What trends can we expect for the NDT industry in 2024?

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), like any other sector, continues to grow and evolve with changes in technology and industry. 

What trends can you expect in the NDT industry in 2024? What are the challenges facing the sector? 

Whilst we can’t gaze into the crystal ball as we approach 2024, we can make some informed predictions about the future of the NDT industry. 

From cutting-edge technologies to evolving methodologies, here are some key trends that we anticipate shaping the NDT landscape in the coming year.

Advancements in digital radiography (DR)

Digital Radiography has been a game-changer in the NDT industry, providing faster and more accurate results compared to traditional methods. 

In 2024, we expect to see further advancements in DR technology. 

Higher resolution imaging, improved sensitivity, and enhanced portability are likely to be the focal points. 

The industry is ready to embrace more compact and user-friendly DR devices, allowing for greater flexibility in various inspection scenarios.

Interested? At NDT Group, we strive to be at the forefront of new technology and emerging trends. Contact us to find out more. 

Integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)

AI and ML have been causing a significant impact across various industries, and the NDT sector is no exception. 

In 2024, we foresee a significant surge in the integration of AI and ML algorithms into NDT processes. 

These technologies will play a crucial role in automating data analysis, enabling quicker and more accurate defect detection. 

This integration is expected to enhance the overall efficiency of inspections, reduce human error, and provide valuable insights for predictive maintenance.

Continued growth in advanced ultrasonic testing (UT)

Ultrasonic Testing has long been a cornerstone of NDT, and advancements in this field show no signs of slowing down. 

In 2024, we anticipate the continued growth of Advanced Ultrasonic Testing techniques. 

Phased Array Ultrasonics (PAUT) and Total Focusing Method (TFM) are likely to gain even more prominence, offering improved defect characterization and inspection capabilities. 

These methods will contribute to better material characterisation and increased reliability in critical industries such as aerospace and manufacturing.

Expansion of robotics and automation

The adoption of robotics and automation in the NDT industry is set to expand in 2024.

Robotic inspection systems equipped with advanced sensors and imaging technologies will become more prevalent, especially in areas that pose challenges for human inspectors. 

These robotic solutions will not only enhance the safety of inspections in hazardous environments but also increase efficiency and reduce inspection times.

Sustainable NDT practices

Sustainability is a buzzword across all industries, and the NDT sector is no exception. 

In 2024, we anticipate a growing focus on sustainable NDT practices. 

This involves the development and implementation of eco-friendly inspection methodologies, as well as the use of energy-efficient equipment. 

The industry is likely to witness a shift towards more sustainable consumables and processes, aligning with global efforts to reduce environmental impact.

Emphasis on training and skill development

As technology evolves, so must the skill set of NDT professionals. 

In 2024, we predict an increased emphasis on training and skill development programmes within the industry. 

The integration of new technologies demands a workforce that is adept at utilising these tools effectively. 

Continuous education and training will be crucial to ensuring that NDT professionals stay ahead of the curve and can fully leverage the capabilities of emerging technologies.

At NDT Group, we make sure that our technicians are trained to a high standard and that they have access to relevant qualifications. 

Challenges to address

The NDT industry faces certain challenges as we enter 2024. 

One of the main challenges is around a lack of personnel. 

As the need for the industry grows, finding skilled personnel can be a challenge. 

One way we are addressing that at NDT Group is through our Apprenticeship Programmes. 

We have been running a successful apprenticeship programme for a number of years and we have also set up the NDT Renewables Apprenticeship scheme, giving apprentices the opportunity to focus on the Renewable Energy sector. 

We believe apprenticeship schemes are a great opportunity to invest in local young people, giving them training, experience and qualifications, as well as building up our workforce. 

Interested? Contact us to find out more about our apprenticeship schemes. 

Anticipating the future: key trends in the NDT industry for 2024

The NDT industry is on the cusp of exciting developments in 2024. 

From the integration of cutting-edge technologies to a renewed focus on sustainability and skill development, these trends are set to shape the future of non-destructive testing. 

As we embrace these changes, it’s important that we engage with our workforce and train up new team members. 

At NDT Group we strive to stay informed of and adaptable to key trends in the industry so that we can continue to thrive in the years to come.

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