3M BIC tenant Ionix has a lot to look forward to in 2021 as it celebrates its 10th anniversary in the Summer, following a year of new product launches and plans for further product development going into 2021.
Ionix specialises in the design and production of high-performance sensors and piezoelectric materials that can operate in high temperatures and extreme environments to monitor plant and machinery integrity.
Last April saw Ionix launch its new high temperature scanning and spot inspection probe HS582i, which utilises its leading HotSense™ technology to enable on-stream, high temperature, thickness measurements and corrosion surveys. The team also launched a new set of accessories to accompany the inspection probe HS582i and enhance its efficacy.
Over the coming months the team has plans to expand its range of HotSense™ installed probes and deployment systems to cover a wider range of applications and assets while providing the most cost-effective solution on the market. The team will also be building on the huge success of HS582i with more variants to allow the detection of more damage mechanisms – making on-stream asset integrity applicable to an increasing number of components.
Ionix has recently been awarded funding from Innovate UK to develop remote, in-service defect monitoring to aid sustainable recovery from Covid-19 in the UK’s critical infrastructure, including the 32 Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT) and 14 Nuclear power plants nationwide.
The funding will enable Ionix to develop a new range of ultrasonic sensors capable of continuous high-temperature operation, for the detection and monitoring of defects and flaws in alloy steel components without the need for shutdowns to take measurements and allowing continued plant operation. These new high-temperature defect sensors will be accessible to asset integrity end-users in 2021.
Ionix CEO, David Astles, said: “Although 2020 presented many challenges, we have been able to operate efficiently as a remote team to ensure continuous product development and support to sectors that work in high temperature environments.
“2021 is going to be a big year for the Ionix team as we celebrate a decade in business, as well as enhancing our product and service offering to keep up with growing product demand.”
Based at the 3M BIC, Ionix has direct access to the Centre’s on-site advanced technologies and recently was able to build a rapid prototype enclosure for an ultrasonic corrosion monitoring sensor using the FormLabs Resin Printers, which use the Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) additive manufacturing process.
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