Last week Lavender International attended BINDT’s Material Testing conference at the International Centre in Telford and well, what can we say? What a fantastic conference!

For months we kept hush about our ‘special surprise’; which was quite difficult for some members of the Lavender team… so unveiling the newest member of our team – ‘James’ – on the first day of the BINDT exhibition, was an exciting day to say the least!

‘James’ was built by our Managing Director Tim Armitt to partially represent a mock heat exchanger, with added pipes and nozzles to allow us to demonstrate a variety of Non-Destructive Testing methods.  ‘James’ was very well received and generated a lot of interest from all who attended the exhibition, including a number of students from Shrewsbury College.

NDT demonstrations on ‘James’ included:

  • Phased Array inspection of a nozzle using the M2M Gekko, unitising a Jireh scanner and Olympus probe
  • Phased Array and TOFD inspection of flange to pipe welds using the Olympus Omniscan with Jireh scanner and GB limbo TOFD probes.
  • Phased Array inspection of a small bore using the Olympus Cobra scanner
  • Eddy Current Array Testing of Tubes using the Eddyfi Ectane
  • Total Focusing Method (TFM) to inspect High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) using the M2M Gekko.
‘James’ on the Lavender booth Exhibit attracted more delegates than previous years
 Eddyfi overjoyed with exhibit  Tim with ‘James’
It was great for our stand to be located close to Skills Training UK, who we are partnering with to deliver the NDT Apprenticeships. Tim gave a presentation about “Phased array ultrasonic technique – basic aspects and practical issues”, which was well received by attendees.
The exhibition was followed by an interesting conference dinner on the Wednesday evening, allowing the team to network with other keen NDT enthusiasts whilst letting their hair down(!)


Well, that’s it for another year!  We would like to say a big thank you to BINDT for organising such a great conference; M2M, Olympus, Jireh and Eddyfi for their constant support; and to everyone who came to say hi to the team & James – we can’t wait to see you again next time!

We are able to provide training in all of the methods outlined above, if you would like more information or are interested in attending a course, please contact us.

Our new Eddy Current Array Testing course will be available later this year, course dates will be available soon, please contact us to register your interest.

We currently run HTHA inspection courses at our US facility in Houston, but will be available in the UK from 2018.

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