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TWI and Lloyd's Register aim for new heights

Simon Reeve, VP of Technology and Innovation at Lloyd's Register speaks to us about TWI's long-standing relationship with Lloyd's Register and new joint venture Fullagar Technologies Ltd.

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In 2018 TWI joined with Lloyd’s Register, one of the world’s leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology, to launch Fullagar Technologies.

Under the banner of Fullagar Technologies Ltd TWI and Lloyd’s Register work together to develop and bring to market innovative new inspection systems, products and services drawing upon the latest industry research from the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) alongside TWI’s advanced welding and non-destructive testing (NDT) expertise and Lloyd’s Register’s technical inspection and verification experience.

With a current focus in the area of advanced inspection systems, products so far include BeamAssure, a quality assurance product that independently measures and quantifies electron beams to aid manufacturing, research or maintenance planning, a real-time corrosion sensor for pipelines, and an Acoustic Emission Hydrogen Induced Cracking detection system (AEHIC).

The partnership also looks to the future of digital manufacturing (Industry 4.0) and additive manufacturing and the impact these will have on industry, with the development of new products and services to meet emerging needs.

 

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This collaborative venture has already seen the publication of the first industry guidelines on additive manufacturing back in 2016.

TWI played a key role in the publication of the guidance which were designed to help companies in the oil and gas sector harness the benefits of additive manufacturing technologies.

The partnership with Lloyd's Register launched a new global certification framework to help manufacturers and end users of equipment and components achieve 'best practice' in additive manufacturing (AM) and a route to certification.

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In our video interview Simon Reeve, VP of Technology and Innovation at Lloyd's Register believes that in the field of joining and NDT technologies TWI brings unique expertise and a name that is trusted world-wide to the partnership.

Simon goes on to say that there will always be a need for safety and technical assurance in the industries both TWI and Lloyd's Register work with and those technologies are always evolving.

Even as the role of the human operator and inspector evolves there will always be a need for high level and high value technical expertise and assurance that gives clients confidence, and this is what the TWI and Lloyd's Register joint venture Fullagar Technologies can offer.

 

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The technologies being taken to market are developed by NSIRC a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI.

NSIRC unites academia and industry, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University London and more than 20 other respected universities, as well as founder sponsors BP and the Lloyd's Register Foundation. The collaborating partners provide academic excellence to address the need for fundamental research, as well as high-quality, industry-relevant training for the next generation of structural integrity engineers. The NSIRC Annual Conference takes place on 2-3 July 2019.

Fullagar Technologies is named after the first fully welded ocean-going ship in the world, which successfully demonstrated the deployment of new technology in a traditional industry. Classed by Lloyd’s Register, the Fullagar was built at Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead, in 1920.

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'TWI brings unique expertise and a name that is trusted world-wide.'

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