Ties between TWI and organisations in South East Asia were reinforced in the autumn of 1999 when Bob Dawkins, Director of TWI and TWI's South East Asian Company, gave a presentation to the NDT Society of Singapore.
The subject of the talk was the NDT services that TWI can offer Member companies and the development of the Teletest long-range ultrasonic screening technique for the detection of metal loss in pipeline. The Teletest product is being marketed by Plant Integrity Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TWI. Plant Integrity also offers an international Teletest Field Inspection Service.
The Teletest technology is used to screen pipework for metal loss features such as corrosion and erosion. Originally developed to inspect for corrosion under insulation in petrochemical plant, the technology is equally suited for application to pipelines and process pipework; including road crossings, bridge piers and poorly accessed pipework generally.
Teletest uses low frequency guided ultrasound travelling along the pipe, providing 100% inspection of the pipe wall. In normal application, tens of metres of pipework may be inspected from a single location. Potentially defective areas would then be examined locally by means of visual or conventional NDT methods and the local extent of the metal loss determined.
TWI has been very active in SE Asia for many years and continues to provide good support for the oil and gas, power generation, automotive and general engineering sectors in the region. TWI also has a striving training and examination centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The presentation was very well received and a great deal of interest from the audience sparked a lively discussion. A Singaporean NDT service provider has now purchased Teletest equipment in Singapore, and expects to use the equipment widely for oil and gas applications.
For more information on the Teletest product contact
Simon Brown at Plant Integrity Ltd, Granta Park, Great Abington, Cambridge, CB1 6AL, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)1223 893994
Fax: +44 (0)1223 893944.
For TWI's services in SE Asia contact
Ernie Moskini, Manager of TWI's subsidiary in South East Asia,
TWI Training & Certification (SEA) Sdn Bhd, No. 8 Jalan TSB 10, SG Buloh Industrial Park, 4700 SG Buloh, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 657 3528
Fax: +603 657 2378.