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Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (Portugal)


ISQ is a private non-profit making technological association with Public Utility status. The more than 800 staff are teamed with customers, partners and alliances in more than 20 countries worldwide. It has more than two hundred company members and approximately the same number of individual members. It was privately founded in 1965 as the Portuguese Welding Institute. In the early eighties its activities were diversified from welding technology to several other technical and scientific areas, and the services provided now include technical inspection, non-destructive testing, structural integrity, quality assurance and environmental impact studies. Industrially oriented, vocational training is also one of the core services offered and includes several public funded training courses. Technological research and development is one of ISQ's core activities, supporting all the services provided worldwide. ISQ has participated and led several EU and national funded projects.

Role in the project

ISQ will lead the development of the thermography module of the on-line system (Task B3) and the drafting of training procedures for the certification of the on-line and UT-ACFM systems operators. ISQ will also lead Work-Package D (Integration and Validation) and Work-Package G (Training). It will also actively participate in the development of the intelligent control unit for the on-line system (Task B5) and UT-ACFM system through Tasks C1, C3 and C4. Further contributions will be made in the dissemination of the project's results.

Reason for participating

ISQ, as an industrially oriented Research Engineering Organisation, will benefit from the development of new integrated NDT technologies for application in the rail industry by expanding its current know-how. It will also support the implementation of the systems developed in the rail industry. ISQ has a profound interest in advancing research and strengthening its ties with the rail industry.


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