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NDT.net Issue - 2010-02 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2010-02
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

New Company Criterion NDT Helps Automotive and Medical Component Manufacturers Realize Significant Cost Savings

Criterion NDT, Inc., Auburn, WA, USA

Proven, Real-Time Non Destructive Testing Solutions Allow Manufacturers to Find and Sort Defects During the Manufacturing Process

AUBURN, WA--(Marketwire - February 3, 2010) - Criterion NDT, Inc. announces the launch of their company which provides eddy current non destructive testing instruments, probes and services for testing critical components in automotive, medical and bar, tube, wire markets. Criterion NDT, a former business unit of Uson, L.P., is the exclusive distributor of Zetec's InSite and MIZ® 23 Eddy Current Component Testing instruments, and also manufactures standard and custom probes used for crack test and heat treat test anomalies in metal components and raw materials. With a seasoned staff of eddy current application engineers, Criterion NDT is able to evaluate the unique needs of each customer prior to delivering a customized solution.

"We are very excited about having a company completely focused on component and material testing," says Joe Jessop, President of Criterion NDT. "In addition to offering testing solutions for new manufacturing applications, Criterion NDT continues to support customers who have existing Zetec and Uson eddy current component testing equipment. Working with US and offshore major OEMs and tier suppliers, we understand the requirements of the manufacturers and the constraints within which they must operate."

Finding material defects or flaws during the manufacturing process has the potential to save manufacturers millions of dollars in scrap, warranty, and liability costs, and helps them reach stringent quality standards. For example, a major manufacturer of hypodermic needles uses an eddy current testing solution implemented by the Criterion NDT engineers to ensure that the needles are free from cracks and weld defects.

Single and multi-frequency testing systems designed by Criterion NDT operate with in-line material handling systems and real time sorting systems. Unlike dye penetrant and magnetic particle inspection that use chemicals, eddy current testing is a green technology. Additionally, eddy current testing can reduce the added labor hours and subjectivity of human evaluation that comes with magnetic particle and dye penetrant tests.

Criterion NDT manufactures both standard and custom eddy current crack and heat treat detection probes as well as the associated cabling. Having the ability to manufacture custom probes allows for detection of problems in very specific areas of a complex component. More information on the Criterion NDT portfolio of products and services, including application examples, is available at http://www.criterionndt.com.

About Criterion NDT
USA based Criterion NDT, Inc. provides engineered eddy current application solutions for the non-destructive testing of critical components and materials. The company offers multi-frequency testing solutions for heat treatment process validation, detection of cracks or flaws, as well as material and feature verification, and serves the needs of major automotive OEMs, tier suppliers, industrial products manufacturers and medical device companies. For more information, visit http://www.criterionndt.com.

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