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Feb 2022: NDE 4.0 – Giving Inspector the 6th Sense!

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Feb 2022: NDE 4.0 – Giving Inspector the 6th Sense!
Feb 2022: NDE 4.0 – Giving Inspector the 6th Sense!

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Feb 10, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST


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Presentation Title: NDE 4.0 – Giving Inspector the 6th Sense!

Speaker: Dr. Ripi Singh, Inspiring Next

Presentation Summary: For centuries humans have taken care of their safety using the five basic senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. The revolutions in manufacturing, infrastructure, and transportation systems came with unfortunate incidents and fatal accidents. The engineering community rose to the challenge of quality, safety, and reliability through non-destructive inspections.

The first inspection revolution was around highlighting the surface for human organic sensory perceptions. The second revolution in NDE used physical understanding of material response to electromagnetic or acoustic waves, which lie outside the range of human perception, into signals that can be interpreted by humans. This resulted in a “look inside” into the components or a better visualization of material inhomogeneities behind or close to the surface. The third revolution in NDE came along with computers and digitalization that simplified imaging and analysis of signals, such as X‑ray detectors, digital ultrasonic and eddy current equipment, and digital cameras. Robotics automated the processes, making them convenient, fast, and repeatable. The fourth revolution in NDE (now) integrates the digital techniques (from the third) and physical methods of interrogating materials (from the second) in a closed loop manner transforming human intervention and enhancing inspection performance. The application of Digital Twins and Digital Threads provides the ability to capture and leverage data right from materials and manufacturing processes to usage and in-service maintenance. The data captured across multiple assets, can be used to optimize predictive and prescriptive maintenance, repairs, and overhauls over the lifetime of an asset.

The Industry 4.0 can bring the ability to synthesis all the data right from manufacturing, usage, environment, (digital history acting like a lifelong blackbox), combine it with data from detected damage in other older assets (experience), such that the intelligent inspection system can predict with a certain probability that there is a hidden anomaly even when it is smaller than equipment’s ability to detect. IN other words, the POD of the cyber-physical inspection system using digitalized history can get better than intrinsic capability of the physical equipment, in a sense proving a 6th sense to the inspector.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Ripi Singh is now an NDE 4.0 coach, with significant research background which started with aging airplane program in 1992 at Georgia Tech. Ripi serves as Chair of ASNT Committee on NDE 4.0 and Vice Chair of ICNDT SIG on NDE 4.0. Decades of his research work on fatigue and fracture, damage tolerance, human factors in NDE are well published and frequently referred to. Ripi is now working hard to bring industry 4.0 perspective and innovation processes to the NDE community and CT Eco-system: with his virtual coaching lectures and articles. He is also on various university advisory boards, US delegation to ISO 56000 on Innovation Management, International Association of International Professionals, and CT Academy of Science and Engineering. Ripi is an author of 4 books, over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and dozens of keynote lectures.

Ripi Singh has authored the book – “The World of NDE 4.0 – Let the Journey begin” available on Amazon; and also One of the Editor in Chief for the “Handbook of NDE 4.0” published by Springer.

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