The global technology cooperation agreement combines Waygate Technologies' advanced non-destructive inspection technologies with Rina's deep domain expertise in the marine industry to optimize production processes and efficiencies.
Waygate Technologies, a Baker Hughes company and market leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions for industrial inspection, has signed a global technology cooperation agreement with Rina, the multinational inspection, certification and engineering group, to provide new and innovative solutions for the shipyard industry. The first customized projects will start towards the end of this year. The agreement was announced today at the Gastech event in Milan, co-hosted by Baker Hughes and of which Rina is an associate sponsor.
During the manufacturing process of a ship, many parts are welded together and then checked for acceptance, usually through visual inspection and non-destructive testing. As a combined force, Waygate Technologies and Rina, through its consulting engineering arm, Rina Consulting, will provide customers with new solutions to digitize their welding inspections and provide actionable data analytics. This will allow shipyard inspectors to detect welding defects immediately after the welding is completed, reducing future delays caused by repair or reprocessing, and thus significantly reducing costs.
Shipyards will also use the solutions to generate statistics and information from the collected inspection data, allowing them to identify critical points in the welding process and implement preventive corrective actions, in order to optimize their workflows, reduce the number of welding defects and increase the quality of welded joints, for the benefit of security.
Waygate Technologies' industry-leading NDT expertise and the digital capabilities of the company's integrated software ecosystem, InspectionWorks, enable accurate welding defect recognition (ADR) assisted by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), from images captured in the field. Together, Rina and Waygate will help customers digitize all inspections and provide insightful analysis based on ever-improving ADR algorithms.
" The cooperation between our two market-leading companies combines digital expertise and data intelligence in the field of non-destructive testing with our global market expertise in the marine industry to create exceptional benefit and added value for customers. Our common solution makes it possible to detect potential defects during and after welding, optimize production processes, reduce the risk of rework and scrap and, ultimately, improve the quality of welded joints ," said Alberto Cavaggioni, CEO of Rina Consulting.
Nicola Jannis, CEO of Waygate Technologies, adds: "Together we will create innovative inspection solutions and consulting services for shipyards and related companies. Our digital NDT solution makes it possible to exploit data to constantly improve the quality of production processes as well as efficiency and drive innovation. »
For Waygate Technologies, this agreement marks a new step in the company's strategy to invest for growth and expand its leading position in certain markets by combining NDT solutions with digitalization and collaboration with industrial partners. This partnership with Rina aligns with Waygate Technologies' mission to evolve from a NDT hardware provider and renowned service capability to a solution partner for data insights, catalyzing customers' digital transformation and giving them a competitive advantage.