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West Penn Testing Group

November 21, 2011 09:00 ET

West Penn Testing Earns Siemens Approval and Becomes Only Qualified Supplier of DGS-Testing in Western Hemisphere

NEW KENSINGTON, PA--(Marketwire - Nov 21, 2011) - West Penn Testing Group (, a supplier of material testing services, today announced it has been qualified by Siemens to provide automated-DGS, waveform-capture, contact ultrasonic testing (UT) for land-based, gas-turbine components. Director of Sales Albert R. Fletcher said, "This qualification is significant, because it validates our offering of the first alternative to the immersion-UT standard."

"We have long been the western hemisphere's only supplier of automated-immersion-waveform UT for large, gas-turbine disks," Fletcher said. "Now, by adding non-immersion-inspection technology to our portfolio, we can make available another unique, material-testing capability."

The qualification from Siemens resulted from a two-and-half-year collaboration among the energy-disk forger, West Penn Testing and Siemens. Fletcher reported that the collaboration focused on test-process improvements: "The new test we are qualified to perform can reduce test-setup times, enhance testing repeatability and capture massive amounts of data regarding both the test and its setup. Forgers and customers view these benefits as a step toward increased quality assurance and productivity."

Fletcher commented that West Penn has exited the R&D phase of automated-contact-UT inspection and is now in full-production mode for customers from around the world: "We currently have large turbine disks in our facility that were produced in Europe and Asia, as well as a steady stream of industrial-gas-turbine components weighing up to 26,000 pounds that were produced in North America."

West Penn is an independent, third-party laboratory with a history of pioneering testing technologies in highly competitive markets. The company often works on long-term, collaborative testing initiatives involving commercial organizations at multiple levels of the supply chain, as well as private institutions and government agencies.

About West Penn Testing Group

Founded in 1952, West Penn Testing Group (WPT) offers an extensive array of independent non-destructive testing, chemical testing and material testing services. WPT serves customers in the power generation, metals, aerospace, nuclear, commercial manufacturing, military 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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