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NDT means non-destructive testing. It encompasses various inspection methods that enable inspectors to assess and estimate data about systems, components, and materials. This inspection technique can be used for various types of check-ups. Nevertheless, the most significant kinds of NDT checks include vessels, cargos, and boilers. Many countries have mandated NDT laws for companies to adhere to inspection codes. As these assets are at greater risk, specific guidelines are periodically followed, conducted by investigators to ensure the safety of workers.
NDT is used by many companies worldwide because of:
Prominent Companies are providing all-inclusive NDT (non-destructive testing) services to maximize the safety of workers. Here is the list of ten prominent leaders in the NDT industry.
1. Acuren Inspection Inc:
World’s largest inspection services company dealing in conventional & technologically advanced nondestructive testing and examination (NDT & NDE), rope access and scaffold, and condition-based monitoring services. The company offers trailblazing solutions for boiler tube and piping, guided wave services, infrared thermography, and IRIS Testing. In June 2020, Acuren Inspection Inc. announced the acquisition of the Suspendem company, a major brand in wind turbine maintenance and inspection services. With Acuren’s substantial experience in rope access and Suspendem’s specialized expertise in wind turbine services, the companies will deliver advanced solutions to the wind industry.
2. Ashtead Technology:
Founded in 1985, the company is a global provider of subsea solutions and survey sensors for various applications in offshore projects. The company also provides engineered measurement solutions, offshore personnel, training, calibration, repair and maintenance, and asset management solutions. In June 2018, Ashtead Technology collaborated with Cygnus Instruments to supply the most advanced ultrasonic flooded member detection (FMD) system in underwater inspections. It can be deployed and operated at depths of up to 300 m.
A prominent company in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection technologies. In June 2020, Eddyfi introduced the M2M Mantis PAUT flaw detector. The Mantis is a pioneer and lightweight flaw detector, offering an exemplary solution for applications such as high-speed corrosion mapping and butt weld and long seam weld inspection, commonly up to 5 to 30 millimeters, or 0.25-to-1.25-inch, thick composites. Similarly, the company launched Capture version 3.1 in March 2020. The system's software will regulate the M2M Gekko and M2M Mantis portable instruments. It is the first and only commercially available program of its kind to include real-time TFM (Total Focusing Method).
4. Fprimec Solutions Inc:
An eminent leader in multidisciplinary engineering services for inspection & maintenance control. The company offers intelligent and innovative solutions for structural condition assessment of existing buildings and designated structures. Its FPrimeC Solutions offers trailblazing testing solutions for quality management and materials testing. In September 2019, Fprimec Solutions Inc. participated in a meticulous bridge deck condition survey in Perth, Ontario (Canada). The survey was intended to inspect and calculate the existing condition of the bridge deck, distinguish surface and subsurface defects, and assess the corrosion activity.
5. LynX Inspection:
Founded in April 2016, the company caters to the industrial sector based on three-dimensional analysis and X-ray imaging. In December 2018, LynX Inspection introduced a predictive 3D radiography system. The system is majorly used for X-ray imaging and evaluating the internal and external structure of complex parts, such as precision molded, machined, and additive manufacturing parts. The company is currently developing an advanced machine vision solution for OEMs with affordability, user-friendliness, and effectiveness.
6. Mistras Group:
A major provider of amalgamated asset protection solutions with safety and operational uptime for industrial assets. The company caters to the gas, aerospace, defense, and manufacturing industries. In December 2018, Mistras Group signed an agreement to acquire onstream pipeline inspection with a valuation of USD 143 million. Likewise, in December 2018, the company acquired an onstream pipeline inspection with a valuation of USD 143 million. This accomplishment will improve the pipeline inspection and data analytics platform capability of Mistras Group.
7. Olympus Corporation:
The company is involved in the production and supply of medical equipment such as surgical endoscopes, endoscopic treatment instruments, gastrointestinal endoscopes, and ultrasonic endoscopes. In October 2019, Olympus Corporation released the IPLEX G Lite industrial video scope to capture images inside aircraft engines, piping, and other equipment without the need for disassembly. The Industrial video scope is an innovative nondestructive test instrument, which will be used to inspect the interior of confined spaces such as aircraft engines and piping at industrial plants.
8. Sonatest Ltd:
A prominent non-destructive testing equipment provider. The company designs and develops a wide range of ultrasonic equipment and non-destructive testing accessories. In June 2020, Sonatest Ltd. and MelcoNDT collaborated to enlarge NDT solutions in Malaysia and Singapore. Sonatest is the major provider of ultrasonic NDT instruments internationally.
9. TD Williamson, Inc:
A foremost provider of pipeline equipment and services, including pigging, pipeline integrity, intervention & isolation. Pigging plays a fundamental component in pipeline maintenance, operation, and integrity. The company's expertise in reliable quick-actuating closures and industry-leading pig passage indicators designed for accurate pig detection. In January 2019, the company launched 4-inch magnetic flux leakage, deformation, and internal versus external discrimination tool to ensure pipeline integrity by evaluating the pitting corrosion. The device is used to measure accurate and comprehensive metal loss and geometry data in a single run by diminishing the inspection costs and time.
10. YXLON International GmbH:
A global partner and solution provider focused on designing and producing radioscopic and CT inspection systems for a broad variety of industrial applications. The company offers solutions for the aviation, automotive, and electronics industry. YXLON industrial X-ray and CT inspection systems are used to defect tires, composite rubber, and rubber-compound parts in the automotive industry. In June 2018, the company announced the launch of NDT Technology in California and Ohio facilities for testing and inspection services based on radioscopic, CT, and X-ray, and electron beam technology.
Written by Aman