Demand from Aerospace and Defense Industry Boosts Prospects for Test & Measurement Vendors LONDON — The aerospace and defense industry policy of getting things right on the first attempt has created a greater need for testing and measurement/ inspection. With a number of complex systems in place, the emphasis is particularly on electronic test and dimensional metrology solutions. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Test, Measurement, and Instrumentation Market finds that the market earned revenues of $3.18 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $3.87 billion in 2019 at a compound annual growth rate of four percent. “Modularity is a key trend in any technologically-evolving industry and A&D is no exception,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Industry Analyst Prathima Bommakanti. “It is a major aspect of aircraft design – components are in the form of separate modules, which are then integrated in the total engine system. Modular components are preferred as they offer scalability and f lexibility. This, however, will reduce the cost of tests.” With strict defense budgets, A&D participants are also less likely to invest in new capital equipment. Along with economic uncertainty and pricing pressure, these factors can negatively affect the growth of the global test, measurement and instrumentation market. Small players will be hit hard as global customers stay conservative and opt for bigger, well-established test equipment vendors. “Further, widespread use and decreasing prices of electronics mean that end users continually demand attractivelypriced software and hardware despite the enhanced performance of products,” noted Bommakanti. “Customers also want more extensive services and support from test and measurement equipment manufacturers.” Focus on massive upgrades to existing systems and select new installations to improve high throughput connectivity will, nevertheless, create opportunities for testing, instrumentation and measurement equipment vendors that offer products with competitive price-performance attributes. Ease-ofuse and minimum set-up time will be highly valued. By ensuring such solutions, which cater to evolving end-user technologies, vendors can considerably improve their market position. NDT Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Gains Approval NORTHAMPTON, UK — The new standard for the ‘Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician’ apprenticeship received formal approval July 6, 2015 and is now officially published on the government’s apprenticeships website at www.gov.uk/government/collections/ apprenticeship-standards. Once the assessment plan and costing model have been approved, employers can sign up to offer the apprenticeship. In the meantime, employers are being encouraged to indicate their intention to put people through the NDT Engineering Technician apprenticeship by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Roger Lyon, Phase 3 Trailblazer Apprenticeships project manager for BINDT, commented: “This has been an immense effort by the Employers’ Development Group and our success has been achieved against a background of significant rejection of other Trailblazer apprenticeship standards. Approval of the standard was the major hurdle, but now we have achieved this we can press on with the assessment plan, costing model and other appropriate documentation. As part of BINDT’s strategic plan, NDT Apprenticeships will help to address the ageing profile of NDT technicians, it will encourage employers to take on new staff at reduced training costs and it will enable school leavers to embark on a worthwhile career in NDT.” The NDT Engineering Technician Apprenticeship will be appropriate for all industries, including power generation, aerospace, motor sport (F1), petrochemical, gas, rail, steel, nuclear, marine, service inspection and many more. The design of the apprenticeship will allow companies and applicants to follow different pathways to success by conforming to appropriate international standards, such as EN ISO 9712 or EN 4179. The development of the scheme is to include core, sector-specific and company-specific training and qualifications, as well as a measureable demonstration of behavior, diversity and codes of conduct. The end result will be a fully-rounded NDT Engineering Technician who has the skills to carry out appropriate NDT tasks within their industrial sector and in whom the employer can have considerable confidence. A successful NDT Apprentice will meet the requirements for professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) with the Engineering Council. BINDT recognizes the valuable support of the 58 companies committed to taking the 200 apprentices per year this scheme anticipates. The engineering scope of NDT is very wide and the companies come from most of the UK’s industry sectors, opening opportunities for sustained careers to the successful candidates. Iain Baillie, Rolls-Royce, UK NDT laboratory manager, said: “Recently many companies have struggled to recruit talented NDT specialists. NDT is a technical field, which needs bright individuals with an excellent understanding of mathematics and physics as well as in-depth product knowledge. As the lead employer for the new NDT apprenticeship scheme, we at Rolls- Royce are confident that this scheme will provide businesses with a pool of high-caliber and qualified NDT specialists.” Phase 3 Trailblazer Apprenticeships are the continuation of a pilot study that introduces a new apprenticeship model for the development of standards in the academic year 2014-2015. The scheme introduces reforms that give employers the purchasing power needed to acquire the best value and most appropriate training for apprentices. Colleges, training providers and universities will be incentivized to provide the training needed to fulfill the standards and the funding rules and processes have been simplified. Under the interim funding arrangements, employers will now have more control of the funding for apprenticeships, which will mean that they can work directly with providers to secure the most effective training for their apprentices. Rather than the government setting the price of training centrally, costs can be negotiated with training providers directly to ensure that it delivers the best value for the company. For every £1 invested in training and assessing apprentices, the government will contribute £2. When an apprentice receives high-quality training towards a new apprenticeship standard, it creates significant benefits for the business but also for the wider economy. Business News Dynasil Corporation of America announced that Dynasil’s UK subsidiary, Hilger Crystals, Ltd., entered into a three-year arrangement to supply high-quality crystal components to a leading global supplier of security inspection equipment utilizing X-ray and gamma-ray imaging. “We are very happy to announce this agreement showcasing Hilger’s expertise in crystal arrays and fabrication,” said Peter Sulick, Dynasil’s chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president. The anticipated business activity from this agreement will depend on actual customer demand, the timing of purchase orders submitted by the customer and the ability to satisfy those orders and otherwise perform pursuant to the terms of the supply agreement. People News Carestream Non-Destructive Testing appointed David Webb as sales manager for the UK, Ireland and Nordic regions. He brings management experience, strong relationship skills and a focus on customer satisfaction. His career extends over 18 years with Eastman Kodak where he held global European management roles in their imaging divisions. Carestream’s Non-Destructive Testing solutions address the unique needs of aerospace, petrochemical and other industrial testing with research, products and services. “I am excited that David has joined the team. He is a key addition that further strengthens Carestream’s growing presence in NDT. David has proven himself to be a successful leader. He has great B2B skills, significant management experience, excellent sales record and strong business ethics that will enhance relationships with both our customers and our dealers. His creative approach, technical expertise and hands-on style will continue to drive the strong growth we’ve seen over the past years. We look forward to watching David take this business to the next level,” said Bjorn Skaug, regional general manager, Carestream NDT.
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