Laboratory Testing Inc. Materials Testing, Nondestructive Testing & Calibration Services Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:44:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LTI Hires an Inside Sales Manager Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:57:52 +0000 more]]> John Stango, Inside SalesLaboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) has hired John Stango as the Inside Sales Manager, a new position for the company. He will supervise the inside sales team, which includes Account Managers, Customer Service Representatives and a Sales Engineer. These employees assist customers in many ways, including:

  • Providing information about LTI’s material testing, calibration and specimen machining services
  • Preparing quotes
  • Coordinating orders that are performed throughout the Laboratory

As manager, John will oversee these responsibilities and work closely with LTI’s outside sales team of Business Development Managers to help establish new customer relationships. He will also assist the director of the department in executing the company’s strategic sales plans.

Bringing Strong Supervisory Skills to LTI

John has over ten years of supervisory experience with companies in the medical industry. Most recently, he held the position of US National Sales Manager for Ortho Technology, A Henry Schein Company, where he was responsible for management of the Inside Sales Representatives. Prior experience includes a position as Manager / Master Coach for CareCentrix, with responsibility for coaching and developing call center supervisors. He was also Regional Team Supervisor with Animas Corporation, a Johnson and Johnson company, where he oversaw the Call Center, the region’s Inside Sales group and the Product Information Team.

Providing Customer Support for the Full-Service Lab

Laboratory Testing Inc. performs all metal testing, material analysis, metrology and machining services at a three-building facility in Hatfield, PA. Unlike many other material testing labs that have scattered locations specializing in only a few services or with a small capacity, all of LTI’s orders are handled at a single full-service location. This one-stop arrangement provides significant customer advantages in convenience, as well as time and cost savings.

The Sales / Customer Service Department is the laboratory’s central hub of customer support and the customers’ main point of contact. Due to LTI’s single-location layout, this team is able to efficiently coordinate all material testing, nondestructive testing, specimen machining, dimensional inspection and calibration orders to get quick answers and results for customers.

“Our inside sales employees are dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers with outstanding service. Creating this position and bringing John onboard is an investment in further ensuring the high- level of service we will consistently provide to our customers”, said Mike Hiller, Director of Sales and Marketing.

Reach out to our Sales / Customer Service Team with questions about services, turnaround or pricing.

LTI Acquires Fracture Technology Associates Mon, 03 Jul 2017 17:23:33 +0000 more]]> Fracture Mechanics Testing & Software Systems

FTA AcquisitionLaboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) is happy to announce the acquisition of Fracture Technology Associates (FTA) of Bethlehem, PA. Both FTA and LTI have been in the materials testing business for over thirty years. FTA is a commercial, independent testing laboratory that has provided Fracture Mechanics Testing Services and tailored software systems to a wide variety of commercial, government and university labs. Laboratory Testing is an independent, full-service Materials Testing, Non-destructive Testing and Metrology Lab serving a wide-range of industries, including aerospace, power, medical, military and commercial.

About Fracture Technology Associates

FTA was owned and operated by J. Keith Donald, an internationally-recognized expert with over 40 years of experience in the field of experimental fracture mechanics. The company has performed Fracture Mechanics Testing, including Fatigue Crack Growth Rate Testing (FCGR) to ASTM E647 and non-linear Fracture Toughness Testing (NLFT) to ASTM E1820 and E1921. FTA also provided all of the software and data acquisition hardware required for customers to run their own FCGR and NLFT tests.

A Perfect Fit for Laboratory Testing Inc.

Laboratory Testing Inc. began as a Non-destructive Testing Lab in 1984 with twenty employees housed in a 30,000 sq. ft. shop and office. Since then, the Lab has grown into many complementary lines of business with 175 employees and 102,000 sq. ft. of building space. The business is family run by some of the children and grandchildren of the founder, Robert W. McVaugh, Sr.

LTI is highly experienced in Fracture Mechanics, with its own Department that provides NADCAP and A2LA accredited Fatigue Crack Growth Testing and Fracture Toughness Testing. The Lab is also well-versed in FTA software, with all of its 19 servo-hydraulic mechanical test frames operating with the software systems. Mike McVaugh, second-generation family member and President of LTI, said “LTI is enthusiastic about the opportunity to enhance and expand existing service, support, and training capabilities. LTI also plans to invest in ongoing software development to increase features and functions which will improve the productivity of software users.”

Keith Donald has worked closely with the fracture mechanics team at LTI over the past few years to pass along his years of research and experience. The two companies have collaborated on significant cutting-edge projects in the fatigue crack growth arena. McVaugh explained, “Keith will continue to consult with our team to ensure a smooth transition, while also continuing his pioneering research in the field”.

Construction of a new Fracture Mechanics Lab is well under way at LTI with over twice the square footage of the present lab. It will house LTI’s current test frames and allow for the addition of FTA’s 10 frames and staff within the next year. In the meantime, FTA’s test systems will be operated for additional capacity at the FTA building in Bethlehem, PA. According to Brandon McVaugh, grandson of LTI’s founder and the Director of Operations, “We plan to integrate FTA’s equipment and personnel into the Fracture Mechanics Department at Laboratory Testing Inc. within the next year. They will remain operational, as an extension of LTI.”

Find Out More About Services and Pricing

Contact Us to find out more about LTI’s Fatigue Crack Growth and Fracture Toughness Testing services or FTA’s software systems. If you’d like pricing, please Request a Quote.

Laboratory Testing Inc. of Hatfield, PA is an independent materials testing and metrology laboratory in business since 1984. The range of services offered by LTI includes mechanical testing, metallurgical testing, chemical analysis, corrosion testing, nondestructive testing, specimen machining, failure analysis, dimensional inspection and calibration services. Certified Test Reports and Calibration Certificates provide all documentation about the services performed and the test results. LTI is NADCAP and A2LA accredited, ISO/IEC 17025 certified and ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 compliant.

OMTEC Exhibit Will Feature LTI Medical Device Testing Services Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:30:37 +0000 more]]> OMTEC Medical device expoLaboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) will be exhibiting nondestructive and destructive testing services for the medical industry at the Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference (OMTEC). LTI is a 33-year-old material testing lab that specializes in the testing of metals. Passivation Testing and Corrosion Testing for the medical device market will be featured by LTI, along with third-party raw material testing, including mechanical testing, chemistry, hardness testing, alpha case, and more.

The Lab’s A2LA accreditation and ISO/IEC 17025 certification comply with the requirements of ISO 13485 for medical devices and LTI is an approved supplier for many medical manufacturers. Although metal testing is the Lab’s specialty, some testing services are also available for polymeric materials.

Laboratory Testing Inc. is scheduled to exhibit in Booth #334 at the 13th Annual OMTEC Event. The Expo will be held in Chicago, Illinois on June 13-15, 2017. Representatives will be available to discuss capabilities and the range of information that testing can provide, including:

  • Material composition and identification
  • Mechanical properties
  • Defects and discontinuities
  • Susceptibility to corrosion
  • Dimensional accuracy of product features

“There is continuous growth and technological advancement in the field of medical implants and instrumentation. Our customers rely on the results of the testing services performed at LTI to comply with quality assurance requirements and as valuable input to key business decisions. Test results can provide decisive information for research and development, material verification, production control, and more,” said Chris Mecleary, New Business Development Manager.

Sponsored by ORTHOWORLD, OMTEC is the only conference that solely serves the global orthopaedic industry. OMTEC is acknowledged as an international conference that brings together suppliers, service providers, and orthopaedic OEM professionals for discussion and networking. OMTEC draws procurement, supply chain, operations, research & development, quality, clinical affairs and executive-level professionals.

OMTEC 2017 will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Nearly 150 companies are registered to exhibit this year.

Remember the dates, June 13-15, 2017. Be sure to stop by Booth #334 to meet with Chris Mecleary and Eric Baum from our New Business Development team.

Laboratory Testing Inc. Hires Director of Quality Assurance Tue, 16 May 2017 18:46:59 +0000 more]]> Director of QualityJonathan Faia has joined Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) as the Director of Quality Assurance for the Material Testing, Non-destructive Testing and Calibration Lab. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he will be responsible for maintaining LTI’s corporate quality assurance system and leading the Quality Department. In addition, Jonathan will handle the following:

  • Oversee preparation of certified test reports
  • Administer the industry specifications program for testing and calibration
  • Lead all activities related to Continuous Improvement

LTI’s former Director of Quality, Frank Peszka, retired at the end of 2016, but continues to work at Laboratory Testing as a Q.A. consultant two days each week.

Over a 30 year career, Jonathan had worked his way up from U.S. Marine and Aircraft Technician to Director of Quality at a manufacturer of specialized fluoropolymer products for the automotive and aerospace industries. He held his last position for over 15 years before joining Laboratory Testing.

Jonathan holds a BS Degree in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also is an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellence.

Laboratory Testing Inc. of Hatfield, PA is an independent materials testing and metrology laboratory in business since 1984. The range of services offered by LTI includes mechanical testing, metallurgical testing, chemical analysis, corrosion testing, nondestructive testing, specimen machining, failure analysis, dimensional inspection and calibration services.

Find information about the Lab’s Quality Program including accreditations, certifications, the quality manual and more.

LTI Will Exhibit at the Rapid + TCT Expo Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:23:22 +0000 more]]> 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Event

Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) is on the exhibitor list for Rapid + TCT in Booth #2343. The exposition is scheduled for May 9 -11, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rapid + TCT will focus on 3D Printing, 3D Scanning and Additive Manufacturing. As a full-service Materials Testing Laboratory, LTI meets the needs of companies in this rapidly advancing industry with services performed to ASTM Standards, including:

  • Mechanical Testing
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Chemistry
  • Metallography
  • Non-destructive Testing
  • Dimensional Inspection
  • Specimen Machining

Register now for the Rapid + TCT event.

Qualified to Partner with the Additive Manufacturing Industry

Laboratory Testing Inc. is NADCAP and A2LA accredited, ISO/IEC 17025 certified and in compliance with ASME NQA-1, ISO 9001 and ISO 13485. LTI chemists, engineers and technicians test many types of materials including metals, powdered metals, polymers and ceramics. With the array of available services, the Lab is fully capable of testing input materials, 3D prototypes and finished products. These services are also very helpful for comparing materials and parts produced by 3D technologies with those manufactured by traditional methods.

Materials Testing can provide crucial information about the following:

  • Material composition; trace elements and impurities
  • Measure of apparent density
  • Mechanical properties and results of heat treat upgrade
  • Microscopic product features
  • Flaws and discontinuities
  • Corrosion susceptibility

Review our Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing literature sheet for more information.

Eric Baum, Business Development Manager, said, “We had a great experience last year attending Rapid 2016 and are looking forward to this year’s event in Pittsburgh. With our strong reputation and roots in the Aerospace, Automotive and Medical markets, LTI is well-equipped and positioned to grow with the technological and capacity demands of the Additive Manufacturing industry.”

Look for Eric and other representatives from Laboratory Testing in Booth #2343 during Rapid + TCT.

About Rapid + TCT

The Rapid + TCT Conference & Exposition will feature a three-day trade show, workshops, tech briefings, student tours and networking. The newest products, technologies, and materials in 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection technologies will be showcased. Attendees have the opportunity to engage with 200 exhibitors and explore the future of the industry through interactive experiences and keynotes from industry leaders. The event has been held for over 25 years and is being produced this year by SME and The TCT Group.

Non Destructive Testing Article for Medical Industry Published by Quality Magazine Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:42:29 +0000 more]]> NDT of Medical ImplantsLaboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) had a Non Destructive Testing article for the medical industry published in the April 2017 issue of Quality Magazine. The article, titled “Nondestructive Testing of Implanted Medical Device Materials”, covers a very relevant topic due to pain and other problems that patients could experience if an implanted medical device fails while in use. Additionally, not taking proper precautions can result in serious consequences for the device manufacturer. Testing the materials used for manufacturing implanted medical devices and testing the actual medical devices themselves to ensure integrity is extremely important.

Ensuring Integrity with Nondestructive Testing

The nature of implanted medical devices means that ensuring their integrity is of critical importance. Nondestructive testing, often using multiple methods, is an important part of that assurance. The article discusses two types of non destructive testing that are commonly used to detect defects in material and finished parts without causing any damage to the samples. The step-by-step testing processes are explained in detail for these two specific test methods, Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT) and Ultrasonic Testing (UT), which reveal surface and/or subsurface defects with reliable accuracy.

About the Highly Qualified Authors

Rich GoodwinTwo of Laboratory Testing Inc.’s non destructive testing experts co-authored the article, Rich Goodwin, NDT Manager, and Phil Trach, NDT Technology Coordinator.

Rich has been with LTI for over thirty years and was promoted to NDT Manager in 2009. He holds the following certifications:

  • ASNT NDT Level III in PT, Magnetic Particle (MT), and Visual Testing
  • NAS 410 in PT and MT
  • Pratt & Whitney PWA-NDTQ Level III
  • MIL-STD-2132 Examiner in MT

P&W SIM Level 3 CertifiedPhil is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been with LTI for twelve years. He has the following certifications:

  • ASNT NDT Level III in UT
  • NAS 410 in UT
  • Pratt & Whitney SIM Level III
  • MIL-STD-2132 Examiner in UT

Although the article was written about medical implants, the basic principles and test methods are relevant to any industry where “high-risk” products are manufactured. For example, certain parts manufactured for aircraft, automobiles and military applications could also cause devastating results if they did not perform as expected. Non destructive testing is a very effective solution for ensuring product integrity for both manufacturers and end users in many industries.

Nondestructive Testing of Implanted Medical Device Materials Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:18:40 +0000 more]]> An article from Laboratory Testing Inc., titled “Nondestructive Testing of Implanted Medical Device Materials”, was published in the April 2017 issue of Quality Magazine. The co-authors, Rich Goodwin, NDT Manager, and Phil Trach, NDT Technology Coordinator, explain why nondestructive testing is relied on to ensure the integrity of the materials used for manufacturing implanted medical devices and to inspect the end products for defects.


LTI Will Show Aerospace Materials Testing at AeroMat Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:09:11 +0000 more]]> AeroMat Expo exhibitorLaboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) is scheduled to exhibit in Booth #613 at the 28th AeroMat Conference and Exposition from April 10-12, 2017. As a leading provider of Aerospace Materials Testing services in the USA, LTI will be showcasing a full array of capabilities, including:

  • Microscopic and Macroscopic Examination
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Mechanical Properties Testing
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Corrosion Testing
  • Specimen Machining
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • CMM / Dimensional Inspection

Laboratory Testing is accredited by NADCAP and A2LA, and cetified to ISO/IEC 17025. The Lab has been audited by leading aerospace industry manufacturers and approved to provide Destructive Testing, Non-destructive Testing and Specimen Machining services to companies in their supply chains. This list of leading manufacturers includes Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, Agusta Aerospace, Airbus, Northrop Grumman, Bell Hellicopter, Rolls Royce, Eaton, GE Aviation, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky and more.

Materials Testing is required to ensure the quality of raw materials, fasteners and other parts that are produced and purchased for use in aircraft construction. Laboratory Testing Inc. prepares all test specimens and samples, performs the testing and provides certified test reports with documented test results.

“New material R&D and aircraft production remain very strong for the aerospace industry. LTI is proud to have a major role in ensuring their continued success by providing these companies with testing services that answer key questions about suitability, reliability and safety,” said Mike Hiller, Director of New Business Development. Laboratory Testing Inc. is a full-service metals and alloys testing lab, but also provides some testing services for composites, polymers and ceramics.

The AeroMat Conference and Expo will be held as follows:

 AeroMat ExpoApril 10-12, 2017

The Charleston Convention Center

Charleston, South Carolina

AeroMat is an ASM International event that includes an exposition of aerospace products and services from over 80 companies and organizations, as well as a conference with sessions presented by top leaders from the field of aerospace materials. The technical program will focus on innovative aerospace materials, fabrication and manufacturing methods that improve performance, durability and sustainability of aerospace structures and engines with reduced life-cycle costs.

Contact us to schedule a meeting while we’re at the AeroMat Expo or stop by our Booth #613 during show hours.

LTI Will Exhibit at the Corrosion 2017 Expo Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:20:12 +0000 more]]> Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) will have an exhibitor’s booth at the NACE Corrosion 2017 Expo on March 26 – 30, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. LTI has been in business since 1984 and is a leading USA test lab specializing in corrosion testing and analysis, material testing and non-destructive testing.

The Lab has been exhibiting at the Corrosion Expos since 2004 and will once again have technical experts on hand, in booth #1025, to discuss testing solutions and provide professional insights.

Laboratory Testing Inc. is a full-service, independent metals testing laboratory specializing in performing testing services to industry standards and specifications. Accredited non-destructive testing services are offered, as well as the following destructive testing:

  • Chemistry
  • Metallurgical Testing
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Fracture Mechanics

A certified test report is provided at the completion of every order with all details of the test process and results. The Lab also has a complete in-house Machine Shop that prepares all test specimens and samples.

LTI’s corrosion testing services include many ASTM test methods, humidity, passivation, alpha case and many more. Corrosion Testing is not only often required to meet compliance requirements, but it can also provide very useful information about material characteristics and more.

  • This testing can help businesses evaluate materials in order to select the most appropriate material and protective treatment for their product and its intended application.
  • These services can also identify corrodents and environmental factors responsible for corrosion attack after it has occurred.

NACE International’s Corrosion is the world’s largest corrosion conference and expo. Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) will be one of over 400 companies exhibiting at the Corrosion 2017 Expo. Over 6000 attendees are expected from more than 60 countries around the world. The event will take place at the following:

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

New Orleans, LA

March 26 – 30, 2017

“The Corrosion Expo has always been a great opportunity for our team to meet up with many of our customers who work with us for corrosion testing and other testing capabilities”, said Mike Hiller, Director of New Business Development. “With the size and reputation of the show, we can always count on meeting many potential customers with a need for our testing services as well.”

Questions about Corrosion Testing, or any other service on our material testing, non-destructive testing or specimen machining menus, are welcome at any time. Complete our Contact Us or RFQ forms.

Third-Generation Family Member Named Director of Operations at LTI Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:11:45 +0000 more]]> Brandon McVaughBrandon McVaugh has been named to the newly created position, Director of Operations, at Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI). This executive-level position will oversee the company’s three main lines of business: Destructive Material Testing, Non-Destructive Testing and Metrology.

In his new role, Brandon will be responsible for managing the test and inspection operations of these departments in order to achieve LTI’s short-term and long-term performance goals for profitability, productivity, quality and safety.

The production departments at Laboratory Testing Inc. provide the full range of testing and inspection services required to service varied industries, including aerospace, defense, power generation, medical and others. The Lab also has the accreditations, certifications, quality system and approvals to meet the requirements of these customers, including:

  • NADCAP and A2LA accreditation
  • ISO/IEC 17025 certification
  • Quality program in compliance with ISO 9001 and ISO 13485
  • PED approval

Gaining Experience Throughout the Company

As a grandson of the founder of LTI, Robert W. McVaugh, Sr., Brandon began working for the family business at a fairly young age. He worked in the company’s Machine Shop and Nondestructive Testing Department while still in school. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Delaware Valley College, he spent the next five years as an employee of The Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, PA. He returned to LTI in January 2010 filling a new position for the company, Customer Service Supervisor.

Brandon next served as Assistant Manager of the Destructive Testing Department, beginning in August 2012. He was promoted to Manager in mid-2013 and continued to work closely with the previous long-term Destructive Testing Manager until he retired in late 2015. During these last few years in Destructive Testing, Brandon oversaw staffing, training, order processing, budgeting, quality control and turnaround in both Mechanical Testing and the Machine Shop.

Mike McVaugh, CEO and President of LTI, said, “Brandon helped grow both sales and profits, introduced more rigorous quantitative decision-making and implemented both significant process improvements and capacity expansion efforts. I am confident that Brandon will help to usher in a new era in the strategic, operational, and cultural evolution of LTI.”

Laboratory Testing Inc. is an accredited, independent laboratory specializing in Material Testing (Chemical Analysis, Corrosion Testing, Mechanical Testing, Fracture Mechanics, Metallurgical Analysis), Nondestructive Testing and Specimen Machining. We test input materials, prototypes and finished products. The Lab has been in business since 1984 and has a team of over 175 employees servicing customers throughout the USA and other nations.