Positive Material Identification

Positive Material Identification is often one of the first methods of non-destructive testing that companies ask us about. We know that your site managers and safety officers need to know that all the components on their site are made of the correct material. Get the assurance you need that you are managing your assets correctly with our PMI services.

If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact our team.

What is Positive Material Identification (PMI)?

PMI is a way of identifying the different elements of any given material. In general, it is used to determine the exact components of metal alloys. This then allows for a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the asset.

It is portable, which means we can offer this service on-site as well as in-house. There are two methods of identifying materials, X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyser and Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES).

What is PMI used to detect?

This method is used across a range of sectors and can be invaluable in the maintenance of components and safety compliance. It can allow businesses to check whether individual assets are made of the correct material and made to the correct standard to meet safety requirements.

What are the limitations of PMI?

Although the X-ray Fluorescence Analyser is the most portable and adaptable of the PMI methods, it cannot detect the percentage of carbon within the structure, and so is not always suitable for materials that may have this element in them. If you have materials that may contain carbon, Optical Emission Spectroscopy can be used. Although this technology is less portable than XRF, special arrangements can be made to use this equipment on your site.

Think you need PMI?

If you are interested in using our Positive Material Identification services, please contact us now and our team will be happy and eager to assist you.

When to use this service

  • task_altThis service can be used with any material.

Responsive testing that delivers assurance that your equipment is safe.

Contact us for a quality testing service with a fast report turnaround. We can respond to any challenge.


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