Saturday, June 28, 2008

TCR Arabia - NDT in Saudi Arabia

The office in Saudi Arabia is now under full operations complete with NDT technicians and administrative staff.

The services TCR Arabia, based in Saudi Arabia, provides include Mechanical Testing, Chemical Analysis, Positive Material Identification (PMI including onsite carbon detection), Non Destructive Testing (UT, DP, MP, PT, Automated UT using ToFD, Helium Leak Detection, Ferrite Measurement, Portable Hardness), Metallography, Welder Qualification (as per ASTM, ASME and API), RoHS Compliance Testing, in-situ Metallography (with SEM and EDAX), Corrosion Testing (including HIC/SSC), Risk Based Inspection as per API 581, Failure Analysis, Fitness for Service as per API 579, Vendor Evaluation, Factory Audits, Third Party Inspection, Metallurgical Product Evaluation, Post Weld Heat Treatment, Manpower Deployment, Training, Engineering Research and Consultancy using NDT Level III and AWS/CSWIP inspectors.

Please visit to know more.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

TCR chairs session at Conference on Condition Monitoring

CII is organizing a Conference on Condition Monitoring on 27 June 2008 in
Hotel Express Residency, Alkapuri, Vadodara with the objective of helping
the process based industries in the central Gujarat zone understand and
adopt industry relevant condition-based monitoring practices. Central and
southern Gujarat is home to large number of chemical, petro-chemical,
pharmaceutical and fertilizer industries contributing roughly 60% of the GDP
of the state. Gujarat contributes nearly 50% the petro-chemical, 30% of
chemical and 30% of the fertilizer output of the country. With such a solid
national profile, it's but obvious for these industries in Gujarat to remain
competitive by adopting the latest technologies to prevent production down
time and enhance the asset utilization.

In this backdrop, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is holding a one
day conference on 'Condition Monitoring' to discuss about the emerging
technologies in the field of maintenance practices with specific reference
to condition monitoring, helping the SMEs demand and adopt customized
condition monitoring practices and design and develop industry specific
condition monitoring guidelines. The conference would seek participation
from both existing large companies using condition monitoring practices as
well as SMEs, who have heard about it but are reluctant to implement the

Mr. Paresh Haribhakti of TCR Advanced Engineering is charing a session on
June 27 at this conference.

Conference venue details are:

Maple Room

Hotel Express Residency

18/19 Alkapuri Society


Tel : 0265 2337899

Fax : 0265 2337978

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Article from TCR now Published on

A technical whitepaper written by Mr. V.K. Bafna and Mr. Paresh Haribhakti
on In-Situ Metallography for the Plant Health Assessment Study and Failure
Investigation has now been published.

The article has been published in the Database.

Document ID: 5651
Title: In-Situ Metallography for the Plant Health Assessment Study and
Failure Investigation

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Customer Appreciation in Saudi Arabia

The NDT Services team of TCR Arabia has gotten good appreciation from recent clients. Here


View the following letters given by our esteemed clients on completion of our projects.

SINOPEC - Appreciation letter for ToFD Services

Tekfen at PetroRabigh - Appreciation letter after 8 months of ToFD Project

PetroRabigh (Rabigh Refining & Petrochemcials Co.) - Appreciation on ToFD


We undertake ToFD, PMI (both XRF and OES for onsite carbon detection), Conventional NDT, Helium leak Testing,, Eddy Current and many other tests in Saudi Arabia. Do visit to know more.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stainless pipes shipped without tests

5 June 2008 (Source:


Nisshin Steel Co. confirmed that it had shipped 550,000 stainless steel pipes without conducting required non-destructive testing for detecting defects and tests for ability to withstand hydraulic pressure and air pressure. The Nisshin Steel plant in Amagasaki of the western Japan prefecture of Hyogo failed to carry out the testing, mandatory under Japanese Industrial Standards and fabricated test data for some steel pipes manufactured at the plant in the past five years. A Nisshin Steel in house investigation of test data found that a total of 480,665 stainless steel pipes were shipped without non-destructive inspections or tests on hydraulic pressure out of 4,311,205 subject to such tests. Tests were also not conducted on 71,756 stainless steel pipes of 2,485,458 subject to air pressure resistance testing. Nisshin Steel is the third Japanese steelmaker at which testing data fabrication has been revealed, following similar cases late May at JFE Steel Corp and Nippon Steel Corp.


Read more at:


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Jaidev Patel Passes ASNT Level III

TCR is happy to announce that Mr. Jaidev Patel has passed the ASNT Level III certification for UT and MT.


Mr. Patel, works out of the TCR Advanced Engineering in Baroda.


His details are:

Jaidev H Patel
Baroda, INDIA

ASNT ID: 177600



Exp. Date






Congratulations are in order for Mr. Patel.


Hardness Tester - HL 200

TCR Engineering Services has got the agency to market the portable Hardness Tester HL 200 (made in China) all across India and the rest of the world. The Model  HL 200 Portable Hardness Tester – China make comes with the following standard configuration -



Main body

1 No


D type impact device With cable

1 No


Standard test block

1 No


Cleaning brush (I)

1 No


Small support ring

1 No


Alkaline battery AA size

4 Nos



1 No


Instrument case

1 No


DataPro software for HL200

1 No


Communication cable

1 No


Tool for battery cover

1 No



1 No


To place an order for this portable hardness tester, please contact TCR Engineering Services on email. Visit to know more.


Nilesh Pathare is now an ASNT Level III

TCR congratulates Mr. Nilesh Pathare in passing the ASNT Level III Exam in UT and MT Methods.


Mr. Pathare, currently working at TCR Mumbai will soon be taking a more active role in the company’s partner operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. TCR continues to pay a lot of emphasis on developing and recruiting talent. The goal at all times is to meet and exceed customer expectations. Please visit in India to know more about TCR Engineering Services.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Looking to Hire in India and Saudi Arabia

We have new requirements opened at our laboratory in Navi Mumbai for the following job positions:


-          General Laboratory Technical Head (10+ years in Lab Management, experience in all Metallurgy)

-          Physical Laboratory Techninican (Experience in Tensile, Bend, Hardness)

-          Corrosion Specialist


We have the following job positions in our Saudi Arabia office:


-          AWS/CSWIP Professional

-          ToFD Experts (omniscan)

-          Sr. PWHT Technicans


Our positions fill up fast and you are required to send an email with your resume and salary expectation to



Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Photo Gallery

TCR is now showcasing pictures and images from within its offices regarding new projects, travels of team members, site visits etc. All our photo gallery is now online.


Please visit to see images from TCR Engineering Services in India and visit to see pictures from TCR Arabia based in Saudi Arabia.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

TCR Malaysia moves to a new location

TCR Engineering Services, India leading material testing, NDT, inspection and corrosion services company has now opened a office in Malaysia, under the umbrella of Approved Group International, it will act both as representative office as well as a sample collection centre for the main lab in India.

The services TCR provides include Mechanical Testing, Chemical Analysis, Fatigue and CTOD, Positive Material Identification (PMI including onsite carbon detection), Non Destructive Testing (Conventional NDT including Automated UT using ToFD and Thermography), Helium Leak Detection, Vendor Evaluation, Factory Audits, Welder Qualification (as per ASTM, ASME and API), Third Party Inspection, in-situ Metallography (with SEM and EDAX), RoHS Compliance Testing, Corrosion Testing (including HIC/SSC), Failure Analysis, Risk Based Inspection, Metallurgical Product Evaluation, Heat Treatment, Manpower Deployment, Training, Engineering Research and Consultancy using NDT Level III and AWS/CSWIP inspectors.

The company looks forward to undertaking the following projects in Malaysia:
- Fitness for Service
- Remaining Life Assessments
- Failure Analysis
- Insitu Metallographic Replicas
- Helium Leak Testing
- High temperature hydrogen attack evaluation
- Reformer Tube Inspection
- Eddy Current Testing
- Supply of Manpower for Plant Shutdown
- Metallurgical Trainings

The office in Malaysia is located at:
C/o Approved Group International
Global Headquarters:
No 6 Jalan DBP 3
Dolomite Business Park
68100 Batu Caves
Selangor, Malaysia
24-hour hotline: +603-6188 6311
Offices in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

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 South Africa, please visit

All Work and No Play

Team TCR greatly benefits from having a young and dynamic group of Employees. Our, Mr. Atul, is an outstanding all-rounder in Cricket and has represented many clubs in Leagues in Mumbai. See here is a picture of Atul with Irfan Pathan, India’s leading cricket allrounder.

TCR bags project in Kazakhstan

Weatherford has awarded TCR Engineering a NDT services project in Aktau, Kazakhstan. The crew members with equipment have reached the site on May 19 and started work. As part of this project, an ARCMET 8000 has also been sent from TCR’s base in India to Kazakhstan. Using 99.9% pure argon gas, the crew members from TCR provide positive material identification and complete chemical composition on flat and round surfaces using adapters.
The TCR team members take extra case when using the Argon gas of 99.999% min purity. The gas flow also has to be controlled as per the instrument requirements, as even setting an improper flow rate can lead to improper purging, eventually leading to a deviation in the test results.

The team is also undertaking other NDT tests.

Here are some pictures of the crew:

Prasad Doddi and Manoj Mistry: Expert Crew Members from TCR in Kazakhstan

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Update Released - MiC 3.0

Microstructure Characterizer is a powerful image analysis software for Metallurgical use. It installs easily. MiC offers unique and combination algorithms to characterize variety of materials through measuring different aspects of the microstructure.


The newly released version 3.0, offers Grain Size measurement & Distribution, Inclusion Rating as guidelines given in various international standards, Graphite Morphology analysis, Nodularity Rating, Iron-Carbon diagram with Carbide Rating, Hardness Profiling and Effective Case Depth assessment and more.


TCR is now providing a fully working trial version for 5 days.


Please visit


MiC 3.0 features include:

Grain Size

Measurement and Distribution Plots. Specialized MiC Feature on super-impose of distribution. Guideline available for ASTM, IS (Automatic and Manual modes)


Volume Fraction

Capable to detect five phase variants. Supports ASTM Specialized MiC feature on Distribution of Volume Fraction.(Automatic and Manual modes)


Inclusion Rating

Guidelines available on JIS, ASTM, IS, DIN. Specialized MiC feature of simplified Inclusion Measurement (Automatic and Manual modes)


Graphite Morphology

MiC has built-in engine to recognize the shape of phase in case of cast iron. Supports JIS and ASTM.


Nodularity Assessment

MiC identifies 2D projection of particles. Feature of great use to assess toughness property of Malleable Iron.


Hardness Profile

Use of hardness measurement module enable to accurately measure the diagonals. Add-on feature of MiC to find ECD (Effective Case Depth) over micro-hardness profiles.


Particle Sizing

MiC provides optical interface for automatically counting number of particles and individual size. MiC classifies to histogram and generates statistical analysis. Options are provided for reporting tool.


Linear Measurement

MiC offers a useful feature for Plating Thickness/ Nitrided Layer/ Case hardened layer/ Individual Nodule-Grin Diameter/ Pearlite Lameale Lathe Distance measurements with precision.


Customized Report

MiC extends full flexibility to maintain customer-friendly report style, embedding letterhead and print formats to readily adopt prevailing practice/ standards.


Ease of Operation on MiC

·         MiC acquires images from one or more files or can make use of attached camera to grab and analyze.

·         MiC can enhance images through various filtering and enhancement tools. These specialized features allow to see important characteristics of the images with high clarity.

·         MiC generates 100 percent customized reports as per operator's choice.

·         MiC has built in - one touch calibration that allows great user friendly procedure to calibrate the software system for all image resolutions. The procedure is once for all done at the time of first time use and no need to repeat.



TCR LIMS now Available

TCR has decided to sell its LIMS software to other labs and research institutes across the globe. The well designed laboratory information management software (LIMS) from TCR addresses the needs of commercial labs and ensures that they provide a customer focused solution for all material testing, NDT and calibration services.


The LIMS software addresses the needs of various departments in a lab such as:

Customer Service

Physical Testing: Tensile, Bend, Hardness, Impact

Chemical Analysis: Complete Chemical Composition

Metallurgical Testing: Microstructure Analysis

Corrosion Testing: Inter-granular Corrosion as per ASTM A262, HIC and SSC Testing

Non Destructive Testing: UT, DP, MP, RT

Invoicing and Finance


View more about this latest product from the team at TCR from the URL: