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Originally Posted: Wed, Dec 5th 2018 at 10:27 AM #1025
Rick MacNeil, P. Eng., CEO of Innovation Polymers, experts in acoustic-capable polymers, announces the release of a new multiple-angle TOFD wedge that eliminates testing frustrations associated with HDPE pipes. High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) pipe has become a popular substitute for steel pipe due to its chemical and corrosion resistance. But, when it comes to TOFD inspection, the various kinds of polyethylene used in the industry can require expensive custom wedges, produce inaccurate results, and require multiple restarts.

 

Innovation Polymers has designed wedges specifically for TOFD applications on HDPE. Interchangeable plugs made from Innovation Polymers’ low velocity elastomeric polymers permits the user to select a refracted-angle option best suited for the TOFD inspection at hand. These wedges are primarily intended for the TOFD inspection of high density polyethylene butt fusion joints. The modular concept consists of a standard housing, replaceable plug inserts and a threaded plate to accommodate different sized probes up to 12.5mm (0.5 inch) diameter.
 

"The Innovation Polymer design provides TOFD resolution that equals that achieved by water and hard-plastic wedges without their inconveniences and limitations." says Rick MacNeil, CEO of Innovation Polymers, and owner of the patents for the ACETM, AqualeneTM, and AqualinkTM polymers who has worked with ultrasonic consulting expert Ed Ginzel to develop his new multiple angle wedge specifically for TOFD applications on HDPE. "Users should find Innovation Polymer’s interchangeable TOFD inserts convenient, adaptable to the various HDPE formulations and easy to change-out in the field."


The new multiple angle TOFD wedge will eliminate these 4 common TOFD inspection frustrations, including:

• Selecting an optimum fixed angle for TOFD inspections without machining custom wedges by having a wedge with inserts that allow for different refraction angles.

• Replace cross-linked polystyrene (RexoliteTM) or PMMA (LuciteTM/PerspexTM) wedges which can result in negative refraction and greatly reduce the required standoff to the fusion joint.

• Make up for lost time due to water-wedges that lose their reservoir during scanning, requiring the scan to be stopped and restarted.
 

• Adapt to multiple HDPE formulations using Innovation Polymer’s interchangeable TOFD inserts, making it easy for you to run adapt the HDPE material in the field.

To book an interview with Rick MacNeil call 226-749-3035 or email rmacneil@innovationpolymers.ca.
 

Via Innovation Polymers website

Originally Posted: Wed, Aug 15th 2018 at 12:58 PM #1015

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

Lowest range 0,014...0,7 mln/min
Highest range 8...1670 ln/min


Features
•    High accuracy (standard 0,5% Rd plus 0,1% FS)
•    Pressure and Temperature Independent
•    Turn Down up to 1:150
•    Multi-Gas / Multi-Range functionality (25 selectable gases)
•    Pressure ratings 10 / 64 / 100 bar
•    Customized I/O options
•    Safety in compliance with IEC 61010-1

Burlington, ON salesb@hoskin.ca, Burnaby, BC salesv@hoskin.ca and Montreal, QC salesm@hoskin.ca

Hoskin Scientific Ltd.
www.hoskin.ca

 
Originally Posted: Fri, Jul 20th 2018 at 11:42 AM #1012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Originally Posted: Fri, Jul 20th 2018 at 11:29 AM #1011

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

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

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

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

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

About H3 Zoom Pte. Ltd.

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

About H3 Dynamics Holdings Pte. Ltd.

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

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