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Development of novel digital radiography technology; to facilitate the 'traditionally less research intensive inspection industry sector' change from manual film radiography to automated digital

Development of novel digital radiography technology; to facilitate the 'traditionally less research intensive inspection industry sector' change from manual film radiography to automated digital

Objective

The objectives of the FilmFree project are to make a number of technological advances that will take the digital industrial radiography sector into a new era to effectively replace film as the detecting media. SME's will play the major role in this devel opment and as a result they will make significant commercial gains and growth from the digital radiography market place both within Europe (estimated at 400million Euros annually) and globally (estimated at between 1bn and 1.25bn Euros pa). Medical digi tal radiography is totally unsuitable for industrial use because it cannot operate at the X-Ray energies required to examine engineering materials and metals, nor can it attain the image quality required to find the defects that could ultimately lead to the catastrophic failure of a safety critical component in service. The lower technology NDT (Non Destructive Testing) service inspection companies, are mainly SME's supplying labour intensive inspection services at low margins to traditional industries (e.g. engineering fabrication industry and the rail industry). There are about 2000 of these companies in Europe and they will benefit from the technology advances made in FilmFree by being able to upgrade their services to include digital radiography an d thereby gain access to higher value added sectors such as the petrochemical and oil & gas markets. Similarly the European higher technology digital radiographic equipment suppliers (SME's) will gain a competitive advantage over the small number of Large Enterprise companies that dominate the global market from the USA and Japan. An estimated 10,000 industrial radiographers are exposed to a high risk of radiation within Europe. FilmFree will significantly reduce the risks faced for the majority rad iographers. Also a minimum of 50% reduction in radiation exposure time is expected during the 25 million annual working hours of radiographers.

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United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Bruce BLAKELEY (Dr)

Participants (32)

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COMPUTERISED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD

United Kingdom

BALTEAU NDT SA

Belgium

INNOSPEXION APS

Denmark

OY AJAT LTD

Finland

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY GROUP S.R.O.

Czechia

ISOTEST ENGINEERING S.R.L.

Italy

TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL

Spain

TRUEFLAW LTD.

Finland

KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED

United Kingdom

NDT CONSULTANTS LTD

United Kingdom

ZENON S.A.

Greece

LME UK LTD

United Kingdom

INSPECTION CONSULTANCY LIMITED

United Kingdom

TECHNIC-CONTROL LTD CO.

Poland

INDUSTRIAL CONTROL MACHINES SA

Belgium

X-TEK SYSTEMS LTD

United Kingdom

APPLUS RTD DEUTSCHLAND INSPEKTIONSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Germany

NEXUS ENGINEERING LTD

Bulgaria

AIRBUS UK LTD

United Kingdom

EADS CCR, GROUPEMENT D'INTERET ECONOMIQUE

France

WYTWORNIA SPRZETU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO PZL - RZESZOW S.A.

Poland

TOTAL FRANCE

France

ROLLS ROYCE PLC.

United Kingdom

ADVANTICA LIMITED

United Kingdom

DB AG, DB SYSTEMTECHNIK - INSTANDHALTUNGSSYSTEM, FESTIGKEIT UND SUMULATION, TECHNISCHE REGELWERKE

Germany

HELENIC SOCIETY OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING

Greece

CASTINGS TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL

United Kingdom

BULGARIAN WELDING SOCIETY

Bulgaria

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR MATERIALS RESEARCH AND TESTING

Germany

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA

Bulgaria

POLITECHNIKA SZCZECINSKA

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 515746

  • Start date

    1 October 2005

  • End date

    30 September 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 728 616

  • EU contribution

    € 5 091 466

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom