GE Invests in German Facility’s Expansion BILLERICA, MA—GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies announces a $1M investment to expand its Odelzhausen, Germany, facility, which designs and manufactures Rheonik coriolis flow meters used in the oil and gas and power generation sectors. The expansion will create a world-class flow meter calibration center to test and calibrate ultrasonic and coriolis flow meters, helping ensure accurate measurement and performance. The project will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2010. “The calibration center in Odelzhausen is a symbol of our investment in and commitment to expanding our global infrastructure, providing high-tech products and services for our customers,” says Tim Povall, general manager of measurement solutions at GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies. GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies acquired Rheonik in 2008, expanding its flow meter portfolio to include coriolis technology. New President-Elect for British NDT Institute NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM—At a general meeting and council meeting held in Northampton, Steve Lavender was elected as presidentelect of the British Institute of NDT (BINDT) for 2010 to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Dr. Robin Shipp. The president-elect is normally chosen from the existing vice presidents, however Lavender was eligible for election following his six-year stint as a vice president from January 2000 to December 2005. Lavender is co-managing director of Lavender International NDT Consultancy Services Ltd., the highly respected trainer, examiner and Level 3 consultancy company based in Penistone, Sheffield. He has been involved with the Institute since 1982, when he joined the early personnel certification in NDT (PCN) specialist boards. Since then he has (apart from vice president) been a part of many PCN committees including working groups, the general technical committee and, more recently, he has been appointed vice chair of the newly-structured certification management committee (CMC). He is a member of BINDT’s Yorkshire branch. Outside the United Kingdom, he has a strong association with the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). He was key in the creation of the North Atlantic Section in 1993 and is currently ASNT’s section operations council awards division chair and on the board of directors selection committee. He is one of a select few having both the ASNT and BINDT Fellow Award. Lavender is interested in working with BINDT staff in all departments and members of all levels to ensure the institute not only remains relevant in today’s industrial world but also grows and expands to meet the new challenges facing the industry. Mistras Group EVP to Chair ASTM Committee on NDT PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ— Mistras Group Inc. announced the appointment of Mark Carlos to chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), E07 Committee on Nondestructive Testing (NDT). As an active and participating ASTM member for more than 20 years, Carlos has progressed from chairman of the E07.04, acoustic emission subcommittee (which he still presides over), to secretary of the committee, vice chairman and now chairman of the committee for NDT. ASTM Initiates New Program for Product and Personnel Conformance WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA—At its October 2009 meeting, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) board of directors authorized ASTM’s management to develop the capability to offer certification services. Titled the ASTM International Certification Program, the new initiative is sponsored by ASTM International and offers the opportunity for certification of products (materials, products, services and systems) as well as personnel. The recent action by the ASTM board is a response to enquiries, particularly in the areas of new standards development activities, for ASTM to provide certification to meet expressed needs for independent, third-party demonstrations of compliance to standards. Similar requests have come to ASTM from those facing regulatory pressures to demonstrate standards compliance. New Electromagnetic NDE Company Founded HERTFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM—Ether NDE Ltd. Was founded by Mike Reilly and John Hansen. Reilly was previously group managing director of Sonatest plc from 1989 to 2009, during which time the group grew from a $2 million to $25 million business. Hansen was, until recently, senior staff engineer for eddy current NDT at GE Inspection Technologies, St Albans, United Kingdom (previously Hocking NDT). He is chairman of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) Trade Group and a member of both the Electromagnetic and DICONDE ASTM Committees. The founders of Ether NDE have a combined industry experience of 58 years. From the outset, Ether NDE will focus on eddy current probe design, probe repair services, ET/NDT accessories and consultancy, as well as representing selected international manufacturers of electromagnetic test equipment and accessories. By August 2010, a standard range of eddy current catalogue probes will be added to the portfolio. Plans for 2011 include the introduction of a portable eddy current instrument that will be developed with a North American technology partner.
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