These fantastic qualities and innovative nature are in large due to the makeup of the companies that provide NDT resources. Anyone that has attended the myriad of exhibitions or read any of the industry press will know that there are endless companies, offering bespoke services and pioneering solutions. It is extremely competitive, and these companies can only survive by being innovative and creative; providing solutions to make inspection, easier, faster or more effective.
This link between competition and innovation was highlighted by Edward de Bono (creator of the widely praised lateral thinker technique).
“As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better . . . no longer enough to be efficient and solve problems.”
The current state of NDT should be revered and every effort should be made to maintain it. However, a threat looms large. I wrote previously about how NDT is about to become even more important, which looked at the value of the data produced by NDT and how it is set to revolutionise manufacturing. The disruption caused by this revolution is set to disturb the balance and potentially upset the innovative culture we currently enjoy.
The larger equipment manufacturers, most notably GE have been using their vast resources to invest incredibly heavily in developing solutions to facilitate data integration. This investment is on such a large scale that most of their competitors cannot compete. This vertical integration of data and equipment has the potential for them to monopolise the market or at the very least dictate terms to the smaller more innovative specialist companies.
JetSoft is an independent company that links NDT resources with manufacturing processing systems. We partner with equipment manufacturers to help them in various ways, including:
- providing solutions for integrating data which adds value to products
- additional revenue streams through reseller opportunities
- allowing partners to focus on innovation and specialising in NDT
- increasing awareness by advertising that our partners are preferred suppliers
JetSoft works collaboratively to ensure that our solution fits your individual and specific circumstances. So, if you’re the producer or owner of NDT data please get in contact to see how we can help you integrate your NDT information. We look forward to working with you in the future.