New industry standards require tight quality control.
More companies are requiring full traceability of their materials. Specialty Metals have undertaken steps to ensure we supply you the material that you ordered.
We have recently added a Flymarker Mini Portable Dot Peen Marking System for grade and heat number transfer from the original bar stock or cut plates to cut pieces. We can customise markings as required.
To top it off, our latest acquisition is a Vanta handheld XRF analyser for complete piece of mind in positive material identification (PMI).
Specialty Metals have the ability to carry out our own in house PMI by means of XRF testing to ensure a match of material markings and suppliers own provided material test certificates.
All incoming material to our store will undergo PMI before we accept the goods into our system. The results are electronically filed with the original mill certs. We can supply the XRF readout along with our own standard MTC as required for an extra layer of confidence.
This will not provide you with a "proper" 3.2 cert but offers extra piece of mind if for some reason our own true and correct extract or scanned copies on of EN 10204 Type 3.1 material certs are not suitable for your requirements.
Should a proper inspection for true "intent of 3.2" certification we can refer to one of the many 3rd party companies in town such as Lloyds Register, SGS, Bureau Veratis, DNV, LMATS etc..
Generally this entails three stages.
Stage 1. Material identification, traceability back to the melt, material stamping by inspector for the next stage.
Stage 2. Mechanical testing carried out by a certified lab such as tensile, impact, bending, hardness etc., testing equipment calibration witness.
Stage 3. Documentation review, third party paperwork endorsement and third party hard stamping of final inspection.
To carry out mechanical testing above, extra material will need to be taken into consideration to allow for the testing of material for your order.
To enable full "proper EN 10204 Type 3.2 material certs" we must purchase from primary steelmaker, however generally minimum order quantities may be required from the mill and need to be specified at time of order.
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