ASTM E543 - 13

    Standard Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing

    Active Standard ASTM E543 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Abstract

    This specification covers the minimum requirements for agencies performing nondestructive testing. It can also be used as a basis to evaluate testing or inspection agencies, or both that are intended for use in qualifying or accrediting, or both of testing or inspection agencies that are either public or private. A nondestructive testing agency's capabilities shall include, but not limited to, one or more of the following methods: magnetic particle, penetrant, radiographic/fluoroscopic, ultrasonic, eddy current, and leak testing. Minimum requirements include: a written Procedures Manual for the type of work for which the agency is contracted; process control or operation procedures that shall contain the information necessary to control the various activities necessary for materials examination; personnel qualification which include procedures for training, certification, and recertification; equipment maintenance and calibration which shall contain inventory listings; equipment operation and technique file; and records and documentation that shall be maintained in a central file and in other accessible files as necessary and shall be available for authority examination.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers minimum requirements for agencies performing nondestructive testing (NDT).

    1.2 When using this specification to assess the capability of, or to accredit NDT agencies, Guide E1359 shall be used as a basis for the survey. It can be supplemented as necessary with more detail in order to meet the auditor's specific needs.

    1.3 This specification can be used as a basis to evaluate testing or inspection agencies, or both, and is intended for use for the qualifying or accrediting, or both, of testing or inspection agencies, public or private.

    1.4 The use of SI or inch-pound units, or combination thereof, will be the responsibility of the technical committee whose standards are referred to in this standard.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E94 Guide for Radiographic Examination

    E114 Practice for Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Straight-Beam Contact Testing

    E125 Reference Photographs for Magnetic Particle Indications on Ferrous Castings

    E127 Practice for Fabricating and Checking Aluminum Alloy Ultrasonic Standard Reference Blocks

    E164 Practice for Contact Ultrasonic Testing of Weldments

    E165 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Examination for General Industry

    E213 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of Metal Pipe and Tubing

    E215 Practice for Standardizing Equipment for Electromagnetic Testing of Seamless Aluminum-Alloy Tube

    E243 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Copper and Copper-Alloy Tubes

    E273 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of the Weld Zone of Welded Pipe and Tubing

    E309 Practice for Eddy-Current Examination of Steel Tubular Products Using Magnetic Saturation

    E317 Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Testing Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments

    E376 Practice for Measuring Coating Thickness by Magnetic-Field or Eddy-Current (Electromagnetic) Testing Methods

    E426 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Seamless and Welded Tubular Products, Titanium, Austenitic Stainless Steel and Similar Alloys

    E427 Practice for Testing for Leaks Using the Halogen Leak Detector(Alkali-Ion Diode)

    E428 Practice for Fabrication and Control of Metal, Other than Aluminum, Reference Blocks Used in Ultrasonic Testing

    E431 Guide to Interpretation of Radiographs of Semiconductors and Related Devices

    E432 Guide for Selection of a Leak Testing Method

    E433 Reference Photographs for Liquid Penetrant Inspection

    E479 Guide for Preparation of a Leak Testing Specification

    E493 Test Methods for Leaks Using the Mass Spectrometer Leak Detector in the Inside-Out Testing Mode

    E494 Practice for Measuring Ultrasonic Velocity in Materials

    E498 Test Methods for Leaks Using the Mass Spectrometer Leak Detector or Residual Gas Analyzer in the Tracer Probe Mode

    E499 Test Methods for Leaks Using the Mass Spectrometer Leak Detector in the Detector Probe Mode

    E515 Practice for Leaks Using Bubble Emission Techniques

    E545 Test Method for Determining Image Quality in Direct Thermal Neutron Radiographic Examination

    E566 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Sorting of Ferrous Metals

    E569 Practice for Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Structures During Controlled Stimulation

    E570 Practice for Flux Leakage Examination of Ferromagnetic Steel Tubular Products

    E571 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Nickel and Nickel Alloy Tubular Products

    E587 Practice for Ultrasonic Angle-Beam Contact Testing

    E592 Guide to Obtainable ASTM Equivalent Penetrameter Sensitivity for Radiography of Steel Plates 14 to 2 in. (6 to 51 mm) Thick with X Rays and 1 to 6 in. (25 to 152 mm) Thick with Cobalt-60

    E650 Guide for Mounting Piezoelectric Acoustic Emission Sensors

    E664 Practice for the Measurement of the Apparent Attenuation of Longitudinal Ultrasonic Waves by Immersion Method

    E690 Practice for In Situ Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Nonmagnetic Heat Exchanger Tubes

    E703 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Sorting of Nonferrous Metals

    E709 Guide for Magnetic Particle Testing

    E746 Practice for Determining Relative Image Quality Response of Industrial Radiographic Imaging Systems

    E747 Practice for Design, Manufacture and Material Grouping Classification of Wire Image Quality Indicators (IQI) Used for Radiology

    E748 Practices for Thermal Neutron Radiography of Materials

    E749 Practice for Acoustic Emission Monitoring During Continuous Welding

    E750 Practice for Characterizing Acoustic Emission Instrumentation

    E751 Practice for Acoustic Emission Monitoring During Resistance Spot-Welding

    E797 Practice for Measuring Thickness by Manual Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Contact Method

    E801 Practice for Controlling Quality of Radiological Examination of Electronic Devices

    E803 Test Method for Determining the L/D Ratio of Neutron Radiography Beams

    E908 Practice for Calibrating Gaseous Reference Leaks

    E976 Guide for Determining the Reproducibility of Acoustic Emission Sensor Response

    E999 Guide for Controlling the Quality of Industrial Radiographic Film Processing

    E1001 Practice for Detection and Evaluation of Discontinuities by the Immersed Pulse-Echo Ultrasonic Method Using Longitudinal Waves

    E1004 Test Method for Determining Electrical Conductivity Using the Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Method

    E1025 Practice for Design, Manufacture, and Material Grouping Classification of Hole-Type Image Quality Indicators (IQI) Used for Radiology

    E1030 Test Method for Radiographic Examination of Metallic Castings

    E1032 Test Method for Radiographic Examination of Weldments

    E1033 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Type F-Continuously Welded (CW) Ferromagnetic Pipe and Tubing Above the Curie Temperature

    E1067 Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Resin (FRP) Tanks/Vessels

    E1118 Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Pipe (RTRP)

    E1139 Practice for Continuous Monitoring of Acoustic Emission from Metal Pressure Boundaries

    E1211 Practice for Leak Detection and Location Using Surface-Mounted Acoustic Emission Sensors

    E1212 Practice for Quality Management Systems for Nondestructive Testing Agencies

    E1254 Guide for Storage of Radiographs and Unexposed Industrial Radiographic Films

    E1312 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Ferromagnetic Cylindrical Bar Product Above the Curie Temperature

    E1315 Practice for Ultrasonic Examination of Steel with Convex Cylindrically Curved Entry Surfaces

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

    E1359 Guide for Evaluating Capabilities of Nondestructive Testing Agencies

    E1417 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Testing

    E1419 Practice for Examination of Seamless, Gas-Filled, Pressure Vessels Using Acoustic Emission

    E1444 Practice for Magnetic Particle Testing

    E1496 Test Method for Neutron Radiographic Dimensional Measurements

    E1571 Practice for Electromagnetic Examination of Ferromagnetic Steel Wire Rope

    E1606 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Copper Redraw Rod for Electrical Purposes

    E1629 Practice for Determining the Impedance of Absolute Eddy-Current Probes

    E1742 Practice for Radiographic Examination

    E1774 Guide for Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducers (EMATs)

    E1781 Practice for Secondary Calibration of Acoustic Emission Sensors

    E1816 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing Using Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT) Techniques

    E1888/E1888M Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Pressurized Containers Made of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic with Balsa Wood Cores

    E1901 Guide for Detection and Evaluation of Discontinuities by Contact Pulse-Echo Straight-Beam Ultrasonic Methods

    E1930 Practice for Examination of Liquid-Filled Atmospheric and Low-Pressure Metal Storage Tanks Using Acoustic Emission

    E1932 Guide for Acoustic Emission Examination of Small Parts

    E1961 Practice for Mechanized Ultrasonic Testing of Girth Welds Using Zonal Discrimination with Focused Search Units

    E1962 Practice for Ultrasonic Surface Testing Using Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT) Techniques

    E2001 Guide for Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy for Defect Detection in Both Metallic and Non-metallic Parts

    E2075 Practice for Verifying the Consistency of AE-Sensor Response Using an Acrylic Rod

    E2076 Test Method for Examination of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Fan Blades Using Acoustic Emission

    E2096 Practice for In Situ Examination of Ferromagnetic Heat-Exchanger Tubes Using Remote Field Testing

    E2191 Practice for Examination of Gas-Filled Filament-Wound Composite Pressure Vessels Using Acoustic Emission

    E2192 Guide for Planar Flaw Height Sizing by Ultrasonics

    E2223 Practice for Examination of Seamless, Gas-Filled, Steel Pressure Vessels Using Angle Beam Ultrasonics

    E2261 Practice for Examination of Welds Using the Alternating Current Field Measurement Technique

    E2338 Practice for Characterization of Coatings Using Conformable Eddy-Current Sensors without Coating Reference Standards

    E2373 Practice for Use of the Ultrasonic Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) Technique

    E2374 Guide for Acoustic Emission System Performance Verification

    E2375 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of Wrought Products

    E2479 Practice for Measuring the Ultrasonic Velocity in Polyethylene Tank Walls Using Lateral Longitudinal (LCR) Waves

    E2491 Guide for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Phased-Array Ultrasonic Testing Instruments and Systems

    E2534 Practice for Process Compensated Resonance Testing Via Swept Sine Input for Metallic and Non-Metallic Parts

    E2580 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of Flat Panel Composites and Sandwich Core Materials Used in Aerospace Applications

    E2700 Practice for Contact Ultrasonic Testing of Welds Using Phased Arrays

    Other Documents

    ANSI/ASNT-CP-189 ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel

    ASNTRecommendedPract Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing Available from American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), P.O. Box 28518, 1711 Arlingate Ln., Columbus, OH 43228-0518, http://www.asnt.org.

    NAS-410 Certification and Qualification of Nondestructive Personnel (Quality Assurance Committee) Available from Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc. (AIA), 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1700, Arlington, VA 22209-3928, http://www.aia-aerospace.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 03.120.10 (Quality management and quality assurance); 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E0543-13

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E543-13, Standard Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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