The backbone of any testing laboratory is its quality system. This is especially true for a laboratory such as NDE Labs which has maintained approvals from a large number of U.S. aerospace prime contractors and others abroad for almost 40 years.
Our quality system is built around the requirements of ISO 9002 and its aerospace counterpart AS 9000. In addition to this, the quality system complies with and has 3rd party accreditation (through Performance Review Institute).
With digital ultrasonic inspection equipment and four automated scanning systems, including a twelve-axis gantry, NDE Labs is capable of efficiently testing items ranging from simple plate stock to complex composite structures.
NDE Labs has the capacity to perform film-based x-ray and gamma ray radiography on various materials up to approximately 3 1/2" of steel or equivalent. We maintain Iridium 192 gamma ray capability and x-ray capability up to 320 Kv constant potential.
We perform penetrant inspections using various methods including water washable, post emulsified, fluorescent and visible dye, and high and low sensitivity levels. We also have pre-penetrant etch capability for aluminum parts up to five feet in length.
We perform both wet and dry magnetic particle inspections and we have machines capable of receiving parts up to eight feet in length. Larger parts can often be inspected using portable equipment or special cable wrap techniques.
We perform eddy current inspection on both new and in-service parts using state-of-the-art eddy current inspection equipment. Our involvement goes from technique development to specimen inspection and evaluation, including production of necessary probes and reference standards.
Our procedures include microstructure evaluation, grain size determination, micro inclusion rating, grain flow determination, heat treat evaluation (including case evaluation using microhardness testing), forging and casting defect evaluation and plating thickness measurement.
Tensile and shear testing up to 120,000 lbs. can be performed on machined test specimens or fasteners. Instrumented, computer controlled tensile tests can be performed on machined specimens providing yield and modulus data. Fasteners up to 1" diameter can be tested.
Our digital microscope provides enhanced capabilities for evaluating and documenting surface discontinuities found during NDT operations. Additionally, it is invaluable for metallurgical fracture face evaluations and for documenting and measuring various surface conditions.