Non-Destructive Testing Services in Calumet, PA
Traditional Film, Computed Radiography and Digital radiography in Calumet, PA
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.
Calumet, PA ABS Service Provider
American Bureau of shipping is a standard that covers the building, repair and overhauling of vessels ranging from tug boats to container ships. Integrity Testlabs for several years now has been a ABS Service Provider. We are currently one of the only Non-Destructive test companies on the East Coast to have this certification. Integrity Testlabs has provided over 20 years of service to the Philly Ship Yard. We have experience inspecting cargo ships, tankers and Navy vessels that have been built at this facility. We have certified technicians available to handle any RT, UT, MT, PT, Wet Fluorescent Magnetic Particle inspections and Fluorescent Penetrant Inspections needs that arise during your ship building, ship repair, ship maintenance, hull repairs, hull thickness readings, propeller shaft inspection and propeller inspection.
ASNT Level II in Calumet, PA
The work horse of any company is your Level II NDT technician. Integrity Testlabs is no exception. Our NDE technicians are SNT-TC-1A certified in PT, MT, RT, UTT, UT Shearwave, UT Phased Array. Capable of completing jobs in the field or shop in a timely manner. To become a Level II NDE technician you need to complete so many OJT hours and classroom training. Completion of these hours can take 2-5 years. Integrity Testlabs provides seasoned technicians to complete your job at hand. Oil Refineries, Chemical Plants, Railroad, Fab shops and Shipyards we have an inspector for you.
ANST Level I and Assistants
Becoming certified or learning about Nondestructive testing can be achieved in two ways. Enrolling in a school that provides a certificate or degree or getting hired on with a company with no knowledge of the industry and learning on the job. Typically 40hrs of radiation safety is the first step/certificate that is needed to get started. Once the Assistant has had some time in the industry the company will provide them with classroom training either in house, computer based or sending them to a course provided by a known 3rd party. When the Assistants meets the required OJT hours and classroom time. They will test with the company they are with by completing a specific, general and practical exams. When this is completed, they are now a Level II technician.
Calumet, PA 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.
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.