Guide to Non-Destructive Testing

Date: November 2, 2015

Aside from core manufacturing processes such as creating precision investment castings and metal injection moulding, we also offer a range of other essential services, including non-destructive testing. Important though this process undoubtedly is, many are still unsure as to exactly what it entails, and how it can be useful – so today we’re going to run you through the basics of what non-destructive testing is and why it’s necessary.

Whatever You Want it to Be

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One of the things that can make non-destructive testing seem a little bit mystifying is the fact that it doesn’t refer to a single technique, but rather to a set of criteria which incorporates many different processes under its broad umbrella.

These criteria are generally that the technique used should uncover flaws in materials and structures without causing any damage itself – hence, ‘non-destructive’. In practice, this translates into a huge variety of options for those who require non-destructive testing, including chemical analysis, micro structure investigation, x-ray, ultrasonic testing, microscopy and corrosion testing – all of which can be provided by Dean Group, alongside a wide selection of other possibilities.

It’s also important to point out that not every method of non-destructive testing is as complex as those that we’ve listed here, and it can also refer to something as simple as visually inspecting a material for damage.

Why does it Matter?

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At the simplest level, non-destructive testing is important because it helps to ensure the strength, safety and security of the materials that you use and the structures you produce. Traditionally, this referred mainly to the use of x-ray or ultrasonic to find cracks and other structural flaws within materials, however over time it has expanded to incorporate testing for anything which could potentially affect performance or safety.

The capabilities of non-destructive testing mean that it is possible to uncover potential risks without affecting the performance of fully functional and unflawed materials, meaning that you can be sure about the integrity of the items that you produce without worrying about unnecessary damage causing unnecessary waste.

Virtually every industry can benefit from non-destructive testing in one way or another, but it is particularly recommended for those such as oil and gas, construction, military, aviation, power and aeronautics – and it is particularly important when dealing with equipment or structures which could potentially be dangerous if they malfunctioned.

To benefit from the non-destructive testing services on offer here at the Dean Group, simply get in touch with us today; our friendly and experienced team will be more than happy to discuss your needs. You can contact us online or call 0161 775 1633 to find out more.

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