Laboratory

Global Titanium supports an extensive laboratory for the analysis of inbound raw materials and outbound products.  The lab enables Global Titanium to monitor the quality of its products throughout the production cycle.  In order to insure testing is uniform and results are reliable, detailed procedures have been developed for the lab employees.  In addition, all of Global Titanium's lab equipment is subjected to stringent, routine testing to insure it is performing correctly.  Global Titanium is committed to insuring the lab personnel and lab equipment are accurate and efficient.

There are three key points during processing that Global Titanium evaluates material through the lab to insure quality.  The first is upon receipt of raw materials, the second is during interim points in process, and the third is final testing prior to the shipment of finished goods.  All of the testing performed by Global Titanium is designed to characterize raw materials, enabling Global Titanium to produce a consistent final product from inconsistent raw materials.

Receipt of Raw Materials

Raw materials are evaluated upon receipt to insure that they meet appropriate criteria for processing.  This testing can be broken into two groups: testing of titanium solids and testing of titanium turnings.

The majority of testing of titanium solids is accomplished with the use of two Vericheck TestMaster Pro units and three Spectrotest units.  Testing is performed on material after receipt and before the material is released to the plant for consumption.  Depending on the type of material received, solids are subject to either a general evaluation or a 100% sort wherein each piece of metal is tested independently.  The metal is segregated by type and released to the plant for a number of different processes.

When titanium turnings are received, samples are taken and evaluated for the presence of oil, moisture, and magnetic content.  These results are then reported to the buyer for review before receipts are settled for payment.  To see a complete description of the sampling and testing procedure Global Titanium uses, click here.

In-Process Analysis

For several of Global Titanium's products, an additional round of analysis is performed during the processing of the product.  Typically this occurs when processing of material involves some type of blending or if the process changes the characteristics of the metal.  The best example of this is ferrotitanium.  Ferrotitanium is produced by melting titanium scrap to produce a 70% titanium product.  For each 2,000 lb heat of ferrotitanium, a sample is taken and analyzed in the lab.  The analysis is then recorded along with other analyses from other heats and the analyses are used to create a blend of material to meet customer specifications.  Once the product is blended additional testing, such as tap density or apparent density, may be performed if required by the customer.

Global Titanium also performs analysis on titanium scrap products during processing to insure they will meet customer specifications.  In order to prepare samples for analysis, a button furnace is used to melt the titanium so that the sample is uniform and can be tested properly.  Once the testing is performed, results are again recorded and used either for blending or as a mid-process check to insure processing is having the desired effects on the metal.

Final Testing

Before products leave Global Titanium premises, verification is required that the product meets the customer's required chemical composition.  Depending on the product in question, this testing may have been completed during the processing.  If it was not, however, testing is performed before the product is shipped.  Once results are achieved, they are compared with the customer's required specifications to insure the product meets the needs of the customer. 

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