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During spring, SGS X-Per-X Inc., Montreal, Canada, performed the evaluation of 53 overhead cranes, in Plant 1 of Bombardier Aeronautique. About 15,000 linear meters of rails had to be inspected, all located at 10 meters above ground. All of the work was performed using aerial lifting devices.

During the project SGS professional engineers performed the following tasks:

  • Non destructive testing (Magnetic Particle) on all the rail welds
  • Verification of the bolt tightness, using both the resonance and the torque testing methods
  • Visual inspection by an experienced technician for corrosion defects, warping, straightness, bumps, missing parts
  • Preparation of a detailed report, for each crane, outlining findings, repaired areas, lifting capacity, etc.

All of the work was performed in a plant assembling brand new Bombardier jets. Special measures had to be taken to avoid dropping heavy tools on delicate aircraft wings and spars, but the project was finished successfully.

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 48,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.