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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

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-NMP-SME-3
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Funding Scheme

NoE - Network of Excellence

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park, Great Abington
Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (32)

COMPUTERISED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
20 Potters Lane, Kiln Park
Milton Keynes
BALTEAU NDT SA
Belgium
Address
Rue Voie De Liege, 12
Hermalle Sous Argenteau
INNOSPEXION APS
Denmark
Address
Raunsbjergvej 10-12
Kisserup, Hvalso
OY AJAT LTD
Finland
Address
Oy Ajat Ltd, Tietotie 3
Espoo
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY GROUP S.R.O.
Czechia
Address
Matejska 2416
Prague
ISOTEST ENGINEERING S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Roma 8
Reano, Torino
TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL
Spain
Address
C/ciudad De Frias, 1 - Nave 4
Madrid
TRUEFLAW LTD.
Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 21
540 Espoo
KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Carrington House, 170 Greenford Road
Harrow, Middlesex
NDT CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Middlemarch House, Siskin Drive
Coventry, West Midlands
ZENON S.A.
Greece
Address
5 Kanari Street, Glyka Nera
Athens
LME UK LTD
United Kingdom
Address
3 Coed Y Wenallt, Rhiwbina
Cardiff
INSPECTION CONSULTANCY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
10 Lowther Close, Wolviston Court, Billingham
Stockton-on-tees
TECHNIC-CONTROL LTD CO.
Poland
Address
Ul Hutnicza 1
Szczecin
INDUSTRIAL CONTROL MACHINES SA
Belgium
Address
Zoning Des Plenesses, Rue Crosset
Welkenraedt
X-TEK SYSTEMS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
64-66 Akeman Street
Tring, Hertfordshire
APPLUS RTD DEUTSCHLAND INSPEKTIONSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
Address
Industriestrasse 34B
Bochum
NEXUS ENGINEERING LTD
Bulgaria
Address
Ul. Riben Bukwar, Bl. 12, Wh.9, App. 235
Sofia
AIRBUS UK LTD
United Kingdom
Address
New Filton House
Bristol
EADS CCR, GROUPEMENT D'INTERET ECONOMIQUE
France
Address
37 Boulevard De Montmorency
Paris
WYTWORNIA SPRZETU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO PZL - RZESZOW S.A.
Poland
Address
Ul. Hetmanska 120
Rzeszow
TOTAL FRANCE
France
Address
Tour Total, 24 Cours Michelet, La Defense 10 Puteaux
Paris La Defense
ROLLS ROYCE PLC.
United Kingdom
Address
65 Buckingham Gate
London
ADVANTICA LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
1-3 Strand
London
DB AG, DB SYSTEMTECHNIK - INSTANDHALTUNGSSYSTEM, FESTIGKEIT UND SUMULATION, TECHNISCHE REGELWERKE
Germany
Address
Potsdamer Platz 2
Berlin
HELENIC SOCIETY OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING
Greece
Address
Zographou 157
64066 Athens
CASTINGS TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL
United Kingdom
Address
7 East Bank Road
Sheffield
BULGARIAN WELDING SOCIETY
Bulgaria
Address
Kliment Ohridski Str. 8, Building 3, Office 3209
Sofia
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Federation
Paris
FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR MATERIALS RESEARCH AND TESTING
Germany
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
Berlin
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA
Bulgaria
Address
8 Kliment Ohridski Boulevard
Sofia
POLITECHNIKA SZCZECINSKA
Poland
Address
Piastow 17
Szczecin