The NDE Research Association (NDEvR) is a not-for-profit company established to represent the industrial members of RCNDE and handle the financial and commercial support for RCNDE. The industry sectors represented by NDEvR include: aerospace, power generation, oil & gas, nuclear, high-value manufacturing and defence.
The NDEvR members’ support for co-funding advanced research and doctoral-level training in NDE reflects the recognition by the industrial sectors represented that NDE is an essential enabling technology to help with company and national goals for industrial growth. The required future advances in NDE technologies cannot be assumed to become available to underpin the UK’s industrial and economic goals, and they must be properly planned and funded from the early-stage basic research programmes through to the pre-competitive stages of technology transfer.
The NDEvR Vision
The industrial member companies of NDEvR work together to provide shared leadership, vision and steering of RCNDE’s activities in order to create opportunities and value for all. An important task for NDEvR members is to periodically prepare a collective view of their future requirements for NDE in their respective industry sectors, and more specifically at 5, 10 and 20-year horizons. The industrial vision process involves considering the trends, technological possibilities, emerging innovations and future sector and company needs. The reviews are undertaken in the context of a broad range of drivers, including market, regulatory, safety, environmental and economic factors.
The latest RCNDE Vision for the future requirements of NDE was undertaken in 2021/2022, and is expected to remain valid until 2026. The responses have been grouped into three themes: (1) improvements desired in the capabilities of NDE technologies; (2) asset-based inspection challenges that need to be met; and (3) aspects that deliver and help to realise the benefits of Industry 4.0. The Vision produced by RCNDE’s Industrial Members will be used to shape the core research programmes and identify opportunities for new collaborations. It will help to bring forward the application of inspection and monitoring technologies to meet future industrial needs and timescales.
The renewed Vision has been published in Insight, the Journal of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) (Insight, Vol. 64, No. 11, pp 625-632, November 2022). Thanks to the generosity of BINDT, a copy of the Vision is available to download below.