Increasing Investment in the Global Transportation Industry Drives Growth in the NDT Market MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Stringent regulations for safety and emission control are steering the development of the nondestructive testing equipment and inspection services market in the transportation industry. The emphasis on lightweighting and the resulting use of advanced materials are changing requirements for manufacturing and maintenance inspection, accelerating NDT adoption. Even though the transportation sector will lag behind energy industries in terms of NDT market potential, its steady growth and higher acceptance of sophisticated technology will fuel revenues. Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the NDT Inspection Services and NDT Equipment Market in the Transportation Industry, finds that the total market earned revenues of $1.93 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $2.75 billion in 2019. While the global NDT market for the transportation industry has remained fairly insulated from the economic slowdown, equipment and service providers in Europe continue to face the challenges stemming from the Eurozone debt crisis. However, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America are proving to be growth hubs for the NDT transportation market. “The expansion of the aerospace industry in these emerging regions is a significant driver for the demand of NDT equipment and inspection services,” said Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing 4. 0 Research Analyst Apoorva Ravikrishnan. “The automotive industry too has recovered remarkably in the last three years, and the spike in vehicle production rates and investments in new production facilities bode well for the market.” Convergence between digital technology platforms and NDT techniques will give rise to newer opportunities in the NDT industry by 2020. For instance, “smart” inspection is a novel paradigm that will facilitate the development of innovative NDT products through the integration of NDT techniques with augmented reality, robotics, big data analytics and virtualization. Sensor-based permanent monitoring will also make rapid headway, replacing periodic inspection, especially in the aerospace and railway sectors. Permanent monitoring will enable original equipment manufacturers to proactively prevent defects and avert up to 80 percent of field failures. “The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things will further transform business models in the NDT space,” anticipated Ravikrishnan. “Therefore, NDT inspection service providers that extend their portfolio to include engineering services will be able to widen their presence in the transportation domain.” Business News DolphiTech began delivery of DolphiCam ultrasound NDT inspection systems to Volkswagen Group and Audi. The system will be used for damage inspection of automotive carbon fiber (CFRP) primary structures in collision centers worldwide. The DolphiCam NDT system detects impact damage, delamination and debonding defects in carbon fiber structures. The system guides the operator through inspections to make sure the correct inspection procedure is applied to the area with suspected damage. “The Audi Space Frame used in the latest version of the Audi R8 sports car uses a combination of aluminum and CFRP to reduce weight. We have developed an NDT solution that gives trained and certified technicians in Volkswagen Group collision centers an easy-to-use yet powerful tool to inspect composite primary structures. We were selected by Lamborghini in 2014 and are now pleased announce the start of delivery to the entire Volkswagen Group,” said Jan Olav Endrerud, CEO of DolphiTech. GE’s Inspection Technologies business has opened a Technology Solutions Centre in the UK to provide customers with a facility to test GE’s nondestructive testing (NDT) technologies to solve their specific inspection problems. The new Technical Solutions Centre (TSC), the first in the UK, is located in Ratby, near Leicester, just 1.5 miles from the Groby manufacturing site of GE Measurement & Control. The TSC in Ratby showcases GE’s radiographic X-ray solutions including advanced computed tomography (CT) equipment, the advanced computed radiography scanner CrxVision, portable digital detector arrays, and the x|cube compact 225 for radioscopic casting inspection. The new center is permanently staffed by applications engineers, who are experts in the various inspection technologies and can provide advice and help in their application. “The establishment of a dedicated industrial radiography center in the UK is part of our strategy to bring new technology close to our customers and help them solve their greatest application challenges,” says Juan Mario Gomez, general manager, radiography. “As digital radiography and advanced CT technology continue to become more common in industrial production and field environments, we are poised to further help our customers.” The Inspection Technology highlight of the new center is the phoenix v|tome|x m 300, a compact computed tomography (CT) system for scientific research applications, as well as 3D metrology and failure analysis for industrial process control. The v|tome|x m 300 provides detail detectability down to < 1 micron and can be used with high density samples up to 50 kg at 300 kV. It features GE’s extremely high dynamic DXR digital detector array and click&measure|CT fully automated data acquisition and volume processing for fast, easy and productive scanning and reliable CT evaluations. The v|tome|x m 300 is just one example from the range of computed tomography systems available from GE. The x|cube compact 225 is a versatile X-ray system, offering real-time 2D inspection, with the option of 3D computed tomography. It is particularly suitable for the inspection of safety-relevant castings in the aerospace and automotive sectors but can be applied wherever there is a need for fast and effective radiography of castings, composite structures, plastics, ceramics and special alloys. As with CrxVision, x|cube can be supplied with GE’s Flash!Filters proprietary image optimization technology to assist failure detection and increase productivity. CrxVision is GE’s versatile, table-top computed radiography solution, designed specifically for weld inspection but suitable for a wide range of tasks in aerospace, power generation and general NDT. It offers all the benefits of computed radiography and the wide dynamic range of its imaging plates significantly reduces the need for retakes. The Technology Solutions Center also houses fieldproven, ultrasonic, eddy current and remote visual inspection hardware for application consultation or rental. GE imanufactures NDT portable equipment, and recently launched the Mentor series of connected inspection devices that lower the training hurdle with guided on-device inspection applications and wireless remote collaboration tools. Eddyfi was ranked as the 19th fastest growing company on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50. It also ranked on the North American Technology Fast 500 ranking. The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program celebrates leaders in the Canadian technology industry for demonstrating bold innovation, dedicated leadership, and strong growth. To qualify for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking, companies must have been in business for at least four years, have revenues of at least $5 million, be headquartered in Canada, own proprietary technology, conduct research and development activities in Canada, and invest a minimum of 5 percent of gross revenues in research and development. Similarly, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 is an annual ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies in North America. This ranking is based on the percentage fiscal year revenue growth over four years, from 2011 to 2014. Since its foundation in 2009, Eddyfi has grown from a five-employee startup to an over 115-employee company by expanding its application scope from the power generation industry to oil and gas, aerospace, and other markets. It has become a leader in its field by investing massively in innovation and new product development.
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