Manufacturing and maintaining your Power and Utility equipment within industry standards is the only way to ensure safe and reliable operation of your energy production project. Our auditors are fully prepared to evaluate your vital equipment for adherence to International Electrotechnical Commission and American Society of Mechanical Engineers standards. AQF’s industrial engineers are knowledgeable and specially trained for Energy and Utility Equipment inspection.
Constructed in a wide range of sizes and configurations, turbines are critical components of wind, hydro, and nuclear power generation projects. These machines must operate continuously under extreme conditions, and mechanical failures due to sub-standard components or manufacturing techniques could lead to extended downtime for repairs.
Ranging in length from 20 to 40 meters and rotating at up to 22 rpm, wind turbine blades can achieve tip-speeds in excess of 300 ft/s. These blades must be flexible enough to cope with normal operating stresses, but rigid enough to prevent the blades from contacting the tower shaft.
Commercial grade steam generators can be comprised of up to 16,000 coolant circulation tubes, and are used to produce the steam that powers turbines to produce electricity. To prevent boiling, coolant traveling through these tubes must be kept at very high pressure. Steam generators must be regularly inspected and monitored for structural integrity and corrosion.
Vital to the safe operation of nuclear power plants, these pressurized vessels are used to contain the reactor coolant and core. Reactor vessels are often constructed of steel and concrete, and contain a neutron reflector or absorber to prevent the structure from becoming brittle over time due to constant fast-neutron exposure.
You guys are quite efficient in making sure that you are in constant communication with our vendors to set up a time and day to have inspections handled... InTouch definitely pushed to make sure that inspections would be done in a timely manner. Any corrective actions that had to take place were executed well before the exit factory date.
Director of Production, Betabrand
Since InTouch does a more detailed inspection than what we had depended on with the factories, the quality of the products has improved. Where before when we might find 25 AQL defects, now it's down to three or four,because the factory knows that we want that cut back and InTouch is going to find it.
Administrative Assistant, Linstol
InTouch’s auditing reduced the level of risk, whether known or unknown, to our company. From the audit findings provided by InTouch, we were much more equipped to make the correct business decision with regard to an acceptable level of risk. The InTouch audit secured our decision making process.
Vice President of Purchasing, MJS Packaging
One of our customers had been through multiple suppliers year after year and had been let down with returns and rejections. With InTouch as our eyes and ears on the ground, we retained that business for 5 years without one single rejection or complaint.
Director of Operations, MMI Textiles
The speed that we get the reports is always good. We had an experience with some other inspectors where we had to wait an extra day to get the reports. Getting the report as soon as we can is very important, so we can make a decision and give feedback back to the factory.
Operations and Engineering Manager, Juku Gear
From beginning to end, InTouch is so easy to work with. The inspection report is literally there the next morning when I come into work. It really makes my job easier.
Inside Sales Specialist, MJS Packaging