By Kari Williamson

The developed tool will be aimed at Small and Medium Enterprises where 'real time' inspection will save vital resources.

The consortium consists of technical and end-user SMEs supported by associations both from PM and the NDT sector while the development is carried out by research centres and a university.

The project is funded by the European Commission under the “Research for the benefit of SMEs” call as part of FP7. The total budget for the 3 years is €3 million.

System specification survey

The first step in the project is to finalise the system specification based on the need of the industry.

A two-step market survey has been set up where Part A aims to to determine the required accuracy and speed requirements of the end product while taking into consideration the cost issues and other factors; while Part B aims to gain a comprehensive overview of the complex PM non-destructive testing.

The results of the survey will be shared with those taking part.

The responses collected will be essential for the success of the project but it will also serve as important information for the whole PM sector in the field of non-destructive testing, according to the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA).