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IR Introduces Freedom Lab to NDT Industry

New Design in NDT Labs is Industry Game Changer

Edmonton, Alberta—After months in the making, IR Supplies and Services is unveiling the latest solution in NDT Labs: the Freedom lab.  The Freedom lab takes all the best features from existing labs in the market today, adds innovations developed with client feedback, and combines it all using hard-working materials.  The results are a lab with a design that not only looks great, but has a layout with a work-flow for real-life, in the field, work.

“The Freedom lab is unlike anything else that we’ve seen on the market,” said Rob Muschket, co-owner of IR.  “It’s something we’ve been thinking about for years.  Every time we heard about a client’s challenge with customization or installation, we took a step back to think about how that challenge could be avoided.  The Freedom lab is what we came up with.  We believe it’s the answer to the problems that led to extra cost.  Now all that can be avoided.”

The Freedom lab uses a drop-and-lock system for installation.  That means the lab is fully interchangeable from truck to truck, taking only minutes to install.  The all-in set of features also means that there is no need for customization.  All the essentials—plus more—are there. 

Constructed using the EXOBODY ™ composite, Freedom labs contain no wood or organic products, so no rot or mold.  They are engineered to allow for full dynamic motion ensuring extreme durability while providing exceptional insulating properties.  The Freedom lab is built for rugged terrain and can go anywhere a truck can go.  Because they are self-contained they can also be used on trailers, skids or portable sites.  They can even be heli-dropped into remote areas.

“We wanted a lab that is totally self-contained, comfortable, spacious and productive,” said Brian Sargent, co-owner of IR.  “We’ve achieved that with the Freedom lab.  It requires no electrical or mechanical hookups to the vehicle and there are no bolts or damaging equipment required to secure it into the bed of the truck box.  We believe it’s truly a game changer.”

The Freedom lab—available exclusively at IR—will be unveiled at the NDT in Canada 2019 conference co-hosted by CINDE and IR.  The conference will be held at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, from June 18 to 21, 2019.  More information on the Freedom lab can be found at IRSS.ca.

About IR Supplies and Services

IR Supplies and Services has been a trusted source for NDT equipment in Canada since 2004.  They supply top products and brands, perform non-destructive testing research, provide NDT training courses and perform maintenance, repair, and equipment calibrations. IR leverages both outside partners and internal capabilities to bring the most comprehensive and high-quality NDT equipment to customers.

Website:              https://irss.ca/

Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/irsuppliesandservices/

LinkedIn:             https://www.linkedin.com/company/irsuppliesandservices/

SOURCE IR Supplies and Services

For further information contact: Barbara Daley, Marketing Manager, IR Supplies and Services, barb@irss.ca, 780-452-4761

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A Mouse between Two Gorillas

Over the years my blogs on macroeconomics have foreshadowed the show down between the US and China. Canada is now collateral damage and I don’t think anyone could see this coming. The conflict between our two countries is more about China projecting its image of power to its people, but what has come to the surface is the difference in the rule of law, of our nations.

Canada has detained Meng Wanzhou, CFO and daughter of the founder of Huawei, on a New York court ruling that invoked Canada’s extradition treaty with the US.  China has retaliated in response by simply capturing Canadians and using laws to express their displeasure. This is something that Hong Kong has been deathly afraid of and are now responding to with estimates of hundreds of thousands, or as high as over a million, people protesting in the streets.
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About the Artist: Margie Vinkle-Morano

Margie Vinkle-Morano

Margie Vinkle-Morano was born and raised in Orillia, a small waterfront city in Central Ontario that she still calls home.  Margie always had a fond interest in art for as far back as she can remember. In high school her teacher and mentor Jose Salas, helped her to realize her potential and true talent.                                        

Since then, and over the years, she has had a number of pieces to her credit including wall murals as well as commissions of animals and people. To her delight she has had a few portraits of her favourite county music artists signed by celebrities such as Tim McGraw, Johnny Reid and Sugarland.

At an early age, Margie’s main medium was oil.  As time passed she switched to acrylic. Today she still has fun with acrylic and enjoys creating what she calls her “mugshot” pet portraits on small wooden plaques. They are a wonderful tribute to beloved pets, particularly those who have crossed the rainbow bridge.

Dragline Pins

Although Margie has experimented with both oil and acrylic paints, she finds pencil to be the greatest challenge and loves bringing life to its gray tones.  Our commission, an original pencil on paper drawing entitled Dragline Pins, depicts a technician performing phased array NDT.  This true-to-life drawing is available for purchase through silent auction, with the proceeds to go to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Limited edition prints are also available.

Margie can be contacted by phone at 705-326-5002, or by email at margie1055@hotmail.com.  A portfolio of her other pieces can be seen on her Facebook page: Pencil & Paint by Margie.

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Oh Canada, The Land of the Free

Oh Canada, the land of the strong and the free. Being free is immensely important to Canadians, but are we? Recent political changes have us wondering just how free we are. Long-standing conservative strongholds have moved to the other extreme and we now have a sharp movement to the left. Small minority groups have more say it seems than the larger Canadian populations, and some provinces seem to be holding others hostage in a confederation that seems to be eroding at the edges, as minority local interests override national ones.

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IR Supplies and Services Spreads its Reach

IR Opens New Location in Eastern Canada

Burlington, Ontario—IR is spreading its reach, across Canada that is.  In addition to its offices and showroom in Western Canada—Edmonton, Alberta to be specific–IR will now have an eastern presence.  The change takes place with the opening of their new location in Burlington, Ontario.

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Between Blogs

Profile on Magnaflux & Comet

As a reseller of products and as a sales person, or business development person as they are called today, it is easy to sell products that you believe are as good as any out there. Or perhaps, if not as high quality are a good bang for your buck. However in the NDT industry quality is everything. Our business demands quality. When your job is to ensure quality you better exhibit it or sooner or later someone’s going to question your work.

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The Most Secure Place in the World is in a Prison

I was recently lent a book by a friend of mine. He is a follower of my blogs and picked up on my leanings towards geography as the reason for most of the politics around the world. The book is called Prisoners of Geography written by Tim Marshall, a former foreign correspondent for British Sky News. It is an excellent book and an easy read and though I haven’t finished it yet, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand how geography and history shaped and continues to shape, what happens in our world today.

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China and the USA: Confrontation Long Overdue

The interesting thing about geopolitics is not so much how geography dictates the imperatives of the nation state but how those imperatives have led to the relationships with neighbours and even far away nations that may impact their interest in some way. I also find it interesting how the pursuit of the interests of a nation may look to their people to be shallow or callous, even when they are absolutely necessary.

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Perception verses Reality in China

Several years ago I wrote an essay that was entitled Perception verses Reality. In that essay I discussed the CNSC’s problem of what was really true and what the world perceived as true. Governments and their respective agencies, or in this case our regulatory commission, tend to have to deal with their mandates in ways that not only satisfy  the truth of the problem but also the perception of the propaganda they have developed or has been developed by others.

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