Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) has successfully completed an audit and was reapproved by Nuclear Industry Assessment Committee (NIAC) member Crane Nuclear Inc. Laboratory Testing Inc. provides suppliers, fabricators and manufacturers in the nuclear industry with materials testing, nondestructive testing and metrology services. The results of the recent NIAC audit approved LTI for another three-year term and under the NIAC Shared Audit Program were distributed to NIAC members that have a business relationship with the laboratory.
“Thirty-four NIAC member companies have shared the assessment results obtained by the audit performed by Crane Nuclear Inc. As a result of this single NIAC audit, LTI is approved to provide materials testing, nondestructive testing and metrology for all of these companies. This is the largest group of NIAC members, so far, approving LTI based on the NIAC audit,” said Frank Peszka, Director of Quality.
According to Crane Nuclear, the purpose of the audit at Laboratory Testing Inc. was to verify implementation of the quality system manual. The audit also verified compliance with applicable portions of NCA-3800, NQA-1 2008/09 Addenda, NQA-1 1994, 10CFR50 Appendix B, 10CFR21, and N45.2 as related to performing chemical analysis, mechanical testing, metallurgical testing, nondestructive testing, dimensional inspection, calibration, specimen machining and sample preparation.
In addition to NIAC member approvals, LTI has been audited and approved by NUPIC and many other companies in the nuclear industry. Laboratory Testing Inc. tests, analyzes and inspects materials and parts used in constructing new nuclear sites and in upgrading or repairing existing facilities, and provides all required testing for the utilization of unqualified source material. LTI also performs root cause failure analysis on parts that fail while in service. An extensive list of chemical analysis, metallurgical testing, mechanical testing, corrosion testing and nondestructive testing provides information nuclear customers need about material composition, mechanical properties, flaws and inconsistencies. Certified Material Test Reports in accordance with ASME Section III NCA-3800, 10CFR50 Appendix B or NQA-1 are provided with each order.
NIAC was organized in 1994 by quality professionals in the nuclear industry to share auditing services among its members. The intent was to eliminate the redundancy and added costs associated with individual external supplier audits. NIAC members perform assessments on suppliers common to at least one other NIAC member and then share the results with other members which utilize the audited supplier. The NIAC Shared Audit Program utilizes a standardized methodology in performing assessments that includes following a member approved audit checklist. Membership in NIAC is open to suppliers having a 10CFR50 Appendix B or equivalent DOE quality program, and compliance with the NIAC Charter.
About Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI)
Laboratory Testing Inc. (labtesting.com) of Hatfield, PA is a materials testing and metrology laboratory in business since 1984. LTI specializes in metals testing and inspection, polymer testing, chemical analysis of metals, powdered metals, ores, ferroalloys, composites and ceramics, test specimen machining, dimensional inspection and calibration of measuring tools and instruments. The lab is PRI Nadcap accredited and accredited by A2LA to ISO/IEC 17025. An array of mechanical testing, metallurgical testing, corrosion testing, chemistry and nondestructive testing services are performed to industry specifications by LTI. Certified material test reports and certificates of calibration provide customers with detailed inspection results. Failure investigations are conducted to determine the root cause of material failures and test specimens and samples are prepared at LTI. First-article and third-party dimensional inspection services are performed on machined products and parts. The calibration lab provides dimensional, pressure, force, torque, electrical, temperature, mass and vacuum calibration services traceable to NIST. On-site calibration service is offered for surface plates, hardness testers, optical comparators, temperature controllers, balances, electrical instruments, testing machines, hand tools and other equipment. LTI provides new measuring instruments, replacement parts and repairs.