Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Magnetic Analysis Corp., Sensor Networks, Inc. and Zetec, three NDT leaders, have joined forces to offer the ZMS program, a single alternative for bar and tube producers needing to service and upgrade their phased array systems such as ROWA and BIS for detecting flaw/ wall thickness/ geometry and lamination.

With an emphasis on providing customers with fast  service for reliable, price-competitive UT array transducers and electronics, along with repair, maintenance, and  spare parts, these three companies, working together with one  point of contact, can bring existing test systems up to the latest standards.  Improved inspection through-put speeds and enhanced defect probability of detection can be achieved.

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MAC® (Magnetic Analysis Corporation) of Elmsford,  NY, will be the  sole  point of contact for customers serving as the  prime contractor, system integrator and  service provider.  MAC is a global company and has been designing and  manufacturing NDT instruments and  systems for metal producers for over 90 years.  With experienced Field Engineers and  Representatives based

throughout the  U.S. and worldwide, they have an in depth understanding of bar and tube producer requirements for integrating inspection instruments and production mechanics to meet today’s demanding specifications. Working with Zetec instrumentation, MAC will supply user friendly operator interface controls. Test results are  displayed as B and  C Scans.

ZetecInc. of Snoqualmie, WA, a global  leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions for power generation, manufacturing, oil & gas, aerospace and  more,  will provide the  phased array  electronics and  underlying software. Zetec’s QuartZ Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) instrument is the answer to the  requirements of complex and  high-speed inspections in the  harshest of industrial environments. The combination of UltraVision® software with QuartZ scalability and  robustness offer the  perfect solution for creating custom inspection solutions in a seamlessly integrated package.

SNI (Sensor Networks, Inc.) of State College, PA will provide their state of the  art transducers, including custom designs for specific applications.  Variables such as frequency, number of elements, mechanical packaging, cable and  connector styles can be replicated. SNI will work with MAC® to develop an enhanced program for rebuilt or spare transducers. SNI specializes in the design and  manufacture of both conventional and  phased-array ultrasonic transducers.  Their team of engineers and  production personnel have  decades of experience with transducers used in the demanding environment of the  factory-floor, QC, inspection and  testing.

With the  ZMS program, bar and tube producers can look to one  source for all their needs for upgrade, maintenance, spare parts and  repairs for their full body  UT inspection systems.

Sustainable, eco-friendly, energy saving and innovative: this is how most manufacturing companies wish to come across to the public.

2020 01 09 085655However, the road to reach this goal is a long and winded one, especially for resource-intensive technology companies in the wire, cable and tube industries. It often takes companies years to comply with the requirements relating to climate efficiency, sustainability and resource-saving processes.

All the more reason why Messe Düsseldorf is now focusing on an ecoMetals campaign during the leading international trade fairs wire and Tube: for the entire duration of the trade fair from 30 March to 3 April 2020 there will be guided tours – so-called ecoMetals tours – offered to the stands of exhibitors who produce in a sustainable manner that saves resources and cuts emissions.  

You will be given the opportunity to inform participants on the ecoMetals tours personally and in detail about your company’s innovations at your stand for a nominal charge of EUR 900. Interested exhibitors can apply under www.wire.de/ecometals_exhibitor or

Interested trade visitors get information under www.wire-tradefair.com/ecometals_visitor or www.tube-tradefair.com/ecometals_visitor. There will guided information tours free of charge starting at the ecoMetals information counter at the Nord entrance.

It is extremely disappointing Tata has sought to influence discussions by making threats in the media, say Unions

The National Trade Union Steel Co-ordinating Committee (NTUSCC) has responded the chairman of Tata Steel’s comments the company "can't have a situation where India keeps funding losses" at its Port Talbot steelworks. [1]

The joint statement from the committee, made up of GMB union, Unite and Community, said:

2016 12 29 100708“the last few months the company has sought to engage us in sensitive discussions on the future of Tata Steel Europe.

“It is extremely disappointing that Tata has sought to influence those discussions by making threats in the media and adding to the concerns of the workforce.

As we have said from the outset Tata's transformation programme is a result of their failure to deliver the joint venture with Thyssenkrupp or have any plan B. Tata Steel UK employees must not pay the price for Tata's failures.

The NTUSCC recognises there are challenges at Tata Steel UK, mainly caused by years of underinvestment in the assets, and we are open to joint discussions to deliver a sustainable future for the business.

“However we have made it clear to Tata Steel, at the highest levels, that the way forward for Tata Steel UK must include new commitments on job security and commitments on strategic capex to safeguard the future of UK steelmaking.

We have requested an urgent meeting of the national Steel Committee to raise our concerns and discuss our priorities for Tata Steel UK.”

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