Spring 2016

It’s all go for digital X-ray diagnostics at Deeside

Official accreditation from Airbus bolsters James Fisher NDT's spearheading of the X-ray evolution from film to cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly digital.

James Fisher NDT's huge, new state-of-the-art diagnostics test facility has gained accreditation from Airbus for digital radiography. This means the major aircraft manufacturer has approved JFNDT's sophisticated computed radiography (CR) system for the inspection of safety critical components, making JFNDT's Deeside facility the first location in the UK to achieve this level of certification.

Until very recently, many industries utilising radiography NDT techniques preferred to use film when X-raying essential components, but JFNDT was able to prove to Airbus that it has an effective quality system in place which meets all current digital specifications. This means JFNDT can provide its customers with improved environmental impact, faster results, reduced costs, more convenient storage and greater flexibility.

The move comes as a consequence of last year's significant investment in JFNDT which saw site facilities upgraded in size and capability.

CR is an 'indirect image capture' method which uses storage phosphor imaging plates (IP) instead of conventional X-ray film. The reusable IP is then processed through a scanner which reads and digitises the X-ray signal so it can be interpreted instantly on screen using specialised viewing software.

JFNDT's business development manager, Ian Moore, says,

'We have build up a great deal of experience working with a wide range of industries from aerospace to automotive in recent years, but this approval is a clear indication of JFNDT's expertise and our commitment to developing CR within the aerospace industry.'

Newly appointed digital supervisor, Vikki Urwin, adds;

'Getting Airbus's approval to work digitally means we can now offer this service to a wider market. Everyone has been stuck with old-style wet film X-rays for so many years and this approval is a positive sign that the market is ready to make the change to digital. This puts JFNDT, together with its team of experienced radiographers and with backing from our current suppliers, right at the forefront of this move and makes us a major industry player.' 

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