Non destructive testing inspections (also called NDT inspections) refer to the processes of inspecting, testing, and evaluating materials or parts for possible discontinuities or malfunctioning aspects — all without destroying the material or part. There are countless industries and businesses that can benefit from NDT inspections, but the truth is, many businesses don?t consider NDT inspections, simply because they aren?t sure what the process entails.
Non destructive testing is ideal for testing a large number of samplings, and it?s also a good option if your materials are costly to produce; unlike destructive testing, the samples won?t be destroyed during the inspections.
The main benefits with NDT are pretty obvious: it saves time, it saves money, and it allows you to test every item you produce (rather than just a small sample, which may not accurately represent the whole group). If your products are on their way to your customers, NDT testing can provide thorough inspections while still keeping the items in good condition; if you?re still doing product development, non destructive tests can help you find flaws in your prototype and compare different models.
The most common non destructive testing inspections include ultrasonic, magnetic-particle, liquid penetrant, radioactive, and remote visual tests. Various types of electromagnetic radiation, particles, and sound waves may be used in NDT inspections, depending on the composition of the item and the reason it?s being tested.
NDT testing may seem like a complicated matter — and that’s because it should be! In order to provide the most comprehensive assessment possible, it’s essential that you work with an NDT testing company that knows exactly what to do.