SOURCE: West Penn Testing Group

West Penn Testing Group

October 31, 2012 09:00 ET

West Penn's Qualification of New Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing System Anticipates Shift to SIM-16 Requirement

NEW KENSINGTON, PA--(Marketwire - Oct 31, 2012) - West Penn Testing Group (, a provider of non-destructive testing and material testing services, has qualified its new Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) system. Mark Pompe, the NDT Level III who led the West Penn effort to improve the process of inspecting rotor-grade titanium, said, "SIM-11 allows ASM 2628 MZI until November 30, at which time inspection to SIM-16 requirements takes effect."

Commenting on the transition from SIM-11 to SIM-16, Pompe said: "The mandate is real, the requirement immediate, and 'work around' options non-existent. The aerospace industry now has a new specification to guide inspection of titanium material used to forge disks, shafts, hubs, seals, spacers, couplings and other flight-critical components."

Pompe added that PAUT provides significant technical benefits. "PAUT eliminates overscans. For this reason, much less data is needed to assure quality. The new system uses no wheels, the transducer not the test article moves, so previous elliptical movements of the test article that complicated analysis have been eliminated. Only one transducer needs to be set up to run a test."

According to Jim DeChellis, "West Penn will be the first and only test lab to supply PAUT in conformance with the SIM-16 specifications. We have the system on the shop floor. Trials, testing certification, and the first-customer qualifications are in process. And we are now receiving inquiries from customers at every level of the supply chain."

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 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. WPT is the only test lab in the world with certified phased-array, ultrasonic-testing capabilities.

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