What to Expect from Your NDE Inspection
If you rely on the power of utility to drive results, do business, and serve customers, you know what’s at stake when your assets malfunction: costly repairs, service disruption, and safety risks. Why take risks you can’t afford when you can invest in the long-term strength and functionality of your assets instead?
NDE Inspections for Greater Protection
Nondestructive examination (NDE; also known as NDT or nondestructive testing) is the preferred choice for utility industry leaders when it comes to identifying and assessing the potential for structural damage to their utility assets.
The “nondestructive” nature of NDE means that no part of your pole will be damaged during any of the inspections conducted.
NDE is thorough, and can test for a variety of structural damage using multiple techniques. Traditional inspections (visual inspection only) are still important. In fact, they’re a component of NDE. But if you’re working with a team who is simply driving by to see if poles are still standing, or examining the exterior of the poles for any visible signs of damage, you could be missing hidden signs of damage within utility structures.
NDE Means Higher Probability of Detection
The central benefit of NDE is that it offers a substantially higher probability of detection of structural damage. In addition to in-depth visual inspections (vt), certified NDT technicians can conduct ultrasonic testing (ut), magnetic testing (mt), and more. The goal: to ensure there are no hidden structural defects in your utility assets and systems.
Versatility is a hallmark of NDE, thanks to the range of inspections that can be conducted with no resulting structural damage. NDE can check for the biggest threats to the safety and functionality of your utility assets:
- Cracks in the structure
- Galvanizing issues
- Manufacturing defects
- Structural well defects
NDE is also very effective at testing for signs of corrosion, as well as identifying problems with the foundation of your utility assets. NDE works on wood, fiberglass, and aluminum structures.
Partnership Leads to Success
You never have to speculate about current asset health if you partner with certified NDE technicians for regular nondestructive testing. All your components (including through veins, arms, base plates, flanges, and slip joints) will be checked regularly.
Nondestructive examination combines a hands-on approach to quality assurance with dynamic applications that protect your utility assets. And when you’re looking ahead, NDE findings can help to ensure that any planned asset and fixture upgrades will be supported by your current structures.
When planning NDE, you need an experienced partner with a high level of expertise at every stage of inspection. Exo is trusted by leaders in every field of the utility industry. We use the latest NDE technology. Our field team credentials are unparalleled and allow us to conduct the full range of testing and inspections available, from visual to aerial inspections.
We go above and beyond an inspection-only approach with a turnkey asset management program that gives you peace of mind and allows for more proactive care of your assets.
Don’t settle for testing that could leave risks unaddressed. Contact Exo today for a complimentary consultation and let us know how we can partner with you.