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Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, Apr 8th 2021 at 12:34 PM
CINDE continues operation in Ontario and Alberta abiding by Provincial regulations and public health guidelines. As private individuals, we expect our members and customers to evaluate how any and all government regulations, guidelines, or your own corporate policies affect your personal circumstances.  You can view the current Ontario order in council here.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns via email at  Please note that we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails at this time and will respond as quickly as possible to all inquiries.
The CINDE Hamilton location is open for NDT training, workshops, and exams. CINDE will be following health and safety procedures as provided by the Ontario Government and Mohawk College. Please note that the procedures may cause delays in your travel within the campus and during the registration process – please plan accordingly. We will be monitoring the ongoing situation and will provide updates on the CINDE website.
-A non-medical mask or face covering must be worn when at the Mohawk College campus at all times where social distancing is not possible.   If within 2 metres, a face shield will be provided by Mohawk Security to wear, to wear along with the mask.
-Visitors are required to follow social distancing guidelines when on the campus (2m distance between others).
1) Download the Mohawk Safety App (free on iOS and Android). Alternatively, if you do not wish to download the app, please proceed to the security checkpoint for in-person screening. This will take additional time.
      i) Click on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) button near the top of the page.
     ii) Proceed to the screening assessment tool and provide all information.
    iii) Proceed to security checkpoint and inform them that you have completed the assessment.
2) After passing the Mohawk College Security checkpoint, continue to the CINDE designated waiting area (Main Administration Office E006A) in the hallway.
3) You will be required to have your temperature taken via a non-contact thermometer as well as signing a waiver (health declaration) at the main office before entering the office/class.
4) We will be registering one (1) student at a time in the administration area. Students will then be directed to the Exit and sent to their training/exam room.  Regular social distancing rules and hygiene will be required (hand sanitizer available in each classroom, exam room, and administration area).

Important Notes
-Parking is free. Please park in any of the designated parking areas. We recommend choosing a parking location that is close to the security entrance:
1) South Entrance, across from the short term parking by the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre Theatre.
-Lockers will be provided for workshop and exam candidates. Please bring minimal possessions with you.
-Steps 1-3 will be required each day while attending Mohawk College.
-No food services will be open at this time. Please be prepared to bring a lunch.
-All water fountains will be closed. CINDE will provide water coolers that visitors can use to fill their own water bottles.

Additional precautions that CINDE is taking to increase health and safety of staff, students, and community:
1) The reception area in E006A is a one-way traffic area and has a Plexiglas shield between the reception staff and students to decrease the
    chance of virus transmission.
2) Social distancing guidelines (2m distance between staff/students) are in place to ensure the safety of all students. Where distance guidelines cannot be followed, masks and
    hand sanitizer will be used to decrease the probability of transmission.
3) Hand sanitizer will be provided at all classroom doors so that students can practice increased hand sanitizing.
4) All surfaces will be disinfected and then also sprayed with Clorox electrostatic disinfectant spray.
5) We will continue to limit the number of staff working at the facility to limit the possibility of exposure to students and staff.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, CINDE will make adjustments to procedures to increase the safety of staff, students, and the community. We appreciate your patience during this time.
Please review our COVID-19 Acknowledgement, Waiver and Indemnification policy before arriving to the CINDE Office for any course, workshop or exam.  Upon your arrival, you will be asked to complete it with your name and signature and then witnessed by a CINDE Staff member.
If you have further questions, please contact
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Apr 12th 2021 at 12:48 PM
Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science has further expanded its metals analysis range with the launch of the OE720. A year ago, the reveal of the ground-breaking Hitachi OE750 caused waves in the industry by making high-performance metals analysis finally accessible to all sizes of metals producers. Designed to help foundries, fabricators and manufacturing plants meet ever more demanding specifications, the new OE720 now joins Hitachi High-Tech’s new OE series. The OE720 boasts the same high-performance as the OE750 but offers an attractive price advantage to companies who don’t need additional gas analysis capability.

High performance made affordable.
Complex supply chains and increased use of scrap metal as a base material puts foundries and metals manufacturers under increasing pressure to control tramp and trace elements within the melt and finished product. The new OE720 optical emission spectrometer covers the entire spectrum of elements in metal except for gases like oxygen and hydrogen and has some of the lowest detection limits in its class. The result is an analyzer that has the capability of much more expensive instruments, bringing high quality analysis within reach for the first time for many foundries and metals manufacturers.
Why choose the OE Series?
RESULTS YOU CAN TRUST - High optical resolution to control tramp and trace elements.
LOW COST OF OWNERSHIP - Affordable to buy and run, delivering the performance of more expensive analysers.
KEEPING YOU RUNNING - Engineered for reliability with minimum maintenance and standardisation requirements.
SUPPORTS CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION - Cloud-based data management, rapid analysis and short start-up times for fast feedback on melt quality.
For more information, contact
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Apr 8th 2021 at 9:22 AM
Edmonton, Alberta—IR Supplies and Services is pleased to announced their partnership with Creative Electron, an industry leader in X-ray systems.   Together they offer organizations across Canada the tools to ensure inspections are done at the highest standard, a standard that results in quality output.  X-ray cabinets manufactured by Creative Electron are offered in four main formats that can be customized to each client’s needs. 
IR has always been focused on bringing premium brands to our clients,” commented Robert Muschket, President of IR.  “Providing clients with products that meet their needs is our priority.  Since opening our Burlington location we have been able to expand our product line for clients who require solutions beyond what we have traditionally offered.  The products developed by Creative Electron do just that—offers new solutions.”
Bill Cardoso, founder and CEO of Creative Electron, expands on the Canadian-focused partnership. “At Creative Electron, we pride ourselves on partnering with companies that are leaders in their fields.  That’s why we are so excited to join forces with IR, a team so well aligned with our vision of solving commercial and industrial challenges with first-in-class X-ray inspection tools.  We see IR as an extension of our ability to actually understand and resolve customer problems rather than just selling boxes”.
Creative Electron manufactures their X-ray inspection systems at their home office in San Marcos, California.  This North American solution ensures quality controls are maintained at the highest level.  It means that customizations can be easily executed with direct communications with the IR-CE team.
Ed Cabral, Director of Advanced Equipment, Training & Services at IR, the primary contact for businesses interested in discovering more about the Creative Electron cabinets, sees the partnership as a natural extension of the IR offering. “Today’s inspection and manufacturing in countless industries are becoming more and more complex.  It requires advanced technology that helps ensure processes result in maintaining high standards.  Safety is paramount.
More about the Creative Electron cabinets can be found on the IR website at
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Mar 19th 2021 at 11:06 AM
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire (CNSC) for renewal of the Site Preparation License to support the Darlington New Nuclear Project. In 2012, following the acceptance of a thorough Environmental Assessment, which included extensive public involvement, the CNSC granted OPG a license to allow site preparation activities to support future nuclear generation.

The application will be considered by the CNSC at a public hearing currently scheduled to take place on June 9 and 10, 2021.
The deadline for filing an intervention for the public Commission hearing is May 3, 2021.

Darlington is the only site in Canada currently licensed for new nuclear. Additional generation at Darlington would allow low-carbon, reliable nuclear energy to continue being an important part of Ontario’s energy mix. Renewal of the license would be one step in a series of licenses and regulatory approvals required prior to the construction and operation of a new reactor.

For more information, visit
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Mar 15th 2021 at 1:42 PM
IR is happy to announce the addition of the JME DXB:1 digital X-ray buggy.  This long-awaited product is ideal for use on the pipelines, when taking panoramic digital radiographs of circumferential welds.  It’s an ideal companion to the JME CR2 pipeline crawler and boasts a versatile and configurable system. 

For more information, visit the IR website at, or ask to speak to one of the IR business development representatives at 855-737-2689.
Category: Product
Posted: Tue, Mar 9th 2021 at 10:32 AM
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (March 9, 2021)—Zetec Inc., a global leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) technology, today introduced the ElbowFlex™ scanner for quick, manual ultrasonic inspections of pipe elbows in oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation, manufacturing and other industrial applications.
ElbowFlex is the perfect tool for measuring wall thickness and detecting flow accelerated corrosion on elbows with diameters ranging from 4 inches NPS (4.5 inches) to flat. Its 1D flexible linear array probe can adapt to the scanned specimen dimension and stay concentric throughout the inspection, providing all you need to cover the full range of elbow diameters in a single probe. The highly versatile ElbowFlex is able to scan both the straight and elbow aspects of a pipe.
ElbowFlex uses an Aqualene membrane for coupling in lieu of a water chamber and requires only a thin film of water on the specimen surface. The scanner can also work with standard coupling gel or a mixture of water and gel.
“Combined with any instrument in Zetec’s TOPAZ family, ElbowFlex can instantly provide the operator with crisp, high-resolution C-Scan images of corrosion and other damage,” said Dominic Giguère, Product Manager – UT Portable Solutions for Zetec. “It saves significant inspection time compared to conventional UT and grid systems.”
At 2.5 pounds, ElbowFlex is easy to handle, with simple button operation and magnetic wheels that help the operator keep the scanner in place while following scan lines for complete coverage.
The complete ElbowFlex kit includes the scanner, flexible probe, Aqualene membrane, encoder cable, wear shoes, shims, tools, carrying case and spare components for consumables.
For more information about Zetec’s ElbowFlex scanner, visit
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Feb 26th 2021 at 10:58 AM
CALGARY — The province of Alberta on Thursday estimated its 2021/22 budget deficit will shrink to C$18.2 billion ($14.5 billion), as its economy starts to recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Alberta’s 2020/21 deficit stood at C$20.2 billion, compared with a C$24.2 billion deficit projected in August, as recovering crude oil prices help the province narrow its deficit.Still, the deficit is larger than the historical trend, reflecting the impact of pandemic spending.

Finance minister Travis Toews said Alberta will set aside C$1.25 billion in contingency funding to fight COVID-19. The province also plans to invest nearly C$21 billion over three years in construction projects to create new jobs and support economic recovery.

“Budget 2021 will provide funding … to ensure Albertans have a competitive edge, as economies reopen, growth restarts and opportunities reappear,” Toews said in his budget address.
Alberta is the center of Canada’s fossil fuel industry, and oil and gas revenues generate much of the province’s economic activity and revenues. The energy industry was battered last year by a collapse in global fuel demand due to COVID-19, although commodity prices are picking up as vaccines are rolled out globally.
Alberta said its financial exposure from an investment in TC Energy’s Keystone XL pipeline, which would have shipped to the U.S. but had its permit revoked by President Joe Biden, was C$1.3 billion. The government said if the project does not proceed it will seek to recoup the funds.Toews said Alberta’s real gross domestic product would grow 4.8% in 2020, having contracted 7.8% last year.The United Conservative Party government expects the provincial economy to reach pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and said the deficit will shrink to C$11 billion in 2022/23 and C$8 billion in 2023/24.

Revenue for the 2021/22 fiscal year is estimated at C$43.7 billion, up from $42.3 billion in 2020/21. Total spending is expected to be down slightly at C$61.9 billion, from C$62.5 billion in the previous fiscal year.

Alberta forecast U.S. crude prices to average $46 per barrel in 2021/22.
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Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 at 12:59 PM

The CIVA modelling platform keeps expanding its capabilities with a new module dedicated to SHM by guided waves simulation.

In a context where sensors are embedded in the monitored structure, with a large number of influential parameters and a complex and costly implementation, experimental campaigns become rapidly prohibitive to conduct real optimization and reliability studies : Simulation is then a must have to design and qualify SHM devices carefully before implementation !

More information about CIVA SHM capabilities on :  and by contacting EXTENDE company.

Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 at 12:52 PM
Phoenix, LLC has announced plans to construct a second neutron imaging center near the aerospace, defense and tech hub of the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California to address the regional demand for commercially available neutron radiography services. This announcement follows the success of the company’s first Phoenix Neutron Imaging Center, or PNIC, in Fitchburg, WI, which opened in the fall of 2019. PNIC is one of the only sites in the world to offer production-scale, high-quality neutron radiography (N-ray), a powerful industrial nondestructive testing method for quality assurance, R&D, and failure analysis. Unlike most other N-ray providers, Phoenix utilizes proprietary accelerator-based neutron generator technology as the source of neutrons for the N-ray processes.
The planned west-coast neutron imaging facility would provide a variety of key aerospace and defense nondestructive testing (NDT) services including thermal neutron radiography (film and digital), fast neutron radiography, thermal and fast neutron computed tomography (CT), X-ray imaging, X-ray CT, radiation effects testing, and neutron activation analysis. The facility is expected to further grow Phoenix’s employee base, with future potential to expand beyond a dedicated NDT service center into a regional manufacturing and engineering hub that will attract top talent from the California and West Coast university system to support Phoenix’s growing company charter.
The facility plans to support the growing US space and defense sector by providing critical inspection capabilities to energetic device manufacturers such as Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (PacSci EMC). Energetic devices are crucial for aircraft, spacecraft and satellites, acting as the catalysts of ejection, payload separation, and explosive signal transfer systems, and so the ability to reliably and nondestructively inspect them using neutron imaging is paramount.
“PacSci EMC is committed to the highest levels of safety and quality in all our products. We use nondestructive inspection techniques such as neutron imaging to ensure our products perform exactly as designed. We’re pleased that Phoenix has chosen the Bay Area as a location for its next neutron imaging facility, as it fills a critical gap in the defense and aerospace nondestructive testing industrial base,” says PacSci EMC President Greg Scaven.
“Placing a new Phoenix neutron imaging center on the West Coast would allow Phoenix to better provide new and existing clients in critical industries access to this important technology that helps ensure their products are free from potentially catastrophic defects, significantly improving the security of a critical defense supply chain,” says Phoenix president Dr. Evan Sengbusch.

About Phoenix, LLC.
Since 2012, Phoenix, LLC. has been designing and developing powerful, compact neutron generators for neutron imaging, radiation effects and survivability testing, and neutron activation analysis. Rather than producing neutron radiation through nuclear fission, which requires fissile material and produces heavy, long-lived radioactive byproducts, Phoenix uses particle accelerators to produce neutron radiation. Phoenix relies on this accelerator-driven method of neutron production to provide fast and thermal neutron imaging, matching reactor-driven neutron imaging facilities for image quality and throughput. Phoenix maintains an ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100 Rev D (2016) certified quality management system as well as NAS-410 certified nondestructive testing personnel.
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Feb 19th 2021 at 10:09 AM
George Jaques and co-author Aziz U. Rehman received the American Society for Quality’s Philipe B. Crosby Medal for their first-of-its-kind guide “A Practical Field Handbook in Industrial Radiography and Radiograph Interpretation.” “It’s the first time that a publication in non-destructive testing has been awarded this medal, so it’s a great feeling,” said Jaques, who has spent more than 20 years using gamma rays to inspect welds on everything from oil pipelines to nuclear power plants.
At nearly 500 pages, the book has more than 100 sketches, illustrations and graphs, about 200 radiographs, and the answers to more than 400 certification questions.
Jaques said copies have been sold in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Poland, Ireland and other overseas markets. “It was No. 1 nine times last year for vocational education on Amazon Canada and we have it in nine marketplaces on Amazon through Canada, the U.S. and various European markets.”
Some U.S. government energy departments have also adopted the book, which Jaques said is intended to advance and standardize the industry’s best practices.
He compares industrial radiography to a medical X-ray — but instead of looking for a fracture on a broken bone, he inspects the integrity of welds and materials on everything from pipelines to nuclear plants.
Working mainly as an independent consultant through his business Jaques Enterprise Inspection, Jaques, 42, (pronounced Jakes) typically spends most of his time on the road, visiting various sites. However, due to COVID-19, he’s been working from his home in Georges River, which he shares with wife Angela (Slade) Jaques, 35, and daughters, Julia, 7, and Jessica, 4.

In the meantime, he’s conducting radiography auditing as a consultant for the proposed Kitimat LNG project in northeast B.C. “I’ve been 23 years on the road, so being home is great,” he said. “I don’t have to travel.” However, he expects to be away from home in the spring to visit the Kitimat site and expects he will speak at the Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation conference in Windsor, Ont., and potentially speak to industry experts in Bahrain at another gathering this year.
Meanwhile, he and Rehman have been busy trying to standardize the industrial field with their YouTube page RTFIPro and corresponding website, They’re also surveying colleagues worldwide as part of a study examining disparities in the field across borders. “It’s a project based on global interpretation — how people vary with their interpretation,” he said. “Basically it’s about how accurate our industry is based on location, experience and education.”
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