Showing posts from September, 2007

AUT - Time of Flight Diffraction on

TCR Engineering Services, as an NDT services company, routinely provide AUT using ToFD in India and Saudi Arabia. I wanted to give something back to the outstanding forum on and thought that one of the best ways will be to create a compilation of answers on ToFD that are so frequently asked on  I plan to update this thread as time permits so that we can all benefit from the collective wisdom of the contributors of this forum. Here are links and brief outlines to important discussions on Time of Flight Diffraction:Sizing a Defect using ToFDContributor Suresh on writes:However, over the last 20 years, TOFD has probably been used more in validations, round robin trials et cetera than any other NDT technique. From this, we have established that TOFD is probably the most accurate sizing technique for embedded defects presently available to the world. A recent test for a major oil company we did on some 30 rootcracks in thin walled material, which were compared to p…

TCR Engineering approved by Halliburton

On completion of the audit conducted by Halliburton Company (with representatives from Houston, TX), TCR received the formal approval today. The approval notice said, “Based on our visit and audit, TCR Engineering Services has been approved and recommended for services performed for Halliburton.”TCR is one of the select few material testing labs worldwide that have been approved by Halliburton. Suppliers and Vendors in India and elsewhere can count on the prompt and efficient services of TCR in the areas of Vendor Evaluation, Factory Audits, Third Party Inspection, Mechanical Testing, Chemical Analysis, Positive Material Identification (PMI), Non Destructive Testing (NDT including Automated UT using ToFD), Metallography, RoHS Compliance Testing, Corrosion Testing (including HIC/SSC), Failure Analysis Metallurgical Product Evaluation, Heat Treatment, Manpower Deployment, Training, Engineering Research and Consultancy.

NACE awards TCR the Best Laboratory Award

It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that NACE International (India chapter) has selected TCR Engineering Services (Navi Mumbai) as a recipient for the prestigious “Best Laboratory Award for 2007.”The award ceremony is going to be held in Hotel Intercontinental in Mumbai on September 26. I’d like to share this joyous occasion with you and will be delighted if you can make your travel plans and come to India on that date. TCR Engineering Services (TCR), a NABL and ISO 17025 accredited independent material testing laboratory in Mumbai, India undertakes a wide range of corrosion and stress corrosion test per ASTM, NACE or BIS. Tests can also be custom tailored to meet an individual client´s requirements.TCR´s material testing laboratory in India determines inter-granular corrosion attack, weight loss corrosion, pitting corrosion, Sour gas service corrosion tests for sulfide stress cracking (SSC), CSC, salt spray, and hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC) for oil and gas, power, construct…

History of ASME B31

Author JohnBreen writes on eng-tips that that The ASME B31 Code for Pressure Piping includes specific “books” for various piping applications.  The Code is dynamic and the “sitting committees” work at keeping the Codes up to date with current standard industry practice – note, not “cutting edge”, not “trend setting”, not “latest and greatest" - rather current standard industry practice.   The B31 Codes are not the final word, only the latest word.The history of the B31 Code is very interesting.  In 1926 the American Standards Associations, ASA (forerunner of ANSI) initiated project B31 to develop a pressure piping Code.  The resulting document, "American Tentative Standard Code for Pressure Piping, ASA B31.1 was issued in 1935.During the long history of the B31 Codes various “book section” numbers were assigned for development.  Some of these documents were developed but not used as the work was pulled into another “book”.  Others of them were withdrawn when superseded by an…

Glass World Expo 2008

Services International are organizing an exhibition GLASS WORLD EXPO’08 EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE  scheduled to be held at Bandra Kurla Complex Mumbai, India during 8th - 9th January 2008. Previous name of this Exhibition was Glass India & was held at Grand Hyatt Exhibition Ground, Mumbai, India.Glass World Expo is the 7th in the series of highly successful exhibition. They have been doing this exhibition from last twelve years, in the year 2006 the exhibition attracted the record 1500 trade & very focused International & National visitors from the glass industry. Glass World Expo 2008 is going to mark the next successful step in glass industry with our satisfied exhibitors.

Indian Institute of Metals in November

The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) is the premier organization representing metallurgical engineers and professionals engaged in metallurgical industry, research and development and related activities.
IIM is organizing (a) International symposium on Energy Related Materials on November 13, 2007, (b) National Metallurgists Day (NMD) celebrations on November 14, 2007 and (c) Annual Technical Meeting (ATM) during November 15-16, 2007 at Nehru Centre, Mumbai. A large number of persons from industry and R & D institutes in India are likely to participate in these events. During the NMD, eminent metallurgists of the country will be recognized by awards from the Ministry of Steels and by Indian Institute of Metals. The details of these programs are given at the web site http://www.nmd2007.comIf anyone is interested in presenting a paper at this conference, please contact Rohit Bafna at TCR.

New Corporate Presentation from TCR - India's Leading Material Testing Laboratory

Welding Symbol Guide

A good collection of Welding information on the net is located at:Fillet weld symbols
Groove weld symbols
Good Overall Welding Related information is located at

Industrial troubleshooting using Radioisotopes

TCR (India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia) in association with its Associates have upped its skills to now undertake intelligent pigging as well as other services to help conduct detailed quality inspections and assessments of pipelines/ reactors/ vessels/ process columns in refineries, petrochemicals, chemical, oil and gas industrial vertical.TCR now undertakes:• Blockage detection in underground pipelines • Leakage detection/location in pipelines • Gamma scanning of various process columns• Residence time distribution analysisBlockage detection in underground cross-country pipelinesTCR can undertake Blockage detection of almost all the major cross country pipelines using radiotracer pigs. Sealed source used is 5-10 mCi of 137Cs or 60Co. Associates of TCR have worked on the Mumbai - Pune 160 Km long pipeline, Kandla - Bhatinda pipeline, Vaizag - Vijaiwada 350 Km long pipeline and many other noteworthy projects.Leakage detection/location in pipelinesRadiotracers are extensively used for locati…

Innovative Pre-Treatment Techniques To Prevent Corrosion Of Metallic Surfaces

There has long been a need for effective pre-treatment techniques to prevent corrosion of metallic surfaces. This important volume discusses key research on the development of pre-treatment techniques for a range of metals. Chapters review various coatings and preparation methods for aluminium and aluminium alloys such as silane films, sol-gel coatings and magnesium-rich primers. Further chapters discuss the pre-treatment methods for steel, copper and magnesium alloys. The book also assesses methods for monitoring the effectiveness of pre-treatments, covering dissolution-precipitation mechanisms and their electrochemical behaviour.    Innovative pre-treatment techniques to prevent corrosion of metallic surfaces will be a valuable reference for all those concerned with corrosion problems and the use of pre-treatment techniques in the coatings industry.   View thecomplete index of this report.

Dataquest mentions RoHS Services of TCR

Dataquest, a computer magazine in India, has mentioned about theRoHS compliance Testing services in Indiaof TCR Engineering Services inan article titled“Going Green.” This article is written bySubbalakshmi BM (With inputs from Amrita Tejasvi in Delhi and Piyali Guha in Kolkata).
TCR Engineering Services providesRoHS testing in India to detect RoHS and WEEE non-compliance for restricted substances. TCR also conduct tests on Metals, Electronics,Soils, Mining, Minerals, Lead Inspection, Woods, Paints & Coatings, Oils & Liquids, Thin Films and Hazardous Waste Materials using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer.

ASNT Fall Conference @ Las Vegas

Why attend The American Society for Nondestructive Testing's Fall Conference and Quality Testing Show in Las Vegas this November? Why, because no other NDT conference brings together, at a single event, the array of utilizing industries, method applications and technology developments. Attend the 2007 ASNT Conference that features more than 115 papers, covering a range of relevant NDT topics. Enhance your current NDT knowledge. Earn valuable CEU's by participating in short courses or the post conference seminar. See the latest NDT developments in equipment and meet with service providers.
Rohit Bafna, Director Global Sales, from TCR will be at this conference. He looks forward to meeting everyone at the show.

Are you in Bahrain? Do you neet Metallurgical or NDT Services?

Do note that allof TCR’s Senior Management is going to be in Bahrain from Dec 2-5 and we will appreciate if we could meet your QA management at that time. Do note that our management team is doing a presentation of a paper at the Fourth Middle East Nondestructive Testing Conference and Exhibition (4MENDT 2007) which is being held at the Gulf International Convention Center, Kingdom of Bahrain from December 2 to 5, 2007. We are also having a booth at this exhibition and I request you to attend for the same.
There are a number of services we provide especially in the areas of metallurgy and we can be of great help toa company. Do also bookmark our website as new services are always posted there.

Are you sourcing Metal parts from India?

There are a number of areas where TCR can provide assistance toany sourcing projectsfrom India,especially when sourcing castings and forgings. We can undertake the following:Factory Audit of Forging and Casting Vendors
Third party Inspection (including dimension verification, documenting NCR’s and shipping audits) and Status Reporting
Material Testing including mechanical and chemical tests, corrosion studies and NDT
Sourcing Assistance (on a best effort basis, wherever possible)
Project Management
Engineering consulting especially in the field of metallurgy
Independent,third party inspection and quality assurance services, including Factory Audits, OEM Development, Raw Material Inspection, Initial Production Check, In-Production Check, Random Inspection and Loading Supervision directly on-site at your vendor / supplier location in India.Engineering Consulting tosource materials and products from India. On-site Quality Analysis directly at your supplier or manufacturer's location in In…

Talented NDT Level III Manpower - Now Available

As luck would have it, there have been a number of projects that ended at the same time and we now have 5 really talented NDT Level III personnel (some with additional API and AWS/CSWIP certifications) available to work as consultants on projects anywhere in the world. Our personnel are currently in India. The manpower rates from TCR are priced competitively and our qualified personnel are well regarded for their intellectual and documentation abilities. We can place these personnel at a short notice. Contact the sales team at TCR if interested.

Vacuum Box Test in India and Saudi Arabia

TCR Engineering Services (in India and the Middle-East) now undertakesvacuum box for testing welds on tank floors and floor to shell welds.This test method covers procedures for detecting or locating leaks, or both by bubble emission techniques.The technique is applicable to any test specimen on which a pressure differential can be created across the area to be examined. An example of this technique is the application of leak-test solutions to pressurized gas-line joints. It is most useful on piping systems, pressure vessels, storage tanks. TCR’s boxescan be fitted to the proper type of weld: butt weld, fillet weld, corner fillet weld.TCR’s vacuum boxes can be used to test as perAPI & ASME specification for in-service tanks and produces an operating vacuum of 20 inch Hg (10 psi).

Call for Papers: Fourth FICCI-Energy Technologies Forum 2008

Federation of Indian chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organizing the 4th International Energy Conference & Exhibition, Energy Technologies Forum 2008 (ETF 2008) from from 10th to 11th January 2008 in Mumbai. The theme of the conference is “Energy Future: Efficiency & Conservation”.  ETF 2008 offers an excellent opportunity to Energy Sector, their associates and academia to deliberate and showcase their services and products.The past three edition of ETF had been a grand success. In view of emerging business scenario and advances in technology in the energy Sector, ETF 2008 will bring out many value added opportunities to the participants. The technical & business topics of ETF 2008 will cover the whole gamut of Energy Sector i.e. Oil & Gas, Power & New and Renewable Energy.The energy-council is inviting technical deliberations by contributing a paper in the area of your interest. Theabstract may please be submitted positively by 30th September 2007 thro…

NDT Training - Course Material and Tests

NDT Resource Center has provided an excellent resource for all students that wish to learn more about Non Destructive Testing. The materials contain some interactive Flash and Java applets which help illustrate important concepts and can be used as NDT calculators. While the target audience in college students, NDT professionals may find the information interesting as useful as well.Course and Tests are placed for each for the subjects given below:NDT IntroductionVisual/Optical Testing (VT/OT)Dye Penetrant Testing (PT)Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)Ultrasonic Testing (UT)Eddy Current Testing (ET)Radiographic Testing (RT)Radiation Safety Acoustic Emission Testing (AE)Infrared/Thermal Testing (IRT)Remote Field Testing (RFT)

Oil companies find shortage of engineers

USAtoday reports on an article titled,“Oil companies scramble to find engineers.”Bustling oilfield activity and retiring baby boomers, among other factors, have petroleum outfits large and small trying to hire thousands of engineers, and experts say the trend is expected to extend into the next decade as worldwide energy demand grows."I've talked to quite a few of my peers, and we know we're in a good spot," Cornell University's Reasor said as she and Arsenault, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, took part in a week-long recruitment program sponsored by Royal Dutch Shell's U.S. arm. "It's nice to know we're needed."Management consulting firm Oliver Wyman says roughly eight in 10 global oil and gas companies forecast a shortage of petroleum engineers through at least 2011. The American Petroleum Institute said U.S. energy companies will need at least another 5,000 engineers by decade's end.Fossil fuels — despite efforts to find…

Articles on Failure Analysis

The Plant Maintenance Resource Centerestablished in 1996 byAlexander Dunn, an experienced Maintenance professional and Maintenance Consultant, based in Australia providesan extensive list ofArticles on Failure Analysis including articles from TCR Engineering Services.This site isfilled with high quality content, and relevant to modern Maintenance Managers and Maintenance Professionals.

Corcon 2007, a NACE India Event

TCR Engineering Services, India's leading ISO 17025 accredited independent materials testing laboratory and its associate company TCR Advanced Engineering Services will be exhibiting at the CORCON 2007 International Conference & Exhibition on Corrosion Control to be held on 26-28 September 2007 at Intercontinental Grand, Mumbai, India.The event is being organized by NACE International India Section. NACE International India Section (NIIS) established in 1992 promotes corrosion awareness to achieve aims and objectives of NACE International USA. Also part of this event is the NIIS Corrosion Awareness Award 2007.A number of Corrosion related tests are undertaken by TCR to determine weight loss corrosion, inter-granular attack, pitting corrosion, corrosion fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, sulfide stress cracking, and hydrogen-induced cracking. TCR’s Sour Service Corrosion Testing department undertakes Small Scale Tests and Full Ring Testing for SSCC (NACE TM 0177, EFC 16 and 17…

Radiation Safety Offer Needed in Yemen

Thecandidate should have a University graduate in science or related discipline and experience in Radiation safety. Experience of about seven years. They will sit for an exam at Yemen’s Atomic Energy Council. We need three of such personnel. Duration of contract: one year.Allowance of one month leave every six months.Food, accommodation, transport, including round trip tickets from India to Sanaa, Yemen will be provided by us..Working hours 11 hrs per day, seven days a week.Again, we want to notify you that Yemen’s National Atomic Energy has upgraded the qualification of the RPO should have a university degree and up to date Level II certificates and enough experience.To apply contact TCR Engineering Services.

Automated UT using ToFD

Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) is an advanced and automated weld examination technique that assists in Fitness For Purpose (FFP) inspections. Using TOFD, the expert NDT team members at TCR-KIL in Kuwait and TCR Arabia in Saudi Arabia perform amplitude-independent accurate flaw sizing on a wide coverage area.

TOFD is a fast and efficient way to scan a lot of weld area in a very short time period. Dead zones near the front and back surface can be enhanced using combined TOFD and conventional pulse echo techniques.

Now Hiring - Heat Treatment Technicians

Sr. PWHT Site In-Charge  Location:Initially in India and then moved to Saudi ArabiaStatus: StaffInterview Location: Navi Mumbai, IndiaOver 8 years of experience on refinery/ Petrochem/oil and gas plants project sites working on pre heating, post weld heat treatment of different kinds of components. Work will involvesupervising a crew oftechnicians and conducting interpretation of ASME, API and ASTM codes and specifications. Should be able to create working procedures based on code interpretation and ensure that all team members work inadherence to the quality standards of TCR.Must be well versed in Oil Fired Furnaces, Gas Fired Furnaces, Transformer and ceramic mats heating and Automatic temperature control units.Should have experience in making various types of small size furnace with ceramic heating mats for heat treatment of small components and welded spools. Must be well trained in repairing of electromagnetic yokes, heat treatment trans-formers, making of various kinds of heater…