Ultimately, nondestructive testing is one of the best ways to extend the life of your most expensive assets. Nondestructive testing is typically conducted on critical equipment and machines that require a lot of tender love and care. Most plant managers would be willing to spare no expense to protect their assets, but with nondestructive testing, safety doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Ultrasonic testing is one of the best ways to cut costs without cutting corners on safety. Here’s how ultrasonic testing inexpensively makes your assets safer.
Ultrasonic testing functions a lot like its name sounds. Similar to how an ultrasound works at a doctor’s office, ultrasonic testing in NDT involves the same principles of using sound waves to travel through an object to identify discontinuities.
If the sound waves strike material with a different acoustical impedance, this reflects back and the nondestructive testing technician is able to isolate the flaw in the component. Not only does this method detect flaws in general, ultrasonic testing can help to determine the location of the flaw as well, ensuring a more expedient repair process.
While there are a number of different nondestructive methods that can work for different jobs, the low cost of ultrasonic testing is one of the primary reasons many NDT technicians choose this inspection method.
Ultimately, ultrasonic nondestructive testing is a slightly more expensive option than other, less sophisticated testing methods.
It goes without saying that the training and equipment required to conduct ultrasonic testing is bound to be more expensive than, say, visual testing. Visual testing is a very basic inspection method that relies primarily on the naked eye’s ability to identify flaws and defects.
While this method may technically be cheaper in the short term, it could end up costing you. Flaws lying below that surface that are undetectable to the naked eye may be ignored, resulting in a catastrophic (and expensive) asset failure.
Ultrasonic testing is an inspection method that goes below the surface to check for flaws. The flaws could be due to daily wear and tear or even poor manufacturing. This means that, even if an asset is fresh off the line, you cannot completely trust that it will be safe for operation.
Nondestructive testing methods, like ultrasonic tests, are thorough and cost-effective ways to invest in the safety of your assets, lengthen their lifespan, and project against costly damage.
The budget-friendly nondestructive testing services provided by the professionals at TXNDT are a great way to care for your assets and be proactive against damage.
Our technicians will work with you to determine the specific needs of your assets and the services that are right for your budget.