Magnetic Permeability Testing

PTS carries out Magnetic Permeability Testing on a wide range of metallic materials using fully calibrated portable equipment including permeability meters capable of taking extremely accurate and sensitive readings to 0.001µ. Inspection can be carried out either in a workshop, on in service items at sites around the country or at our purpose built laboratory in the Midlands.

Ultrasonic Inspection / Testing (UT)

Ultrasonic inspection is the method of using high frequency sound waves to test for imperfections in metals and other materials. By emitting sound waves into a test object, echos are produced by the sound waves reflecting off inclusions or imperfections in the material itself.

Radiography / Radiographic Inspection / X-Ray (RT)

X-ray radiographic inspection is a method of NDT which uses ionising radiation to view a volumetric image of a weldment, forging or casting that cannot be viewed in any other way.

Weld Inspection / Visual Inspection

Weld Inspection or Visual Inspection covers a variety of tasks. Pre welding, during welding and post welding inspection covers the visual assessment and measurement of weld preparations and finishes.

Welder Coding / Weld Procedures

PTS consultants have expertise in all aspects of welding and can assist in every aspect of Welder Coding and Welding Procedure Qualification to all European and American standards.

Positive Material Identification (PMI) (XRF)

Positive Material Identification (PMI) using the XRF technique is a method which gives fast and reliable results for all your material identification needs. The portable hand held XRF analysers can be used to identify a variety of materials including steels and a variety of other metallic alloys.

Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) (PMI)

Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) is a form of positive material identification (PMI) which uses spark analysis to assess a materials chemical analysis, this is primarily used on carbon and alloys steels to assess carbon, phosphorus and sulphur content.

Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI)

Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI) is a method primarily used for detecting surface breaking discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials. It works by magnetising the component and then applying ferrous particles in the form of an ink to the item, with any surface breaking discontuities being shown by the collection of the particles.

Dye Penetrant Inspection (DPI)

Dye penetrant inspection (DPI) is used to detect surface breaking discontinuities such as cracks or porosity in non-absorbant materials i.e. steel, aluminium, composites etc.

Ferrite Inspection

Ferrite testing is used to measure the ferritic content in different applications of steel. The feritscope uses a method called magnetic induction to measure the ferritic content of a given sample.

Hardness Inspection

Hardness is a measure of how resistant solid matter is to various kinds of permanent shape change when a force is applied. Correct hardness values are important as an item that is too hard might be over brittle and prone to fracture, whereas as item that is not hard enough may deform under stress.

Paint Inspection

Painting inspection is the assessment of the application of protective paint coatings on steel or other surfaces. A correct protective coat is crucial in determining the service life of a component. Incorrect application can lead to corrosion of steel and premature failure of items.