SOURCE: West Penn Testing Group

West Penn Testing Group

February 08, 2012 09:00 ET

West Penn Testing Appoints Oscar Lewis Director of Quality

NEW KENSINGTON, PA--(Marketwire - Feb 8, 2012) - West Penn Testing Group (www.westpenntesting.com), a provider of non-destructive testing and material testing services, has hired Oscar Lewis as Director of Quality. James C. DeChellis, West Penn's President/COO, said: "Oscar's Level III credentials, 20 years of NDT experience and four years as a quality engineer for a medical device OEM make him ideally qualified to provide top-notch service to our medical-industry customers."

Lewis is no stranger to West Penn. In his previous employment with a joint-replacement implant manufacturer, he regularly audited West Penn's testing capabilities. He said, "It is essential for implant makers to have complete confidence in the quality of the materials they use. West Penn provides the quality assurances that reduce risks for manufacturers."

Commenting on strengthening business conditions, DeChellis said, "As customers firm up long-term requirements, and work with us to calculate the resources needed to satisfy those requirements, they simultaneously give us the market signals we need to justify investment and expansion -- and we have been acting on these signals. For example, in 2011, our pool of qualified inspection technicians grew 65 percent. In 2012, it will grow by another 50 percent."

West Penn inspects the full spectrum of titanium, stainless-steel, cobalt-chrome and nickel-based-superalloy grades specified for medical applications. The company also tests medical-grade polymers. "West Penn performs tests that meet the industry's most exacting standards," Lewis said. "For example, we routinely inspect for internal defects 0.8mm in diameter, or to a Class-AA or number-2-flat-bottom-hole level."

About West Penn Testing Group

Founded in 1952, West Penn Testing Group (WPT) offers an extensive array of independent nondestructive testing, chemical testing and material testing services. WPT serves customers in the metals, aerospace, nuclear, commercial manufacturing, military, medical and automotive sectors. The company is headquartered in New Kensington, Penn., with operations in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. WPT is ISO-9001 and AS-9100 Registered. It is also A2LA ISO-17025 Accredited, Nadcap Accredited for ultrasonic, liquid-penetrant and magnetic-particle inspection, and is an FAA Repair Station for ultrasonic, eddy-current, liquid-penetrant and magnetic-particle inspections.

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