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NDT.net Issue - 2014-12 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2014-12
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

Tecnatom Presents in Prague, at the 11th European Conference of Nondestructive Testing, its Latest Developments and Projects

Tecnatom S.A.94, Madrid, Spain

Tecnatom has shown its latest developments on the Ultrasonics and Eddy Current applications, in hardware and software solutions.

The European conference on non-destructive testing (ECNDT) is held every 4 years, being the main event related to all kinds of non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies and applications, for different industrial sectors.

Prague, 10th October 2014.- Tecnatom has attended the 11th European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing that took place in Prague on October 6-10. Researchers, users, manufacturers and service providers from all fields of non-destructive testing meet at this long traditional Conference for exchanging experiences with colleagues on a European level, to get in touch with the latest results in science and to learn more about new equipment from the NDT equipment manufacturers.

Tecnatom has taken part with its own stand and has presented three papers under the Section “NDT in Aerospace”. A brief description of these presentations follows:

Detection of buried defects in conductive materials, both ferromagnetic and nonferromagnetic

In a collaborative European research project, in which Airbus also participates, Tecnatom is developing innovative applications of Eddy Current (EC) technique, that will be applied for ensuring subjacent or surface-breaking flaws detection in conductive materials. Probes with magneto-resistive sensors as receivers have been investigated as a solution for special cases where conventional EC winding coil probes becomes difficult. Magneto-resistive sensors are attractive for EC testing because of their large frequency range, flat frequency response and high sensitivity.

Fast Scanning and Adaptive Beamforming: innovative algorithms to improve ultrasonic inspections

Some of the current limitations for Non Destructive Testing of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites (CFRP) are the inspection time and the probe holder high complexity needed for following the wide variety of increasingly complex geometries of the parts being inspected.

Tecnatom has developed adaptive beamforming together with Fast Scanning, that provide new possibilities to reduce costs in the manufacturing processes of CFRP components. Increased robustness and reduced inspection time are achieved by keeping controlled the focal laws and simultaneous beamforming of all the image lines. In the case of Fast Scanning, this is gained at expenses of a slight loss in lateral resolution and an increase of the side lobe levels that can be accepted in most applications.

HW and SW developments and solutions for obtaining a non-destructive inspection process automated, integrated and industrial.

Every detail has to be controlled when addressing a non-destructive inspection of aircraft components. Tecnatom works for quality assurance and the need for cost reduction, opening the doors to new solutions which demand higher robotization and automation, and has taken advantage of its experience and knowledge of automatic inspection in the Nuclear industry looking for competitive solutions for productivity ranges required in the aerospace sector.

Tecnatom’s robots-based solution (RABIT NDT Inspection Cell) integrates different hardware and software developments that improves quality, productivity and flexibility for in line inspections, and its applicability and benefits in inspections of aeronautical components.

About Tecnatom
Tecnatom Group has managed to position itself as a benchmark company in advanced engineering services inspection, providing its technology to Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, the big four western aerospace companies, in addition to the Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and the Asian COMAC and KAI. In addition to these major manufacturers Tecnatom systems are found in many others Tier 1 or Tier 2. Since its introduction in the aerospace sector, the growth of their turnover has been constant.

The company develops its own state-of-the-art technology in ultrasonic inspection during the manufacture of aerospace parts, and for research and development activities in labs that is permanently updated. Along with its own technology, comprehensive service and individualized counseling to the client is the other differential value of Tecnatom in the aerospace industry. Thus, the company works closely with its clients in the specification of the inspection systems in order to determine the proper procedure and design and develop the automatic inspection systems relevant.

Tecnatom is one of the multinational companies specializing in engineering, present in 32 countries and with more than 50 years of experience in Non Destructive Testing. Tecnatom forecasts in aerospace are intended to consolidate its domestic sales, grow in foreign markets in which has already been entered, especially China, Brazil, France, Korea, Turkey, Canada, South-Africa, USA and Russia, as well as to expand market in Southeast Asia, India and Japan. Tecnatom started its activity within the nuclear market from where it has diversified and expanded its technology to new strategic industrial markets: thermal, petrochemical, transports and aircraft and space. Technological services have been providing to the aerospace industry for more than a decade now, particularly in the field of inspection systems, non destructive testing and control engineering.

For further information, please contact:
Celia Ruiz
00 34 954 62 27 27 / 00 34 654 74 64 73

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