Peak presented with Queen's Award at special ceremony
Peak NDT marked the presentation of its Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2011 with a celebration and workshop held over two days in October at its premises in Derby and Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
The world-leading developer and manufacturer of conventional and phased array ultrasonic inspection equipment is among the elite group of companies to have won a Queen’s Award.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, representing Her Majesty The Queen, formally presented the award, comprising a certificate signed by The Queen and Prime Minister, David Cameron, and a cut glass bowl, to Co-Founder and Operations Director of Peak NDT, Andy Whittle, in front of staff and invited guests.
“We are thrilled to receive this award as recognition of the excellent and sustained innovative work that has been put in by all of the staff at Peak NDT over the last few years,” said Andy Whittle. “The Queen’s Awards are extremely prestigious and highly recognised, both here in the UK and internationally. Winning the award will provide a significant boost to the company’s profile and reputation, as well as further raising awareness of our world-class products.”
The Lord-Lieutenant explained that the award was for continuing innovation and development of the MicroPulse 5 series of ultrasonic NDT controllers. He congratulated all those involved with Peak, especially the employees, whose hard work and dedication had made a huge contribution towards Peak NDT winning the prestigious prize.
Technical Director, Alison Whittle, said: “Winning this Queen’s Award will provide all of us at Peak NDT with a significant boost in confidence and additional impetus and encouragement to build on the successes that we have been achieving as a team over recent years.”
Peak NDT is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of conventional ultrasonic and phased array inspection control equipment used in advanced engineering sectors, such as aerospace and power generation. In 2003, backed by a DTI SMART award, the company launched the development of its MicroPulse 5 series of controllers and from the outset the aim was to develop a highly capable and flexible instrument that would be at the forefront of the NDT industry. The initial phase of development was completed in 2006, with systems entering the market at this time. As well as being the principal system for the automated ultrasonic inspections carried out by EDF Energy on all the UK’s civil nuclear power generation plant, MicroPulse 5 systems are now in regular use across a number of other industry sectors with a range of leading NDT inspection companies: at aerospace OEMs and overhaul and repair companies; within high-value manufacturing production inspection systems; and are being utilised at a number of world-leading research institutes. Peak NDT prides itself on its engagement with its customers, developing flexible solutions to meet their current needs whilst working closely with them to identify their future potential requirements. As such, Peak NDT is continually investing in and developing further the capability of its equipment.
“In the near future, we will be launching a further version of the MicroPulse 5, specifically optimised for full matrix capture techniques (MicroPulse FMC), and we are continually working to increase the number of array channels available, with already the possibility of controlling 1024 active elements,” said Andy Whittle.
The presentation ceremony at Derbyshire CCC was followed by a tour of Peak NDT’s purpose-built facilities and a user’s forum, which continued on to a second day, illustrating the level of interest there is in Peak’s product developments.
As a result of winning the award, Peak will be proudly flying a special flag outside its premises in Derby and is permitted to display the emblem for five years.