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Radiation Technology promotes the Moroccan Industry

Using industrial radiography, Morocco has been able to promote the industrial sector's production and decrease the costs of repair and maintenance of expensive devices. Thanks to the advanced technology that allows industrial operators to spot flaws and defects in big and thick materials. The International Atomic Energy Agency sheds light on the efficiency of the non-destructive testing and the positive impact it brought to several industrial domains.

Radiation Technology promotes the Moroccan Industry./Ph.DR
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According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Morocco has scored positive points when it comes to the industrial field. Industrial operators’ use of the radiation technology has resulted in boosting the production and minimizing the costs generated from repairing and fixing important industrial materials. This technique depends on a non-destructive testing method that has the ability to penetrate thick materials and examine precisely small and invisible cracks.

The NDT technology adopted by Moroccan industrial operators for three decades has been described by Rachad Alami, head of the industrial Applications Division at The National Centre for Nuclear Energy (CNESTEN), as beneficial. «Industrial operators used to run their facilities until unexpected breakdowns forced them to shut down for very long periods of time», Alami declared to IAEA an international organization that regulates the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Alami stressed on the point that : «Maintenance and repair costs were very high, and this was harming competitiveness. Now nuclear techniques are used to detect problems and improve production quality.»

A non-destructive testing to increase production

Operators in the industrial field are now able to secure a good production and multiply their benefits. Radiation technology has boosted several important sectors such as the petrochemical, phosphates production and processing, metal, transport, food and cement. Alami stated to IAEA that every euro spent on non-destructive testing (NDT), radiotracers and other radiation applications, operators saw a return of at least 32 Euros.

The use of nuclear technology, including radiations and non-destructive testing devices has also made of Morocco one of the countries that promote the technology in the African continent. In accordance to an article published at the IAEA official website, the kingdom helped other countries to benefit from the NDT technology namely Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

For the record, non-destructive technology is a range of analysis techniques that are mostly used in science and industry sectors to evaluate the body of a material without damaging it or stopping the production. This technology is used through the utilization of X-rays and Gamma rays.

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