Monday, November 19, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Rohit Bafna to present paper in "Case Study of ToFD"

Mr. Rohit Bafna, Director of TCR Engineering Services will present a technical paper on "Case Study of ToFD" at the Fourth Middle East Nondestructive Testing Conference and Exhibition which is being held at the Gulf International Convention Center, Gulf Hotel in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. Mr. Bafna's paper will be presented on December 3, 2007 at 3:25 PM.


As a part of this paper presentation, Mr. Bafna will highlight a recent ToFD project which was done for Kuwait Oil Company (under the EPC contractor of Hyundai Heavy Industries). The scope of the project was for Detection and sizing of discontinuities in the weld joints for thickness of 19mm to 45mm shell plates located on crude oil tanks at the Crude Export Facilities at NTF, STF and MAA in Al-Ahmadi, Kuwait. Flour Daniel was the Inspection Agency on the project.


ToFD inspection project was done under the guidelines as per API 650 appendix U. Evaluation of surface flaws were further investigated by Magnetic Particle Testing as per ASME Section VIII Division 1 Appendix 6.


During the paper, Mr. Bafna will present:

- Project Planning and Crew Selection

- Details of Calibration Block

- Selection of Probes and Scanner

- Demo and Test Plans including calculation of PCS

- Reporting Formats

- On-going Documentation and creation of Database of repairs

- Challenges encountered on the project


Details of the technical program are at


TCR will also showcase all of its NDT services at the Fourth Middle East Nondestructive Testing Exhibition including Automated UT using the Time of Flight Diffraction (ToFD), Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Helium Leak Testing, Dye Penetrant, Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL), Positive Material Identification (PMI), In-situ Metallography (Metallographic Replication), Pre and Post Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) and more. Senior level representatives from TCR will be on-hand at this event to answer and respond to all technical and commercial inquiries.


For more information about analytical and material testing facilities at TCR Engineering Services and her associate companies in Mumbai, Vadodara, Navi Mumbai, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and USA, please visit .

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

QA/QC Inspectors needed Urgently

TCR Arabia LLc. (Saudi Arabia), a division of TCR Engineering services (India) wants to urgently hire 5 QA/QC Engineers with the following job profile. Please submit your resume in MS Word Format including your salary expectation. Work site is near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and we will provide a 6 months long contract. If the candidate is suitable then this contract period will be extended for upto 2 years. Food, Housing, Accommodation , Visa and Travel expenses will be borne by TCR Arabia. Candidate applying must provide their salary expectation as well as immediate date of availability.



To contribute to the operation of the Quality Control (QC) on site by preparing and  implementing components of Quality Controls Plans and Procedures according to Company Quality Control procedures.



·         To undertake QC functions in the workplace for daily QC activities.


·         To conduct inspection of raw materials, bought out items and review of Material Test Certificates (MTC) and the specification requirements.


·         To undertake tracking of materials according to project specifications.


·         To supervise and manage all Quality Assurance (QA)/QC functions in the workplace and manage a team of QC engineers and welding inspectors for day to day QA/QC functions


·         To coordinate with Non Destructive Examinations (NDE)  sub contractors for enquiry quotations


·         To coordinate with testing Agencies for Procedure Qualification Records (PQR) and all other required tests.


·         To interface and coordinate with clients for production and QC matters and coordinate with third party inspection agencies for all related inspection activities


·         To act as a focal and coordination point for ISO internal and external audits and to conduct internal and operation audits


·         To plan and undertake Subcontractor audits and reviews of Sub contractor  quality control programs


·         To interface and coordinate with clients for production and QC matters and coordinate with third party inspection agencies for all related inspection activities.


·         To prepare Inspection Test Plans (ITP) according to project requirements and client specifications.


·         To conduct job, painting and materials welding  inspections for daily activities.


·         To plan and conduct Subcontractor inspection activities and reviews of Sub Contractor activities.


·         To input data related to weld inspection.


·         To coordinate Non Destructive Testing (NDT) activities and review of NDT reports


·         To supervise staff for reporting, recording and inspection activities



Assessing / EvaluatingPlanningTaking info from sensesLearning / ResearchingReviewing / EvaluatingDecidingCheckingIntegrating / Coding / Estimating



·         Maintain standards of safety and comply with Company’s Health, Safety & Environment Management System requirements.

·         Take reasonable care of own health and safety and that of others in the workplace.

·         Follow and maintain Company standards of Quality in accordance with Company Quality System requirements




·         Data Analysis

·         Report writing and business and technical correspondence

·         Team leadership

·         A 4 Years Bachelors of Engineering degree in a relevant discipline.



·         CSWIP 3.1 welding inspection

·         ISO Lead Assessor Training

·         4 to 6 Years of work Experience as an Engineer with experience in ISO systems, Non destructive testing techniques, Welding techniques and inspection


To apply, please send your resumes to


Monday, November 12, 2007

Middle East Nondestructive Testing Conference and Exhibition

The Saudi Arabian Section of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing in association with The Bahrain Society of Engineers is organizing the 4th Middle East Nondestructive Testing Conference and Exhibition at the Gulf International Convention Centre, Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain on 02 – 05 December 2007 under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, the Minister of Oil & Gas.  The Theme for the conference is “Advanced NDT Technologies: Challenges and Implementation”.


TCR Engineering Services and its associate companies will be exhibiting at the Fourth Middle East Nondestructive Testing Conference and Exhibition (4MENDT 2007). TCR Engineering Services (A leading ISO 17025 accredited independent materials testing laboratory) and TCR Advanced Engineering Services from India, TCR-KIL from Kuwait and TCR Arabia from Saudi Arabia will be based in stall # H07 at the exhibition.


 TCR will showcase its NDT services at the exhibition including Automated UT using the Time of Flight Diffraction (ToFD), Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Helium Leak Testing, Dye Penetrant, Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL), Positive Material Identification (PMI), In-situ Metallography (Metallographic Replication), Pre and Post Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) and more. Senior level representatives from TCR will be on-hand at this event to answer and respond to all technical and commercial inquiries.


The theme for this conference is "Advanced NDT Solutions: Challenges and Implementations." The conference and exhibition will focus on the challenges of identifying, developing and implementing of advanced NDT technologies on the petrochemical industry facilities. The highlight of the Fourth Middle East Nondestructive Testing Conference and Exhibition will be the informative keynote address and plenary lectures by distinguished international figures in the field of NDT.


Mr. Rohit Bafna will be presenting a paper on “Case Studies for ToFD” outlining the company’s recent Automated UT using Time of Flight Diffraction projects in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.


Mr. V.K. Bafna, Managing Director of TCR Engineering Services and Mr. Paresh Haribhakti will be presenting a poster paper at this conference on "In-Situ Metallography for Plant Health Assessment Studies and Failure Investigation."


As an NDE technique, In-situ metallography is considered important for assessing the health of the equipment, which operates under different plant conditions. The acceptance of in-situ microstructure assessment is from the fact that industry needs safe, trouble free and productive operations by adopting to predictive maintenance approach. The in-situ metallography has the strength to meet these requirements. Critical components of Oil and Petrochemical refineries, Power generation units, Fertilizers, Chemical industries are subjected to the variety of hostile environments that necessitates microstructure assessments to monitor in-service degradation.


The paper presented will allow a plant manager to understand the in-situ metallography technique in detail and assist them in conducting real-time component condition monitoring and health assessments.


Keynote Speakers:


Marwan F. Basrawi

Mr. Marwan Basrawi is a member of the ASNT Board of Directors and the founding Director of ASNT Region 19 (Middle East). He is also the founding chairman of ASNT’s Saudi Arabian Section (SAS). He continues to lead the establishment of organized and credible NDT in the region through NDT training, certification, conferencing and active ASNT sections. There are currently three ASNT Sections in the Middle East: SAS, UAE and the Egyptian Sphinx, of which the first two are already in this year’s top 15 most active sections of ASNT.



Hermann Rosen

Hermann Rosen is the Founder, Owner and President of the ROSEN Group of companies based in Switzerland . As a young engineer, he started the company over 25 years ago with a vision to be the leading partner providing sophisticated NDT solutions and services to the customers. Since then he pioneered many concepts in the NDT inspection field. He has driven the growth of the ROSEN Group from one man business to global business with more than 1000 specialists and with offices around the world. He strongly believes in ongoing R&D and embraces new technologies. High-Technology, innovation, flexibility and service minded: these are the key words by which he confronts challenges.



Charles J. Hellier

Mr. Hellier has over 45 years of experience in Nondestructive testing, Quality Assurance and Inspection.  He is a past President of ASNT and holds an ASNT Level III certificate in five NDT methods.  He is a Fellow of ASNT and also is involved with the Nondestructive Testing Management Association (NDTMA).  Chuck also holds membership in ASME, ASTM, AWS, ASM and ABFE (Fellow).



David E. Russell

Mr Russel is founder of Russell  NDE Systems Inc. offering a wide range of electromagnetic technologies to the Petrochemical, Water and Power industries.  He was Vice Chairman of the Electromagnetics Testing Committee of ASNT and assisted the Handbook Development Committee of ASNT in the development of the Nondestructive Testing Handbook, Volume 5: Electromagnetic Testing.  He holds ASNT Level III certification in RT, UT and ET and assisted the Advisory Committee for the drafting of the first ASTM Standard Practice for In-Situ Examination of  Ferromagnetic Heat-Exchanger Tubes Using Remote Field Testing, which resulted in the publication of ASTM spec E-2096.00 He developed the first commercial Remote Field Testing (RFT) system for the examination of small diameter carbon steel tubes in1984 and since has developed many tools for RFT & MFL applications.



Dr. Joseph L. Rose, Ph.D.

Dr. Rose is author of over ten patents, four textbooks, and over 380 articles on ultrasonic NDE, wave mechanics, guided waves, medical ultrasound, adhesive bonding, concrete inspection, pipe and tubing inspection, and composite material inspection. Dr. Rose has served as principal advisor to over 30 Ph.D. students. He received a variety of awards including: American Society for Nondestructive Testing achieved in 1973; Fellowship Awards in 1985, 1997, and 2000; Tutorial Citation Award in 1986; became an ASNT Fellow in 2000, and was recipient of the Mehl Honor Lecture Award in October 2001. Dr. Rose has managed over 20 million dollars in ultrasonic research and development funding with early projects primarily on signal processing and pattern recognition and most recent exclusively on guided wave analysis and application.


For more information, Please contact

Conference Secretariat

The Bahrain Society of Engineers

P.O. Box 835, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 17 727100,

Fax: +973 17 729819




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Friday, November 02, 2007

Prevent Lead based toys from reaching Children

TCR Engineering Services, an India based material testing and quality assurance company undertakes tests using X-Ray Florescence (XRF) portable alloy analyzers on Metals, Electronics, Soils, Mining, Minerals, Woods, Thin Films, Paints & Coatings, Oils & Liquids, and Hazardous Waste Materials.


As awareness continues to increase on the ill-effects of Lead (Pb) in day-to-day products in India and overseas, TCR Engineering Services undertakes classification of definitive positive/negative results for Pb using the portable XRF instruments. The XRF instrument of TCR can detect of lead in Paints & Coatings, Oils & Liquids. The tests are done in-situ and it can help in establishing area contamination boundaries and depth profiles including assisting in site investigations, delineation and contamination patterns.


The lead inspection service from TCR allows manufactures in India to create lead-free landfills, hazardous clean-up sites, consumer electronic materials, children's toys and jewelry, cooking or eating materials, packaging, and several other materials.


Using services from TCR, large corporation can prevent, incidents like the recent large scale toy recall reported by Mattel. Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, recalled nearly one million toys in the United States today because the products were covered in lead paint. According to Mattel, all the toys were made by a contract manufacturer in China. Speaking of the new recall, Nancy A. Nord, acting Consumer Product Safety Commission chairwoman, said in a statement, "These recalled toys have accessible lead in the paint, and parents should not hesitate in taking them away from children."


Mattel is hardly the first manufacturer to encounter a breakdown in the Chinese production chain. In recent months, factories in China have been sources of poisonous pet food sold in stores in the United States, dangerous car tires, and lead paint on the popular Thomas & Friends wooden toys.


In India, TCR is working with both small and large corporations to ensure quality products are delivered that have no hazardous substances that can hard our health, safety or the environment.



Welding Certification and Welder Qualification Services from TCR

TCR Engineering Services has expanded its quality assurance and third party inspection services to include a comprehensive welder certification and welding procedure qualification program. As part of this enhanced service offering, TCR will undertake the following:

·         Welder Qualification Testing for performance qualification and certification of welders (a welder / welding operator performance qualification - WQT) to ASME, ANSI, AWS, API code

·         Preparation of Weld Procedure Qualification as per client or project requirements.

·         Coupon Testing as per Weld Procedure Qualification which includes visual examination, mechanical testing, metallographic examination and non destructive testing.

·         Documentation of the Procedure Qualification Record as per ASME, ANSI, AWS, API codes

·         In depth weld inspection to include review of the applicable qualification e.g. weld procedure specification, welder performance qualification and validity for process materials and consumable items, equipment, set up and other factors, including certificates of calibration and/or conformity governing the work.

·         Check safety of set up and operation having due regard for self, welder and other workers in vicinity, particular in respect of ultraviolet radiation from arc during welding.


The welding inspector deployed at a site from TCR will be responsible for monitoring and verifying that the following functions of the work conform in all aspects to the specific requirements of the relevant code, specification and/or standard:

-          Check correct weld procedure(s) employed.

-          Check weld procedure and welder qualifications.

-          Inspect weld profile preparation.

-          Inspect joint fit-up

-          Check filler metals and consumable materials

-          Check correct welding performance parameters observed

-          Perform visual examination upon completion of welding

-          Monitor pre and post weld heat treatment, where specified.

-          Monitor the physical examination including non-destructive test, hydrostatic test, mechanical test etc. If needed, the inspector may choose to send test coupons to the TCR Engineering Services' material testing laboratory.

-          Ensure that all necessary visual inspection is completed and verify that all other necessary non-destructive examinations are executed in the specified manner for the method and coverage by appropriately qualified personnel.


When, and where, required the inspector shall employ the following equipment to aid in the performance of duties:

a)      Inspection mirrors.

b)      Torch or other electrical lighting facilities (permitted by safety codes eg. 24V system etc.)

c)       Physical size measuring instruments such as welding gauge, rule, vernier etc.

d)      Electrical parameter measuring instruments such as ammeter, voltmeter etc.

e)      Temperature measuring instruments (thermometer)/aids (thermo chalk).


All TCR welding inspectors are generally certified in accordance with the requirements of at least one of the following schemes - Certification Scheme for Weld Inspection Personnel (CSWIP), American Welding Society (AWS), BGAS (previously British Gas ERS), and/or ASNT Level II VT. All inspectors have the ability to interpret various standards including ASME B&PV Code, Section IX, API Std. 1104 and ANSI / AWS D1.1.


The Welding Inspection department at TCR is headed by Mr. Nilesh Pathare who has over 11 years of experience in QA /QC inspection in oil and Gas industry, Petrochemical and refineries and is qualified as a  CSWIP 3.1 Welding Inspector, AWS-CWI, BGAS- CSWIP Painting Inspector and ASNT LEVEL II UT, MT, PT, RT. He is experienced in pressure vessel fabrication (static equipment) inspection and Third Party Inspection of materials like plates, pipes, forgings, casting at a vendor's location. He also has hands on experience in NDT (UT, MT, PT) and Radiographic Film interpretation and Destructive testing of various materials.


To know more about TCR's welding or third party inspection services, please communicate with Mr. Percy Lakdavala, Project Manager  - TPI at +91-9833530600 or send an email to

NDE 2007

An exciting exhibition and conference, NDE-2007, in the field of non destructive testing and quality assurance is taking place on November 28-30, 2007 in Vadodara, India under the aegis of ISNT. TCR Engineering Services (Mumbai) and TCR Advanced Engineering (Vadodara) will be showcasing their service offering at this exhibition.


TCR, India's leading material testing, NDT and quality assurance company will showcase the company's complete range of NDT services including Automated UT using the Time of Flight Diffraction (ToFD), Helium Leak Testing, Third Party Inspection, Factory Audits, Welder Qualification, NDT Training, Infrared Thermography, Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Dye Penetrant, Eddy Current, Positive Material Identification (PMI), In-situ Metallography (Metallographic Replication), and more.


As a committed QA partner for all major companies in the state of Gujarat, TCR extends is hearty congratulations to the Vadodara chapter of ISNT which has the unique privilege of organizing the NDE-2007 event as a part of its Silver Jubilee Year Celebrations. To celebrate this occasion, TCR will be having random prize drawings at its exhibition booth. Senior representatives of TCR from all over the world will be available on the sidelines of this exhibition to answer to specific project related queries.


We welcome you to visit us at:


Stall number: 75

Venue:  Hotel Surya Palace, Parsi Agiyari Ground, Vadodara

Date: November 28-30, 2007


Should you need any local assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Paresh Haribhakti on +91-93762 55165.


For more information about analytical and material testing facilities at TCR Engineering Services and her associate companies in Mumbai, Vadodara, Navi Mumbai, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and USA, please visit