Industrial non-destructive testing (Industrial NDT) is a method of testing something that you’ve manufactured or that is in operational use to check for any and all anomalies without damaging the component itself.
While there are many forms of non-destructive testing, one popular form is radiography testing, which is simply using an X-ray machine to make an image of the component in question.
Often, NDT testing using X-rays can be performed with the part being tested in its operational configuration. This type of testing is known as in-situ X-ray inspection or in-situ radiography.
In-situ X-ray inspection can be used to evaluate the integrity of components such as pipelines, pressure vessels, and other equipment without the need for disassembly or downtime. This type of inspection can provide valuable information about the condition of the component, such as the presence of cracks, corrosion, or other defects that could affect its performance.
In-situ X-ray inspection requires specialized equipment, such as portable X-ray machines or imaging systems, that can be brought to the location of the component being tested. The X-ray source is positioned on one side of the component, and the detector is positioned on the other side. The X-rays pass through the component and are detected by the imaging system, which generates an image of the internal structure of the component.
In-situ X-ray inspection can provide an accurate assessment of part integrity than testing performed on a disassembled or isolated component.
It’s often used to check for flaws or defects, but it has many more applications, including inspection of complex internal components or structures and measurement of internal dimensions and angles.
For many businesses, it’s important to keep the X-ray film that’s created when this testing is done. This is a permanent record that the component met the required specifications.
If a component fails, this could become an important piece of evidence that there wasn’t a manufacturing flaw.
However, these records are not kept forever, and for many businesses, they pile up over the years and decades, taking up valuable storage space that could be put to better use.
In Alabama, Protec Recycling is your local NDT X-Ray recycling expert. Learn more about NDT X-Ray recycling with Protec Recycling by visiting our website’s X-Ray Recycling page or give us a call at 205-549-2120.
At Protec, we safely and securely recycle old X-ray film of all sorts, including lithographic film — not all recycling businesses are able to handle X-ray film.
When you send us the film (or arrange to have Protec pick it up within our Alabama service area), we dispose of it in the safest way possible, ensuring that noxious fumes are not emitted when it’s destroyed or that the chemicals in the X-rays aren’t leaked into the environment, as would happen if the X-rays were illegally burned or dumped in a landfill.
We also provide you with a certificate of destruction proving that the X-Ray film has been destroyed in a manner that protects all confidential information on or associated with the film.
From one-time X-Ray recycling to regularly scheduled service, Protec Recycling helps you safely (and securely) recycle NDT film. To schedule a pickup, call our office at 205-549-2120 or visit our Contact Us page today.