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TSC Inspection Systems is a trading name of Technical Software Consultants Ltd. Since its establishment in 1984, TSC has gained an international reputation as an expert innovator in advanced Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) solutions. TSC is the world authority on the ACFM and ACSM NDT inspection techniques. Complete NDT system development and manufacture is TSC's primary focus. The development of solutions to meet specific customer requirements, excellent product support and ongoing product enhancements are key strengths for the business. TSC is a privately owned company, accredited to ISO9001:2000. TSC systems are available world-wide through a network of international agents or can be supplied direct from the factory. The company employs professionals in all major engineering disciplines necessary for the world class solutions that the NDT industry demands. TSC also continues to maintain close links with research and university establishments and has won a number of product and company awards.

Role in the project

TSC will lead the ACFM sensing system development for the off-line inspection of wheel sets during production and maintenance. TSC will also participate in the development of methods to increase the speed of data collection and analysis for the UT-ACFM system. It will also contribute in the development of sizing algorithms to improve accuracy of depth sizing typical defects found on wheels. It will also actively participate in the integration, validation, demonstration and drafting of training procedures of the UT-ACFM system. Finally, it will contribute to the dissemination of the project's main results and the commercialisation of the UT-ACFM system.

Reason for participating

TSC are the inventors of the ACFM technique, and bring 20 years experience of the technique to the consortium. TSC also have experience of working on other rail applications, both in the UK and overseas. TSC hope to benefit by opening up a new application area for ACFM, and with spin-off benefits in other applications arising from the planned improvement in inspection speed.


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