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Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, May 7th 2018 at 9:49 AM

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

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

Read more on the Eddyfi website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News via BWXT website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article via Business Insider

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

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