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HAMILTON, Ont.—Employers need to create more entry-level positions for non-destructive testing (NDT) inspectors to help alleviate a skills shortage, according to the Canadian Institute for NDE (CINDE).
Much of the current workforce is nearing retirement and the hiring climate has created a Catch-22 where many employers won't consider job applicants without some level of NDT certification from the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB).
NDE stands for non-destructive evaluation, and includes techniques such as ultrasonic testing, radiography and thermography. NDT is a crucial part of quality and maintenance found in many industry sectors, including the nuclear utility, oil and gas, petrochemical, manufacturing, aerospace and construction sectors.
LYON, France—The Tribogyr test machine at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon, France is breaking new ground in the study of interacting surfaces in relative motion, and the behaviour of lubricants under friction and wear, factors that influence bearing design.
Established in 1957, the institute is one of the largest engineering schools in France, providing a fully integrated approach to education, research and innovation. It collaborates with other leading universities internationally and fosters strong relationships with industry, such as its partnership with Swedish bearing manufacturer SKF.
One area of focus is the multistage analysis of lubricated contacts, which is performed by the Tribogyr test machine, often referred to as â€œthe Beast of Lyon.â€ This complex, six-tonne contraption of metal alloys, sensors and computers housed in its own environmentally controlled room sits on a special pad to isolate it from outside vibration. It's the largest and most sophisticated test machine ever built to measure friction and lubricant film thickness in heavily loaded bearing applications.
VANCOUVER—While President Barack Obama continues the push to bring manufacturing back to the United States, Alexander Fernandes is right at home making his product in Vancouver.
Fernandes—founder, president and CEO of high-definition surveillance systems maker Avigilon—is overseeing an expansion to more than double his companyâ€™s current 10,600-square foot manufacturing facility in Richmond, B.C.
The need for the massive expansion—the plantâ€™s footprint is increasing by 150 per cent—is due both to sustained and anticipated growth, as Fernandes' firm doesn't look to bring back manufacturing, but stay on the course set out at the company's inception almost 10 years ago.