The term “aerospace” typically refers to the industry that researches, designs, manufactures, operates, and maintains vehicles moving through air and space. Aerospace is a very diverse field with a multitude of commercial, industrial, and military applications.
Any product or part that falls into the aerospace industry category usually receives some type of non-destructive testing (NDT). Some even get multiple inspections using more than one inspection method. Testing is commonly performed during the manufacturing stages to constantly monitor or detect any changes in the material that might occur from manufacturing processes.
Aerospace industry manufacturers usually have exact specifications and regulations in place for manufactured parts. Typically anyone providing services for them must comply with these specifications and be an approved vendor. Approvals from some of these manufacturers require certifications such as NADCAP, ISO, or AS9100. Others require additional on-site audits and evaluations to determine a supplier’s capabilities and to witness correct process demonstrations. Once successfully meeting audit requirements, specific supplier approval or supplier certifications are issued.
Every method of NDT has been used in the aerospace industry, whether in research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, or re-build. In fact, this industry constantly performs research on NDT including the improvement of existing methods and development programs for new methods.
American Testing Services performs testing/inspections for this industry in every method we have available. We have also worked with the United States Air Force in NDT research.