NDT Consultants Ltd (UK)


NDT Consultants Ltd is a company, which specialises in the field of Non-Destructive Testing in the aerospace industry. Founded in early 1980's by the present Chairman, it has expanded into one of the leading companies offering services and other products in this activity.

The current senior company staff includes five accredited level III personnel covering all of the commonly used NDT methods. Between them, the professional members of staff at NDT Consultants Ltd. can count almost 100 years of experience. The companies has an impressive client base from major aerospace companies such as Rolls-Royce, Ministry of Defence, Westland Helicopter, Dowty, Allied Signal Aerospace to mention but a few.

The introduction of the new radiographic inspection technology has a huge potential and will create a significant market advantage for the SMEs concerned. As NDT Consultants Ltd. have acted as an SME on other EU funded NDT development contracts they have a wealth of direct experience to help the SMEs in this proposal capitalise on the opportunities that will arise.

Reasons for participating
NDT Consultants are not a business consultancy company, they are a supplier of advanced NDT systems and NDT services to the aerospace and power generation markets. They see that the move from film to digital radiography will open a market potential for them particularly in the high precision casting market place for aerospace.

Contribution to project
Their main contribution will be in the development of detailed digital radiographic inspection procedures WP-D) and technician training material i.e. course syllabus, training notes and examination format and specimen questions. In order to be able to prepare 'this applications' driven documentation NDT Consultants will have significant input into most of the project workpackages including WP-A, design of specimens including details of defects that are most difficult to detect, WP-B, preparation of a functional specification for the X-ray hardware and X-ray detection detectors, WP-C, determining the functional specification for the effect of the radiographic variables, WP-D, specifying the technique parameters and supervising the film, digital and radiation backscatter trials, WP-E, input into the automated defect recognition software in terms of its applicability to site conditions and WP-G, Digital Radiographic Qualification criteria.

FilmFree is a collaboration between the following organisations: TWI Ltd, CIT Ltd, Balteau NDT SA, Innospexion ApS, OY AJAT Ltd, Advanced Technology Group s.r.o., Isotest Engineering S.r.l., Tecnitest Ingenieros SL, Trueflaw Ltd, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd, NDT Consultants Ltd, Technic Control Ltd Co, Industrial Control Machines SA, X-Tek Systems Ltd, Applus RTD, Nexus Engineering Ltd, Airbus UK Ltd, EADS CCR - Groupement d’Interet Economique, Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjnego PZL – Rzeszow SA, Total France, Rolls Royce plc, Advantica Ltd, DB AG, Helenic Society of Non Destructive Testing, Castings Technology International, Bulgarian Welding Society, Commissariat a l’energie atomiique, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Technical University of Sofia and Politechnika Szcezinska. The Project is co-ordinated and managed by TWI Ltd. and is partly funded by the EC under the IP SME programme ref: Number NMP2-CT-2005-515746.