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NDT.net Issue - 2013-12 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2013-12
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
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Frost & Sullivan: Replacement of Radiography by Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing Drives Global Ultrasonic NDT Equipment Market

Frost & Sullivan23, London, United Kingdom

Evolution of portable phased array ultrasonic testing equipment leads to large-scale uptake

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – November 19, 2013 – The increase in replacement of conventional film radiography with advanced ultrasonic testing is fueling the global ultrasonic non-destructive test (NDT) equipment market. This trend has rapidly gained momentum over the past three years with a better understanding of phased array ultrasonic technology, as well as with work done on better defining the standards.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.testandmeasurement.frost.com) Analysis of the Global Ultrasonic Non-destructive Test Equipment Market, finds that the market earned revenue of $450.2 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $585.7 million in 2017. The study covers thickness gauges, digital flaw detectors, phased array flaw detectors, and test machines.

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an e-mail to Jeannette Garcia, Corporate Communications, at jeannette.garcia@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state and country.

The wide-scale adoption of phased array ultrasonic testing as a replacement for conventional film radiography started with the development of truly portable phased array ultrasonic testing instruments, and the increasing operational expenses for using film radiography.

“In the early 2000’s when truly portable phased array ultrasonic equipment was introduced at a fraction of the cost of stationary systems, end users had no hesitation in adopting these instruments,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement and Instrumentation Senior Research Analyst Nikhil Jain.“The benefits of this advanced technology, such as faster and accurate volumetric inspection, that provide an image of the test object at an affordable price were the drivers for wide-scale adoption.”

Over the past decade, due to evolution of technology and products related to ultrasonic NDT, there has been a sudden growth in demand, which has increased the need for technicians certified in ultrasonic testing. However, the supply of technicians have not kept up with demand, resulting in a massive shortage of ultrasonic testing and phased array ultrasonic testing certified technicians, which is restraining growth potential. While some countries have qualified ultrasonic testing technicians, they do not possess the necessary skills to perform phased array ultrasonic testing, which demands greater knowledge and experience.

“The ultrasonic NDT equipment manufacturers have realized that a lack of certified and skilled technicians is impacting market development and are addressing this challenge in two ways,” observed Jain. “One is by making the user interface and software as intuitive as possible in order to enhance usability, while the other focuses on setting up training institutes or partnering with smaller NDT training institutes to educate technicians on the operation of the latest equipment.”

Analysis of the Global Ultrasonic Non-destructive Test Equipment Market is part of the Test & Measurement Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Analysis of the Global NDT Equipment Market, Analysis of the Global Digital X-ray Inspection Systems Market, Emerging Growth Markets for NDT Inspection Services, Global NDT Inspection Services Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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