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Inspections & Testing

Load & Pull Testing

Gulf America provides load testing in accordance with all applicable industry standards...ABS, API, BP, BS/EN, DNV, ISO, Shell OPS
Our vertical load testing unit can pull up to 200,000 lbs with complete and accurate results of a true load. The test bed is large enough to accommodate all types of offshore equipment, including Cargo Boxes, Grocery Boxes, Baskets, Tool Sheds and more.
The vertical load testing unit is more than a pad eye test. Because a true load is simulated, the integrity of the asset is fully tested, including the sides and bottom, to make sure that it is ready sustain the harsh offshore environment. 
In addition to the load test, we also do general visual inspections of the equipment, magnetic particle (MT), dye penetrant (PT), or ultrasonic testing (UT) of critical lifting points and welds.
Upon completion, Gulf America provides a certificate of load test and NDE inspection results.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Gulf America inspection technicians are professionally trained and certified by a third party to ensure that you are receiving accurate and useful feedback. The trained eye of an experienced inspector can prevent an accident from occurring and save money on repairs that may not be critical. Gulf America's Non-Destructive Testing is the practice of using written standards to inspect welds, castings, forged metals and vessels to see if there are any indications of porosity, fatigue, cracks or other anomalies. These inspections include:
  • Magnetic Particle Testing
  • Dye Penetrant Testing
  • Visual Testing
  • Ultrasonic Testing & Inspection

Magnetic Particle Inspection (MT)

Detects discontinuities in ferrous metals by applying a magnetic field to the part. Then a wet or dry magnetic flux is applied to the part. The flux is attracted to discontinuities and begins to build up at the discontinuity which is known as an indication. The indication can then be evaluated to determine what it is, what may have caused it, and what action should be taken, if any.

Dye penetrant inspection (DPI)

Also called liquid penetrant inspection (LPI) or penetrant testing (PT), is used to locate surface-breaking defects in aluminum and stainless steel. The penetrant may be applied to all non-ferrous materials and ferrous materials, although for ferrous components magnetic-particle inspection is often used instead for its subsurface detection capability. LPI is used to detect casting, forging and welding surface defects such as hairline cracks, surface porosity, leaks in new products, and fatigue cracks on in-service components.

Ultrasonic Testing (UT)

Often performed on steel and other metals and alloys. It uses very short ultrasonic pulse-waves with center frequencies ranging from 0.1-15 MHz and occasionally up to 50 MHz are launched into materials to detect internal flaws or to characterize materials. A common example is ultrasonic thickness measurement, which tests the thickness of the test object, for example, to monitor pipework corrosion.

Wire Rope Sling Inspections

Inspection Frequency Per ASME B30.9

A visual Inspection for damages shall be performed by the user or designated person each day or shift the sling is used. A complete inspection for damage shall be performed periodically by a designated person, at least annually. Written records of most recent periodic inspection shall be maintained.

Rejection Criteria Per ASME B30.9

Missing or illegible sling identification; evidence of heat damage; slings that are knotted; fittings that are pitted, corroded, cracked, bent, twisted, gouged or broken; other conditions, including visible damage, that cause doubt as to the continued use of the sling. 

Wire Rope Slings

Excessive broken wires, for stand-laid and single part slings, ten randomly distributed broken wires in one rope lay or five broken wires in ore strand in one rope lay. Severe localized abrasion or scraping, kinking, crushing, birdcaging.  Any other damage resulting in damage to the rope structure. Severe corrosion of the rope or end attachments. 

Chain Slings

Cracks or breaks. Excessive wear, nicks or gouges. Stretched chain links or components. Bent, twisted or deformed chain links or components. Excessive pitting or corrosions. Lack of ability of chain o components to hinge freely. Weld splatter.

Web Slings

Acid or caustic burns. Melting or charring of any part of the sling. Holes, tears, cuts or snags. Broken or worn stitching. IN load bearing splices. Excessive abrasive wear. Discoloration and brittle or stiff areas on any part of the sling, which may mean chemical or ultraviolet / sunlight damage. 

Round Slings

Acid or caustic burns. Evidence of heat damage. Holes, tears, cuts, abrasive wear or snags that expose the core yarns. Broken or damaged core yarns. Weld splatter that exposes core yarns. Discoloration and brittle or stiff areas on any part of the slings, which may mean chemical or other damage.

Portable Pad Eye Testing

Gulf America offers a portable pad eye testing solution that allows us to come to you. This offers immediate savings for our clients as it completely eliminates the need for trucking equipment to our facilities. We can perform a full pull test on pad eyes with our portable units and provide the needed paperwork to get the equipment job ready.

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