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Partners

Plant Integrity Ltd

Plant Integrity Ltd (Pi) is a high-tech manufacturing and technical services company that provides advanced NDT inspection equipment, consultancy, customised software and engineering services that support modern industrial plants and structures. Its flagship product Teletest FOCUS+ R is the first commercially available system to utilise long-range guided wave ultrasonic testing for detecting corrosion in pipelines at inaccessible areas e.g. insulated and sleeved pipework, road crossings, elevated on pipe racks etc. Pi strives for excellence in all aspects of business, developing and bringing new technologies, tools, services and products to a global market in the fields of plant inspection, NDT and integrity management. Founded in 1997, and wholly owned by TWI Ltd, Pi has been at the forefront of Guided Wave inspection and monitoring research and is considered a market leader in providing support to its clients with equipment, training and mentoring. Pi can claim numerous innovations to improve performance of their in-house ultrasonic equipment. In particular, the ability to focus ultrasound at specific positions in a pipe, marinisation of transducer arrays for under water inspections, permanently mounted equipment, multi-mode excitation, wireless communication, automated
frequency selection for optimal ultrasonic performance, etc. Pi works with government agencies, local authorities, government-regulated industries and the private sector to provide safe and reliable pipelines, offshore oil platforms, onshore oil fields, railways, wind turbines, tidal turbines, and civil infrastructure, such as safe bridges, roads, airports, tanks and other metal structures as well as a number of nuclear power utilities. The company is well positioned to offer a degree of expertise and product knowledge to diverse industries requiring NDT inspection for risk based assessments (RBA), fitness-for-service assessment (FFS), structural health monitoring (SHM) and bespoke solutions for condition monitoring. Pi’s services are truly
global with 180 customers in 40 countries. Its annual turnover has increased to £5M and its staff complement to 30 by offering a combination of guided wave and other specialist services.

Innora

At Innora we solve hard problems. We are a world-class team of electrical, mechanical, and software engineers with deep expertise in mechanical design and control, in data-driven intelligence, and in embedded systems. We design and engineer robotic solutions and our machines can sense, act, and adapt to demanding environments. We collaborate with our clients’ team, we ideate, we prototype and if need be we solicit funding from public or private sources.

Brunel

Brunel University London has been highly successful in creating an industrial innovation research resource, named Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC), which sits between the knowledge base and industry, supporting partners in industry to transfer academic research into industrial application. Brunel has a wide range of knowledge and expertise in the following research areas: (i) Power ultrasonics; detection, cleaning of fouling and fouling prevention techniques non-invasively software (ii) Smart NDT; autonomous devices, miniaturised multifunction systems for NDE in bespoke environments; marine, high temperature, aerospace, pattern recognition hardware / software, (iii)Active SHM and Condition Monitoring (iv) Design of associated
hardware and software (v) Signal and image processing and numerical modelling - Noise reduction, signal condition and control (including active vibration control), data interpretation and analysis, (vi) Automation and robotics of inspection system, (vii) Improved or new and robust sensors (Piezoelectric, Electromagnetic) e.g. high temperature inspection, transduction (viii) Electronics - Low power consumption for multiple channels, wireless, high speed, wideband, fast bps, energy harvesting.

InnoTecUK

Innovative Technology and Science Limited (InnoTecUK) is a dynamic, fast growing and progressive robotics and automation solution provider specialising in development of innovative and novel industrial robotic systems to overcome complex sensing, measurement, control, automation and inspection challenges.
InnoTecUK has a diverse client base encompassing aerospace, chemical, food processing, maritime, renewable energy, power generation, nuclear and oil & gas sectors in UK, EU and Asia.
InnoTecUK is focused on delivering client-led solutions to maximise life-cycle production asset values. Innovation of novel mechatronic systems to overcome complex sensing, measurement, control, automation, and inspection challenges is our intellectual passion.
Consistently delivering value and technical excellence under harsh operating conditions is the key to our success. Bespoke solutions, tailored to client requirements, supported by advanced platform technologies are the essence of this.

Tüpraş

Tüpraş is Turkey’s largest industrial enterprise, with 28.1 mn ton crude processing capacity. Tüpraş has four refineries operating in four different cities with 4500 employees. A majority stake ( 79,98 %) in shipping company DİTAŞ and 40% share ownership of petrol retailer Opet, creates synergies and adds value to the operations. Tüpraş is the 7th biggest refining company in Europe. Tupras controls all of Turkey’s refining capacity. In terms of geographical location, its refineries are deployed adjacent to consumption areas and is best suited to meet the needs of the country; doubling the competitive strength of Tüpraş. Tüpraş owns 59% of the total petroleum products storage capacity in Turkey, composing of 1.7 million tons of crude oil, 1.3
million tons of white product and 0.9 million tons of black product.
Tüpraş is a certified R&D center which is given in line with Turkish Law “Supporting Research and Development Activities. R&D center is evaluated and monitored by Ministry of Industry. All R&D operations are coordinated by R&D center and the transformation of the R&D work at the refineries into R&D projects and implementation of these projects inside and outside of the corporation is ensured. Tüpraş R&D center has process development, product development and project& technology management branches. Tupras R&D campus consists of management building, laboratory building and pilot facility. There are five high-tech laboratories dedicated to product development studies. The partnerships are established with universities, research centres and industrial corporations in the context of R&D strategy. Within this framework, our aim is to spread our collaboration culture in the industry and make partnerships with the related departments of universities and research centres. Numerous projects have been initiated from diverse areas and subjects such as, modelling the mechanisms for exchanger fouling, purification of chimney gases, the mathematical simulation and modelling of refining operations, application of real-time optimization to refinery units, development of refinery simulation platform, development of Tüpraş data management and analysis system.