18-22 July 2022
TWI is exhibiting at Farnborough International Air Show on Stand 1046
TWI is exhibiting at Farnborough International Air Show this year.
TWI has developed automated inspection systems that are capable of being used for R&D or production inspection tasks. These include collaborative robots, known as ‘CoBots.’ These CoBots are able to work alongside humans without the need for a dedicated safety cell and we are pleased to announce that the TWI 'CoBot' will be on display on our stand this year.
More information about the CoBot can be found here.
Farnborough International Airshow is the global platform for the aerospace and defence industry. This year, its role will carry even greater significance with FIA2022 serving as the first major event to reconnect colleagues from around the world, enabling business growth and recovery.
For more details about the exhibition and to register to attend, please see use the link below.
TWI will be in Hall 1 on booth 1046, so please come and visit the team there
Meet the team
Industry Sector Manager - Corporate Development
Chris Wiseman is Corporate Sector Manager at TWI Ltd, for both the Aerospace and Equipment, Consumables & Materials sectors. He also has a specific geographic responsibility for TWI Industrial Members in India and in supporting TWI’s exciting growth there.
As a Materials Scientist, over many years, he has contributed to a number of technologies, including, corrosion prevention, thermo-mechanical forming, novel testing, process optimisation, joining and surface treatments.
Today his role is focused on developing technical and commercial opportunities for TWI and its Industrial Members around the World.
Dr James Smith
James Smith is TWI’s Defence Manager with a broad remit to ensure TWI’s defence members realise the full value of their membership. This includes facilitating interactions with TWI’s technology groups and representing TWI at The UK Government level. After spending nearly 5 years leading Rolls-Royce’s zirconium corrosion activities, James knows first-hand the key drivers for TWI’s defence members. Since joining TWI in early 2019 James has seen a 50% plus increase in defence member projects undertaken at TWI.
James holds a PhD from The University of Manchester in zirconium corrosion and a Masters in Chemistry from The University of Sheffield. Away from work, James can regularly be found on the golf course or rowing boats in Cambridge.
Prof. Ian Cooper
Technology Fellow - Advanced NDE
Ian is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in Non-destructive testing (NDT). On joining TWI in 2005 as a principle project leader at the specialist NDT Centre in Port Talbot, he specialised in NDT of composites. More recently, his work has concentrated on advanced NDT methods and automated robotic inspection systems and he was promoted to Technology Fellow in 2015.
A recognised expert in the inspection of composites and other difficult materials, he leads the highly successful IntACOM programme developing rapid automated inspection systems for composites and complex geometries. In 2016 he and co-authors were awarded the John Grimwade Medal for a paper on this work.
He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and is widely published in NDT and aerospace journals. He is President Elect of the BINDT and is active and influential on a number of committees that guide the development, application, training and certification of NDT. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David. In 2019 Ian received the BINDT Ann Birt award for NDE research and development and technology strategy development.
Steve has been involved with Non-Destructive Testing since 1975, when he began working for Atkins Inspection Services in South Wales. Following a few posts in the service inspection and manufacturing sectors, Steve joined National Power in 1990, where he had responsibility for specific power stations such as Aberthaw and Didcot (A and B), plus technical responsibility for in-service inspection of thick-walled pipe and vessel welds. Later on, Steve was responsible at various times for managing the company's NDT R&D activities, both internal and external and also aligning working practices on overseas acquisitions/joint ventures. This took Steve to Australia and Pakistan in addition to manufacturers' works in Europe and the U.S.
Following his time at National Power, which ultimately became RWEnpower, Steve joined TWI Wales as an NDT Consultant where he worked for 4 years before joining Doosan Babcock as a Technology Integration Manager, looking to add value to the company's Engineering Services via Asset Management products including NDE. Steve rejoined TWI in December, 2021 and will be supporting the NDT Technology Group in its efforts to grow and develop.
Joining TWI in 2001 as the principal Software Tester, Jonathan has worked on a wide range of NDT projects using UT, Eddy Current, Thermographic, Shearographic and GPR technologies. Alongside these acquisition methods he has worked with collaborative robots to demonstrate their ability to obtain remote data acquisition using a wide range of acquisition tools.
Vito Di Pietro
Business Development Manager
Vito Di Pietro is an engineer in the manufacturing industry, working on bridging the gap between market and research. He has a master degree in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. He coordinated several international research projects on innovative technical solutions, and helped companies developing and implementing digital manufacturing processes.
Vito started working at TWI Ltd. in 2020 as Senior Project Leader, working on friction welding and electron beam welding and their implementation in production. Today, he works as Business Development Manager in the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies group at TWI.