More than 1000 visitors took advantage of the exhibition and appraised themselves of a vast range of the latest NDT equipment on display from over 75 exhibitors. Also featuring at this year’s event were free tuition sessions, commercial presentations and practical demonstrations. These sessions proved to be extremely popular and were designed to appeal to all exhibition visitors, but especially practitioners: one presenting papers of a more commercial/practical nature and the other comprising tutorial-type sessions on the common NDT methods, all running in parallel throughout the three days.
Another highlight of the proceedings was the presence of the Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car) Show Car throughout the event, as well as a presentation from Tony Parraman, Head of Sponsor Liaison, on the opening evening of the exhibition. This was an opportunity for people from the NDT sector to see and hear about this exciting project, which will be attempting to set a new land-speed record, and see how the success of the project depends to a large extent on the effective application of NDT and condition monitoring.
Materials Testing thus lived up to its billing as the premier forum for a concentration of materials testing innovation and excellence.
John Hansen, Chairman of the MT 2015 Organising Committee and Managing Director of ETher NDE, said: “This year’s Materials Testing exhibition was the most ambitious ever organised by BINDT. With over 75 exhibitors, two parallel free informative sessions running on the exhibition floor and the Bloodhound Car, there was a lot to reward the visitor. So, it comes as no surprise that the visitor numbers were the highest for many years. As an exhibitor, we were exceptionally satisfied with the quality and quantity of the many enquiries we received. I look forward to starting the planning for Materials Testing 2017.”
NDT 2015 – the annual British Conference on NDT – ran alongside the exhibition and also attracted excellent numbers. The combined event presented visitors with a unique opportunity to see, hear and learn about innovations not only from the UK but also from around the world.
Materials Testing 2015 exhibitors were exceptionally satisfied with
the quality and quantity of enquiries received
The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) is a UK-based professional engineering institution working to promote the advancement of the science and practice of non-destructive testing (NDT), condition monitoring (CM), diagnostic engineering and all other materials and quality testing disciplines. Internationally recognised, it is concerned with the education, training and certification of its members and all those engaged in NDT and CM and through its publications and annual conferences and events it disseminates news of the latest advances in the science and practice of the subjects. For further information about the Institute and its activities, visit http://www.bindt.org
What are NDT and CM?
Non-destructive testing is the branch of engineering concerned with all methods of detecting and evaluating flaws in materials. Flaws can affect the serviceability of a material or structure, so NDT is important in guaranteeing safe operation as well as in quality control and assessing plant life. The flaws may be cracks or inclusions in welds and castings or variations in structural properties, which can lead to a loss of strength or failure in service. The essential feature of NDT is that the test process itself produces no deleterious effects on the material or structure under test. The subject of NDT has no clearly defined boundaries; it ranges from simple techniques such as the visual examination of surfaces, through the well-established methods of radiography, ultrasonic testing and magnetic particle crack detection, to new and very specialised methods such as the measurement of Barkhausen noise and positron annihilation spectroscopy.
Condition monitoring (CM) aims to ensure plant efficiency, productivity and reliability by monitoring and analysing the wear of operating machinery and components to provide an early warning of impending failure, thereby reducing costly plant shutdown. Condition monitoring originally used mainly vibration and tribology analysis techniques but now encompasses new fields such as thermal imaging, acoustic emission and other non-destructive techniques. The diagnostic and prognostic elements, in addition to increasingly sophisticated signal processing, is using trends from repeated measurements in time intervals of days and weeks.