|NDT.net||July 2005, Vol. 10 No.07|
Olympus Corporation’s acquisition of R/D Tech on June 1, 2005, has resulted in the formation of a new business called Olympus NDT. Olympus NDT comprises all companies affiliated with R/D Tech at the time of the acquisition including Panametrics-NDT, NDT Engineering, and Staveley NDT Technologies. The new company is headquartered in Waltham, MA, USA.
The vision of Olympus is to become the leader in the NDT market by adding the Olympus NDT ultrasonic (UT) and eddy current (EC) technologies to its existing remote visual inspection (RVI) portfolio. Olympus strongly believes that this acquisition will enhance its ability to create exciting new inspection technologies and offer comprehensive market-led technical solutions. The new Olympus NDT business now offers the following brands and products:
R/D Tech (Quebec, Canada) develops inspection systems based on a range of technologies that include eddy current, eddy current array, magnetic flux leakage, ultrasound, and ultrasound phased array technologies. Systems are used in many applications, in particular the analysis of defects caused by welding, extrusion, and casting, as well as wear and corrosion. Advanced systems include data acquisition and processing software that can detect hidden flaws such as corrosion, porosity, cracks, etc.
NDT Engineering (Kent, Washington) is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of probes and transducers for aircraft inspection. The company offers eddy current probes, ultrasonic transducers, and reference standards.
Panametrics-NDT (Waltham Massachusetts) is a global, high technology leader in portable nondestructive testing equipment. The company develops and markets ultrasonic precision thickness gages, corrosion thickness gages, flaw detectors, pulser-receivers, and transducers to provide reliable test and measurement solutions for challenging applications.
Staveley NDT Technologies (Kennewick, Washington) manufactures and distributes a full line of nondestructive test equipment including flaw detectors, thickness and corrosion gages, composite testers, and conductivity gages along with probes, scanners and transducers. It offers instruments for ultrasonic testing, eddy current testing, and bond testing.
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