NDE 4.0 Podcast - 5 Questions for an Expert
Welcome to the NDE 4.0 Podcast. This is the podcast for NDT and industrial inspection professionals where we ask the big questions about news and trends in the testing, inspection, and certification industry. Every episode, we explore new NDE 4.0 trends and tech to help you determine which path is best for your business. NDE 4.0, a new operating paradigm aligned with Industry 4.0, is the topic that drives the podcast. With NDE 4.0 technologies enabled, your business is positioned to better serve customers and be the best it can be via digital transformation.
Episode 10 — The Genesis of NDE 4.0
Our Guest: Dr. Norbert Meyendorf, the founding father of NDE 4.0
January 20, 2021
In this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Dr. Norbert Meyendorf, whom many consider the founding father of the NDE 4.0 movement. In fact, Dr. Meyendorf actually coined the term “NDE 4.0” back in 2016. In this podcast episode, Dr. Meyendorf, formerly the department head and branch director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing in Germany for more than 20 years, reveals the origins of the NDE 4.0 movement, its evolution, and the benefits provided to NDT organizations in its current iteration.
Until his retirement in 2018, Meyendorf was a professor in the aerospace engineering program at Iowa State University and Deputy Director at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation in Ames, Iowa. He has edited several books, and he’s the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and is the editor in chief of the Journal of NDE published by Springer. Dr. Meyendorf continues to teach as adjunct faculty at Iowa State, the University of Dayton, and the University of Dresden in Germany.
Episode 9 — Adopting the NDE 4.0 Mindset for Better Data and Decision Making
Our Guest: Dave Seto, Business Development Manager, Software Engineer, UTEX Scientific Instruments
October 19, 2020
In this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Dave Seto, business development manager at UTEX Scientific Instruments, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Dave has presented and published on the topics of fermentation of unconventional biomass, distillation as a means of waste reduction, and most recently on inspection automation for NDT.
During his career with UTEX Scientific, Dave designed novel ultrasonic probes, engineered automated scanning systems, and has developed customized software for automating inspections in metals production, aerospace, and nuclear power generation industries. Dave has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Dave’s company, UTEX Scientific, helps industrial inspection and NDT companies automate their inspections with scanning systems, software, and high-performance ultrasonic instruments.
In this podcast episode, Dave discusses how companies can make better use of their NDE / NDT data. He also talks about how moving to NDE 4.0 technologies is more of a process and a direction rather than a single linear progression.
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Check out Dave’s company: UTEX Scientific Instruments
Episode 8 — How Infrastructure Safety will Improve With NDE 4.0 Tech
Our Guest: Marybeth Miceli, Executive Director of the Nondestructive Testing Management Association
September 29, 2020
In this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Marybeth Miceli, the cofounder of the We-NDT Marketing Network, a business consulting firm, which also publishes the website NDTnow.com. Ms. Macelli is also the president and founder of Miceli Infrastructure Consulting, a company she founded in 2010 to help owners and NDT technology providers work together to solve some of the biggest challenges in civil infrastructure.
Marybeth was recently appointed as the executive director of the Nondestructive Testing Management Association (NDTMA) and she has more than 25 years of experience in NDT and structural health monitoring. She has a chartered engineer and a material science engineer with experience in NDE research, technology, commercialization, failure analysis, field assessments, and quality assurance.
In this engaging episode, Marybeth talks about how new NDE 4.0 technologies like autonomous vehicles can help ensure the structural safety of large infrastructures like bridges, tunnels, and sports stadiums. She also discusses how the role of NDT technicians will evolve into a data-driven decisionmaker in which infrastructure data collected via digital tech is expertly analyzed, the physics involved are accounted for, and the most cost-effective yet safety-focused recommendations are given to stakeholders.
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Other relevant links: What is NDE 4.0 and Why is it Important?
Episode 7 — Improving Safety with Better Data
Our Guest: Dr. Dave Hughes, Founding Director and CTO of Novosound
August 28, 2020
In this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Dr. Dave Hughes, founding director and CTO of Novosound, a Scottish sensors company utilizing thin-film processes to eliminate conventional limitations in ultrasound sensors. Under Dave’s leadership, the company has quickly grown to become an award-winning global business manufacturing ultrasound sensors for a range of industries, including NDT and oil and gas, aerospace, and semiconductor markets.
Dave discusses how new NDE / NDT technologies like sensors in pipelines can prevent future disasters by increasing the flow of data. With an improved data set and predictive analysis, business leaders can make safer and more profitable business decisions over time.
Episode 6 — Ultimate NDE 4.0 Goals: Preventing Accidents, Saving Lives
Our Guest: Dr. Hossain Saboonchi, R&D Leader at Mistras Group
July 28, 2020
In this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Dr. Hossain Saboonchi, Research & Development Manager at MISTRAS Group, Inc., where he manages research projects related to innovations in the NDT field. Hossain has a background in mechanical and civil engineering with a focus on electromechanical sensor technology for NDT applications in his role at Mistras. Hossain holds a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Hossain offers his insight into how NDE 4.0 is becoming rapidly more relevant by dramatically reducing risk to critical assets. He also shares why he considers IoT and AI as the two significant game changers as far as technologies in the industry.
Episode 5 — Overcoming Resistance to Change
Our Guest: Ramon Fernandez
June 9, 2020
In this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Ramon Fernandez, president, and CEO of Fercon Group. Ramon is an NDE instructor that has personally trained and certified over 300 NDE practitioners and has shared his NDE knowledge with professionals around the world. His specialty is strategic business management, technology and innovation management, and research processes. Ramon’s company, Fercon Group, has been active for 20 years, providing support and consultancy services to assist companies in a variety of ways, including operational excellence and organizational change management.
Episode 4 — NDE 4.0 and the Real World
Our Guest: Joop Kraijesteijn
April 22, 2020
In the latest episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Joop Kraijesteijn, president of 3angles, an NDT services company that provides advanced non-destructive testing and monitoring solutions for the power generation industry.
Joop offers insight and discussion around his real-world experience with NDE 4.0. He has implemented new technologies in his business environment and is leveraging them to better serve customers.
Episode 3 — NDE 4.0: Connecting Technologies for a Better Product
Our Guest: Dr. Johannes Vrana, PhD
March 16, 2020
On this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Dr. Johannes Vrana. Johannes is an NDE consultant who is also a thought leader in applying Industry 4.0 to the NDE field. He defines NDE 4.0 as connecting various technologies like cloud software, the internet of things (IoT), digital twins, AI, etc., to improve business outcomes and provide a better product for customers.
Episode 2 — How NDT Companies Should Approach NDE 4.0
Our Guest: Dr. Ripi Singh, PhD
March 1, 2020
On this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we interview Dr. Ripi Singh, PhD, a prominent thought leader and business consultant focused on Industry 4.0. In this informative conversation, Ripi discusses the importance of building a digital transformation framework for the business before moving forward with various NDE 4.0 technologies. He also discusses the future of the inspections industry with regard to AI, machine learning, and digital twins.
Episode 1 — NDE 4.0 and Digital Transformation in NDT / NDE
Our Guest: Nasrin Azari — CEO, Floodlight Software
January 22, 2020
In this episode of the NDE 4.0 Podcast, we chat with Nasrin Azari, CEO of Floodlight Software. Nasrin shares her thoughts on why NDE 4.0 is important and how NDT businesses should align themselves to this forward-thinking operating practice. She also explains why the NDT / NDE industry needs digital transformation for the good of the environment and the business itself.
To learn more on NDE 4.0, read our blog post: What is NDE 4.0 and Why is it Important?