The Importance Of NDT

  • By Eric Kivlin
  • 26 Sep, 2017
Non-destructive testing (NDT) is often thought of as broad field. However, at its core it refers to a wide group of proven inspection methods used to analyze the soundness of a material, component or structure – without chemically or physically altering it.
Safety. Peace-Of-Mind. Affordability.
Non-destructive testing is conducted to locate and characterize material conditions and flaws that if left overlooked could cause planes to crash, reactors to fail, or trains to derail. Useful in a variety of industries  with volatile or high-pressure equipment and machinery, non-destructive testing as a preventative measure saves lives. It is also safe to both the tested product, as well as the tester.
Different industries have different safety standards, and different types of machinery have to be regularly inspected at different intervals. Regardless of what needs to be inspected, a non-destructive test is always the most affordable option. Destructive testing methods, such as an automobile crash tests, typically cost an order of magnitude more. Additionally, non-destructive tests can result in insights that lead to the replacement or repair of equipment before malfunctions can occur.
When it comes to accurate results, non-destructive testing is reliable because of the variety of available and complementary options. Any given piece of equipment or machinery can be subject to a number of non-destructive tests, which eliminates the risk of oversight or inaccuracy.
Around much longer than you may think, one of the oldest non-destructive testing techniques was developed in 1895, when German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen first invented the X-ray! Today, non-destructive testing has become much more robust and now includes:
Knowing your equipment is functioning the way it should, and that future accidents can be prevented with affordable check-ups, creates incredible peace-of-mind. Not to mention that when workers know they are safe, work productivity goes up!
From complex inspections to simple tests, Specialized NDE will ensure you get quality results. For more information on the many NDT and NDE services we provide, please browse our extensive website  or contact us directly. 
By Eric Kivlin 08 Jan, 2018

There’s no denying that safety in the workplace is of utmost importance. Learning and maintaining the safest practices for when you are on the job could save lives. The not-for-profit, self-funded organization, Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA),has been dedicated to promoting and enforcing public safety since 1997.

Accountable to the Government of Ontario, they are responsible for providing safety services in key sectors, including:

-Boilers and pressure vessels, and operating engineers

-Elevating devices, amusement devices and ski lifts

Acting as both a regulator and an advocate of safety standards throughout the province, The TSSA is required to enforce the Technical Standards and Safety Act and regulations, as well as promote and enforce actions to continuously improve safety, and educate users and industry participants about safety practices, new codes, regulations and requirements.

During recent work in Hamilton, Ontario, the team at Specialized NDE received a bulletin from the TSSA, outlining the importance of periodic inspection requirements for pressure vessels at pressures greater than 15 psig, such as deaerators and high temperature (212°F and above) hot water storage tanks, in order to prevent steam generation that could potentially cause failure due to corrosion and fatigue cracking.

“Seams and their heat affected zone and all structural attachment welds of vessels shall also be wet-fluorescent-magnetic particle examined for the presence of cracks, pinholes or other defects. Light surface preparation may be necessary to obtain meaningful results from wet-florescent-magnetic particle examination.As a minimum, internal visual examination (IVF) and WFMPE of not less than 20% of the highly stressed weld areas, including the longitudinal weld seams and adjacent heat affected zone are to be performed at the following intervals:

- No cracks shown 3 years

- Cracks have historically shown 2 years

- Cracks have shown in the year previous 1 year”

-         TSSA Safety Information Bulletin SB00-18 Rev. 3

As it is the organizations job to review everything from new technology to modifications on existing equipment to ensure they comply with all codes and regulations, we are very pleased with their commitment to safety, and pleased to offer our services,  to similar inspections, such as:

DeaeratorsInspections, Pressure Vessel inspections, Visual Inspection, Magnetic Particle Inspection, NDE, NDT, CGSB and much more!

As the prime NDT contractor for Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Manufacturing and Infrastructure clients across the country, Specialized NDE is always staying abreast of the latest in industry standards and certifications. For more information on the many NDT and NDE services we provide, please browse our extensive website   or contact us  directly!

By Eric Kivlin 24 Nov, 2017
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By Eric Kivlin 24 Oct, 2017
Non-destructive testing (NDT) plays a crucial role in everyday life. It can be used to find, size and locate surface and subsurface flaws and defects to assure safety and reliability. Typical examples are found in aircraft, pipelines, bridges, trains, power stations, refineries, buildings and oil platforms – all of which are all inspected using NDT.
By Eric Kivlin 26 Sep, 2017
Non-destructive testing (NDT) is often thought of as broad field. However, at its core it refers to a wide group of proven inspection methods used to analyze the soundness of a material, component or structure – without chemically or physically altering it.
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