METEK Fine Tubes has been awarded a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) NADCAP accreditation for its ultrasonic testing processes at Merit status. The prestigious accolade was achieved following an exacting audit by global industry Non-Destructive Testing expert, Marc Warchol from Texas, on behalf of the Performance Review Institute. The audit took place over two days at Fine Tubes’ premises in the U.K. and remains valid until August 2024. Merit status is the result of low or no findings during the process audit.
Fine Tubes’ ultrasonic testing process involves introducing ultrasound waves inside the tube under scrutiny and using specialist equipment to process the results. The test’s response data is then analysed against known reference standards to check for anomalies. Anything unexpected can reveal flaws or defects in the tubes outside diameter, inside diameter or inside the wall, which could signify safety or quality concerns.
The NADCAP accreditation means that Fine Tubes can maintain its preferred supplier status for key aerospace customers such as Airbus, as well as ensure the integrity and safety of its tubing products. Fine Tubes has also been named as an NDT-accredited organisation on the Performance Review Institute’ Qualified Manufacturers List.