March 22, 2017—UTComp will showcase its ULTRAAnalytix™ system for non-destructive, non-intrusive FRP testing — including new technology for accurate testing of small-diameter pipe — at the NACE Corrosion Conference and Expo on March 26-30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
UTComp representatives will be available at booth #2431 to demonstrate the Reduced Aperture Delay (RAD) Line, which allows accurate testing of FRP equipment with an outside radius of curvature between 25mm (2 inches) and 300mm (12 inches).
The RAD Line extends the capabilities of UTComp’s novel ULTRAAnalytix™ system, a rigorously tested and proven non-intrusive and non-destructive method used worldwide for inspecting FRP.
News and Events
UTComp is dedicated to learning, educating and participating in the FRP community. Below is a list the News and Events.
EVENT: PacWest 2016, Jasper, Alberta, June 8-11. 2016
- PACWEST 2016
- Model to Optimize the Design of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic in Chlorine Dioxide ServiceFiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) is used for tanks and pipe to contain a wide range of corrosive vapors and liquids – in many cases with superior performance and lower cost compared to stainless steels. When designing metallic tanks and piping, the dominant and simplest damage mechanism is thickness loss due to corrosion and design standards are well developed. Assessment of steel structures is based primarily on the existing fitness for service (FFS) of the steel. FRP experiences a number of simultaneous damage mechanisms that affect its structural capacity. Design conventions and conventional practice for FRP defines the layers nearest the process-side of the FRP as the only component that is important for its fitness for service. Based on extensive inspection history in similar services, this paper presents a model for design of FRP in chlorine dioxide service to optimize the life and maintenance of FRP assets.
EVENT: NACE Corrosion 2016, Vancouver, British Columbia March 8-10
- NACE Corrosion 2016
- Informal Paper: Non-intrusive, non-destructive FRP Inspection
- Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) is used to contain a wide range of corrosive chemicals. To reduce corrosive attack and extend the life of FRP assets, the inner surface consists of a resin-rich corrosion resistant liner, or corrosion barrier. Prevailing opinion is that the condition of the corrosion barrier defines the fitness for service of FRP equipment. Conventional evaluation of corrosion barrier condition involves significant visual assessment, usually during confined space entry. Determining the remaining life of the corrosion barrier and the overall effect on FRP capacity is subjective. This presentation will discuss results from lab and field cases where corrosion barriers have been evaluated using non-destructive methods and from the outer surface of the FRP – non-intrusive inspection. The inspection can usually be completed while processes are operating.
- NEWS: UTComp is now a Registered Trademark in the United States of America, Canada and Europe
- NEWS: UTComp and other folks get recognized by the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.
- Waterloo Record
- EVENT: SWEREA Kimab, Kista Sweden. T-5 Committee Meetings
- NEWS: Licensees joined the UTComp Family
- EVENT: CAMX, Dallas, TX October 26-19. CAMX promises to be a very exciting conference for UTComp. Continuing the dedication to provide reliable and valid results for customers, UTComp worked with two universities to do independent third-party studies about the UTComp System. In addition to Geoff Clarkson, PhD Students from York University, Toronto, Ontario and the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be presenting papers on the UTComp System.
- Look for the following papers:
- Geoff Clarkson: Ultrasound Responds and Non-destructive Testing for Open-Mold Glass Reinforced Thermosets
- Z.H. Zhu, L. Murugathasan, G.E. Clarkson: Experimental Validation of Ultrasonic Non-destructive Evaluation of Residual Service Life of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Structures
- Ahmed Arabi Hassen, Uday K. Vaidya, Geoffrey E. Clarkson: Innovative Non-destructive Ultrasonic Testing and Analysis for FRP Piping.
- NEWS: CWS Fiberglass. UTComp welcomes our latest licensee to the family. CWS has trained 4 staff to be able to collect UTComp data. Their focus will be in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Welcome aboard! CWS Fiberglass
- WEFTEC, Chicago, Il Sept 28-30. Geoff will be presenting the following paper: Non-destructive Condition Assessment of Fiberglass Reinforced Structures. PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE FRP
- ACTT– UTComp welcomes our latest licensee to the family. Advanced Corrosion Technologies and Training (ACTT) in Sulphur Louisiana was trained and certified June 1st -June 4th. Welcome aboard! ACTT
- SWEREA|KIMAB– Bi-annual meetings – Stockholm Sweden June 8th – 12th.
- TEXAS AND LOUISIANA– UTComp is back in the southern U.S.A. for meetings and presentations June 22nd – 25th.
- Sulphur Magazine. UTComp was profiled. Read it here: Polymers in sulphuric acid service1
- THE CHLORINE INSTITUTE– Chlorine Institute – Houston Texas April 13th- 15th. The Chlorine Institute will be hosting their annual conference and technology symposium at The Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. Geoff Clarkson from UTComp will be sharing his paper on ‘The Mechanical Integrity of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Equipment”. You can catch him on April 14th from 10:45am – 11:15am. If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by.
- NACE CORROSION 2015 NACE International NACE – Dallas Texas March 15th – 19th; On Monday March 16th our Founder and Chief Engineer, Geoff Clarkson will be part of an expert panel on FRP tanks and linings. It will take place from 3PM – 4PM. If you are attending the NACE event please stop in.
- SWEREA|KIMAB– UTComp joined the member research consortia of swerea|kimab, formally The Swedish Corrosion Institute. Swerea|kimab is the oldest research institute in Sweden, founded in 1921. They are one of the world’s leading institutes within materials development, joining component properties and materials analysis; they have expertise and a range of services within corrosion and corrosion protection.
- SULPHUR 2014CRU Group – SulphurCRU the experts in global mining, metals and fertilizers is hosting Sulphur 2014 in Paris France at the Marriott Rive Gauche November 3rd – 6th. Come see Geoff Clarkson from UTComp. He will be talking about his latest paper on “Structural Evaluation of in-Service Reinforced Plastic”.
- CAMX 2014http://www.thecamx.org/The CAMEX 2014 conference will be held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida, October 13th – 16th 2014. Geoff Clarkson from UTComp will speaking on “Baseline Values for Non Destructive Structural Evaluation of Glass Reinforced Composites”. If you are coming to CAMEX be sure to come see us.
- Presenting in British Columbia and The Netherlands
- Profiled in the Globe and Mail, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-digital/innovation/canada-is-good-at-inventing-not-so-good-at-selling/article20082176/
- Launched LinkedIn Company page. Please check us out at LinkedIn UTComp and click follow.
- R&S Engineering (Poland) Licensed
- Patent pending on new delay lines for the UTComp Inspection of FRP pipe.
- Mike Noble hired as Director of Marketing and Sales
- PACWEST 2014http://www.pacwestcon.net/index.htmlThe PACWEST Conference was held in beautiful Jasper Alberta May 28th – 31st of this year. Geoff’s paper on “Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Assets – Corrosion Barrier Condition and Remaining Service Life” .
- Mark Putt and Richard Mikols hired as Engineers
- Toronto Star – Star Business Club Moving your small business from stability to scale. https://web.archive.org/web/20140814161448/http://www.starbusinessclub.ca/sales/how-to-moving-your-small-business-from-stability-to-scale/
- Presented at PacWest – Best Supplier Speaker Award
- Presented at University of Alabama Birmingham
- Presenting at ACMA
- Event: Geoff Clarkson speaks at several conferences
- Data Collected on Global Supplier of High Speed Trains
- Q-Aims (The Netherlands) Licensed
- UT Quality (The Netherlands) Licensed
- Transducer Check program released
- Eastern Composite Services Licensed
- Work begins on the Pipe Module
- Presented at CorrosionExpo
- Registered Trademark – TMA847218
- Data Collected on First Wind-Turbine Blades
- Presented at SME
- Rebranding began
- UTComp named as part of the worldwide maintenance program for Major Global Corporation
- Presented at Paper Week
- Presented at Alabama Composites Conference
- Society of Mining Engineers in Denver, not Alabama Composites Conference
- Julie Tyrer hired as full time Accounts and Administrative Specialist
- Chris Groves hired as Computer Programmer
- Introduced and released in Europe
- Traveled with Major Global Corporation to release UTComp in Europe
- Presented at TAPPI
- Moved to 260 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge, an office with space for growth.
- Ravi Gopal hired as Director of Engineering
- Hired Yogesh Patel as Engineering Analyst
- Application for Trademark filed (Canadian Trade-mark Application No. 1,535,935)
- FIT LLC (Omaha, NE) Licensed
- Presented at MTI Meeting in Seattle, WA
- Geoff sat on Panel for ACMA in Houston to discuss corrosion related issues with FRP
- Press Release: F.I.T. LLC, (Fiberglass Inspection Technologies) licensed serving clients throughout North America Insert Press Release 1
- Press Release: Horizon Testing of Royston, British Columbia licensed serving clients in British Columbia and around the world.
- Mukhtiar Ali hired as an Engineer with UTComp
- Horizon Testing first Licensee, training took place at Harmac in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
- Operations moved from Physical Plant Improvements to UTComp
- Memberships in PEMAC, FRPI, CINDE
- Jo Anne Watton joined PPI/UTComp as Chief Operations Officer
- Geoff presented at ASME Section X Committee and ASME RTP-! Committee to discuss alternatives in evaluation and QA.
- George Ivanov hired as an Engineer
- Guy Boudreau hired as an Engineer
- Failure of major FRP asset at customer location where the customer saw the value of the UTComp System to improve asset integrity and provided non-financial support
- Rob Groves hired as a computer programmer
- UTComp incorporated