NDT Industry Survey Points to Job Growth ARLINGTON, MA—In a recent survey by nondestructive testing (NDT) networking company PQNDT, the company asked a series of supplemental questions about layoffs and unemployment in the NDT industry. Overall, 7.5% of those surveyed had lost their jobs in the previous 12 months. The rate remained below the national unemployment rate, which hovered around 10% for much of the year, and is still above 9%. PQNDT gathered its data in 2010, while the country was still in recession. Of those laid off, most (70%) had found new jobs, and most of those found new employment fairly quickly (82% within four months). During the first half of 2011, there was a jump in the number of contract NDT assignments. This is an indication of an increasing workload, tempered with caution about hiring permanent, full-time employees. That trend is now shifting over to more companies looking to hire for full-time permanent NDT positions, as the economic recovery begins to take more solid hold, according to the survey. For full survey results, visit www.Pqndt.com/resources.html AcousticEye Inks Partnership with NDT Company Sound Tube Testing MILAN, ITALY—AcousticEye, the leader in non-invasive tube inspection solutions for the heat exchanger market, has signed a strategic agreement with nondestructive testing (NDT) company Sound Tube Testing, based in the Netherlands. Sound will deploy the AcousticEye Dolphin G3 systems throughout Europe, making the tube inspection technology readily available to the region. The two companies made the announcement at POWERGEN Europe, where they are exhibiting together at Booth 5D46. “With this partnership in place, we expect the penetration of our ultrafast inspection system into Europe to accelerate greatly,” says Brenda Zeitlin, vice president of Business Development for AcousticEye. “Under the agreement with Sound we can already boast the entrance of the Dolphin G3 into the markets in Germany, Greece, Croatia, Spain and Benelux.” Sound Tube Testing has already signed on five new service providers in Europe, representing new territories for AcousticEye. The providers are: Vogt Ultrasonics GmbH in Germany, Technava S.A. in Greece, Trokuttest d.o.o. in Croatia, DiagnostiQA Consultoria Tecnica S.L. in Spain, and HPFM in the Benelux region. With many more prospects in the pipeline, the AcousticEye APR technology is guaranteed to be widely available for the inspection of all heat exchangers throughout Europe. “Our company has been very impressed with AcousticEye’s technology since we first started using it last year, and we are excited about the prospect and opportunity to make this inspection technology available throughout Europe,” says Hans Felius, CEO of Sound Tube Testing. Professional Aviation Associates Forms an Alliance with Accessory Overhaul Group ATLANTA, GA– Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has formed an alliance with Accessory Overhaul Group Inc. (AOG Atlanta). With facilities in Griffin, GA, and Phoenix, AZ, A.O.G. Inc. is an FAA/EASA-certified repair station, accessory class I electrical accessories, class II electrical accessories and class III electronic accessories. A.O.G. specializes in aircraft component testing, overhauling and certification services including brakes and wheels, starters and generators, batteries, nondestructive testing and aircraft beacon testing and overhaul. “We are combining our sales staff and inventories with A.O.G.’s shop capabilities and mobile on-site NDT services, meaning we can now offer a more comprehensive realm of services,” says president of Professional Aviation Associates Glenn MacDonald. “This venture will also provide us with the ability to continue to innovate and grow in the rotorcraft and fixed wing markets, which will benefit current and future customers worldwide.” Professional Aviation Associates has sales offices in Atlanta, GA, and London, England. Seland Joins Quality Magazine as Editor in Chief DEERFIELD, IL—BNP Media announces that Darryl Seland has joined Quality Magazine as its new editor in chief. He will work out of the company’s office in West Chester, PA. Seland brings more than ten years of experience in trade magazine publishing having worked for magazines covering the financial sector and construction and heavy equipment markets. Most recently, Seland served as editor in chief and associate publisher for another of the company’s titles, CircuiTree, a magazine devoted to the printed circuit board industry. Seland also holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In his new role, Seland will take over responsibilities for Quality’s Vision & Sensors and NDT magazines, as well as provide direction and leadership for the breadth of Quality Magazines’ offerings to its readers. “I look forward to the opportunity and to covering this very innovative market,” says Seland. “Like the metrology and quality inspection industries themselves, Quality magazine is about innovation. We will continue to not only deliver the information its readers want and need, but also deliver it in an innovative way, whether through print, digital editions, eNewsletters and online.” NDT Systems Celebrates 40th Year with Move to New Facility HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA— NDT Systems Inc. has relocated to a customized facility three times the size and blocks away from its former facility in Huntington Beach, CA. The move coincides with NDT’s 40th year in business. NDT Systems was incorporated April 28, 1971, by Founder Ron Basko, a wellknown figure in the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT), and credited with many innovations in the field. From the start, the company’s charter has been to develop, manufacture and market a comprehensive line of ultrasonic transducers and imaging devices. After 18 years of growth, the company was acquired by E.I. DuPont in 1989. DuPont sold the business in 1993 to a private investor involved with medical imaging. In 2000, the business was reacquired by Greg Smith, an engineer, inventor and long-time employee of the company. As the new president and CEO, Smith renewed NDT Systems’ commitment to lead the field by improving and expanding the company’s line of non-destructive testing instruments and technology. Having outgrown its previous building, the roomier new facility creates an environment designed to stimulate and accommodate continued growth. Visitors are welcomed by an artistically designed and inviting reception area. A 700-square-foot meeting room is equipped for video conferencing and Internet access and the entire facility is wired as a proprietary Wi-Fi hot spot, providing building-wide access to locally hosted online sales and training tools. Office space has increased 2,000 square feet and manufacturing f loor space has doubled. Because of the high-tech nature of the industry, and in response to the critical requirements of its customers, the company is under contract to earn ISO certification for the new building and its personnel.
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