TÜV Rheinland Opens NDT Laboratory BOXBOROUGH, MA — In an effort to expand its presence in the southern United States, TÜVRheinland Industrial Solutions, Inc. (TRIS), a subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland North America Holding Inc., has commissioned a new nondestructive testing laboratory in Decatur, AL. Equipped with a variety of nondestructive testing equipment incorporating technologies such as computed radiography, ultrasonic testing and others, the new 8,000-square-foot facility will feature a start-up staff of seven, with employment expected to double or triple within the first few years. “As a company, one of our goals is to significantly grow the business we do in America’s south,” says Andy VanAusdall, director of sales for TRIS. “Our new lab’s dual offering of both labbased and on-site inspection services should greatly facilitate our meeting this objective.” Situated on the Tennessee River, 25 miles west of Huntsville and 80 miles north of Birmingham, Decatur is well positioned to serve the many automotive, aerospace, metalworking, high technology and other manufacturers located nearby, making it fast and easy to ship products to the laboratory for NDT inspection. The region’s numerous chemical and petroleum processing facilities, and their extensive networks of piping and pressure vessels, are well within reach of the laboratory’s field testing capabilities. “Along with our traditional manufacturing and processing customers, we can now work with state and federal transportation departments and railroads to field-test the integrity of bridges and rails,” continues VanAusdall. “Our extended capabilities and partnership with our sister company, TUV Rheinland Rail Sciences, has greatly expanded the scope of services each of our companies can offer to its clients.” The new laboratory is located at 35 Refreshment Place in Decatur and will be managed by Blake Whiteside, operations manager for TRIS. West Penn Accelerates Test-Process Development in Wake of FAA Approval of Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing NEW KENSINGTON, PA—West Penn Testing Group, a provider of nondestructive testing and material testing services, reports completion of FAA approvals for phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT). According to Albert Fletcher, director of sales of West Penn Testing, “The titanium- billet-phased-array group, made up of jet-engine OEMs, titanium-billet manufacturers and aerospace forgers, has passed a crucial milestone with the approval last month of PAUT. After a three-year effort, the aerospace industry now has an alternative to multi-zone ultrasonic testing.” Fletcher says that as a result of the FAA approval, West Penn has sped up its program to develop test protocols that meet the requirements of individual OEM customers. “We have the trained people in place and the schedule to install the additional equipment well underway. Now, as we begin to receive the detailed testing requirements from various jet-engine OEMs, we can adapt our process to satisfy the demands of specific customers.” West Penn reports that a number of tasks must be completed before high volumes of titanium billets can be run through the PAUT process. These tasks include certification of the process for each jet-engine OEM and its suppliers, further equipment-manufacturer evaluations and selection, and final approvals for testing procedures related to data capture, manipulation, analysis and reporting. “It is possible these issues can be resolved during the first half of 2012,” says Fletcher. “In any event, by that time West Penn will be in a position to conduct a high rate of titanium billet inspections.” For more information, visit www. Westpenntesting.com MoviTHERM Awarded NDT NASA Contract HOUSTON, TX—The NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX has awarded MoviTHERM Advanced Thermography Solutions a contract for an infrared non-destructive test (NDT) system for the purpose of testing advanced composite structures and materials. The NDT test system uses a thermal camera from FLIR Systems and various thermal excitation sources. Halogen lamp arrays and Xenon flash lamps induce a low temperature thermal wave into the surface of the composite material. The system then analyzes the reflected thermal wave over time and is able to detect defects and inhomogeneities in the makeup of the material. The NDT system, known as composite check, uses a lockin thermography method for enhanced sensitivity to highlight material defects such as voids, foreign material inclusions, impact damages and delaminated areas. From the international space station to the recently announced space launch system program, a super rocket - more and more conventional materials are being replaced in favor of composites. However, despite all the advantages that composite materials offer, there are also significant challenges in the manufacturing process that demand new inspection technologies. DeChellis Named President/ COO at West Penn Testing NEW KENSINGTON, PA—West Penn Testing Group, a provider of nondestructive testing and material testing services, has appointed James C. DeChellis, formerly vice president/COO of West Penn, to the role of president and COO. West Penn Testing reports that advances in numerous nondestructive testing technologies, as well as changes in the regulatory environment of multiple markets, have created a need for the company to respond. “Bringing new technologies and capabilities on line is challenging,” says N. David Campbell, West Penn’s chairman and CEO. “In light of the progress of phased array ultrasonic testing in aerospace, waveform-capture DGS ultrasonic testing in energy, and new materialstesting requirements for implant components in the medical manufacturing sector, it is critical for West Penn to develop strong leaders who can stake out a competitive position for the company in important market segments.” According to Campbell, since DeChellis joined West Penn Testing in 1997, the company’s workforce has tripled in size and the number of plants in the West Penn network has grown from one to three.
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