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IK4-IDEKO presents the latest advances in inspection techniques at the most important Non-Destructive Testing Conference in Europe

IK4-IDEKO presents the latest advances in inspection techniques at the most important Non-Destructive Testing Conference in Europe

IK4-IDEKO is actively participating in the ECNDT 2018 (European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing) which takes place from 11 to 15 June in Gothenburg, Sweden. This twelfth event brings together the major universities, centres and companies in the field of non-destructive inspection techniques. IK4-IDEKO’s contribution to the conference comprises three presentations of 3 different inspection techniques.  

Doctor Iván Castro will present a new railway axle inspection system based on the Ultrasound technique. Non-destructive testing is becoming increasingly important due to several factors, among which are European union directives that call for industrial products to meet a series of requirements.

In sectors in which safety and reliability are key such as railway or aeronautics, these tests are required on all parts and components used. In this context, Doctor Jose Luis Lanzagorta will present the latest innovations in inspection systems based on eddy currents for the detection of surface defects on railway axles.

The researcher Ivan Castro will give a second presentation on an automatic inspection system by Active Tomography for the inspection of collars used in the oil and gas sector.

Non-destructive tests (NDT) are inspections that allow volumetric and surface faults to be detected without damaging the inspected parts. The use of these tests is key in analysing high added value components in sectors such as railway and aeronautics. These inspections allow the analysed parts to be monitored, the data obtained to be intelligently managed, predictive maintenance techniques to be implemented and the industrial manufacturing processes to be controlled.

In this context, non-destructive testing has started to form part of the safety protocols and requirements in strategic sectors that have a high level of innovation such as nuclear engineering, power generation, the petrochemical industry, automotive, aeronautics and ship and railway transport.

IK4-IDEKO, the technology centre specialising in Advanced Manufacturing, has an advanced laboratory which is an important driver in its positioning as a benchmark in the field of NDT.