SGS Testing Laboratories Gain Accreditation for Nadcap Certification in Germany

On October 1, 2012, SGS has been awarded the Nadcap Merit Status for the Material Testing Laboratories (MTL) sector and is the only independent testing facility in Germany providing Nadcap MTL Certification for metallography and hardness testing.
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Oct. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- Having been awarded Nadcap Merit Status for the Material Testing Laboratories (MTL) sector on October 1, 2012, SGS Dortmund has reached an extraordinary milestone. The SGS laboratory is currently the only independent testing facility in Germany offering Nadcap MTL Certification for metallography and hardness testing, allowing SGS to officially certify critical tests on components for the aerospace industry.

With this accreditation, SGS has become the qualified partner in Germany for Nadcap Approval Tests on metal components to include high-performance materials in engines, structural components and landing gear. In addition, as a DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 certified testing laboratory, SGS Dortmund has the ability to offer its aerospace industry clients numerous and diverse targeted management strategies ranging from the evaluation of systems, components and materials in terms of physiochemical characteristics to the research necessary for development or damage analysis.

The Nadcap program guarantees a worldwide recognized uniform standard of quality upon which the aerospace industry can rely during component construction and testing processes. To qualify as a service provider of Nadcap testing certification, the German SGS laboratory underwent an extensive audit conducted by the Performance Review Institute (PRI) to determine that all mandatory requirements were successfully met. SGS accredited testing complies with the following test codes:

- L Metallography (General)

- L1 Microindentation (Vickers)

- L2 Near Surface Examinations – Alloy Depletion

- L5 Near Surface Examinations – Microindentation (Vickers)

- L8 Alpha Case: Wrought Titanium

- L10 Near Surface Examinations – Carburization

- L11 Metallography (Other)

- LS Surface Conditions

- XL Metallography (Macro)

- M3 Vickers Hardness

“Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy: it is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality products through superior special processes. Companies such as SGS go above and beyond in achieving Nadcap accreditation to obtain Merit Status and they should be justifiably proud of it.”  Joe Pinto, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Performance Review Institute

SGS Extends Service Portfolio for Aviation and Aerospace Industry

In the aerospace industry, there is no room for compromise or negligence. Supervisory authorities such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulate this particular industry with extraordinarily stringent certification standards. Therefore, the highest possible levels of safety, quality (, durability and reliability must be maintained across the entire industry supply chain.

SGS provides unrivaled experience in the aviation and aerospace industries (, offering a comprehensive range of quality management services encompassing everything from analysis to certification. SGS assists in improving processes, accessing skillful talent, ensuring consistent and compliant supply chains and sustaining customer relationships. In short, SGS delivers profitable competitive advantage wherever operations may find themselves, anywhere in the world.

SGS is proud of having achieved the Nadcap MTL Certification Accreditation as well asthe Merit Status, and is delighted to be able to provide these essential services to ensure the safety of all air travelers.

For more information, please contact:

SGS Consumer Testing Services

Dr. Olaf Günnewig
Branch Manager - Automotive
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 13
D – 44227 Dortmund

Phone: +49 231 9742-7303          

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.
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