Catlett Non-Destructive Testing Services

Catlett Non-Destructive Testing Services

Traditional Film, Computed Radiography and Digital radiography in Catlett, 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.

Traditional Film, Computed Radiography and Digital radiography in Catlett, VA

Catlett Drone Inspection

Using drones is quickly becoming a common inspection method. The biggest attraction is offering a safe way to inspect confined spaces and inspected areas high in the air. With todays advanced cameras they are capable of doing a very good visual inspection. Some drones offer infrared capabilities. This allows the operator to look for hot or cold spots on equipment, structures or solar panels. Smaller drones make for good options to investigate or inspect confined spaces. Larger drones are capable of using or deploying Ultrasonics to perform thickness readings on hard to reach places. To use a drone for commercial purposes the operator must have a FAA license.

Catlett Drone Inspection

Catlett, VA API 650/ API 653

This is a worldwide recognized individual certification achieved through the American Petroleum Institute (API) testing program. Many individuals that hold this certifications are formal inspectors or welders. API 650 is the specification that deals with new construction of oil tanks. API 653 deals with the inspection, maintenance, repairs and alterations of storage tanks. This certification is highly sought after due to the volume of storage tanks located all over the United States holding petroleum products. These tanks require an external inspection every 5 years and an internal inspection every 10 years. Integrity Testlabs has performed many storage tank inspections. Radiographic inspections (RT) on the welding, Wet Fluorescent Magnetic Particle inspection on the floor plates and annular ring weld. Also Providing AUT scans, UT Thickness readings on the shell and UT crawler inspections on the outside of the tank.

Catlett, VA API 650/ API 653

Catlett, VA Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)

If you’re looking for a very mobile, reliable and cost-effective method at finding surface and subsurface discontinuities. MT testing is the way to go on your ferrous material. When the magnetic field is disrupted by a break in the north and south poles the fine iron particles are attracted to the break in the magnetic field. Dry or wet inspections can be very useful with dry being the advantage when parts are to hot to use the wet method. ITL has many certified MT technicians to perform inspections on your welds or parts.

Catlett, VA Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
ACFM; Alternating current field measurement in Catlett, VA

ACFM; Alternating current field measurement in Catlett, VA

Integrity Testlabs was one of the first companies to provide this inspection technique in the Northeast. ITL technicians have completed hundreds ACFM inspections on equipment shells in oil refineries in the Northeast. ACFM is a electromagnetic technique used for detecting cracks breaking the surface. Capable of also sizing the defect. ACFM can be used on ferrous and nonferrous metals. ACFM can be fast and effective inspection. It does need the area to be cleaned and electric available to run the ACFM unit. Wet Fluorescent Magnetic Testing (WFMT) can be used as an alternate inspection to confirm the findings of the ACFM.

ASNT; American Society for Nondestructive testing

A nonprofit organization which is governed by a board of directors. ASNT publishes and maintains SNT-TC-1A, Standards, Codes of practice, ANSI/ASNT CP-189 and CP-105. They also cover all aspects of qualification and certification of NDT personnel. Integrity Testlabs has a ANST Level III on staff that certifies our Level II and Level I employees so they meet the SNT-TC-1A requirements.

ASNT; American Society for Nondestructive testing