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Metal detection technology key to answering why fair ride broke
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

Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation AGM: A Bright Future Ahead
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.

Your CINDE Board of Directors for 2017-2019 is:

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!

Jesse Garant Metrology Center is re-defining the future of service based part inspection
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.

Creaform Extends NDT Expertise to Aerospace
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Jul 10th 2017 at 3:16 PM

The new surface inspection software combined with the HandySCAN 3D is going to reinforce the company’s position as a provider of advanced NDT solutions

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable and highly accurate 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced today that it will extend its expertise in non-destructive testing (NDT) to the aerospace industry. By expanding access to its inspection solutions, the company aims to better enable airlines, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service companies, to more efficiently perform the evaluations of in-service aircraft safety, while cutting costs and saving downtime.

"As predictive maintenance becomes more prominent, aviation maintenance professionals and aircraft MRO providers are increasingly on the lookout for innovative methods that enable quicker and safer decisions to be made on the outcome of part defects," says Steeves Roy, NDT Product Manager at Creaform. "The mapping of external surface defects on aircraft parts, which can prove difficult to obtain using traditional methods—namely hail damage, bird impacts and lightning strikes on the fuselage and wings—can be assessed with 3D scanning. When paired with advanced inspection tools, such solution cuts down on the operator’s impact on measurements, shortens time to get the final report, and reinforces decision-making."

To ensure that the solution matches aviation maintenance industry requirements and properly reflects the market needs, Creaform is partnering with major aircraft manufacturers for beta testing. The surface inspection solution dedicated to aerospace applications is set for release in October 2017.

Earlier this year, Creaform announced that the HandySCAN 3D metrology-grade laser scanner had made its first major step into the aerospace industry. It was added to the Airbus Technical Equipment Manual (TEM) which is referenced in the Airbus Structure Repair Manual (SRM).

Well-known for its NDT solutions for the oil and gas industry, Creaform’s NDT product solution is comprised of its flagship HandySCAN 3D™ portable metrology-grade 3D scanner and its Pipecheck™ NDT software, both of which allow automatic on-site inspection, detection, and characterization of pipeline defects. With traceable and repeatable inspection data and results, operators can access critical information for making safer decisions.

Article via Creaform 3D website.

New Olympus Ultra-Portable EPOCH® 6LT Flaw Detector Provides Comprehensive Flaw Detection Capabilities for Rope Access and High Portability Inspections
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Jul 10th 2017 at 11:08 AM

Optimized for single-handed operation, the EPOCH 6LT flaw detector combines a leading-edge ergonomic design with powerful ultrasonic functionality in an instrument built specifically for rope access and high portability applications.

The design of the EPOCH 6LT flaw detector, from form factor to the user interface, is optimized for user comfort, making it easy to use with one hand, so rope access inspection technicians and users that require high portability can do their work comfortably and efficiently.

•    Fits securely in one hand with minimal wrist fatigue: weighs just 1.95 lbs (890 g) with a grip-oriented weight distribution
•    Attaches to a user’s leg or harness: rope access technicians can secure the instrument for hands-free operation
•    Users can navigate the menu using just their thumb: the rotary knob and simple button design make it easy to navigate through the UI, even while wearing gloves
•    Durable and reliable: engineered to IP65/67 for dust and water resistance and drop tested to protect against the hazards found in challenging inspection environments

Learn more online on the Olympus website.

 
Amec Foster Wheeler forms alliance to test equipment for nuclear safety
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:58 AM

* Collaboration with Element Materials Technology, Tecnatom and TUV Rheinland in Equipment Qualification Services Alliance

* Customers will benefit from vast global experience, specialist testing facilities and strategic expertise

* Alliance to target EQ needs on nuclear new build and modification projects

Amec Foster Wheeler has formed an alliance with Element Materials Technology, Tecnatom and TUV Rheinland to offer Equipment Qualification (EQ) and Materials Qualification (MQ) services for nuclear sites in the UK and Europe.

Together the four companies, which individually already support many power plants and other nuclear licensed sites around the world, have formed the EQ Services Alliance (EQSA) so that customers can benefit from their vast collective global experience, specialist testing facilities and qualification expertise.

Greg Willetts, Vice President for Consultancy and Defence at Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business, said:

"Our collective capability and expertise means that EQSA can meet all of our customers’ EQ and MQ needs on new build or modification projects.

"EQSA is dedicated to ensuring that the new build supply chain and existing operators can correctly qualify safety critical components right first time in order to meet UK regulatory expectations while helping to avoid delays and unforeseen costs as the project develops.

"We are supporting customers on materials selection and preparation of qualification plans as well as analysis and testing – all designed to establish, preserve and upgrade required equipment qualifications."

Examples of services offered by EQSA include design support, materials selection, desktop/physical analysis, operating experience, ageing and thermodynamic accident conditions/design basis event testing (such as loss-of-coolant accident), seismic testing, CE marking test and certification, accelerated ageing tests on materials and equipment and testing for mechanical and corrosion resistance.

Qualification of equipment is essential for safety in nuclear power plants and involves detailed checks to ensure that components have the capability to perform designated functions on demand for the design life of the plant, including under accident or seismic conditions.

Article Via Amec Foster Wheeler

Pipeline Inspection is the Focus at Materials Testing 2017
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:23 AM

Materials Testing – the most comprehensive exhibition in the world of testing for quality, non-destructive testing (NDT), materials testing, condition monitoring and diagnostic technology – returns in 2017 with a new range of features and industry speakers.

Materials Testing 2017 will take place from 5-7 September in Telford, UK and promises to be bigger and better than ever. More than 40 exhibitors from countries around the world have already signed up, with the final number expected to be around 70.

Materials Testing 2017 is free of charge for visitors, who will benefit not only from a concentration of materials testing innovation and excellence, but also from an enhanced programme of talks and seminars in the exhibition hall, covering practical aspects of NDT and related technologies.

Registration now open!

Materials Testing 2017 will present companies with a major forum for promoting their products and services and interfacing with their markets; a unique opportunity to:

  • Present the latest technologies
  • Source new contacts
  • Meet industry colleagues
  • Keep up-to-date
  • Get new business

Opening times

  • Tuesday 5 September: 09h30–16h30
  • Wednesday 6 September: 09h30–16h30
  • Thursday 7 September: 09h30–14h00

Materials Testing takes place once every two years and is recognised as one of the leading international exhibitions for the NDT, condition monitoring, diagnostic engineering and quality testing industries.

The event is organised by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), and will run alongside BINDT’s annual conference, NDT 2017, providing additional networking opportunities.

The venue for this year's exhibition - the International Centre in Telford, in the West Midlands - is less than one-and-a-half hours from three international airports and only five minutes away from the UK rail and motorway networks.

Article via BINDT

UA, Airbus Partner to Enhance Engineering Education, Research
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Jun 19th 2017 at 11:18 AM

The University of Alabama and Airbus will partner in an effort to enhance engineering education and research, according to an agreement signed between representatives from the two organizations.

Airbus, with headquarters in Toulouse, France, and a manufacturing facility in Mobile, will assist UA in purchasing equipment in the areas of additive manufacturing and aerodynamic velocity measurements as well as a variety of student engagement activities.

Dr. Carl A. Pinkert, UA vice president for research and economic development, signed the agreement at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme, or AGUPP, in Toulouse in April.

Pinkert was one of nearly 30 representatives from 20 Airbus partner universities around the world who met with some 70 Airbus employees at the event.

To advance technology and tackle engineering challenges, the University has to collaborate with industry in an exchange of ideas to improve the education of our students,” said Pinkert. “We are proud to partner with Airbus and continue our efforts to support an innovative, diverse workforce for the aerospace industry.”

AGUPP is a strategic Airbus initiative connecting a global network of universities and engineering schools to develop high-tech talents of the future. Activities include the development of strategic competencies in technical and soft skills, the development of training courses, with a specific focus on Innovation, and support for universities to encourage diversity among engineering students and graduates.

This year’s event focused on how universities and industry can work together to define and develop competencies that meet the rapidly changing needs of the aerospace industry. The meeting was also an opportunity for Airbus to formally set new partnerships with two universities in Germany, another in France and UA.

As part of the activities, students in the UA chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, or AIAA, will have the opportunity to visit Airbus’ facility in Mobile and network with AIAA members from Airbus and supporting companies. Airbus personnel from Mobile will also visit Tuscaloosa as part of the agreement.

The agreement also provides for an Airbus Seminar series in the College of Engineering that will bring speakers, possibly Airbus officials, to campus to talk to students and faculty about research and development from the aerospace industry.

Article Via University of Alabama

Past Mohawk College students welcome to take advantage of our Refresher Training
Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, Jun 15th 2017 at 12:54 PM
Our Refresher Training now includes Mohawk College students!   
 
We welcome past Mohawk College students to take advantage of attending the same course again within 3 years of the original course completion. 
 
Full details can be found here
Eddyfi Technologies Expanding with CA$13.75M Investment for New Offices
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, May 31st 2017 at 7:38 AM

May 29, 2017, in the presence of the Mayor and Quebec provincial government representatives, a groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction on the new Eddyfi Technologies complex was held the.
 
Read more at: https://goo.gl/naCYzX

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