28 August 2012
28 August 2012
A specialist NDT laboratory operated by global testing group Exova has been approved by Airbus to carry out three methods of Non Destructive Testing considered vital to the aerospace sector.
Exova says Martyn Bills, Technical Manager at its Dudley lab, has now been approved by Airbus as a Level 3 NDT specialist for three testing methods: radiography, magnetic particle flaw detection and penetrant flaw detection. The approval means that Exova Dudley can carry out these critical tests for the aerospace giant, which requires an NDT Level 3 technician to oversee such work. Level 3 approval signifies attainment of the highest level of competence.
According to Exova, Martyn has already been accredited as an NDT Level 3 technician under the separate ASNT scheme (American Society of Non Destructive Testing), an international qualification which is designed to establish a minimum standard of competency for NDT personnel across the globe. However, many of the prime aerospace manufacturers, including Airbus, also require personnel to test to their own Level 3 standards.
Jonathan Pugh, General Manager, NDT services for Exova Dudley, said “Airbus is a key customer for Exova so we are delighted to have expanded our testing capability in this manner. The Level 3 accreditation is prestigious, and further demonstrates our commitment to the aerospace sector and consistently ensures we have the highest trained staff available.”
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