SAFETY

The safety of equipment, facilities and people is at the forefront of our concerns and led to the creation of the IEP. We have a long-standing history as a service provider in this sector, from drafting standards focused on the safety of products to tests for equipment certification and inspection of safety in facilities.

We also provide consulting and training, on topics directly related to the safety of equipment and people.

Infrastructure assessment, both via technical inspections, non-destructive testing and third-party audits, also helps to ensure that every industry can have the confidence to operate in full compliance with legal requirements and regulations

AVAILABLE SERVICES

Inspeção

Inspections

Consultoria

Consulting and Auditing

ensaios laboratoriais

Laboratory Testing

Calibração

Calibration

Energia e Infraestruturas

Energy and Infrastructure

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Electrical Installations

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Gas Installations

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Fuel Installations

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Lifts, Escalators, Conveyor Belts and Good Lifts

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SHOW VENUES AND RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT

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In the field of electrical installations, IEP works on a wide range of activities, including inspections of electrical facilities, self-consumption system audits (inspection of implementation and installation of photovoltaic systems), metering system audits (validation of meters and ensuring communications are operational), measuring ground resistance, potential gradient, ground continuity and resistance, as well as issuing technical reports on electricity, including analyses of electrical facilities design projects.

In the regulatory area, specifically, as part of the electrical installations regime, as published in Decree-Law No. 96/2017 of August 10, and as an Inspection Entity for Electrical Installations, IEP conducts inspections of Type A and Type C electrical installations.

IEP has built a specific website for Electrical Inspections to submit inspection requests with automatic payments simply and effectively.

> LIGHTING NETWORK FAULT LOOP IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENTS

> ASSESSMENT OF STATE OF REPAIRSSESSMENT OF PERMANENT ACCESS CHAMBERS

> MEASUREMENT OF POTENTIAL GRADIENTS

> OPERATING EARTH ELECTRODE RESISTANCE MEASUREMENT

> VOLTAGE DROPS

> INITIAL INSPECTIONS

> ELECTRICITY METER INSPECTIONS

> SELF-CONSUMPTION SYSTEMS

> EXPERT REPORTS

> INSPECTION OF GENERATOR SETS

> CONTINUITY OF PROTECTIVE CONDUCTORS AND EQUIPOTENTIAL BONDING

> ANALYSIS OF ELECTRICAL POWER GRID DESIGN PROJECTS

> WORKSITE SUPERVISION (PERMANENT ACCESS CHAMBERS, POSTS)

> ASSESSMENT OF STATE OF REPAIR OF WOODEN POSTS

> SOIL RESISTANCE MEASUREMENTS

> PROTECTIVE EARTH ELECTRODE RESISTANCE MEASUREMENT

> PERIODIC INSPECTIONS

> DISTRIBUTION GRIDS

> PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS

> SELF-CONSUMPTION SYSTEMS

> RESISTANCE OF ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION INSULATION

> EXPERT REPORTS ON POLARITY, VOLTAGE AND CURRENT

> RESIDUAL CURRENT DEVICE TRIPPING

> PROJECT ANALYSIS

IEP is accredited by the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology and the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation (IPAC) as a Gas Inspection Entity.

It carries out initial, regular, extraordinary and other inspections of gas installations, under the terms of the gas installations regime, published in Decree-Law No. 97/2017 of August 10.

Technical reports on gas installation projects and on any other aspect of gas installations.

>  REGULAR INSPECTIONS

>  PERIODICAL INSPECTIONS – BUILDINGS

 >  INITIAL  INSPECTIONS

 >  INITIAL  INSPECTIONS – BUILDINGS

The IEP is accredited by the Portuguese Institute of Accreditation (IPAC) as an Inspection Body for Pressure Equipment (ESP) and Simple Pressure Vessels (RSPS), to carry out in-service inspections under Decree-Law No. 131/2019 of 30 August, and its Supplementary Technical Instructions (ITC).

Equipments:

Compressed Air Pressure Vessels

Steam generators and similar

Liquefied petroleum gas reservoirs (<200 000L)

ESP without applicable ITC

RSPS- Compressed air pressure vessels

>     INITIAL INSPECTIONS

>    INTERIM INSPECTIONS

>    EXTRAORDINARY INSPECTIONS

>    ANALYSIS OF REPAIR OR CHANGE DESIGN COMPLIANCE

>    RE-EVALUATION OF CONFORMIDA

>    PERIODIC INSPECTIONS

>    APPROVAL OF REPARATIONS OR AMENDMENTS

>    ANALYSIS OF INSTALLATION DESIGN COMPLIANCE

IEP is accredited by the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology and the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation as an Inspection Entity for Gas Installations.

Primary, periodic, extraordinary and other inspections of gas installations, under the regime of gas installations, as per the Decree-Law No. 97/2017 of August 10.

Technical reports on gas installation projects and on any other aspect of gas installations.

> INITIAL INSPECTIONS

> INITIAL INSPECTIONS – BUILDINGS

> OPENING INSPECTIONS

 >  REGULAR INSPECTIONS

> PROJECT ANALYSIS

As a Notified Body, IEP assesses the compliance of lifts, with a view to their going into operation under Directive 2014/33/EU.

As an Inspection Entity for Lifts, IEP conducts periodic inspections of lifts, dumbwaiters, conveyor belts and escalators, as per the Decree-Law no. 320/2002, December 28.

Expert reports, technical audits and professional advice on all matters regarding lift installations.

Energy efficiency of lifting machinery.

>  INITIAL INSPECTIONS

 >  EXPERT REPORTS ONON LIFTING MACHINERY

>  REGULAR INSPECTIONS

 >  ENERGY EFFICIENCY OFOF LIFTING MACHINERY

IEP was the first entity to operate in this area, at the invitation of the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation (IPAC) and was also the first entity to be accredited as an Inspection Body for this sector.

In relation to show and public recreation venues, IEP is conducts scheduled yearly inspections of circuses, traveling bullfighting arenas, recreational sites, merry-go-rounds, bumper cars and other mechanical recreational equipment, as set out in Decree-Law no. 268/2009 of September 28.

 > CIRCUSES

 > BULLRINGS

> MERRY-GO-ROUNDS, BUMPER CARS, INFLATABLES…

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ENVIRONMENT

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Health and Safety at Work

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Nowadays, environmental issues are an ever-growing concern. With the aim of building a sustainable world, IEP has developed a range of services that allow us to respond not only to legal requirements but also to provide companies with higher standards in their respect for an improved environment.

IEP, therefore, provides environmental consulting services (system implementation, environmental licensing), circular economy consulting, environmental characterization consulting (noise, gas emissions, effluents), equipment and product characterization consulting (energy label, ROHS), among others.

To carry out these services, IEP has a team of qualified technicians at its disposal, as well as the right equipment to allow it to respond effectively to its clients’ needs.

Many of the services offered are carried out by the several accredited laboratories that are part of this institute.

 >  ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

 > ENVIRONMENT AND WORKSITE SAFETY SUPERVISION

Over the last few decades, we have been part of major safety projects carried out in the business sector as well as in public network infrastructure.

We draft emergency plans and health and safety plans, assess industrial, technological and professional risks, and recommend self-protection measures.

We implement health and safety at work systems and carry out internal audits.

We are also responsible for the organization of external OSH services for national companies in every business sector.

> SAFETY AUDITS

 > INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS

 > INVESTIGATION OF WORK-RELATED INJURIES

 > FIRE SAFETY

 > ATEX DIRECTIVE

 > DRAFTING OF HEALTH AND SAFETY PLANS

 > ENVIRONMENT AND WORKSITE SAFETY SUPERVISION

COORDINATION OF WORK-SITE SAFETY

 > INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT OF MACHINERY DIRECTIVE COMPLIANCE

 >  VISUAL INSPECTION OF WORK EQUIPMENT (DECREE-LAW 50/2005)

 > INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE

 > DRAFTING OF EMERGENCY PLANS

 > HEALTH AND SAFETY AND WORK MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

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ELECTRIC AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

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ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY

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ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS

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ACOUSTICS AND VIBRATIONS

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CONSTRUCTION

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RADIATION AND RADIOCHEMISTRY

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ENGINEERING MACHINERY, STRUCTURES AND PRODUCTS

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The ever-increasing exchange of products on a global scale, so typical of today’s markets, has led to a need to encourage trust between everyone involved – manufacturers, consumers and official bodies – in a technically credible manner, but which is also compatible with a reduced “time to market” of most current products. This, in turn, has led to the increasing adoption of technical standards in the European Union’s regulations and in the legislation of its Member States, which have converged on essential product requirements. As such, there is a need to assess compliance of electrical and electronic products in order to be granted the CE marking required in the European market, covering safety requirements (Low Voltage Directive), electromagnetic compatibility (EMC Directive) and energy efficiency (EcoDesign and Energy Labeling Directives), among others.

IEP’s laboratories provide manufacturers with a wide range of electrical and electronic product testing, based on European and international standards, for assessment of the compliance of these products.

These laboratories are accredited by the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation – IPAC. Thanks to the EA and ILAC agreements, of which Portugal is a signatory, the tests carried out by IEP are officially recognized throughout the world.

IEP’s laboratories are also recognized in Europe by ETICS – European Testing, Inspection and Certification System (ENEC, KEYMARK and CCA agreements) and internationally by the IECEE – International Electrotechnical Commission System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (CB agreements). Thanks to these agreements, manufacturers that turn to IEP for the certification of their electrical and electronic products have direct access to the certification marks used in many other countries.

Check here our list of tests under intermediate flexible accreditation.

> LAMPS AND LAMP SYSTEMS – SAFETY TO PHOTOBIOLOGICAL EFFECTS

 > ECO-DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

 > ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT – SAFETY

 > ELECTROMEDICINE EQUIPMENT

 >  LOW VOLTAGE INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT – OTHERS

 >  LOW VOLTAGE INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT – SOCKETS

 >  LOW VOLTAGE INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT – SWITCHES

 >  LOW VOLTAGE INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT – BOXES

 > CHECKING THE DEGREES OF PROTECTION ENSURED BY THE ENCLOSURES (IP, IK)

 > PHOTOBIOLOGICAL ASSAYS

 > TANNING CENTERS (SOLARIUMS)

 > ELECTRIC TOYS

> APPLIANCES – FITNESS TO USE

APPLIANCES – SAFETY

> INTRUSION ALARM SYSTEMS

> INFORMATION PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

 > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT – POWER CONSUMPTION IN “STAND BY” AND “OFF” MODES

 > ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY

 >  LOW VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL FRAMES

 > LOW VOLTAGE INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT – LIGATORS

 > LOW VOLTAGE INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT – LIGATORS

 > LOW VOLTAGE INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT – GUTTERS

 > LOW VOLTAGE INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT – TUBES

 > CLIMATE TESTS, MECHANICS, VIBRATIONS

 > LIGHTING FIXTURES

 > COMMERCIAL COLD EQUIPMENT – ENERGY LABELLING

 > APPLIANCES – MAGNETIC FIELD

> HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES – ENERGY LABELING

> SUPPORT FOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

> ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT EQUIPMENT

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of electrical and electronic equipment to operate properly and as expected in their intended electromagnetic environment, without causing electromagnetic disturbances that interfere with other nearby equipment.

In Europe, all electronic devices, whether powered by the electricity grid or batteries, must comply with Directive 2014/30/EU Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) – unless they have some form of intentional radio frequency communication, in which case their electromagnetic compatibility comes under the scope of Directive 2014/53/EU Radio Equipment Directive (RED). These Directives (EMC and RED) aim to ensure that electrical and electronic equipment have adequate levels of immunity while not causing disturbances that are too high.

IEP’s laboratories have more than three decades’ experience of assessing EMC phenomena in electrical and electronic equipment, supporting manufacturers at all stages of the product development cycle, from design to their compliance certification with applicable standards and directives.

Human exposure to electromagnetic fields is an increasing concern, both for health authorities and for the general population.

Current regulations on the protection of individuals from the health and safety risks that may result from exposure to electromagnetic fields, with a particular focus on occupational exposure, require assessments of this physical agent.

IEP’s laboratory has extensive experience in this type of assessment and is accredited by IPAC to carry out tests under the scope of ministerial order 1421/2004 and Directive 2013/35/EU (transposed in Portugal by Law 64/2017).

 > ASSESSMENT OF HUMAN EXPOSURE TO ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS

Environmental (Assessment of compliance with the General Noise Regulation – Decree-Law 9/2007 – for permanent and temporary noisy activities, Discomfort assessment tests and maximum exposure criteria, Preparation of acoustic data collections within the scope of previous assessment).

Management and monitoring of noise in the environment (Drafting of noise maps, Drafting of noise reduction plans, Development of detailed plans for the assessment of environmental impact, Concept and design of tailormade noise monitoring networks, Environmental Consulting for sound environments).

Construction (Assessment of compliance of construction and construction components within Decree-Law 96/2008, Sound insulation testing for airborne and percussive sounds, Facade insulation testing, Reverberation time testing, collective equipment testing), Product design (Evaluation of products’ sound power levels).

Occupational (Assessment of human exposure to noise and vibrations in the workplace – Decree-Law 182/2006 and Decree-Law 42/2006, Drafting of noise maps for industrial facilities, Drafting of noise and vibration control plans in the workplace).

> AMBIENT NOISE – DISCOMFORT CRITERIA

 > AMBIENT NOISE – EQUIVALENT CONTINUOUS SOUND LEVEL

 > DRAFTING OF NOISE MAPS, NOISE REDUCTION PLANS AND DETAILED SURVEYS

> DRAFTING OF SOUNDPROOFING PLANS

 > WORKERS’ NOISE EXPOSURE IN THE WORKPLACE

 > AMBIENT NOISE – MAXIMUM EXPOSURE CRITERIA

SAFETY

Low voltage directive, fitness-for-use, energy consumption, operation, climatic and mechanical robustness, fire, salt fog, levels of protection – IP and IK.

 >  METAL RAIL SYSTEMS FOR CABLES

 >  CONDUITS FOR ELECTRICAL WIRING

 >  INSULATING RAILS FOR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS

 >  SALT FOG

OPTICAL RADIATION

Assessment of human exposure to artificial (incoherent) optical radiation at the workplace.

 > SOURCES OF ARTIFICIAL OPTICAL RADIATION – EXPOSURE TO INCOHERENT RADIATION

SAFETY

Low voltage directive, fitness-for-use, energy consumption, operation, climatic and mechanical robustness, fire, salt fog, levels of protection – IP and IK.

 > SAFETY AND PROFESSIONAL FOOTWEAR BOOT INSULATION TESTING (LEAKAGE CURRENT AND DIELECTRIC STRENGTH)

> SOLID INSULATING MATERIALS – FIRE HAZARD TESTING

 

 > INSULATING MATERIALS – SURFACE AND BULK RESISTIVITY

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ELECTRICITY

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TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY

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OPTICS

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TIME AND FREQUENCY

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MASS AND WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS

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PRESSURE

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MANAGEMENT OF CALIBRATION PLANS

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ELECTRICAL AND FREQUENCY CALIBRATION

In this area IEP is accredited to carry out equipment calibration of the following:
Electricity and Time / Frequency (DC Voltage, AC Voltage, Resistance, DC Current, AC Current, Frequency / Time, Electrical Phase / Angle, DC Power, AC Active Power, Capacity, Inductance, Harmonic Distortion) AM modulation, FM modulation).

CONDUCTOMETERS

IMPEDANCE BRIDGES

ENERGY ANALYZERS

ELECTRICAL TESTING STATIONS

COMMUNICATIONS ANALYZERS

> SPECTRUM ANALYZERS

THERMOCOUPLE CALIBRATORS

POWER SUPPLIES

HOOK-ON METERS

> MILIOHMMETERS

RESISTOR BOXES

OHMMETER

> VOLTMETER

LOW FREQUENCY

OTHERS

LCR METERS

> POWER/HARMONICS ANALYZERS

> INSTALLATION TESTERS

> MULTIFUNCTIONAL CALIBRATORS

> SIGNAL GENERATORS

> PROCESS CALIBRATORS

> TEMPERATURE SIMULATORS

> OSCILLOSCOPES

> MULTIMETERS

> MEGOHMMETERS

EARTH METERS

AMMETER

HIGH FREQUENCY

DIRECT CURRENT

TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY CALIBRATIONS

In the area of temperature, IEP is accredited to calibrate liquid-in-glass thermometers and digital thermometers (electronic reading units, associated with thermocouple sensors, Pt100, etc.).

Tests are performed to determine the thermal profiles (stability and gradient) of various types of equipment, such as greenhouses, thermo-regulated baths, ovens, muffles, cold storage rooms.

Many of these tasks can be carried out on the client’s premises – in situ -, thus ensuring the lowest possible downtime.

LABORATORY AND ONSITE CALIBRATIONS

HYGROMETER

THERMAL CAMERAS

DIGITAL THERMOMETERS

> TEMPERATURE SENSORS (PT-100, THERMOCOUPLES, AND OTHERS)

LABORATORY AND ONSITE CALIBRATIONS

HYGROGRAPHS

> THERMO-HYGROMETERS AND THERMO-HYGROGRAPHS

> TEMPERATURE AND DATA LOGGERS

> GLASS THERMOMETERS

> DRY-BLOCK CALIBRATORS

OTHERS

OPTOELECTRONIC CALIBRATIONS

In the area of Optoelectronics, IEP calibrates equipment such as Optical Power Meters, OTDRs, Optical Spectrum Analyzers, Optical Patterns and Artifacts, Lasers and other Optical Sources, optical attenuators.

LASERS (AND OTHER OPTICAL SOURCES)

> OPTICAL POWER METERS (OPM)

OTHERS

PMD ANALYZERS

OPTICAL TIME-DOMAIN REFLECTOMETERS (OTDR)

OPTICAL SPECTRUM ANALYZERS

ELECTRICAL AND FREQUENCY CALIBRATION

IEP is accredited to carry out equipment calibration of the following: Electricity and Time/Frequency (DC Voltage, AC Voltage, Resistance, DC Current, AC Current, Frequency/Time, Electrical Phase/Angle, DC Power, AC Active Power, Capacity, Inductance, Harmonic Distortion).

RF and Microwaves (RF Power, AM Modulation, FM Modulation).

> TACHYMETERS

> CHRONOMETERS

> GENERATORS

> OTHERS

> TIME INTERVAL METERS

> SIGNAL ANALYZERS

> FREQUENCY METERS

Mass (Weighing Instruments, scales)

 > SCALES

In the area of Pressure, IEP’s laboratory is accredited to carry out calibrations of measuring instruments such as pressure gauges and pressure sensors, both at absolute and relative pressure.

SPHYGMOMANOMETERS

PRESSURE GAUGES

COMPOUND PRESSURE GAUGES

In addition to equipment calibrations, IEP also provides other complementary services such as management of calibration plans (planning the company’s equipment calibrations, recall service as a reminder of upcoming calibration dates, etc.).

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REMOTE DRONE INSPECTIONS

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IEP provides UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) remote inspection services. These consist of visual and thermographic inspections, with georeferencing identification, along with photographic and/or video records and subsequent analysis of any anomalies found. This service is extremely advantageous, as it allows inspections of hard-to-reach places or very large sites.

Thermographic Inspection in Solar Parks
Visual Inspection of Wind Turbines

 > WINDFARMS

> TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOWERS

 > SOLAR PARKS

 > CHIMNEYS, PORTS, BRIDGES AND VIADUCTS

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LIQUID PENETRANTS

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MAGNETIC PARTICLES

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X-RAY

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DIGITAL X-RAY

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(UT) ULTRASONIC TESTING

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ULTRASONIC THICKNESS MEASUREMENT

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VISUAL INSPECTION

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INDUCED CURRENTS (EDDY OR FOUCAULT CURRENTS)

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PHASED ARRAY (PAUT)

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APR - ACOUSTIC PULSE REFLECTOMETRY

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LEAK TEST

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A test that allows the detection of surface discontinuities in non-porous materials.

By using visible or fluorescent systems that can be removed by water or by solvent, we conduct tests according to European and international standards and also according to client-specific procedures in all areas of metalworking – welding, casting and forging, among others.

> METALLIC MATERIAL WELDING

> METALLIC MATERIALS

 > FORGED METAL PARTS

A test that detects surface discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials. Using different magnetization techniques – Yoke, Permanent Magnet, Coil and Direct Current – and according to recognized standards, we carry out the tests both at our facilities and at the client’s premises.

FERROMAGNETIC METALLIC MATERIALS

FERROMAGNETIC METALLIC MATERIAL WELDING

> FERROMAGNETIC FORGED METAL PARTS

INDUSTRIAL X-RAY

AJL provides a wide range of x-ray services for a wide range of applications and industries.

Gamma Radiation (Iridium source and Selenium source) and X-Ray equipment (up to 300 kV) are used for welding (piping or pressure equipment), cast or forged.

 > METALLIC MATERIAL WELDING

> METALLIC MATERIALS

 > CAST METALLIC MATERIAL PARTS

Digital X-ray is a form of X-ray imaging where digital sensors are used instead of traditional radiographic film. Some of its advantages include:
– Reduced exposure;
– A smaller safety perimeter;
– No need for films or chemicals associated with traditional image development.

 > METALLIC MATERIAL WELDING

 > METALLIC MATERIALS

Ultrasonic testing can range from basic thickness measurements to large-scale inspections to welding or forged components. Some of the industrial sectors where this kind of testing can be useful are Automotive, Railways, Shipbuilding, Aerospace, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Thermoelectric.

METALLIC MATERIAL WELDING

FORGED METAL PARTS

ROLLED STEEL

> CAST METALLIC MATERIAL PARTS

METALLIC MATERIALS

Ultrasonic testing can range from basic thickness measurements to large scale inspections to welds or forged components. Some of the industrial sectors where this kind of testing can be useful are: Automotive, Railways, Shipbuilding, Aerospace, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Thermoelectric.

 > NON-METALLIC MATERIALS

> METALLIC MATERIALS

Visual inspection is the preferred method of non-destructive examination to ensure that the welding process is executed correctly and according to applicable standards. AJL always strives to innovate when it comes to NDT methods. It has a portable three-dimensional laser measurement system at its disposal for the visual inspection of welds. This simplifies the inspection process and ensures the best testing practices.

Induced currents are a conductive material inspection technique to detect surface cracks, pitting, thickness loss and other discontinuities. Some of its advantages include:
– The ability to inspect hard-to-reach places;
– A wide range of applications such as tubular beam inspections of heat exchangers within the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries.

The Phased Array technique is an advanced ultrasonic inspection technique that allows for the detection of internal defects. Phased Arrays produce clear, reliable and precise images in a quick and efficient manner. This technique is seen as a viable alternative to X-rays.

Acoustic Pulse Reflectometry is a technology based on the emission of an acoustic pulse and the reception of the reflected acoustic wave. APR is used to accurately detect blockages (either total or partial), corrosion, erosion, perforations and pittings.

A leak test can be performed using several techniques. European standard EN 1779:1999 sets out 17 techniques, which can be grouped into five categories. Depending on the chosen technique, the test’s sensitivity can vary. The aforementioned standard also defines the limits normally obtained from industrial tests.

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