Business News Element Materials Technology entered into a binding agreement to purchase Metals Testing Company (MTC), a nondestructive testing service provider located in Connecticut. MTC is a Nadcap accredited special processor, providing a complete range of NDT testing services and related chemical processing, primarily servicing the aerospace industry, with a unique niche service focused on titanium critical rotating parts. Inspection services include fluorescent penetrant inspection, magnetic particle inspection, and ultrasonic testing. Chemical processing includes blue etch anodize, chemical etch, anodic etch, nital etch, swab etch, pre-pen etch, grain flow detection etch, and chem milling. Charles Noall, president and CEO of Element, said, “We are delighted to have signed this agreement to acquire MTC, complementing our existing aerospace NDT facilities in California, Houston, Monterrey, Mexico, and Sheffield, UK. “MTC is an inspection facility and one of the very few independent laboratories in the world that is certified to perform blue etch anodize inspections. With the LEAP and PW1000 engines, the aerospace industry is experiencing a need to increase its production capacity and our ability to respond to this increase is bolstered by this acquisition.” Bob Delisle, president of MTC, commented, “We are extremely proud of the achievements of our team and the strong reputation we have built since our company was founded in 1962. We see joining forces with Element, the global market leader in aerospace testing services, as the natural next step for MTC. Becoming part of the Element Group means that we will continue to deliver technical and service excellence to our customers, whilst further expanding our capabilities and capacity to better support their needs.” Element is the number one provider of aerospace testing services in the world, with 44 laboratories located in the Americas and Europe, that provide a comprehensive range of materials testing, product qualification testing and calibration services for the industry. With 30 Nadcap accredited laboratories, the highest of any independent materials testing company in the world, services include metallographic evaluations; fatigue and fracture toughness testing; creep and stress rupture testing; nondestructive testing; EMI/EMC testing; and hydraulics and pneumatics. North Star Imaging will open a new inspection services and applications laboratory to support customers in the East Coast. This facility will offer inspection services and support for existing and new customers using a state of the art X5000 450/225 kV dual tube digital X-ray and computed tomography (CT) system. Typical inspection service requests are for internal measurements, 3D CAD comparisons, defect, void and/or porosity analysis, surface reconstructions for reverse engineering, finite element analysis and failure analysis. Eric Gingras, NSI’s business development manager for the East Coast Inspection Services lab, will be leading this site’s operations. VJ Technologies, a global provider of digital X-ray inspection system and services solutions, will partner with Datest on a West Coast inspection services center, showroom and demonstration facility. In the agreement, Datest will provide their Fremont, CA. Facility and personnel for the inspection services center, showroom and demonstration center. VJ Technologies and its line of imaging systems, will provide a high precision (5-10 micron) micro focus DR/CT system, VJT’s Vi3 DR software and Fraunhofer’s VOLEX CT software, and all associated DR and CT workstations. NAS410 Level II and Level III personnel will be available, as needed, as part of the new service. Other VJT products and services will be on display and available for use and demonstrations. Training and consultation services will also be featured. Quick-turnaround inspection and failure analysis services will be available to all industry sectors, building on Datest’s wellknown and highly successful printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) failure analysis service of the past five years. VJT will also back up Datest for high-energy X-ray applications at its New York and Connecticut facilities. “Having Datest as our partner and adding a West Coast inspection services location will be great for both companies,” said Vijay Alreja, CEO, VJ Technologies. “This location will add greater flexibility and convenience for our customers while improving response time for existing customers in the area.” “Adding VJT’s products and services to our facility will help our growing company add to our total inspection service offerings, while improving performance and productivity,” said Robert A. Boguski, Jr., president of Datest. “In addition to excellent customer service, our goal is to use the best equipment available and respond with a tailored solution to every client’s needs. It’s all about speed of delivery and flexibility. We think we’ve perfected the operating model for quickturnaround X-ray services; now we need to broaden our service offering to other industry sectors. In all business areas our key client remains the same: An engineer with a problem, in need of an immediate solution. The movement of large dollars typically depend on that solution. We need to deliver an answer, in the form of images showing the root cause of failure, as quickly as possible. The VJ Team are Datest’s right partners for this challenging and dynamic application.”
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