Hershey Non-Destructive Testing Services
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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.
Hershey, PA 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.
Traditional Film, Computed Radiography and Digital radiography in Hershey, 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.
Hershey, PA Ultrasonics
Using high frequency sound energy to conduct examinations and make measurements. Ultrasonic inspection can be used for flaw detection/evaluation, dimensional measurements, material characterization. The sound energy is introduced and propagates through the material in the form of waves. When there is a discontinuity or crack in the wave path, part of the energy will be reflected. back from the flaw surface. The reflected wave signal is transformed into an electrical signal by the transducer and is displayed on a screen. Advanced Ultrasonics takes many on the job hours and classroom training to become a skilled technician in Ultrasonics. Integrity Testlabs has technicians to cover all your Ultrasonic (UT) needs.
ACFM; Alternating current field measurement in Hershey, PA
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.