Day: January 18, 2019

Weld Titanium Video Using PurgEye Weld Purge Monitor

At the end of 2018, WeldTube filmed a two-part welding class on titanium, which features the very talented Travis Field. Travis travelled down to The South Coast Welding Academy in Houston TX from Alberta Canada.

Travis welded the pipe with the addition of our Weld Trailing Shield and PurgEye Weld Purge Monitiors. Travis shares his experience and skills and the videos are very inspirational to anyone welding titanium or looking to get into the field.

The low cost, hand held, battery operated PurgEye 100, designed and developed by Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT is perfect for obtaining zero colour, oxide free welds in stainless steel, reading accurately from atmospheric oxygen level (20.94%), right down to 100 ppm (0.01%).

Davina Urquhart, City College AND Senior Welding Engineer at TransWeld Services Ltd recently said: “I am a huge fan of the Huntingdon products and have talked others over the years into using them. The purge meters are second to none. I own and use regularly my PurgEye 100 for stainless steels and my PurgEye 300 for titanium. In fact I think somewhere I still have my original Argweld MKV monitor from the 1970s. Excellent product guys!”

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Phoenix Extends Transducer Range with Phased Array Probes

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited has expanded its product offering with the addition of a new range of Linear Phased Array transducers.

The high performance probes are available to order from stock in a range of 5MHz 7.5MHz and from 16 to 64 elements. Designed with piezo-composite elements, Phoenix phased array probes provide; high resolution imaging – to maximise sensitivity, accurate ultrasonic detection and sizing of defects in welds and effective corrosion mapping of various materials. Housed in a rugged stainless steel case the probes have performed consistently well in customer trials and are suitable for all on-site industrial NDT applications.

Andrew Brewis, Sales Manager at Phoenix ISL said: “The introduction of this new range offers our customers the convenience of ordering premium off the shelf linear phased array probes and allows us to satisfy the demand for orders with short delivery timescales. The range is compatible with Phoenix phased array wedges, toolposts and cradles which means Phoenix now offers its own complete phased array solutions with its dynamic range of manual and automated scanners.”

About Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited

We are specialists in design and manufacture of ultrasonic non-destructive testing solutions serving sectors such as energy, aerospace, process industries and rail.

Phoenix offer a dynamic range of standard NDT products, from manual and automated scanners, transducers and instrumentation to sophisticated nuclear inspection and turbine and generator systems all using the latest techniques, including TOFD and phased array.

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Infrasense Evaluates Condition of Stone Arch Bridge

In July of 2018, Infrasense mobilized a two-man team to perform a ground coupled GPR survey of the road surface on a stone arch bridge in Orange, CT. With the help of a traffic control unit and a local police officer, the condition survey was carried out during overnight hours with minimal disruption to traffic.

The survey implemented a ground coupled 900-MHz antenna and SIR-4000 control unit manufactured by GSSI, Inc. of Nashua, NH. The antenna was maneuvered across the roadway surface of the bridge in a grid pattern and the data was taken back to the office for evaluation.

The results included tabular results of the asphalt cover thickness, rebar depth, and bottom of concrete depth by lane. Eight cores were extracted by a coring team to compare chloride content with the GPR results, which were found to correlate reasonably well. A color-coded plan view condition plot of the bridge with the concrete deterioration results found by GPR and coring was provided in the final report.

About Infrasense, Inc.

Since 1987, Infrasense, Inc. has applied advanced technologies to address the most difficult challenges in subsurface scanning. Infrasense’s engineers nondestructively extract critical information from a diverse range of structures. In addition to providing ongoing subsurface evaluation services to clients across the country, the firm has also conducted numerous research programs to advance the field of subsurface detection and nondestructive evaluation. To learn more about Infrasense and the services we provide, visit our website,

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Bain Studies IoT and Enterprise Adoption in Inspection

Enterprise customers remain bullish on the Internet of Things, but their enthusiasm has been tempered by the realization that complete solutions may take longer to implement and yield a return than they had originally expected. Even so, we expect the markets for IoT hardware, software, systems integration, and data and telecom services to grow to $520 billion in 2021, more than double the $235 billion spent in 2017 (see Figure 1).

Since Bain’s last extensive survey on the Internet of Things and analytics two years ago, customers believe that vendors have made little progress on lowering the most significant barriers to IoT adoptionincluding security, ease of integration with existing information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems, and uncertain returns on investment. So these customers have extended their expectations about when those use cases will reach scale in their organizations. On average, they are planning less extensive IoT implementations by 2020 than they were planning just a couple of years ago.

Priorities are shifting, too. Predictive maintenance emerged as one of the first attractive IoT use cases as sensors and analytics helped companies determine more precisely when maintenance or replacement was necessary. Schindler, for example, worked with GEs Predix Platform to implement a broad predictive maintenance program designed to optimize maintenance on more than 60,000 elevators and escalators worldwide. But some of the interest in predictive maintenance has waned because customers found that the returns on investment have taken longer than expected. Legacy data formats and missing historical data are part of the problem, and insights have been harder to glean than first promised.

Interest in remote monitoring, on the other hand, has risen because it tends to be an easily integrated or standalone application. Industrial equipment leader ABB, for example, bundles remote monitoring into its connected robotics systems and connected low-voltage networks, which allows customers to troubleshoot and quickly identify issues requiring greater attention.

Read the full report at Bain & Company.

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Smart Torque System Wins Industrial IoT Innovation of the Year

Cumulus Digital Systems, a Massachusetts start-up building an Internet of Tools-powered platform to make industrial facilities safer, cleaner, and more productive, today announced that its Smart Torque System (STS) has been selected as the winner of the “Industrial IoT Innovation of the Year” award from IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet-of-Things (IoT) market today.

STS improves productivity and work quality during safety-critical industrial bolting activities.

The system consists of the cloud-hosted Cumulus Control Center and a tablet application, TorqueFit, that communicates with Bluetooth-enabled digital tools in the field. STS empowers maintenance and construction managers with real-time insight into who completed the work, how long it took them to do it, and how well it was done. This creates an objective and transparent medium of communication between service providers and facility owners.

The mission of the IoT Breakthrough Awards program is to recognize the innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the globe in a range of IoT categories, including Industrial and Enterprise IoT, Smart City technology, Connected Home and Home Automation, Connected Car, and many more. This years program attracted more than 3,500 nominations from companies all over the world.

“Cumulus is addressing a critical issue that has been largely ignored by the flourishing industrial IoT industry, creating solutions to transform industrial maintenance and inspection processes,” said James Johnson, managing director at IoT Breakthrough. “Cumulus STS solution provides unprecedented data transparency that ultimately empowers users to implement critical improvements in facility safety, productivity, and work quality. Congratulations to Cumulus on their exciting start to 2019 with their well-deserved IoT Breakthrough Award.”

“We are honored to have been recognized by IoT Breakthrough with this award,” says Cumulus CEO Matthew Kleiman. “It is a testament to the talent and hard work of the engineers who developed the system and our early adopter customers who were key members of the team, providing valuable feedback and support as we built the system and brought it to market.”

STS was developed by Shell TechWorks in Cambridge and first piloted in partnership with Shells Jurong Island and Pulau Bukom manufacturing facilities in Singapore in 2017. STS was spun-out of Shell and exclusively licensed to Cumulus in December 2018.

The system is currently operational at six sites in the United States, Canada, and Singapore, with more than 50 sites on six continents in the deployment pipeline. STS has been demonstrated to reduce data review and quality assurance costs by as much as 60% and reduce downtime costs through a better than 99% pass rate during leak testing.

“For me, this is the gold standard in ensuring zero leaks,” says Narayanan Valayaputtur, Projects and Engineering Manager at Shells Bukom Manufacturing Site, one of the original sponsors of the STS program. He added that, “from the initial torqueing system to achieve tightness, we have now moved to total flange assurance using tracking, tracing, and integration with the 3D Models to achieve zero leaks with complete traceability during every step, improving productivity, efficiency, and reducing overall costs.”

Mark Heath, a Shell capital projects IM/IT manager and early adopter of the system, said that, “STS helped deliver my projects business objectives: improved quality of flange management process, positive material identification, reduced leakage, transparent progress tracking, Right First Time, and from an enterprise perspective, ease of replication to other capital projects.” He noted that project leadership particularly valued STSs ability to “keep contractors and owners teams in alignment with real-time progress measurement.”

About Cumulus

Cumulus connects workers, tools, and data to a cloud-hosted software platform to better manage maintenance and construction workflows. The platform collects data from digitally-enabled tools in the field to provide a single source of “truth” for real-time quality assurance and progress tracking. Cumulus replaces the need for expensive and time-consuming inspections to verify the quality and duration of tasks with software and tools that improve speed and accountability. Cumulus is a spin-out from Shells Cambridge technology center, Shell TechWorks. For more information visit

About IoT Breakthrough

IoT Breakthrough, part of the Tech Breakthrough Awards organization, is devoted to honoring excellence in Internet-of-Things technologies, services, companies and products. The IoT Breakthrough Awards program provides a forum for public recognition around the achievements of IoT companies and products in categories including Connected Home and Home Automation, Connected Car, Industrial IoT (IIoT) and Smart City, Consumer IoT and more. For more information visit

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IIA Field Services Appoints Darren Billings as Director of Sales

IIA Field Services (IIAFS), a subsidiary of Industrial Inspection & Analysis (IIA), is pleased to announce the hiring of Darren Billings as Director of Sales.

Billings joins IIA Field Services with over 18 years of sales experience in the industrial industry. He will be responsible for directing sales and marketing efforts, including the development and publishing of IIAFS many great stories and the industry problems that they address. Darren will also be accountable for expanding the effectiveness of the existing revenue producing team, as well as developing and building a highly effective sales organization. Darrens appointment supports IIAs strategic direction of expanding further into the markets that we are in and developing a reliable method of reaching prospective clients who really need what we offer.

“We are excited to have someone with Darrens experience join the team to support the growth initiatives of IIA Field Services. The addition of Darren brings another level of knowledge and a track record of organically growing business,” says Zach Bailey, General Manager of IIA Field Services.

Most recently, Billings served as the Founder and CEO of Atlas Inspection Technologies, LLC, an IIA company that provides critical information, solutions and equipment to clients in the petroleum refining, pipeline, power generation and related industries that require unparalleled reliability, safety & environmental control. Billings intends to integrate marketing with sales so that customers can find and know IIAFS prior to sales involvement.

“I am looking forward to the work that lies ahead,” states Billings. “My goal with Field Services will be to grow our ability to sell all our services. This company has many fantastic offerings. I intend that the people and customers who need to know about us, will know about what we provide them and when they do our sales and revenue will naturally expand rapidly.”

About IIA Field Services

Established in 2017, IIA Field Services is known for their field radiography and field NDT services to the midstream, infrastructure, and fabrication industries. Field Services meets customers needs to ensure continued operation of critical assets. Their NDT solutions achieve this standard by combining state-of-the-art technology with more than 30 years of industry experience.

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Pioneering NDT Researcher Retires from Penn State

During his 45 years of teaching, with 27 of them at Penn State, Joseph Rose often used storytelling and his own lifes lessons in class to help students transition from academia to the “real world.” Now, Rose has added a new chapter to his story retirement.

An international leader in the fields of wave mechanics, ultrasound and ultrasonic guided waves, Rose served in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) since 1992 as the Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing in the College of Engineering. He has applied for a professor emeritus position within the ESM department.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Penn State and all my years of teaching the work was like being on a vacation every day, as I could work on projects or teach courses that I was passionate about,” said Rose.

During his time with the department, Rose was the principal adviser to 40 doctoral students and more than 60 masters students. He has been honored by the University for his teaching and research with a 2011 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, a 2002 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Premier Research Award, a 1997 PSEAS Outstanding Research Award and a 1996 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement.

Rose has also received numerous industry awards for his innovative work in ultrasonic guided waves for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring, including the 2014 Roy Sharpe Prize from The British Institute for Non-destructive Testing (BINT), the 2014 Mentoring Award from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), the 2011 International Society for Optics and Photonics Smart Structures/ NDE Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2006 ASNT Research Council Award for Innovation and the 2003 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nondestructive Evaluation Engineering Division Founders Award. He was also honored for his accomplishments in ultrasonics at the 16th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2010.

Rose began his academic career at Drexel University as an assistant professor in 1970. In 1988, he was named Albert and Harriet Soffa Professor in Mechanical Engineering, a position he held for three years. While at Drexel, he advised 20 doctoral students. Rose also worked in industry for several years at Hale Fire Pump (known today as Hale Products) and SKF Group.

He earned a doctorate in applied mechanics from Drexel University in 1970 and a masters degree in applied mechanics from Drexel Institute of Technology (DIT), now named Drexel University, in 1967.

Rose is a Fellow of ASNT, ASME, BINT and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He holds 30 patents, has authored five text books and published more than 600 articles on such topics as ultrasonic NDE, wave mechanics, medical ultrasound, adhesive bonding, pipe and tubing inspection, bridge and rail inspection, composite material inspection, ice detection, structural health monitoring, signal processing and pattern recognition. His publication work has received more than 18,000 citations.

Rose is also the founder and chief technology officer for Guidewave (FBS, Inc.), which plans, designs, builds and maintains guided wave solutions for pipeline, rail, aviation, power generation, manufacturing, civil infrastructure, natural gas and oil, nuclear and military industries.

At Penn State, Rose taught a class titled Business Opportunities in Engineering, where he alerted students to the many entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship paths to success. One of his most famous quotations for both engineering and business students that hell be remembered for is “Failure is on the path to success. If youve never failed, it means that you are not doing anything.”

Rose said he will certainly not be sitting still in his retirement. He intends to continue guided wave research and product development as it relates to structural health monitoring. He also plans to interact with Cliff Lissenden, professor of engineering science and mechanics, and the departments four new ultrasonics faculty members.

He also will spend more time doing the things he loves spending time with his family, being involved with church activities, golfing, reading and enjoying the mountains and seashores.

“I will miss many things and many people, but mostly, I will miss my interaction with graduate students and helping prepare them for successful careers,” he said.

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