New Technologies and Strategies Propelling the Non-Destructive Testing Market

For certain applications, it is very important that the evaluation of materials is performed without altering or damaging their properties.

Published date:22 Nov 2017

For certain applications, it is very important that the evaluation of materials is performed without altering or damaging their properties. This is where non-destructive testing comes to play. Non-destructive testing (NDT) refers to a variety of analysis techniques used on engineering materials and structures without harming their integrity and future usefulness. Such tests allow finding and analyzing material conditions and defects such as cracks, corrosion, and other issues that might lead to their failures, causing troubling events. NDT is a highly valuable method as it does not affect the properties of the test specimen, is effective, and can save money and time of evaluation, troubleshooting, and research. The commonly used NDT techniques include Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI) or Magnetic Particle Testing (MPT), Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI) or Dye penetrant inspection (DPI), Visual Testing (VT), Eddy Current Testing (ECT), and Industrial Radiography. The industries where NDT finds application in include aviation, construction, railway, manufacturing, water treatment, medical, pharmaceutical, homeland security, and many others.

The market for non-destructive testing is making a swift growth. According to an article on non-destructive testing market added by Progressive Markets, the market is expected to grow at a considerable CAGR during the forecast period. There various factors which support the growth of the market include the growing need for extending the life of obsolete products and the increase in strict government policies for the safety of products. However, the expensiveness of automated NDT equipment is likely to hinder the market growth. The top players which provide solutions in the field include General Electric, Ashtead Technology, Inc., Magnaflux Corporation, SGS SA, Intertek Group Plc., Zetec, Inc., Sonatest, Mistras Group, Inc., YXLON International GmbH, and Olympus Corporation.

Competition in the global non-destructive testing market is intense with market players adopting mergers & acquisitions and introducing novel technologies to sell their products. Eurofins Scientific, an analytical testing services company, recently acquired Spectro Analytical Labs Ltd., India's leading analytical testing laboratory, to enhance its market position in India. DolphiTech announced its plans to introduce new ultrasound instruments for non-destructive testing of materials to provide its customers with flexible NDT systems. Proceq, a manufacturing company recently unveiled new technologies with the aim to provide solutions to multiple industries.

Eurofins Scientific Buys Spectro Analytical

In November 2017, Eurofins Scientific, a Luxembourg-based company bought Spectro Analytical Labs Ltd., a provider of bioanalytical testing and inspection services to have a strong environment and analytical testing market India, thereby gaining a strong foothold in the country. According to Spectro, the acquisition is expected to bring significant value to their clients with its access to Eurofins’ global network tremendous. It is likely to bring huge growth opportunities in the Indian testing and inspection field.

Dr. Gilles Martin, CEO of Eurofins said, “Spectro’s range of testing and inspection services, combined with Advinus Therapeutics’ biopharmaceutical and agro-sciences competencies that were acquired earlier this year and Eurofins’ existing genomics, food, and clinical testing laboratories, will complement the group’s analytical services portfolio,” said Gilles Martin, chief executive of Eurofins Scientific.

DolphiTech Introduces New NDT Testing Instruments

In January 2017, DolphiTech, a provider of ultrasound NDT cameras for 2D and 3D inspection of materials announced its plans to launch a new system called DolphiCam2. Featuring ultrasound and transducer technology, robotics integration, general network connectivity, and remote expert inspections, the system caters to customers’ needs for flexible NDT systems based on ultrasound imaging technology. Moreover, the company makes efforts to integrate 3D positioning, providing inspectors enhanced structural awareness via CAD data integration and more.

Proceq Unveils New Technology

In September 2017, Proceq, a Swiss-based provider of portable NDT solutions recently launched a new range of solutions to provide solutions to industries such as construction, manufacturing, oil & gas and more. Introduced at the recent Global Summit, the new products include portable Equotip solutions such as a UCI hardness test probe for metal and an Internet of Things hardness tester called Equotip Live UCI, the Original Schmidt concrete hammer which streams data live via smartphone to a secure cloud, an ultrasonic array solution that feature Artificial Intelligence, and the Proceq GPR Live for radar testing of concrete structures. Apart from these, several other products were announced for release in early 2018 which are aimed to advance ultrasonic and eddy current testing in NDT applications.