Non-Destructive Testing Services in Bridgewater, VA
Traditional Film, Computed Radiography and Digital radiography in Bridgewater, VA
Integrity Testlabs currently utilizes traditional film and computed radiography (CR) film. Traditional film is still loaded under safe lights and developed using a 5-step process in the back our darkrooms. Once dry, the filmed in viewed under a high intensity viewer looking for defects. Traditional film comes in several different sizes and leaves the client with a physical piece of film to view for years to come. Computer Radiography or CR uses plates that are phosphor. When these plates are exposed to radiation, the plates emit a blue light that is interpreted by the film processor and then transmitted into an image and viewed on the computer screen. This process is efficient and plates can be used multiple times, no chemicals are needed to process the film. Digital radiography is newer to the industrial and keeps gaining popularity each year. Limited in film size and mobility. The biggest advantage is shorter x-ray times, less radiation, wire or wireless capabilities, and instant images that are displayed on the computer screen.
Bridgewater, VA Visual Testing (VT)
Probably the most important inspection technique and one we are gifted with is visual testing with our eyes. This is a very common, low cost, quick and effective way to inspect welding, equipment, and coatings. Visual testing is the most important tool for a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), It’s a certification you can acquire through ASNT or with your company by ASNT TC 1A. Defects commonly found using visual inspection is excessive reinforcement, underfill, undercut, porosity, cold lap. If able to access the inside or root of the weld its possible to see lack of fusion, or incomplete penetration.
ASME B31.3 in Bridgewater, VA
The majority of the piping that you see when you pass an Oil Refinery, Chemical Plant, or any other typeprocessing facility is covered under ASME B31.3. Having provided Nondestructive testing services in Delaware City Refinery, Monroe Energy Refinery, Paulsboro Refinery, Advansix Chemical Plant and Chemours Chemical Plants thisspecification is the one used the most by the NDT technicians at Integrity Testlabs. The two most common acceptance criteria for AMSE B31.3 are Normal Fluid Services (NFS) and Severe Cyclic. Integrity Testlabs provides Non Destructive services of RT, UT, MT, PT, VT to cover any needs that may arise.
The API 1169 is a recommended practice that focuses on the basic requirements needed to do inspection on new onshore pipelines in a safe manor. Broken in to four sections. Inspector responsibilities; making sure the project moves forward in a safe and efficient manor. Inspector in responsible for planning, monitoring, evaluating, and root cause analysis. Personal and General Pipeline Safety; Making sure the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926 are met. Environmental and pollution control; Inspectors must know the local, state, and federal permits for Environmental and Pollution control. Basic understanding of the impacts that pipelines have on of water, land and air. General Pipeline Construction; Observing all phases of construction and understanding the difference between compliance and requirements in term on general pipeline construction.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) 570 is a in-service inspection code. Designed for the natural gas, chemical and oil refineries piping systems to prevent failures before they happen. This code covers inspection, rating, repair, and alteration procedures for applicable piping systems. This code applies to metallic and fiberglass-reinforced plastic piping systems, also pressure-relieving devices associated with the systems. Inspectors are tasked with ensuring compliance with this code is followed. Integrity Testlabs has in-house and contract API 570’s to cover any needs that fall under the API 570.