Arcadia Aerospace Appoints Director of NDI Operations PUNTA GORDA, FL—Arcadia Aerospace Industries (AAI) has announced the hiring of Mr. Byron Vines (ASNT L3 in UT, PT, MT, RT, ET) as its director of Nondestructive Inspection (NDI) Operations. Vines brings more than 28 years of composite NDI experience and significant relationships with a broad spectrum of Aerospace Primes to Arcadia. Vines brings knowledge of aerospace programs and the challenges it faces. “Byron is a great asset to our team with extensive manufacturing exper-tise allowing Arcadia to deliver value-added solutions complementing our customers’ core compe-tencies,” says Charles Bushman, president of Arcadia Aerospace. Located on the grounds of the Punta Gorda Airport in Florida, Arcadia provides aerospace composite component manufactures solutions for inspection, engineering, quality and special proc-ess manufacturing. NASA Unveils Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan WASHINGTON, DC—NASA’s Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan has been posted to the agency’s website. The comprehensive strategic plan prioritizes space technologies essential to the pursuit of NASA’s mission and achievement of national goals. The NASA Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan was created following development of a series of agency draft Space Technology Roadmaps. After careful review of the roadmaps by the National Research Council, with input from the public and key stakeholders, NASA finalized this new investment plan. It provides guidance for NASA’s space technology investments during the next four years, within the context of a 20-year horizon. The plan will be updated approximately every two years, as appropriate, to meet agency and national needs. “Technology enables discovery and Advancement,” NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck said. “We look forward to working with our stakeholders to grow our technological base and take the journey to expand scientific understanding, explore the universe, and make a positive impact on the lives of all.” In 2010, the president and Congress unveiled an ambitious new direction for NASA, which in-cludes renewed investment in space technology to align mission directorate activities, increase capabilities, lower mission costs and support long-term needs. The result has been an aggressive and prioritized technology investment by NASA that enables exploration and science missions while also supporting other government and commercial space activities. The plan is based on a four-pillar system of goals to ensure NASA investments optimize the benefits of key stakeholders, other U.S. government agencies, the private sector and the national economy. NASA recognizes the importance of a balanced portfolio of technology development at all stages of technology maturity. Using the Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan, NASA will continue to invest in revolutionary concepts that help develop the nation’s work force and provide transformative and crosscutting technology breakthroughs to enable our missions and benefit the commercial sector. VSG and North Star Imaging Partner for Digital NDT Bordeaux (France) and Rogers, MN— FEI’s Visualization Sciences Group (VSG) and North Star Imaging (NSI) announce the signing of an OEM partnership agreement between the two compa-nies. North Star Imaging will begin offering VSG’s Avizo Fire 3-D visualization and analysis soft-ware as an integrated component with its 3-D X-ray scanning solutions. NSI’s high speed, high resolution 3-D Computed Tomography X-ray imaging systems will be enhanced by now Also offering VSG’s ability to supply fast analysis and modeling of the collected data. This combination provides the best in-class solutions by both companies and facilitates a wide range of research & development applications while improving in-line production testing. According to Abigail D. Lape, research Scientist in Global Food Research group at Cargill, “The collaboration ensures Cargill’s place on the forefront of providing complete solutions to our clients and customers in the areas of food research, safety and forensics. NSI ImagiX system provides imagery beyond basic visualization to a level of high definition imaging which Assists in re-vealing structure-function relationships in complex systems containing a wide range of compo-nents. In addition, the VSG Avizo Fire software package provides versatility in acquiring quantitative information giving us further insight often required for proper characterization of these sys-tems.” DNV KEMA Sells Non- Destructive Testing Services Unit to 3angles Inc. BURLINGTON, MA—An agreement has been finalized for the sale of DNV KEMA’s Americas nondestructive testing business to 3angles, Inc. (3angles). This strategic initiative enables DNV KEMA to grow its core generation advisory and implementation services in energy, while maintaining a partner that can deliver the NDT-specific testing services many projects require. “3angles will be a close DNV KEMA Partner,” Hugo van Nispen, COO, DNV KEMA Americas, explains. “This move gives the NDT organization the singular resource focus it requires to stay at the front of the pack, which benefits both DNV KEMA and our clients.” Historically, the NDT service line delivered best in class turbine related testing and inspections for the power generation industry. The client base includes turbine manufacturers, utilities and in-dividual plant sites, steam path engineering consultants and specialized turbine service shops. We anticipate that 3angles will continue to focus on delivering client satisfaction and high quality engagements. SGS Wins Contract for NDT Paper Mill Expansion NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA—On Jan. 18, 2013, SGS was awarded a contract to provide non-destructive testing (NDT) services for paper mill expansion project in Nelspruit, South Africa. SGS has entered into an agreement with a global organization, located in Nelspruit, South Africa to provide nondestructive testing (NDT) on all new fabrication welds to be installed in a paper mill expansion project in which a new plant is being built to replace the current facility. Scheduled for a 20-day shutdown as of Feb. 28, SGS began on location preparations on Jan. 23. SGS currently has a staff of 12 on-site and that number will increase to forty for the shutdown phase and be adjusted accordingly for followup services until April 30. From January to April, SGS will provide an extensive portfolio of NDT services for new fabrica-tion welds in the construction of this new paper mill plant. The services will include radiographic, ultrasonic, particle, liquid penetrant and phased array testing.
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