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Danobatgroup and IDEKO set up a new company for the development of non-destructive inspection solutions

Danobatgroup and IDEKO set up a new company for the development of non-destructive inspection solutions
  • The purpose of the investment in this new business line is to diversify the technological value proposition of both entities, to explore new market opportunities and to generate skilled employment.

  • The new firm combines the experience in automation of the machine tool manufacturer with the knowledge of non-destructive testing techniques of the research centre.

Within its diversification strategy, its commitment to technological innovation and the search for new market opportunities, the Basque industrial group Danobatgroup and the IDEKO research centre have created Endity Solutions, a new company specialising in the area of non-destructive inspection solutions.

80% of the share capital of the new firm is owned by the machine tool manufacture and 20% by the research entity, the innovation engine of the business group.

Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a key discipline for guaranteeing the competitiveness of industrial manufacture, as it allows the condition and quality of manufactured parts to be verified without causing surface or structural damage to components for strategic and high-value sectors, such as energy generation, railways and aeronautics.

Danobatgroup and IDEKO, a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance, have created this new firm - which has the full industrial support of the group - thanks to the deep knowledge of non-destructive inspection techniques of the research centre added to the experience in production system automation of the machine tool manufacturer.

“The sum of the knowledge in the development of R&D solutions generated by IDEKO together with Danobatgroup’s automation capabilities has led to the founding of Endity Solutions, a new business initiative whose objective is to generate qualified employment in our environment and diversify our current value proposition”, said the Innovation director of the group, Nerea Aranguren.

The new company is headed by Ivan Castro, who has a wealth of experience in the field of non-destructive testing within IDEKO’s Manufacturing Processes research group, and by Mikel Alvarez, who has extensive commercial experience in the industrial group and will have the support of a team of experts in NDT technologies at his disposal.

Located in Bergara, the new firm has its own facilities, equipped with offices and a  prototype workshop where its new developments are tested. Furthermore, the company will market its NDT solutions and services under the brand Endity Solutions.

Specifically, Endity Solutions will address the development of new inspection methodologies, principally based on digital technologies such as ultrasonics and induced currents, which make it possible to detect volumetric and surface defects in parts with high technological value and significant economic investment.  

“In an economically complicated scenario, such as the one we are going through at the moment, we want to look to the future and generate value, create high qualification jobs and intensify our knowledge in technological development aimed at manufacturing. The creation of the NDT company will allow us to have advanced technology available for inspection tasks, strengthen our diversification strategy and make it possible for us to continue generating quality employment”, said Aranguren.

NDT, an ally for safety and quality control

NDT inspections allow materials, parts and finished components to be characterised without causing damage in the structure or composition. These are procedures that allow imperfections, faults and defects to be detected in order to guarantee the integrity of the analysed part.

“Non-destructive testing has started to form part of the safety protocols and requirements of strategic sectors with a high innovation component, such as energy generation, the petrochemical industry, automotive, aeronautics and ship and railway transport. This discipline is essential for sectors in which safety and reliability are vital, such as railway or aeronautics”, concluded Aranguren.

About DANOBATGROUP

With a track record of 65 years in the field of technologies applied to industrial manufacturing, DANOBATGROUP has a workforce made up of more than 1300 highly qualified people. The group is an international benchmark in the machine tool sector and technologies applied to industrial manufacturing.

About IDEKO

The Basque research centre, IDEKO, member of the BRTA alliance, prizes its more than 30 year track record devoted to research, development and innovation of new technologies applied to manufacturing and industrial production.

It was set up to provide a response to high-technology component challenges of machine tool companies in the Mondragon Corporation. Its R&D&I activity is geared towards offering innovative solutions that contribute to the competitiveness of businesses around 4 research groups: Dynamics and Control, Manufacturing Processes, ICTs and Automation and Design and Precision Engineering.

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