War2In the name is a shortening of “Warrior To Inspector” was the first Moonshot client to occupy the accelerator at NACET when it opened in October 2015.
“In about three years, we outgrew our space in the accelerator,” said Kenny Greene, War2In’s founder and one of its two instructors. “It’s perfect evidence of how well NACET is working; it’s a good program and a good process.”
Greene’s company teaches students, primarily veterans transitioning into civilian life, the basics of NDT, which uses numerous techniques to evaluate the properties of materials and components without damaging what is being tested. NDT methods have applications that range from making sure a ski resort chairlift is safe to estimating how much pressure a pipeline can withstand. The most common NDT jobs are in the energy sector.
Unlike many NDT schools, however, War2In also includes the more than 1,000 hours of on-the-job training that is required to become certified in these techniques.
The school’s new 6,000-square-foot Bellemont facility will quadruple the indoor space War2In currently has at the accelerator. The additional space will help accommodate an anticipated increase in students. The school’s enrollment has doubled in the past year and War2In is in the final stages of a review by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to determine if veterans can access GI Bill benefits to pay for the program.
As the program has grown, it has also become more diverse. Originally started to connect veterans to jobs, about 25% of its students now are civilians. The school will also welcome its first female student next year.
About Moonshot at NACET: The Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) hosts a business incubator and accelerator in its state-of-the-art facility featuring 38,000 square feet of wet labs, suites, offices and manufacturing space. With the ‘Moonshot’ initiative, NACET recruits next-generation entrepreneurs pursuing imaginative, ambitious and even radical new commercial ideas for a rigorous, four-track process to develop a minimum viable product or investment-ready concept for the marketplace.
Aero-engine disc components such as; bearing rings, fan and compressor discs are typically inspected at different stage of manufacturing from their pre-formed to final machined shape. Engine bearing are among components that are inspected at different manufacturing stage, from dimensional controls to the detection of the tiniest surface flaws on rolling surfaces (bearing raceways). Complementary NDT technologies such as ultrasonic, liquid penetrant and eddy current testing are used for flaw detection. One the challenges for the inspection of these parts arise from the parts geometry and complexity. To meet such requirements, high performance Automated NDT Testing Systems and Equipment are required.
TecScan has developed an Automated Eddy Current Inspection Solution with 3D scanning capabilities to overcome the above-mentioned challenges. The system is equipped with a turntable and a relatively small, high frequency eddy-current coil to scan selected or the whole disc surface. This Eddy Current inspection solution offers advanced software tools for part programming, importing 3D CAD drawings of the part, generating the scanning trajectories and completing the motion-controlled inspection scans. During testing, the turntable rotates the bearing or fan disc, while the probe is being moved in the 3D space while maintaining constant lift-off and perpendicularity with the tested surface until the automated inspection is finished. Turntable rotation speed is continuously adjusted to maintain a constant linear scanning speed on the surface depending on the radial position of the probe on the surface. During this operation, the system records the eddy current signals for scan analysis and reporting.
The scanner axes (Z, Y, G and Turn table) as well as the turn table centering mechanism are all highly accurate and repeatable and this allows for advanced software features such as; return on defect, constant linear inspection speeds, inspection optimized for probe squint angle, etc. The gimbal manipulator is equipped with 2 encoders that monitor position as well as probe lift off ensuring that the Eddy Current signal is constant threw out the entire inspection
To increase the systems flexibility part geometry can be thought using the handheld pendant or from an imported CAD file. In both cases the part profile can be saved and recalled. Integrated calibration standards allow the operator to run the standard with out removing the part being inspected.
With automated inspection reports, TecView EC makes this eddy current inspection system a real production machine capable of handling a large volume of parts. Automated defect detection and cataloging will help increase operator efficiency by reducing data analysis times.
The Automated Eddy Current Solution also integrates ECIS-CC-20 an advanced eddy current instrument . The ECIS-CC-20 is fully digital multi-frequency eddy current instrument with computer control capabilities. It was designed for wide range of applications including aerospace, industrial, manufacturing and laboratory testing.
From high-speed passenger trains to cargo-laden freight trains, the wheels, axles, and rails that support all railway traffic sustain an immense amount of stress. Heavy loads, speed, and friction combine to generate contact fatigue and damage in train wheelsets and rails. To avoid catastrophic failures that could lead to a crash or derailment, strict standards regulate the manufacturing and maintenance of rail parts.
Rail industry inspection standards are specific to the regulating body of the region where the manufacturing or maintenance takes place. The precision and detection demands vary from code to code. However, one aspect of code compliance seems to be consistent industry widemanufacturers and maintenance companies prefer to exceed the requirements. They all tend to agree, the safer, the better.
Our phased array train inspection systems reflect this philosophy.
The detection performance of our phased array systems for train inspection applications is designed to exceed the current requirements of the strictest international inspection codes. For example, according to certain codes, reprofile shops (where worn train wheels are machined so that they can be reused) and maintenance depots inspecting the wheels of high-speed bullet trains must be able to detect flaws (flat-bottom holes) as small as 2 mm (0.08 in.) at various depths beneath the tread surface. The sensitivity of the FOCUX PX phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) system surpasses this requirement. Not only that, its 2D array capability helps eliminate surface echoes, so the probability of detection for near-surface defects is higher. This is a vast improvement over conventional ultrasonic and 1D array systems.
Since detection and precision requirements range from freight trains to high-speed bullet trains and change from region to region, train inspection solutions must adapt to customers current and future needs.
Scalability: Up to four FOCUX PX phased array units can be used in parallel to drive the number of arrays required to ensure all the desired areas of a wheel or axle are inspected with high precision. A system using our QuickScan LT phased array technology, is also scalable. The number of phased array probes and QuickScan LT units depends on the number of zones and the level of sensitivity required by the manufacturer.
Easy upgrading: As the rail industry changes and evolves, the FOCUS PX system can be adapted and expanded to meet the new demands. Currently, multizone coverage of train wheels is only required by some codes in certain countries, but not others. The FOCUX PX system is already capable of multizone coverage. If users desire it, they can add arrays to their system to inspect more zones.
FOCUS PX phased array system
The system can be configured to cover standard inspected zones of rails but can inspect additional zones if required.
Customizable: The companion software for the FOCUS PX system, FocusPC, has a customizable user interface, and available software development kits (SDKs) enable you to tailor your system to specific inspection applications.
Code-Compliance without Compromise
The FOCUS PX automated train wheel and axle inspection system is capable of reliable, code-compliant defect detection without sacrificing productivity. The number and configuration of the systems acquisition units can be optimized so that they meet the speed requirements while maintaining the desired detection performance.
The customizable, easily upgradable FOCUS PX system provides rail industry manufacturers and service facilities with the tools they need to reliably validate the integrity and security of train wheels, axles, and rails. Stringent, high-quality inspections help ensure railway passengers arrive safely at their destination.
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An example of this continued action can be directly found through the award winning, Air Force Civil Engineer Centers Airfield Pavement Evaluation Team who were called upon to evaluate and verify potential non-visible pavement damage at all of JBERs airfields.
“Our team is one of kind in the Air Force community, we are continually on the road providing support to the operational and engineering communities, despite whatever circumstances they face,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Benjamin Johnson, AFCEC APE team branch chief. “Our number one priority at JBER is doing non-destructive testing to determine possible subsurface damage. This process helps to verify that the airfields are safe for continued combat support operations following the recent earthquakes.”
During this process, Johnson and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jill Reed, AFCEC APE team superintendent, located out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., brought with them a special heavy falling weight deflectometer, made by Dynatest, to simulate 55,000 pounds of weight hitting the pavement.
“The heavy amount of weight is similar to our large aircraft,” Reed said. “My job is to make sure the equipment is working accurately throughout the evaluation. The data the equipment provides us gives us a way to analyze and measure deflections in the pavement, allowing us to estimate the structural capacity of an area.”
Deflection sensors mounted in the center of the load plate measure the deformation of the pavement in response to the load. A software program is then used to calculate geographical information surveying (GIS) results and provide models to determine, or estimate, location and structural capacity.
Seismic activity is known to cause lateral movement in subsurface areas, it is normal for underground utility pipes to shift or crack, causing soil erosion which can go undetected for some time.
“We know soil erosion can cause voids, or empty space, underneath sections of pavement such as a flightline,” Johnson said. “So we use our mobile Dynatest Control Center we bring with us to make sure these flightlines are as structurally capable as they were before the earthquakes.”
Once a compilation of evaluations is complete, a report is made available to leadership with recommendations. Local teams from the 673d and 773d Civil Engineer Squadrons can then be dispatched to make flightline repairs, if necessary.
“Typically we have five-person teams that operate several different pieces of equipment when we do full evaluations,” Reed said. “If we are called to do non-destructive testing, such as this type of evaluation, two people are all thats needed.”
The AFCEC APE team is a primary subordinate unit of Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, and although the team is small in number, they are responsible for tracking the status and assessing the lifecycle repair times for 2.2 billion square feet of pavement valued at more than $20 billion across the Air Force.
Photo By Airman 1st Class Crystal Jenkins | U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jill Reed, Air Force Civil Engineer Centers Airfield Pavement Evaluation Team superintendent, uses Geographical information surveying software to test the structural capacity of the pavement during an evaluation of Bryant Army Airfield at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska Dec. 17, 2018. at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska Dec. 17, 2018.
A two-person team used non-destructive testing to assess potential non-visible pavement damage at all of JBERs airfields following the Nov. 30, 7.0 magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was located just north of the base. The deflectometer simulates 55,000 pounds of weight hitting the pavement at once. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Crystal
Its a classic entrepreneurial story: find a great product, figure out where the market is even if thats not what you first expected. Bernsteins drone venture did actually begin from his involvement in sports. “Its ironic that I thought when I was getting into this it was to get drones across the lines [on sports fields] but that was a lot further down the line than we thought.”
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These machines are among the first to make the leap from sci-fi into reality, thanks to the latest advances in the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier platform.
And the massive AI capabilities powering them is moving within reach of a multitude of devices with the availability today of the Jetson AGX Xavier module, the latest addition to the Jetson TX2 and TX1 family of products.
Developers can use Jetson AGX Xavier to build the autonomous machines that will solve some of the worlds toughest problems, and help transform a broad range of industries. Millions are expected to come onto the market in the years ahead.
Workstation Performance, Clock-Radio Energy Consumption
The Jetson AGX Xavier module can serve as the powerful brain behind any bot you dream up. It delivers the performance of a workstation server in a computer that fits in the palm of your hand.
Consuming as little as 10 watts about as much as a clock radio the module enables companies to go into volume production with applications developed on the Jetson AGX Xavier developer kit, bringing next-gen robots and other autonomous machines to life.
Software Makes Hard Impact
The Jetson AGX Xavier module leverages NVIDIAs world-class AI platform, which is used for numerous AI applications. This includes a complete set of tools and workflows to help developers quickly train and deploy neural networks.
It supports applications developed with the JetPack and DeepStream software development kits. JetPack is NVIDIAs SDK for autonomous machines and includes support for AI, computer vision, multimedia and more.
The DeepStream SDK for Jetson AGX Xavier enables streaming analytics, bringing AI to IoT and smart city applications. Developers can build multi-camera and multi-sensor applications to detect and identify objects of interest, such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
These SDKs save developers and companies time and money, while making it easy to add new features and functionality to machines to improve performance.
With this combination of new hardware and software, its now possible to deploy AI-powered robots, drones, intelligent video analytics applications and other intelligent devices at scale.
Early users of Jetson AGX Xavier are praising its incredible processing capability and power efficiency.
Its central to handling DNA sequencing in real time for Oxford Nanopore, a U.K. medical technology startup.
“Were using Jetson AGX Xavier for our MinIT hand-held AI supercomputer, which is used to perform real-time analyses with the MinION, a powerful handheld DNA sequencer,” said Gordon Sanghera, CEO of Oxford Nanopore. “MinIT can be nearly 10 times more powerful than standard laptops and brings portable, real-time sequencing to more people in more locations.”
And Japans DENSO, a global auto parts maker, believes that Jetson AGX Xavier will be key to helping it introduce a new wave of efficiency into its operations.
“DENSO can leverage its long history in auto parts manufacturing to bring AI to factories, boosting productivity and efficiency while increasing workplace safety,” said Katsuhiko Sugito, executive director of DENSO Corp. “We believe that Jetson AGX Xavier will be the key platform driving this initiative.”
All in the Family
NVIDIA Jetson solutions offer performance levels and prices to suit a variety of autonomous robotic applications.
The Jetson AGX Xavier module brings accelerated computing capability to the Jetson family, which includes solutions at different performance levels and prices to suit a variety of autonomous robotic applications.
The Jetson TX2 embedded module for edge AI applications now comes in three versions: Jetson TX2, Jetson TX2i and the newly available, lower cost Jetson TX2 4GB. Jetson TX1-based products can migrate to the more powerful Jetson TX2 4GB at the same price.
NVIDIA developer kits are also available for each member of the Jetson family. With these kits, companies can create and deploy multiple applications for a variety of use cases, using one unified software architecture.
Adventure Awaits: Start Creating Today
The Jetson AGX Xavier module is available today from distributors worldwide. Volume pricing of quantities of 1,000+ units is $1,099.
The institute is home to over 40 Brunel staff and PhD students, who are working as part of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a state-of-the-art postgraduate research facility established by TWI and Brunel in 2012.
Prof Khalid said: “It is a privilege to be selected and to have the opportunity to build on the companys respected worldwide reputation. Our 70-year history as a centre for welding and joining excellence and innovation, our strong links with industry and the commitment of our people are what makes TWI an outstanding organisation to work for.
“I will be proud to continue the work of my predecessors to deliver the best possible benefits for our members and customers.”
Prior to joining TWI, Prof Khalid obtained an applied physics degree from University College London, a Masters and PhD in non-destructive testing (NDT) from Brunel and Cranfield Universities and later an MBA from London South Bank University. He spent several years in industry before joining TWI as NDT section manager, specialising in applying robotics to non-destructive testing. From here, he progressed to lead the companys non-destructive testing technology group in 2004 and became TWI Technology Director in 2010.
His recent focus has been on creating new opportunities for TWI Industrial Members through national and international collaborations, and in developing key areas of TWIs technology and training businesses in the UK and overseas. He also has responsibility for TWIs public and collaborative funding office and in the past five years has overseen the winning of over 500m of research and development funding for TWI, its members and its partner universities.
Outside TWI, Prof Khalid is currently Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board and has been a former Director of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (part of the governments High Value Manufacturing Catapult).
The collapse of a bridge in August in Genoa, Italy, leading to the deaths of 37 people, has highlighted the danger posed by aging infrastructure. Japan, like many countries, faces major problems, as many of its bridges and tunnels were constructed during the high economic growth in the 1960s and 1970s and are now suffering degradation. However, inspections are time-consuming. For example, gauging the salt content of cement structures is typically done by boring out a corean action which is time consuming and can slightly damage the structure.
The research group decided to search for a better way to perform inspections, using a neutron beama device that emits high-energy neutrons in a beamemitted by a compact neutron source that they had developed. Neutrons are an exciting new way to image structures, as they can penetrate quite far into metallic materials thanks to the fact that they do not interact via the electromagnetic force, and thus are not affected by electric charge. They do occasionally interact with nuclei in the materials they penetrate, leading to the release of gamma rays that can be detected.
For this experiment, the group used their compact neutron source, which generates neutrons by bombarding a beryllium target with protons. They used the beam to irradiate a series of concrete blocks with salt squeezed between them, with “prompt” gamma raysgamma rays that are emitted immediately upon irradiation by neutronsbeing measured by high resolution germanium detectors. The prompt gamma rays are emitted from the atoms in the concrete blocks, and different elements can be detected by looking at the energy of the gamma rays. For example, the energies peaks from the prompt gamma rays emitted from chlorinea component of saltare 517 kiloelectron volts, 786 kiloelectron volts, 788 kiloelectron volts, 1165 kiloelectron volts, and so on.
By doing this, the researchers were able to demonstrate the presence of salt even when it was surrounded by between 12 and 18 centimeters of concrete. Each measurement took about 10 minutes.
According to Yoshie Otake, who led the study, “This is very exciting, because Japan is suffering from serious infrastructure degradation, and it is impossible to predict when a major accident will happen. Our feasibility study has shown that neutron beams can indeed be used to measure whether the salt content of a concrete structure is within the legal limits set by the government. Our next challenge is to build a compact neutron source that is small enough to be readily transported to various infrastructures to conduct measurements.” The results were presented in October at the 18th JSMS Symposium on Concrete Structure Scenarios, held by the Society of Materials Science, Japan.
“This first round of financing is an important step in the company’s development, letting us move from R&D to the market,” said Luc Perron, President and CEO of LynX Inspection. “This capital is the stepping stone we need to prove ourselves by meeting the expectations of our first clients. We’ll also get our name out there on the international stage.”
By combining three-dimensional analysis and X-ray imaging, LynX Inspection can analyze the internal and external structure of precision parts and detect defects much more quickly and at a significantly lower cost than tomography. The main applications are for moulded and engineered parts and components produced through additive manufacturing.
A fast and cost-effective technology
Target markets: automotive, aerospace, defence
Size of pieces: 2 to 40 cm
Cost of inspection: 5 to 10 times less expensive than traditional radiographic solutions
Scanning, detection and imaging in under 5 minutes
Results of 3D inspection 10 to 20 times faster than tomography
Automation allows for a less specialized workforce
“LynX has a technology that integrates seamlessly with Industry 4.0, allowing the company to jump straight to international markets. We’ve watched this young company evolve within the INO centre of expertise in Qubec City and as part of the oN DuTy! university research initiative. We’re extremely confident in its potential,” said Philippe Ducharme, angel investor with Anges Qubec.
“We believe that LynX’s patent-pending technology will be able to meet the needs of industrial clients for integral, non-destructive and systematic quality control in a variety of manufacturing sectors,” emphasized Richard Bordeleau, President of Fonds Innovexport.
A promising future
Recently, LynX has already hired three new employees to help bring its innovations to market. Representatives from the company will be travelling overseas next spring to give presentations and demonstrate the technology’s full potential.
According to Luc Perron, President and CEO of LynX Inspection, “We’ve made a great deal of progress over the past two years to transform a simple concept into a viable inspection solution for manufacturers and companies specializing in non-destructive testing, or NDT. Our predictive 3D radiography technology fills numerous gaps in current solutions for the automotive, aerospace and defence sectors. We’ve already generated keen interest from key players in the industry.”
“ACET Capital believes that LynX Inspection is offering a powerful and innovative technological solution adapted to Industry 4.0,” said Roger Nol, President of ACET Capital, the investment fund for ACET, a Sherbrooke-based accelerator for tech companies. “We’re very proud to lend our support as investors and advisors to this Qubec tech firm so they can continue to innovate and build their reputation on the international market.”
About LynX Inspection
LynX Inspection is a young high-tech company based in Qubec City that develops innovative inspection solutions for the industrial sector based primarily on three-dimensional analysis and X-ray imaging.
About Anges Qubec and Anges Qubec Capital
Anges Qubec is a network of over 230 angel investors whose mission it is to invest financially and personally in innovative Qubec companies. Anges Qubec members have already invested no less than $75 million in the Qubec economy through over 200 investments in more than 100 groundbreaking companies. In 2012, Anges Qubec launched Anges Qubec Capital, a sidecar investment fund of over $86 million to coinvest along with the network’s members. Anges Qubec Capital is supported by the Caisse de dpt et placement du Qubec, Fonds de solidarit FTQ, Investissement Qubec and the members of Anges Qubec.
About Fonds Innovexport
Fonds Innovexport is an early-stage venture capital firm that supports the development of Qubec-based innovators seeking growth in international markets. Based in Qubec City, Innovexport has partnerships with twenty-five experienced entrepreneurs, as well as the Gouvernement du Qubec, represented by Investissement Qubec, Fonds Espace CDPQ de la Caisse de dpt et placement du Qubec, Desjardins Innovatech, Fonds de solidarit FTQ, and Fondaction CSN. Innovexport also receives financial support from Qubec City’s economic development strategy. All of these parties work together to support the growth of innovative companies with the potential of becoming global leaders.
About ACET Capital
ACET Capital is a venture capital investment fund providing private capital to selected companies that are ready to go to market or have just begun the process. These companies receive support during their first round of financing to help maximize their chances of success.
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In Thomas Wenzel, 53, a seasoned leader and proven expert in the business is taking the helm of X-Ray Systems. Holding a computer science degree and a PhD in engineering, he has 15 years of management experience at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, Germany. There he had strategic, scientific and financial responsibility for the Nanofocus System Engineering area and later for Process – Integrated Test Systems. Since 2015 Thomas Wenzel has been Vice President, Technology, of the X-Ray Systems division and the Comet Group. Moreover, as interim head of Research & Development at X -Ray Systems he has played a central role in advancing the development of this business in the past months.
“Thomas Wenzel has an exceptional knowledge of the relevant x-ray systems markets and applications,” says Ren Lenggenhager, CEO of the Comet Group. “With his extensive expertise, his capacity for innovation and his understanding of the market also in regard to digitalization he is ideally suited to take our X-Ray Systems division to a new level both strategically and operationally. He is trusted and highly regarded within and outside the Group and will tackle the issues in the X-Ray Systems business with the necessary speed and vigor.” The Board of Directors and management are convinced that under the leadership of Thomas Wenzel, the X-Ray Systems division will be successfully developed and managed so as to generate value.
On December 1, 2018, Thomas Wenzel will take over the management of the IXS division from Matthias Barz, who has led it since July 2018 as interim manager and who will continue to assist with the initiated measures until their completion. The Board of Directors and management would like to thank Matthias Barz for his achievements and his commitment.