Metal Power launched Proficiency Testing (PT) services in 2013. Proficiency Testing – which helps participating laboratories assess and benchmark the performance levels of their equipment, staff and processes across peer laboratories – are a key requirement for any Laboratory that aspires to achieve excellence. Metal Power’s PT services (Fully accredited under ISO/IEC 17043) span across Chemical, Metallurgical as well as Mechanical Testing and are trusted by thousands of customers to improve their performance and also to meet their own accreditation requirements.
Proficiency Testing programes benchmark the performance levels of your equipment, staff and processes across peer laboratories with Metal Power Laboratories.
The purpose of Proficiency Testing (PT) is to evaluate the lab’s performance with respect to their testing expertise and quality.
This is achieved by the testing of unknown samples sent to a laboratory by an ISO 17043 accredited PT Program Administrator. In a Proficiency Test one or more similar (near-identical) artifacts are sent to each of a number of participating laboratories.
Sets of PT samples are sent to participating laboratories on a scheduled basis (3 to 4 times per year). Each Laboratory measures the artifacts (e.g., a block or chips of some metal or Alloy) according to a given set of instructions. Each Lab then reports its results to the Test’s Administrator who evaluates their performance.
Every Laboratory wishing for accreditation and for excellence in testing proficiency, must undertake Proficiency Testing atleast once a year covering each item it desires to cover / retain under the scope of accreditation.
Given the benefits of Proficiency Testing and the dramatic impact a good PT can have on improving a Laboratory’s performance, the advantages from an annual PT by far outweigh the very small associated costs. Practice, as they say, makes perfect. More such regular tests would improve the working of each member of your lab team.
Labs can also undergo Inter-laboratory comparison, which is done by the organization, performance and evaluation of tests on the same or similar test items, carried out by two or more laboratories in accordance with predetermined conditions. This enables each lab to evaluate its own performance on a comparative basis with respect to peer Laboratories.
The Metal Power Advantage
Metal Power offers a host of completely unique advantages as a PT Provider. Some of these are:
Metal Power runs the following Laboratories
We have already set-up production facilities for high quality powder manufacturing of such items as Iron Ore, Ferro-Si, Ferro-Cr etc., for making Powder CRMs & PT items.
Metal Power regularly offers Proficiency Testing Programs in the following areas :
Low Alloys Steels
High Manganese (Hadfield) Steels
Copper Base Alloys
Aluminium Base Alloys
Apart from the above, some of the other Alloy Types that we can offer are:
We have several new initiatives which are forthcoming, some of which include introduction of Dual and Triple PTPs; participating in more than one kind of Testing, e.g., in Chemical & UTS testing etc. and metallography where good sample preparation is also involved.
We shall shortly be launching programs for training of operators in the best practices of using Optical Emission Spectrometers for testing of:
We are the only Company in this field that allows you to do take up multiple PT programs and actually make it not only doable but also more economical. For instance, you could opt for a PTP in Low Carbon Alloy Steels & also in Medium Carbon Alloy Steels. You could opt for Stainless Steel & Case Carburizing Steel, and so on. Needless to mention, the more programs you participate in every year; the more economical Proficiency Testing becomes.
We also offer programs where all chemists of you lab can be tested. This is specially relevant where in activities where the personal skill of the operator plays a role, as in: