Hexagon Digital Wave’s proprietary Modal Acoustic Emission technology approved for use in Canada

Sep 11, 2023 - Press Release

CENTENNIAL, CO., September 11, 2023 - Hexagon Digital Wave, a business of Hexagon Composites, has received an equivalency certificate from Transport Canada (TC) authorizing the use of its Modal Acoustic Emission (MAE) technology to requalify composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV) used in virtual pipeline trailers manufactured by Quantum Fuel Systems which are subject to periodic inspection and testing once every five years.

This equivalency certificate opens a new market for Hexagon Digital Wave’s MAE technology in Canada and further positions the company as the leader in the North American requalification market.

Driving energy transformation

“Hexagon Digital Wave’s MAE technology provides a faster, and more accurate means of assessing structural integrity in cylinders used to transport compressed gases. We are excited to offer the benefits of our superior technology to Canadian customers that enables safe and efficient operations,” says George Siedlecki, CEO, Hexagon Digital Wave.

With the issuance of this TC-SH 13911 equivalency certification, Transport Canada becomes the second regulatory agency authority with high pressure compressed gas cylinder oversight to acknowledge and approve the benefits and safety provided by MAE testing.

About the technology

MAE uses advanced electronics and sensors that capture broadband waveforms and specialty algorithms to identify structural integrity flaws present in composite pressure vessels. MAE is an authorized periodic inspection method for the Department of Transportation / Pipeline of Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Transport Canada jurisdictions. Testing using the MAE technology eliminates venting of contents to the atmosphere thereby minimizing environmental impact.

A significant increase in customer demand for compressed gas transport is driving trailer owners to seek safe, yet time efficient, methods of cylinder requalification. Hexagon Digital Wave’s MAE technology meets these needed requirements, and when deployed alleviates pain points for owners / operators and trailer OEMs alike.


Karen Romer, SVP Communications, Hexagon Composites
Telephone: +47 950 74 950 | karen.romer@hexagongroup.com

Ryan C. Pennock, Head of Business Development
Telephone: 770 262 4719 | ryan.pennock@hexagondigitalwave.com

About Hexagon Digital Wave

Hexagon Digital Wave, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites ASA, is a leading digital solutions provider of non-destructive testing methods, which includes Ultrasonic Examination (UE) and Modal Acoustic Emission (MAE) inspection products and services. With applications in the industrial gas, fire service equipment, medical oxygen, automotive, alternative fuels, and aerospace industries, Hexagon Digital Wave’s goal is to remove technology barriers and simplify workflows with digital and automated platforms that enhance productivity and reduce total cost of ownership. Through its platforms, Hexagon Digital Wave is on the leading edge of reducing cylinder landfill waste and increasing asset availability and up-time.

Learn more at www.hexagondigitalwave.com and follow @HexagonDigitalWave on LinkedIn.

About Hexagon Composites ASA

Hexagon delivers safe and innovative solutions for a cleaner energy future. Our solutions enable storage, transportation, and conversion to clean energy in a wide range of mobility, industrial and consumer applications.

Learn more at www.hexagongroup.com and follow @HexagonASA on Twitter and LinkedIn.