with each application. We have also created a new sample CNSC EDO work log and CNSC EDO continuing education log for certified EDOs to use. As stated in the updated application form for renewal of certification, EDOs will no longer be expected to submit supporting information regarding their EDO-related work experience or continuing education activities with their application. However, we reserve the right to request this information after their application has been processed in order to verify that they are maintaining the appropriate records of their work experience and continuing education activities.
Also, we have updated the application form to apply for replacement of a damaged, lost or stolen EDO certification card to simplify the process.
Finally, we would like to remind you that, as mentioned in the letter sent to you in September 2016, as of January 1, 2017, the CNSC only considers a worker to be qualified to operate an exposure device if they have a valid EDO certification card, that is, an EDO certification card issued on or after February 1, 2013 that has not expired. If an EDO has a certification card that has expired or that does not have an expiry date, they need to submit an application for renewal of an EDO certification to the CNSC to obtain a valid EDO certification card.
Please feel free to send a message to the EDO email account (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the updated application forms or the EDO certification processes.
We recommend that you pass along this information to employees at your company who may be affected by these changes.
À tous les titulaires de gammagraphie industrielle,
Le présent message a pour but de vous informer que la Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire (CCSN) a récemment mis à jour les formulaires de demande d’accréditation pour les opérateurs d’appareil d’exposition (OAE) ainsi que les pages du site Web de la CCSN consacrées aux OAE. Il faudra dorénavant utiliser ces nouveaux formulaires de demande d’accréditation pour toutes les demandes d’accréditation concernant des OAE. Toutefois, la CCSN continuera d’accepter les anciens formulaires jusqu’au 28 février 2017. Les formulaires ont été retravaillés dans le but de normaliser les renseignements soumis dans les demandes ainsi que pour s’assurer que la CCSN reçoit tous les renseignements nécessaires afin de traiter les demandes. Ces nouveaux formulaires devraient réduire le nombre de requêtes de renseignements supplémentaires envoyées aux demandeurs pour appuyer leurs demandes d’OAE et rendre plus efficace le processus d’accréditation des OAE.
Les nouveaux formulaires sont maintenant disponibles sur la page Web de la CCSN consacrée aux OAE : http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/fra/nuclear-substances/exposure-device-operators/index.cfm
En ce qui concerne l’accréditation initiale d’un OAE, nous avons mis à jour le formulaire de demande et créé un Formulaire d’attestation de la formation en milieu de travail (FMT) d’un OAE qui doit être inclus avec chaque demande d’accréditation. Il est encore possible d’utiliser le Plan de formation en milieu de travail de l’OAE fourni à l’annexe B du Guide d’accréditation des opérateurs d’appareils d’exposition (CSA PCP-09) pour consigner l’achèvement de chaque élément du programme de FMT, toutefois la CCSN s’attend à ce que seul le Formulaire d’attestation de la FMT d’un OAE soit soumis avec chaque demande d’accréditation.
En ce qui a trait au renouvellement de l’accréditation d’un OAE, nous avons mis à jour le formulaire de demande et créé un Formulaire d’attestation de l’employeur d’un OAE qui doit être inclus avec chaque demande. Nous avons également produit des exemples d’un carnet de travail d’OAE et d’un carnet de formation continue pour OAE à l’usage des OAE accrédités. Comme il est indiqué dans le formulaire de demande mis à jour pour le renouvellement de l’accréditation, il n’est plus nécessaire pour les OAE de soumettre les renseignements concernant leur expérience de travail à titre d’OAE ni les activités de formation continue avec leur demande. Par contre, nous nous réservons le droit de demander ces renseignements à la suite du traitement de leur demande afin de vérifier qu’ils conservent des dossiers appropriés de leur expérience de travail et de leurs activités de formation continue.
De plus, nous avons mis à jour le Formulaire de demande de remplacement d’une carte d’accréditation d’OAE endommagée, perdue ou volée afin de simplifier le processus.
Enfin, nous souhaitons vous rappeler, tel que mentionné dans la lettre qui vous a été envoyée en octobre 2016, qu’à compter du 1er janvier 2017, la CCSN considérera qu’un travailleur a les compétences nécessaires pour faire fonctionner un appareil d’exposition seulement s’il détient une carte d’accréditation d’OAE valide, c’est-à-dire une carte non échue, émise le ou après le 1er février 2013. Ainsi, tout OAE dont la carte d’accréditation n’a pas de date d’expiration ou dont la carte est échue devra soumettre une demande de renouvellement de l’accréditation d’un OAE à la CCSN pour obtenir une carte d’accréditation d’OAE valide.
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Nous vous recommandons de transmettre cette information aux employés de votre entreprise qui pourraient être touchés par ces changements.
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ASNT Expands Computer-based Testing for Candidates Worldwide
2017 is starting off with a major win for the nondestructive testing (NDT) industry and certification examination candidates. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) is now offering computer-based testing (CBT) to certification candidates around the world.
ASNT CTO James Bennett remarked that CBT is a win for ASNT and candidates alike. “We are confident that CBT is a tremendous benefit to meeting the diverse schedules in the NDT industry. By creating a consistent scheduling and test taking experience for all candidates, we can ensure quality and quickly respond to any concerns.”
The previous model allowed candidates to only take examinations at authorized test centers (AEC’s) and limited approved locations at specific dates and times. With Pearson VUE as ASNT’s chosen CBT administrator, candidates will now experience streamlined scheduling by having the option to schedule via phone or online 24/7 and with a worldwide network of test centers including ASNT examination partners from which to choose.
AEC’s and National Sponsoring Organizations (NSO’s) remain trusted examination partners to the Society and the NDT community. Each AEC/NSO offers industry training opportunities and resources that non-AEC/NSO testing locations do not. Candidates may find a greater overall value in choosing an AEC/NSO as a testing center when scheduling examinations through Pearson VUE
Key benefits for ASNT and candidates include examination integrity safeguarding with added layers of security and candidate verification. Also, the majority of examination results to be given at the test site immediately.
Not only does CBT provides a consistent testing experience for all candidates but it also aligns with ASNT’s move towards a more efficient and cost-effective paperless environment. All applications for examinations are now entirely online to not only give candidates an intuitive, secure portal to upload required documentation, but also streamline the administrative process of gathering and assessing applications for completeness.
While this is a very different way of doing business than in the past, supporting a global membership of over 16,000 necessitates ASNT to be innovative and agile for members and all of those in the NDT community that look to ASNT examinations as critical professional credentials.
ASNT recently celebrated 75 years of creating a safer world last year because of its renowned commitment to supporting and promoting excellence in NDT. ASNT’s offering of CBT is one way that commitment is being upheld.
For more information, go to http://www.ASNT.org.
Cyberhawk Helps Development of UK Drone Guidelines
Cyberhawk played a key role in the drafting of the ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Management Standards and Guidelines’, which were produced by Oil & Gas UK in conjunction with a working group. As well as Cyberhawk, this group included duty holders who have used UAS, industry and aviation safety experts and a limited number of additional UAS operators.
Cyberhawk were the first company to operate UAS in the North Sea back in early 2012, and has been one of the most significant contributors to the development of the guidelines.
Company founder Malcolm Connolly, the only person in the working group with first hand experience of operating UAS offshore, said: “The creation of these guidelines marks a step-change for the offshore inspection industry and reflects the fact that the vast majority of oil and gas operators, both offshore as well as onshore, are now using UAS. This has driven the need for an industry specific set of standards.
“The UK offshore sector already boasts stringent safety and operating standards for other areas of aviation. The introduction of these guidelines marks an important milestone within the sector and a recognition that adoption of UAS technology will continue to grow with a clearer set of guidelines to work to."
“Training and competency play a key role in the new guidelines, as does the reliability of equipment being used and the track record and experience of the UAS operator in question. These guidelines significantly exceed the current minimum requirements set out by the UK CAA for general commercial UAS operations, which is a crucial factor in allowing the continued use of drones to improve the offshore inspection industry."
“We are particularly pleased that Oil & Gas UK sought to involve the UAS operators themselves, which we believe has made a fundamental impact when compared with other industry specific UAS guidelines which have been produced elsewhere.”
Cyberhawk has been recognised at both the 2012 and the 2016 Oil & Gas UK Awards, where its UAS inspection solutions were named winners of the SME Business Innovation and Efficiency category.
Health, safety and environment director at Oil & Gas UK, Mick Borwell, said: “[UAS] technology is particularly attractive for its use in improving safety. For example, sending unmanned aircraft instead of people into confined spaces to conduct inspections reduces risk, and is also effective and efficient.
Article via the Cyberhawk website
In Memoriam: Terry Paul
Entered into rest on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the West Haldimand General Hospital, Hagersville, in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Roberta (nee Fogan). Loving father to Bradley (Jodi) and Michael Henderson. Dear grandfather of Summer (William) and great-grandfather to Ellie Henry. Brother of Shirley Orr, Bow River, Alberta, Dale (Beth), Calgary, Alberta, Marvin (Sharlene) Rockford, Washington, Don (Bernice) Calgary, Alberta, and Laurel (Connie) Calgary, Alberta. Predeceased by his brother Jim, brother-in-law Dean Orr and sister-in-law Janice. Also survived by his sister-in-law Shirley, as well as many nieces and nephews. Terry served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years as a Technician in the Air Force. Upon his retirement from the Military he took a job with OPG where he was employed for many years. Visitation took placeat the Miller Funeral Chapel, Caledonia, on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 7 - 9 p.m. followed by the service in the chapel on Tuesday, January 10 at 11 a.m.
CINDE offers sincere condolences to the Paul family. Terry was employed with CINDE for many years and was held very highly within the organization and within the NDT community.