Gammatec NDT Supplies SOC Ltd has confirmed that the manufacture of the first Gamma Ray Isotope Projector has begun under license in South Africa
Gammatec NDT, a subsidiary of NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP) and part of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) Group, announced that the Exertus DUAL 120 Gamma Ray Projector would be manufactured in the country.
In 2010, Gammatec NDT led an initiative to establish a joint venture with two private entrepreneurs, which saw Oserix SA sign an exclusive supply contract with Russian gamma technology design and manufacture company Energomontage International (EMI) to take ownership of the
Exertus Range of Gamma Ray Projectors. Gammatec became the sole distributor for Oserix SA in South Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.
"Aggressive sales and marketing, plus the fact that a number of the current gamma ray projectors utilised in our industry are reaching the end of their life span due to expiration of their Competent Authority Certificate, has resulted in early success in the supply of the new gamma ray projectors," said Gammatec NDT group managing director Ralph Davies.
Gammatec NDT began the stringent approval process for the product three years ago, which included a detailed QA/QC work flow procedure, staff recruitment and training, and high-end technology machinery investment. Gammatec NDT was awarded with ISO 9001-2008 accreditation, as well as the approval under the license of EMI to manufacture the Oserix Exertus Range of Gamma Ray Projectors in South Africa.
"The challenges Gammatec NDT faced included producing a world-class product under stringent controls and at a reasonable price to ensure global competitiveness," Davies added.
"Various manufacturing options were investigated prior to the purchase and installation of a new state-of-the-art 5 axis, multi-tasking CNC machine to be able to manufacture the majority of components. Supply contracts were also negotiated and formed for other key components including the supply of depleted uranium shielding from NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd," he added.
Over the past 30 years, Gammatec NDT has become a leading supplier of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) equipment, accessories and consumables. From its head office in Vereeniging, South Africa, the company exports to more than 60 countries around the globe.
The company will now target the production of additional models of the Oserix Exertus range of gamma ray projectors from its South African manufacturing facility.