BINDT: Nexus of Non-Destructive Testing & Condition Monitoring Professionals

Category: Infrared Technology

Why IRT Surveys are a Member of BINDT and what the aim of  BINDT is

Non-destructive testing, whilst a vital discipline, rarely gets much thought or notice from those outside the field.

A large part of the reason for this is because non-destructive testing leaves no noticeable trace of its work – if done well, then there is no reason anyone would know it had ever taken place.

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In the under-the-radar world of non-destructive testing, BINDT (The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing) has been a leading voice since 1976, establishing itself as one of the leading engineering institutions in the country.

Just what BINDT does and what they can offer budding and experienced professionals in the field?

Non-Destructive Testing

Any complex machine or component undergoes a multitude of tests during its creation, helping to ensure that they do not fail and cause damage or harm. These tests are well and good, but there is no accounting for performance when something finally goes into service. This is where Non-destructive testing (NDT) comes in.

At its most basic, non-destructive testing is a discipline of engineering which focuses on finding and evaluating flaws in materials and components. This might mean; visual problems, such as cracks or uneven structural makeup; component measurements and spacing between parts, or even the structural properties of materials such as their hardness.

In a nutshell, non-destructive testing investigates and identifies any flaws that can result in faults or complete failure.

As the name suggests, NDT does this non-invasively and has no damaging or detrimental effect on the material or overall performance. This is why non-destructive testing uses methods such as ultrasonic testing, radiography, traditional visual inspections and advanced inspection methods such as particle crack detection.

IRT Surveys Technology and Methods

non destructive survey with infrared camera at a homeAs Europe’s premier infrared specialist, IRT Surveys has invested in technology and equipment that ensures our defect detection service is as comprehensive as possible.  IRT Surveys’ aim is to take the stress out of defect detection. An IRT Surveys’ assessment is non-destructive and negate the need for drilling holes, erecting unsightly scaffolding, evacuating tenants or similar measures that cost time and money.

  • Non-destructive testing endeavours to identify weaknesses or problems with materials and components
  • By doing this, non-destructive testing helps avoid problems or total failures, which can mean downtime or injury
  • Non-destructive testing is all about investigation without disrupting or affecting the material or component under testing

Condition Monitoring

Where NDT is about looking inside materials and components and looking for inherent faults, CM (Condition Monitoring) involves performing check-ups on working components or machines.

Techniques such as infrared thermography and vibration analysis originally found their use as tools of the non-destructive testing practitioner. Because methods like this allow for an ‘inside view’ of materials or components, they are perfect for detecting faults.

However, as computers have gained power and speed in both processing and data interpretation, these methods also have their uses in condition monitoring. This enables condition monitoring engineers to appraise a machine or component in situ whilst it works, receiving signals at set intervals to perform diagnostic and prognostic tests. These tests, performed over time, will allow the condition monitoring engineer to track any changes in heat, vibrations and other criteria. This, in turn, enables them to assess the health of the component or machine at hand.

The similarity of techniques and methodology between condition monitoring and non-destructive testing makes them natural bedfellows, meaning that each can only benefit from advancements in the other.

  • Condition monitoring is about performing checks on already functioning machines or components
  • Techniques such as infrared thermography and vibration analysis, taken from non-destructive testing, make it easier to look at the inner workings and diagnose potential problems
  • Tests performed over time can help the condition monitoring engineer identify trends or potential upcoming faults, acting before they become disastrous

Training and Education

As a body, the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing places education as one of its core concerns.

Because technology changes so rapidly – especially the power and application of computers in the field, rolling education and training is essential for all members.

Informed, up-to-date training and education not only means better-trained engineers, it also means the constant advancement of non-destructive testing and condition monitoring as disciplines.

Setting industry standards in the UK, the PCN (Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing) is the best way to gain a certification in the systems management field. An affordable, fully accredited scheme, the PCN was the first of its kind in the UK and a testament to the BINDT’s commitment to expanding and standardising the field.

Many non-destructive testing practitioners come from engineering or mathematics backgrounds, but this does not give them all that they need to know. To become a fully armed, non-destructive testing engineer requires a wide range of knowledge. To this end, the BINDT has created a wide range of units designed to combine all the necessary elements of the field into a qualification known as the ‘PCN Certification Verification’.

The BINDT takes great pride in its educational efforts and has a wide range of accredited training organisations that administer PCN training courses – both in the UK and beyond.

  • Up to date training and education helps ensure that members stay in-sync with new methods and technologies
  • As well as benefitting members, this also helps push the fields of NDT and CM forwards
  • The BINDT created the PCN Certification to standardise and push forward NDT standards