We are involved in a number of European funded projects at the moment but one that will interest those of you interested in renewable energy sources is the Inspection Technology for Concentrated Solar Power Plants or the Intersolar project. Read More
Following a leak from some chilled water pipes, where the wall of the pipe had been penetrated, a customer was concerned that there was a widespread problem of tube wall thinning. A visit was made to the customers’ site in order that lengths of tube of 50mm, 60mm and 90mm outside diameter could be tested ultrasonically to establish the extent of the wall thinning. Subsequent to the on-site ultrasonic testing, samples of the tube were brought back to the Burton Laboratory for further investigation. The samples were also subjected to visual examination, the results of which can be seen below. Read More
Operations Manager, Steve Redshaw recently celebrated 25 years with Applied Inspection. It was back in July 1988 that he joined Applied Inspection when the company operated from just one site at Holmewood in Chesterfield.
He was initially involved in radiographic testing on the night shift before changing to the day shift and taking on some supervisory duties. After five years in this role Steve joined NDT technician Ted Peake (who is now our Managing Director) in developing the new site in Burton on Trent. Read More
The services of an Applied Inspection NDT Level 3 consultant were requested by one of our customers to investigate porosity issues relating to subsea welds. The problem related to the interpretation of radiographs of riser welds; the radiographs showed that there was a considerable amount of porosity in the welds but there were differences of opinion in quantifying the amount, size and shape of the porosity. This resulted in differing views as to the correct determination, in relation to compliance with the code.
Last month we exhibited at the three day rail exhibition, Railtex which is held every other year at Earls Court. The exhibition attracts exhibitors and delegates from all over Europe and although staff involved in rail industry work had attended in the past as delegates, this was the first time we had had stand space. Read More
We recently welcomed Antony Mitchell to the company as NDT projects manager with the remit to develop new areas of business and to head our new rope access service with IRATA qualified technicians – using ropes and climbing skills to access difficult to reach locations; without the need for scaffolding or elevated platforms. Read More
There were celebrations in Chesterfield last week as five employees from our Ossett and Chesterfield branches celebrated 25 years of service with the company. All five joined the company in 1985 progressing through the company to their present roles. Read More
Applied Inspection has been chosen to take part in a European funded research project looking at the life of rail axles wih a view to developing new equipment. Rail axles, designed to last 20 years or more are frequently withdrawn from service because of surface corrosion. Read More
We are also involved in a European project researching advanced condition monitoring systems for the evaluation of the overall condition of wind turbines. The UK Government has set targets to increase contribution of renewables to UK electricity by 10% in 2010, with an aspiration for 20% by 2010; resulting in an increasing number of wind turbines being installed. Read More