TÜV SÜD Pro-Tec, part of the global technical services provider TÜV SÜD, performs phased array testing, not only on large bore piping, but also on small tubes, at State-owned power utility Eskom power plants, where welds have been tested during scheduled outages.
This technique can be used on tubes with a wall thickness as low as 4.5 mm.
TÜV SÜD Pro-Tec’s capabilities include performing close proximity radiography, which enables the surrounding workforce to work as much as 2 m away from a radiation source. Another successful radiographic application is the introduction of digital radiography that can enable results to be viewed on a computer screen immediately, saving time and money.
Pro-Tec specialises in nondestructive testing (NDT) and inspection services using conventional and advanced NDT methods on new production weldments as well as in in-service inspection.
Pro-Tec was established in 1996, and was incorporated into the TÜV SÜD South Africa group in 2011. The latter was formed in 2010, and is based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
TÜV SÜD South Africa has clients in the power, mining, paper and pulp and manufacturing sectors.
TÜV SÜD’s range of services covers consulting, testing, certification and training. The company has more than 22 000 employees in 67 countries in more than 800 locations.
Another company within the TÜV SÜD stable is TÜV SÜD Real Estate Services, a South African National Accreditation System-accredited inspection body which provides independent testing and consulting services for lift systems.
TÜV SÜD also operates in the South African real-estate market, with a focus on services for efficiency and sustainability of all types of buildings.
TÜV SÜD Management Services is another company within the TÜV SÜD stable. The company is an internationally accredited certification body for management systems. It offers auditing, assessment, validation and certification of management systems in the sectors of quality, sustainability and information technology security.
TÜV SÜD is also active in the auto services sector through its auto services and AVTS roadworthy stations based in the Western Cape. The testing stations are backed by an ISO 9001:2008 certification.
In addition, TÜV SÜD is the service provider to heavy commercial vehicle servicing facility MAN Truck and Bus. The company performs buy-back assessments for MAN’s leased vehicles, and also conducts vehicle inspections on heavy commercial vehicles, providing a comprehensive condition report with pictures and costings of damages.
TÜV SÜD has set out a growth plan for further development in Africa, with a large focus on renewable power project development, approved inspection authority work, as well as the nuclear sector.