What is NDT?

Non-destructive testing  refers to the non-intrusive analysis techniques used to evaluate the integrity of properties in materials, components and systems. The mainstay of NDT is that it doesn’t cause damage to what is being tested.

NDT technicians and engineers employ an extensive range of testing methods to assess if these properties are functioning as they should.  This allows any defects or areas of concern to be identified and remedied before a failure occurs. Once the exact condition of the properties is determined, effective preventative maintenance and/or repairs can be undertaken. As such, NDT is essentially a cost-effective quality assurance and information tool that plays a vital role in ensuring assets are fit for purpose and safe.

Regular testing can be performed at all stages of an asset’s life cycle from construction to maintenance. NDT is commonly used to:

  • Inspect and monitor condition of parts

  • Ensure integrity of parts

  • Detect defects

  • Comply with applicable regulatory standards

  • Improve reliability by providing information which allows for efficient maintenance planning

This results in:

  • Reduced operating and production costs by limiting unplanned downtime

  • Increased equipment and personnel safety

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