NEW KENSINGTON, PA--(Marketwire - Jun 15, 2011) - West Penn Testing Group (www.westpenntesting.com), a provider of material testing services, is the laboratory supporting a six-member industry group seeking to establish a new testing technology for titanium billets. The group, made up of three jet-engine manufacturers, two titanium-billet suppliers and one aerospace forger, submitted its data package for FAA approval of Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PA) on June 10.
According to Albert Fletcher, General Manager of West Penn Testing, "After the submission of the data package last week, group members accelerated work on a new specification, which is envisioned as an upgrade from the conventional inspection requirement. The new AMS industry testing standard will be modeled on this new specification and will eventually replace the old AMS-2628 and be added as an option to the ASM-2631 standard."
Fletcher said the new specification will eliminate the multi-zone ultrasonic testing (MZ) option for inspecting rotor-grade titanium billets at a future date and thenceforth will require the PA inspection.
Mark Pompe, Director of Technology and Level III at West Penn, said, "Using the 6-inch-to-14-inch-diameter standards and material as a starting point, and using the test platform developed by West Penn, the group's trials confirmed that PA meets the MZ sensitivity requirements. These data underpin the submission to the FAA. As a result of our involvement in this initiative, West Penn is now positioned to offer PA inspection systems to the industry."
West Penn estimates that as much as 40 percent of its titanium-billet and forged-component inspection services are provided for material purchased by international OEM.
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 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.