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Our First 5 Years

Each year more than 72,000 businesses are launched throughout the United States.  Yet despite solid financial backing, sound business plans, and well-crafted mission statements, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that about 45% of these companies will fail within five years. While success isn’t guaranteed, when a culture of commitment and responsiveness is woven into its fabric and embraced by its people, a company can do more than just survive – it can thrive.

Created on the core principles of Professionalism, Customer Partnerships, and a Unified Team, Professional NDE Services (PNDE) opened its doors in early 2018 to serve industry’s Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) needs. The company hit the ground running as customers were anxious to reconnect with people who not only knew the industry but who understood that service and accountability had become a lost art.

The COVID Years

After just two short years these principles would be put to the ultimate test by an event that would spell the end for many companies. Fortune Magazine reports that during the 2020 global pandemic nearly 100,000 US businesses closed permanently. While most survivors weathered the storm by sacrificing service and downsizing staff, PNDE not only survived without layoffs, but went on to earn 60% financial growth in 2021 and again 2022. Today the company is on pace for another record year.

In March of this year, PNDE celebrated its 5-year anniversary. Within that period the company has seen steady financial growth and has expanded its staff exponentially.

Much is expected of PNDE employees. From senior management to the technicians in the field, each is asked to take ownership and be accountable to do whatever is necessary. For this they are rewarded with job security, competitive salaries, discretionary recognition, and tenure-based profit sharing.

What’s Ahead

In just three years, a modest 900 sq. ft. leased office was vacated in favor of a 10,000 sq.ft. company-owned facility.   And PNDE has recently announced plans to double this Fairfield, Ohio space to over 20,000 sq.ft.

While nobody can predict the future, it’s safe to say that PNDE will continue to rely on its proven formula for success.  According to its founding principals, PNDE will, in the coming years will continue to grow its staff, add service lines, invest in its people, and solidify its partnerships with clients.

Physical Testing is Alive and Well Throughout the Engineering World

In this digital world, it may be hard for some to believe that there’s still a place for anything manual or physical – especially in the engineering realm. And, while it’s true that today’s technologies have cut into the dependence on physical testing, real-world data remains the lifeblood of the product lifecycle.

From product design to troubleshooting in-service equipment, next generation product planning, and all phases in between, testing remains critical to the design, manufacture, quality, performance, and evolution of virtually all products.

Non-Destructive Testing

One can verify that a part, product, or structure meets certain standards in many ways. For example, a car crash test is an example of a testing method where that being tested is destroyed. While this is acceptable for prototype testing, it is not acceptable for in-service equipment or parts coming off the manufacturing line.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), also known as Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE), includes a variety of analysis techniques used to evaluate the properties of materials, parts, or systems without causing damage. NDT is widely used in maintenance, certification, safety, or verification scenarios or in a manufacturing environment to verify that a part meets quality standards before being shipped to the OEM or customer.

There are several forms of NDT including Eddy-Current, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic-Particle, Radiographic, Ultrasonic, and Vibrational testing. Visual inspection is another form of non-destructive testing. There are also several variations/special techniques for some of these methods that can apply to certain applications.

These methods are routinely applied in industries where failure would result in significant hazard or economic loss.  Examples include product quality inspection and weld integrity verification.

Weld Verification

NDT is a common practice used to verify weld integrity for vessels and other structures and in-service equipment found throughout the aerospace, automotive, industrial manufacturing, petrochemical, and power generation industries. This form of testing helps to ensure that the weld has the strength to do the job for which it is intended. For example, lawn mower decks contain structural welds that are designed to withstand vibration up to a specific level. But welds on a bridge structure are more critical. Manufacturers must be sure that the weld can handle tremendous loads and move without cracking.

Professional NDE Services Group offers third-party assistance for all NDT methods. The company’s emphasis is on responsive, reliable, and professional customer service and its services include Level 3 services, training, audits, and Best-Practice implementation. The company’s Business Development Manager Mark Koehler says that weld failure can be traced to any number of areas.

“Weld failure is often traced to over-cycling, over-stressing, it might also be simply under-designed. Or in other words, the engineering wasn’t correct on the front end. Improper weld technique can also cause failure — such as if the weld hasn’t properly fused to the base material. Obviously, any inherent defects that are present in the weld can propagate and cause the weld to crack or otherwise fail.”

Koehler sums it up by explaining, “Weld failure can be traced to any number of areas from engineering, design, and materials, to processes, conditions, or workmanship. Non-destructive testing allows welds to be evaluated before failure can occur.”

Read the entire article here in Power & Motion Magazine.

Podcast: Non-Destructive Testing

Professional NDE Services Group (PNDE) was formed to answer industry’s call for something that once existed – professional and responsive NDE services. The PNDE brand is rooted in our core values and focus on professionalism throughout the company.

In this podcast, PNDE’s Mark Koehler discusses his background, PNDE, and the different forms and applications of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).

Listen to the podcast here.