The Siemens Power Generation Group (KWU) has founded an independent company for the non-destructive testing of components in nuclear power plants and other branches of industry. Effective March 1, 2000, Siemens Non-Destructive Testing GmbH & Co. KG (Siemens NDT), Erlangen, will assume the tasks previously handled by the responsible Siemens/KWU department and further expand this service sector. Siemens/KWU thus fulfills the requirements laid down in EU Standard E DIN ISO/IEC 17025 which demands the corporate independence of the testing organization. This ensures that there will not be any restrictions on the company in the field of repair and replacement activities in nuclear power plants.
The focal tasks performed by the new Siemens NDT will be services in the field of automated non-destructive testing, development of appropriate technologies and manufacture of the requisite equipment systems. The high standard of these services is based on the innovative equipment and testing technologies developed by Siemens/ KWU. The company performs tests worldwide in nuclear power plants it has built and those supplied by other vendors. Various operating companies, for example in Slovakia, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine, have purchased appropriate Siemens systems to inspect their nuclear power plants. In addition to testing services and the manufacture of innovative systems, customer consulting services on testing tasks and expert appraisal services will also be among the tasks handled by Siemens NDT.
With the sophisticated testing know-how Siemens/KWU has also gained a foothold in the railroad industry, with semiconductor manufacturers in the steel sector, and in the aviation and aerospace sector. For example, parts manufactured in Germany for the Airbus and the welds on the booster rockets for the Ariane 5 are subjected to in-process checks using non-destructive testing equipment supplied by Siemens. This high-tech sector will in the future also be served and further expanded by Siemens NDT.