Having your equipment tested for “safety assurance” and preventative measures is one thing, but having the quality of workmanship behind the testing, calibration and inspection process is another statement altogether.
Rapallo specialize in a variety of Non Destructive Testing techniques, working out of a NATA accredited laboratory in Kalgoorlie.
Because we are NATA accredited, you can rely on receiving quality testing and honest reporting completed with the integrity to stand behind all of our testing. To ensure we keep this high standard, annual Internal, External and NATA run audits are conducted.
Not many NDT providers are NATA accredited because of the strict guidelines and audits set by NATA, but at Rapallo Group, we continually strive to meet and exceed all of these requirements to improve the services we provide to our clients.
What does NATA mean and what role does it play?
NATA is one of four bodies that form Australia’s standards and conformance infrastructure, which provides an important mechanism for improving the business efficiency and competitiveness of Australian industry in international and national markets. The others are Standards Australia, the National Measurement Institute (NMI) and the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).
NATA was established in 1947 after the need for a benchmark of standards was recognized as severely lacking. It was the first of it’s kind, and has since provided the measure of standards in the training, testing and laboratory industries.
NATA’s role is to ensure members facilities are compliant with all of the relevant Australian and International Standards. This in turn ensures that NATA accredited companies provide consistent and reliable Testing, Calibration, Measurement and Inspections to Industry, the government and the wider community.
In the larger International community, NATA facilitates international trade by reducing technical barriers as part of Australia’s standards and conformance infrastructure.
NATA represents Australia in:
- The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
- The Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC).
- The OECD Working Group on Good Laboratory Practice.
Why use a NATA accredited NDT Specialist?
Any ‘plain Jane’ can offer to do inspections or testing, but you can’t be sure they will have the competent staff or the quality behind their proposal unless they are NATA accredited.
- Quality and high standards
- Proof of competency
- Assured calibration and efficiency of the correct measurement tools
- Decreased potential down time or costly repairs on plant
- Increased safety for your employees, hence limiting your liability
- Assurance that the inspection/test being conducted will be done using the correct procedure
What could happen if you use a non-NATA accredited agent?
- Sloppy workmanship
- Lack of competency
- An increase in liability
- Increased likelihood of catastrophic incidents – potential machine/component failure which could result in injury or even death
With NATA, you can be assured that every inspection is carried out by a competent technician, following procedures scrutinised by an internationally recognised body committed to high and safe standards.
How did Rapallo become NATA accredited?
Through a strict and highly specialised process of applications, regular calibrations and testing, audits and assessments, Rapallo has been NATA accredited for well over a decade (since 2005).
The criteria for determining a facility’s competence are based on the relevant international standard (eg ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 15189, ISO/IEC 17020) and include:
- The qualifications, training and experience of staff;
- Correct equipment that is properly calibrated and maintained;
- Adequate quality assurance procedures;
- Appropriate sampling practices.
This process has assured quality of the service our clients receive, ensuring they are serviced according to the international standards required for competency.
Rapallo Groups’ NATA Accreditation Information
Accreditation No: 15339
Contact: Victor Simibile
Phone: 08 9021 8399
10 Broadwood Street,
Facilities: Facility offering its services publicly. This facility complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005
6.50 Ultrasonic examination of materials
6.51 Ultrasonic thickness testing
6.61 Magnetic particle testing
6.71 Penetrant testing
6.84 Acoustic emission fault detection for specified product types [Renewal in Progress]
6.91 Visual assessment of materials, prior to initial service
6.92 Visual assessment of materials, during service life, for defined service applications
6.97 Leak testing using differential pressure box
Rapallo Technicians carry out NDT inspections on a wide variety of Plant and components including but not limited to;
- Structural steel components for mining, crane, excavator and loader applications
- Welded joints in pressure vessels, structures and static storage tanks.
- Welded joints for applications in the rail, mining and lifting equipment sectors.
- Cast pump casings, gears, pinions, pulleys, wheels and hooks for rail, mining and lifting equipment applications.
- Forged shafts, gears, pinions, pulleys, wheels and hooks for rail mining and lifting equipment applications.
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Other links you may find helpful
Click here to visit the Australian Institute of NDT (AINDT)
Click here to visit the NATA Website
Click here to visit the Worksafe Website
Click here to visit the National Measurement Institute Website
Click here to visit the Standards Australia Website
Click here to visit the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand Website