Employees of the ROSEN Group have initiated a new working group of the DGZfP (German Society for Non-Destructive Testing) for the Ems-Vechte region. Around 20 representatives of local companies took part in the kick-off event at our Lingen (Ems) site. The working group is intended to strengthen the regional network and professional exchange with regard to state-of-the-art, non-destructive testing technologies.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) involves testing the quality of a material, workpiece or similar without damaging it. Different technologies such as ultrasonic or eddy current are used for this purpose while protecting resources. Non-destructive testing is one of our core business areas, where we offer inspections of various industrial assets such as pipelines, tanks, and more. The goal: to protect people and the environment.
There are currently 20 DGZfP working groups across Germany, but the northwest has been a blank spot on the map. "Previously, the nearest working groups were more than 150 kilometers away – which is way too far for regular evening meetings," reports Frank Niese, an employee in the Research and Development department at the ROSEN Group. He continues: "A continuous exchange between experts in the NDT area has therefore hardly taken place so far, despite the great potential for professional exchange between the Ems and Vechte rivers."
Peter Alfers, also part of the ROSEN Group, adds, "This has to change, we agreed and took the initiative to create a new working group for specialists in our region." This includes representatives of various companies and institutions in the region that, like the ROSEN Group, are actively involved in non-destructive testing. The spectrum ranges from the energy and petrochemical industries, shipbuilding and mechanical engineering, service providers and engineering offices to universities and technical colleges.
The aim of the working group is to establish a network and thus promote the exchange of experiences and opinions in the region. At the regularly scheduled meetings, participants have the opportunity to learn about the latest testing methods and NDT equipment and gain insights into current research and developments. At the kick-off event in early May, Frank and Peter were officially nominated as leaders of the DGZfP working group Ems-Vechte. After the official appointment, Dr. Ralf Holstein (DGZfP Ausbildung und Training GmbH, Berlin) gave a technical lecture on 'Developments in personnel qualification'.
"The core of the event was, of course, networking. We had some inspiring conversations and discussions," Peter sums up the evening. Frank adds: "From our point of view, the first meeting of the working group was a complete success! The meeting showed that this kind of foundation was overdue and that there is definitely a lot of interest in the region. We look forward to welcoming more professionals in the future."
The next meeting will be held on June 14, 2022. Here, Frank will talk about testing fiber composites from aerospace applications with electromagnetic ultrasound. More information on registration, the DGZfP and its working groups is available here: www.dgzfp.de
The DGZfP was founded in 1933 and is the oldest non-destructive testing (ZfP) community in the world. It works as a technical-scientific association on a non-profit basis and according to the regulations, it has the purpose to promote both education and training as well as science and research in the area of non-destructive testing. The association organizes the communication between research and development institutes, non-destructive testing users, device manufacturers, service providers and the public.
The DGZfP counts about 1000 personal and 600 corporate members including well-known corporations and companies as well as research institutes, universities and authorities; but also individual persons who deal with this special topic.