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Southwest Steel Casting Company achieved certification to ISO-9002 on December 26, 1996. In so doing, SWS becomes only the second foundry in Texas to distinguish itself in this manner.

 
 
 
 
  Horizontal Stationary Magnetic Particle Inspection Unit.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Southwest Steel Casting Company has setup numerous quality practices to insure customers receive high quality castings per their specifications. To achieve this goal the following types of testing are preformed:

      ► Chemical Testing
      ►
Non Destructive Testing
      ►
Physical Testing
      ►
Sand Testing


Chemical Testing
Chemical testing analysis is required to ascertain the chemical composition of a heat of steel. Chemical testing at Southwest Steel is done with an Optical Emission Spectrometry.

Non Destructive Testing
Non Destructive Testing is a descriptive term used for the examination of materials and components in such a way that allows materials to be examined without changing or destroying their usefulness.

Physical Testing
"Physical" testing is performed by Southwest Steel as a means of demonstrating/verifying conformance to the required mechanical properties. Typical physical tests performed include tensile testing and Charpy V-Notch impact testing.

Sand Testing
One of the principle components of making a quality casting is the preparation of the sand into which molten metal is poured. To that end, Southwest Steel Casting Company operates a laboratory for the testing of sand to meet AFS standards and which conforms to Southwest Steel's ISO-9001 procedures.

In order to conduct the afore mention testing properly, Southwest Steel has three additional quality practices;

      ► ISO-9001:2000
      ►
Pressure Equipment Directive
      ► Training & Certification

ISO-9001:2000
ISO-6001:2000 certification Governs procedures under which castings are made and inspected. Southwest Steel Casting Company achieved certification to ISO-9002 on December 26, 1996. On November 29, 2003, Southwest Steel successfully completed the transition audit to the new revision of the ISO-9000 series of standards, ISO-9001:2000.

Pressure Equipment Directive
The Pressure Equipment Directive of the EU sets out the standards for the design and manufacture of pressure equipment.
The Directive concerns manufacturers of items such as vessels pressurized storage containers, heat exchangers, steam generators, boilers, industrial piping, safety devices and pressure accessories.

Training & Certification
At Southwest Steel Casting Company, all inspectors performing inspection are trained and certified per recommended practice ASNT SNT-TC-1A. This is a worldwide organization for establishing guidelines for training certification of NDT personnel

 
 
   
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