Element Launches Global Aerospace Product Qualification Testing Group LONDON — Element Materials Technology announced the creation of a new global aerospace product qualification testing services group. The formation of Element’s Aerospace PQT group will increase collaboration among 13 of its key laboratories, providing a range of structural, environmental, EMI and EMC, stress, hydraulic, fire and fuel testing services across the company’s global platform to clients including the Aerospace Primes and their Tier 1 suppliers. The dedicated Aerospace PQT Group will collaborate closely with aerospace materials testing facilities across the Element platform, allowing Element to serve as a single, trusted testing partner for clients. “Creating a dedicated, global Aerospace PQT offering provides us with a clear competitive advantage in serving our industry-leading clients,” Charles Noall, president and CEO of Element, said. “Our recent acquisitions of Environ in the US and TraC Global significantly increased our Aerospace footprint, particularly in Europe, and takes the Element platform to a headcount of 1,800, working across 51 locations. Element’s new PQT group is, therefore, the best possible solution to be a trusted testing partner for our clients.” Rick Sluiters, Element’s executive vice president, aerospace, added, “Our strategic locations allow the world’s foremost aircraft manufacturers, aero engine OEMs and commercial aviation companies access to our facilities, wherever they need us. This stronger focus on aligning our capabilities and capacity has already begun to deliver increased benefits to clients across our global platform. This includes shared capabilities to allow work to be carried out at laboratories with the most current capacity to optimize project turnaround times.” The newly-acquired Environ and TraC will be fully incorporated into Element’s aerospace and product qualification testing services group. They will add significant capability to the company’s electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility services in the U.S. In Europe, it includes an extensive range of product qualification testing services, including EMC, vibration and environmental simulation, safety, radio, telecoms, explosive atmosphere testing, finite element analysis and early stage qualification. The acquisition of TraC adds 30 EMC testing chambers, including a heavy vehicle semi-anechoic chamber with an 18-meter by 14-meter working volume and capacity for 70 ton floor loading. Also within Element’s new Aerospace PQT group, Element Jupiter, FL, and Element Berlin, Germany, serve clients including the major engine OEMs specializing in engine component and system testing and fuel system testing. The newly rebranded Element Seattle (formerly Element Bothell) and Element Melbourne, FL, specialize in highly accelerated life testing, highly accelerated stress screening and RTCA DO-160 and MIL-STD 810-approved environmental testing. The launch of the Aerospace PQT group further strengthens Element’s position as the largest independent materials testing and PQT provider in the global aerospace sector. Element also holds among the highest number of Nadcap- accredited laboratories in the industry for an independent materials testing company. Business News Criterion NDT, Inc. announced the signing of Dempsco, Inc. as an authorized representative serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania. Dempsco provides automation components and machinery utilized in metalworking and assembly for the automotive, appliance, electrical, and medical industries. The new agreement means increased access to technical sales support for customers in the region who require nondestructive eddy current test solutions. “Dempsco’s commitment to quality in the manufacturing process exemplifies how knowledgeable representatives can bring value to customers,” said Joe Jessop, president of Criterion NDT. “Through the longstanding customer relationships they’ve built in their territory over the last 40 years, it is clear that Dempsco understands the needs of the manufacturers they serve. We consider it a privilege to partner with them as they continue to bring quality and value to their customer base.” M2M recently delivered MultiX++ number 100, an ultrasonic phased-array controller dedicated to non-destructive testing. Fueled with 128 parallel channels, this MultiX++ #100 will be used for the inspection of railway wheels. Industries like the transport sector are growing demanders for nondestructive testing to ensure structures’ integrity before, during and after production. This 100th MultiX++ leaves M2M workshops in France to be integrated into an automated system in Karl Deutsch plants in Germany, which will also provide the magnetic particle testing system. The whole system will be then delivered this spring at the Schuler Group which provides a manufacturing line for railway wheels for the Turkish company KARDEMIR. The M2M instrument MultiX++ aim is to check finished wheels integrity. The MultiX++ are mainly designed to respond to integrators for fast automated inspection of specific parts, such as steel pipe, large and thick aluminum plates, etc. This range is also dedicated to industrial laboratories which develops their methods. And finally, the MutliX++ are used as in-service equipment by service companies for industrial in-site inspection. MultiX++ is a range of systems made for faster inspection. Available in 32, 64, 128 and 256 parallel channels, these devices embed efficient techniques such as SAUL, auto-adaptive and real-time inspection method dedicated to complex surfaces, or SMART, plug-in enabling the management of smart flexible probes. Since its creation in 2006, M2M has sold nearly 600 systems in more than 25 countries. People News Q-Lab, a provider of accelerated weathering equipment and outdoor exposure test services, announced that Gary Cornell was elected as vice chair of the Society for Automotive Engineering Textile and Flexible Plastics Committee. Some of the important weathering standards covered by this committee are: SAE J2412 (xenon arc weathering of automotive interiors), J2527 and J2020 (xenon arc and UV fluorescent weathering of automotive exteriors), and J1976 (outdoor weathering of exterior materials), among others. Cornell has worked with SAE for many years. He is currently the global manager of standards, quality and calibration for Q-Lab, where he directs the company’s quality system, standards compliance, calibrations and audits. He is also a member of ASTM, A2LA, and USIFI and is a U.S. delegate for several ISO standards committees including: TC61 (plastics), TC35 (paint and coatings), TC 42 (photography) and TC38 (textiles). In December 2014, he was elected chairman of ASTM’s Subcommittee D20.61. Cornell has over 37 years of experience in the field of polymers and extensive technical expertise in the area of mechanical and chemical testing of polymers, plastics and rubber. Q-Lab’s products and services are extensively used in the paint, plastics, and automotive industries for R&D, quality control, and to test for weathering durability. Q-Lab manufactures and sells affordable, easy-to-use and lowmaintenance weathering, light stability and corrosion test equipment. Q-Lab is also a leader in outdoor exposure testing, and offers expert accelerated lab testing on a contract basis in both Europe and the United States. TÜV Rheinland Industrial Solutions, a full-service inspection, testing and certification company, named Monty McDonough operations manager for the Gulf Coast region and Ken Taylor senior regional sales representative for the Birmingham, AL. area. The appointments are representative of TRIS growth as the company transitions to offer the most comprehensive range of advanced non-destructive testing services to the North American market. McDonough is responsible for all operations of the Houston, Texas office, including development and implementation of processes, procedures and policies as well as performance tracking and evaluation. He brings over 12 years of experience in transport pipeline integrity, including inspection and management of transport pipelines and business development. Most recently, McDonough served as business development manager for Pipeline Integrity Services with Applus RTD USA in Houston and as pipeline integrity technologist at Chevron, also in Houston, where he was responsible for the inspection and repairs of approximately 700 miles of pipeline. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from University of Houston. McDonough resides in Houston. In his new role with TRIS, Taylor is responsible for serving manufacturers and projects in the Southeastern U.S. with a focus on chemical, oil and gas companies. Prior to joining TRIS, Taylor served as technical sales representative for Olympus Scientific Solutions in Waltham, MA., for over eight years covering Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, southwest Kentucky, eastern Arkansas and northwestern Florida. He specialized in remote visual inspection equipment, portable NDT and high-speed video products. He worked with clients in a range of industries, including automotive, aviation, oil and gas, military and power generation. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He resides in Birmingham, AL.
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