Local NDT company performs testing on Airbus components

7th October 2011 By: Joanne Taylor

Training and inspection company African Non-destructive Testing (NDT) Centre says it is currently the only company in the country performing high-volume NDT testing on Airbus aircraft parts.

“We use more than 1 000 films a day, performing X-ray inspections, in addition to fluorescent penetrant testing of those parts,” says African NDT Centre GM Hennie Fourie.

The Centurion-based centre is preparing itself for further growth in the aerospace industry and specifically the ultrasonic testing of composite materials for the Airbus A350, where automated immersion testing will be done to achieve high volumes.

To meet Airbus’s testing standards, personnel at African NDT Centre are trained and qualified through the French National Aerospace NDT Board, or Cosac.

On the training side, he says, currently, the company is the only training facility in this country that offers and complies with the latest European Aviation Safety Agency qualification and certification.

“There are only three companies, including the African NDT Centre, that have an NDT inspection system accredited by the National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accredit- ation Program,” he states.

Further, as an NDT training facility, the African NDT Centre is the only facility in the country that is approved by the British Institute of NDT and offers straining and exams towards the British Personnel Certification of NDT certification scheme.

The centre recently added eddy current training and welding inspection to the existing port- folio of penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, radiographic testing and ultrasonic testing. Advanced techniques, such as phased array and time-of-flight diffraction as well as level-three training and examinations, are in the pipeline.

“The African NDT Centre is looking forward to exceptional growth in the coming years, both in the provision of training and aerospace inspections,” says Fourie.

The company has appointed experts from the industry to meet the demand for expertise, and is working with key people to achieve objectives.