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August 16, 2021

Inspection Update on Compressor Blade Failures

According to the OEM, there is an increased risk for blade tip liberation on the row 1 compressor blades.  Causal factors for the liberations include operational environment, corrosion pitting and a degraded material property from tip rubbing.

The best way to mitigate the issue is through advanced Inspections including Eddy Current and ultrasonic Phased Array (UTPA  Our proprietary method is the ONLY NDT provider to develop an inspection methodology to inspect BOTH sides of the airfoil.

Contact us at Sales@veracityTS.com for more information or visit our Linked in Page https://www.linkedin.com/company/3287805/admin/

 

February 3, 2021

GE 7F Compressor Risk Mitigation

There is new OEM guidance for the GE F Class Fleet concerning the nondestructive inspection requirements of the R-0 and R-1 compressor blade dovetails.  Although this inspection is not new, the requirement to inspect the components at the next available outage is an update to the OEM recommendations.  The misconception is, that if your R-0 blades have the enhanced undercut design, then the OEM recommendations have been satisfied. 

Unless the airfoils have been upgraded with undercut R-1 compressor blades, the risk for blade liberation is still present according to the OEM guidance.

To mitigate this risk, the recommendation is to inspect those affected blades at the next scheduled outage. Veracity performs these inspections in tandem with our borescope inspections.

Veracity’s proprietary UTPA technology allows for the highest probability of detection in the industry which mitigates your risk at the first sign of a defect. In the fall of 2020, Veracity detected a R-1 crack in the dovetail that was near the liberation stage thus preventing a failure of the component.  Contact us today for more information or to schedule your next inspection.

Go to our PG Capabilities page to learn more.

November 11, 2020

Veracity Technology Solutions Receives 2020 "Hire Vets" Gold Medallion Award

11 November 2020:

           Veracity Technology Solutions has been recognized by the Department of Labor for its continuous focused effort to hire and develop our nations Veterans.  According to Kevin McKinley, Air Force Retired Veteran and President of Veracity Technology Solutions, “Our focus here at Veracity is to develop the most professional, competent, and technically capable Nondestructive Inspection Team in the Aviation and Utility industries.  We have intentionally hand-selected the “best of the best” from the Department of Defense, to build a solid foundation with our management staff and our dedicated inspection team.  I know the values that our team have imbedded within themselves; and with 100% certainty, I know that I have established the right team to perform our current mission.  On this Veterans day, I truly am humbled, honored, and thankful for this award presented by the US Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia, and the Hire Vets program.”

           Over 70% of Veracity’s staff are military veterans; who choose to continue to serve the critical infrastructure of our Nation’s utility industry, without slowing down, even during these COVID challenging times.

To learn more about the Hire Vets Program visit

https://www.hirevets.gov

 

September 1,2020

Nextant Aerospace and Veracity Technology Solutions Partner to bring Aviation-Quality NDT Services to other industries

CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 1, 2020) Nextant Aerospace and Veracity Technology Solutions are partnering to expand their nondestructive testing (NDT) capabilities beyond the aviation industry. While the two companies will continue to focus on business and military aircraft inspections, they will share resources to grow their NDT services in outside markets ranging from power generation and industrial services to amusement park rides. This agreement makes high quality aviation-grade inspections available to a broader range of clients, and it allows each company to increase its expertise without sacrificing individual core competencies.

Nondestructive testing is an essential tool for determining the integrity of a structure without altering or damaging the object being tested. Depending on circumstances, test methods utilize ultrasonic waves, electromagnetic fields and enhanced visual inspections to detect cracks and defects in the material being tested. Many companies utilize third-party NDT technicians to test equipment on a yearly basis, or as part of a scheduled maintenance program.

Nextant Aerospace and Veracity Technology Solutions NDT technicians contribute to many major aircraft inspections. But oftentimes, both companies contract with non-aviation organizations to utilize these technicians for inspections in other industries.

“NDT’s applications outside of aerospace are wide-ranging,” said David Davies, CEO of Nextant Aerospace parent company Constant Aviation. “In addition to conducting major aircraft inspections, Nextant Aerospace technicians travel into the field to perform testing that determines the safety and stability of storage tanks, pressure vessels, roller coaster tracks and more. Starting this fall, we are going to share technicians to better serve all these external industries.”

Nextant Aerospace is dedicating five of its NDT technicians to the partnership program, while Veracity Technology Solutions is contributing 15 technicians. As NDT requests are received, the two companies will work together to dispatch technicians from the pool of 20 to complete each job as efficiently as possible. All technicians are Level II certified, meaning they are qualified to set up equipment, conduct testing and provide on-the-job training.

“The great thing about this partnership is that all the technicians within the pool are highly skilled with Level II or higher certifications, and they are accustomed to working in the demanding FAA-certified environment of aircraft testing,” said Chris Chadwick, Vice President of Emerging Markets for Veracity Technology Solutions. “Clients in power generation, manufacturing and other fields benefit from the use of this pool of technicians because they will receive the most thorough, highest quality inspection available. That provides the client with peace of mind, and it can be a unique differentiator for his or her safety and maintenance programs.”

While their partnership was formed to better serve clients in new industries, Nextant Aerospace and Veracity Technology Solutions will each benefit from the sharing of resources. The pool of skilled technicians allows both companies to expand their reach without pulling staff away from essential projects, and technicians from one company can be paired with those from the other for peer-to-peer training.

“This partnership really works because our businesses are complementary,” said Shawn Ehrhart, Director of Operations for NDT at Nextant Aerospace. “Their team specializes in areas where we can grow, and vice versa. We’re all going to make new contacts and bring our NDT expertise to new clients. And with careful planning, having a pool of technicians ensures we can grow into new markets while maintaining focus on our primary work.”

To learn more about scheduling NDT services from Veracity Technology Solutions and Nextant Aerospace, contact Chris Chadwick at 440-228-3707 or cchadwick@veracityts.com. Learn more about about Veracity Technology Solutions at VeracityTS.com and Nextant Aerospace’s NDT capabilities at NextantAerospace.com/NDT_Testing

About Veracity Technology Solutions

Veracity Technology Solutions was established in 2006 to provide custom nondestructive inspection solutions for military, aerospace and power generation customers. Utilizing proprietary technology, experienced technicians, and a commitment to excellence, it provides capabilities that extend the service life and mitigate risk of high value asset failure.

About Nextant Aerospace

Recognized as the global leader in aircraft and component remanufacturing, Nextant Aerospace has redefined the business aviation industry by using reimagined engineering and production capabilities to transform used business aircraft into new modern airframes. The airframes are rebuilt with innovative technology for improved performance, advanced flight deck avionics, and enhanced passenger cabin configurations. Nextant Aerospace offers a host of additional off-wing services, including aircraft component repair and overhaul, engineering and certification, non-destructive testing (NTD), and parts and STC kitting. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Nextant Aerospace is a division of Constant Aviation. For more information visit www.nextantaerospace.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or join us on LinkedIn.

June 12, 2020

Inspections for Risk Mitigation

Veracity is fully operational and we are there to fill that needed inspection stop-gap to help mitigate your operational risk.

Many of our customers have had to push their planned outages this spring on their gas turbines because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

We fully understand that you may still need to mitigate your operational risk prior to your summer power generation run.

We have refocused our efforts over the years to regionalize our inspectors to mitigate excessive travel costs and to serve our customers more efficiently.

Our technicians are based across the country and we have field offices in both Pensacola, FL and Tulsa, OK.

Our inspections can meet any need you might have to mitigate your operational risk.

The flexibility in our team to service those needs can help ensure your downtime is kept to a minimum.

Our Firm Fixed pricing models ensure "No Hidden Surprises."

Veracity technicians are ASNT certified and have an average of 20 years' inspection experience in both the military and power generation industries.

December 20, 2016

Veracity Earns FAA 145 Repair Station Certification

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma (Dec. 15, 2016) Veracity Technology Solutions, a leading service provider of nondestructive inspection services in the military aviation and power generation industry, is proud to announce it was awarded a CFR Part 145 Repair Station Certification focusing on NDT, by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Certification was earned through demonstrating competence in safety, technical and quality standards during a five phase process and covers nondestructive testing for visual, penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and ultrasonic methods.

“This certification allows us to better serve the aviation community and as NDT technology continues to advance, Veracity’s technicians can respond with the same level of quality our current customers have come to expect” said Jeff Siewert, Veracity’s Director of Quality.

Veracity’s technicians have an extensive aviation background gained from their prior military service. Among its successes, Veracity developed an autonomous robotic inspection system to detect wing skin corrosion on KC-135 aircraft as well as an ultrasonic technique for the inspection of the aft terminal support beam at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Veracity’s President, Kevin McKinley said, “Based on our experience and expertise in advanced NDT development, becoming an FAA repair station was the next logical step in our growth as an inspection service provider.”

About Veracity Technology Solutions

Veracity Technology Solutions develops customized non-destructive inspection solutions for aviation and power generation industries. Veracity’s proven proprietary technology often exceeds OEM detection capabilities on applications such as wings, rotor blades, landing gear, generators, and both gas and steam turbines. With a team of ASNT/NAS-410/FAA certified technicians, Veracity has distinguished itself with an impressive track record of helping customers extend the service life of high-value assets and lower inspection costs. Learn more at www.veracityts.com.

 

June 23, 2016

Increase Detection and mitigate Risk with Veracity's Ultrasonic Phased Array/Eddy Current Inspection Protocol for GE 7FA Stage 3 Buckets

As recent failures of GE 7FA Stage 3 buckets have made the news in industry forums, Veracity wants users to be aware of its efforts in the development of a proprietary advanced inspection protocol to address this emerging issue. 

Veracity's inspection protocol combines phased array ultrasonic (PAUT) and eddy current (ET) inspection methods. This dual approach allows Veracity to locate and quantify surface defects caused by internal defects AND detect internal cast defects before crack propagation. Veracity is able to achieve this advanced detection thanks to its VTS2400 medical grade imaging system that boasts a 128 element, 0.007" pitch array that gives the inspector a high fidelity look inside the grain structure of the component. 

“While eddy current inspection will detect near surface indications, surface considerations such as impacts and surface condition on the suction side of the blade must be taken into account. Veracity’s medical grade imaging system is capable of detecting internal stress risers such as casting defects before they propagate to the surface. This proactive dual method approach enables the user to make informed decisions regarding further operation," said Kevin McKinley, President of Veracity.

REQUEST A QUOTE OR CALL US AT: 850-520-0052 for more information on how this groundbreaking inspection protocol can enhance your detectability and minimize your risk. This inspection can be performed in tandem with annual borescope inspections since all Veracity technicians are at least ASNT Level II or III certified in all methods. 

August 24, 2015

Veracity offers a cost saving, innovative inspection to address TIL 1971 and 1972 for cracking on compressor wheels

GE recently released Technical Information Letter (TIL) 1971 and 1972 for cracking on the GE 7F/9F compressor wheels. The cracking, originally thought to be limited to the Stage 17 aft face, has been detected on upstream stages. In February, well ahead of the OEM’s TIL, Veracity partnered with one of their customers to develop, proof and field test a process to detect this cracking. This proprietary inspection has the ability to accurately detect and estimate the size of the cracking giving the operator critical information to understand operational risks. 

To address the requirements of this TIL, Veracity can complete the borescope portion to identify visual indications with measurements and report the data to help identify your risk at a fraction of the cost of the OEM.  However, for unparalleled visibility and a greater understanding of operational risks, Veracity can perform their proprietary Ultrasonic Phased Array inspection at your next case-off inspection.  This inspection accurately detects and estimates the size of the indications propagating both radial and axial in orientation. All data can be collected for subsequent inspections for trending purposes and can be completed in one shift.

When you select Veracity, you're choosing an experienced, qualified and transparent NDE service provider. All Veracity technicians are certified ASNT Level II/III in penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and ultrasonic inspections and have an average of 20 years NDE experience. Furthermore, we respect your right to witness any Veracity inspection taking place. 

Users can call or click on the link below to schedule this critical inspection which can be performed during the next scheduled maintenance activity. For information on other services offered, visit www.veracityts.com/power-generation

 

May 11, 2015

President of Veracity Technology Solutions to speak at the 2015 7F Users group annual conference

Veracity Technology Solutions, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company providing customized, nondestructive inspection solutions for aerospace and power generation assets, announced today that President Kevin McKinley will present at the 7F Users Group Annual Conference to be held May 10-15 in Denver, Co.

McKinley, an ASNT Level III with over 30 years of NDE experience, will be presenting “Enhanced Inspection Protocols to Augment a Condition Based Maintenance Program”. The presentation will detail advanced NDE techniques to detect and monitor issues for aging gas turbine fleets through various case studies. Among the case studies presented will be the 7F aft compressor dovetail cracking issue, which Veracity has developed in cooperation with a major utility. Veracity’s presentation will take place on Tuesday May 12 at 4:45 pm. Following the presentation, Veracity will attend the vendor fair from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Booth #32 to answer any questions.

The conference and vendor fair takes place every spring and incorporates industry-related presentations on a variety of subjects related to the Owners/Operators of General Electric Frame 7F combustion turbines and supporting components.  This is the third consecutive year Veracity has been invited to present technical presentations.

March 20, 2015

Additional Cracking Detected on the GE 7EA Fleet

Veracity Technology Solutions has tested and deployed a proprietary technique to detect and quantify the size and depth of cracking on the S-1 airfoils for the GE 7EA fleet. The cracking, originally thought to be caused by clashing, has also been found on stators with no previous signs of contact with rotating components. 

Veracity, in partnership with a major utility company undergoing a forced outage attributed to this issue, has developed, validated and deployed an inspection to detect compressor stator cracking. To date, Veracity has detected two units with cracked stators that were previously undetected.  The ability to detect these cracks prevented catastrophic liberation of the stators saving the customer millions in lost revenue.  

Veracity's technology gives a greater understanding of operational risks since it can accurately detect the size and depth of cracking.  This proprietary inspection offers a superior analysis over the penetrant inspection which does not have the ability to determine depth or accurately detect smaller flaws.    

Veracity's inspection can be performed in one shift during an outage that would allow access to the compressor section with the blades installed.

Users can call 850-520-0052 to schedule this critical inspection which can be performed during the next scheduled maintenance activity.

February 10, 2015

Veracity technology Solutions Develop a Field-Tested Ultrasonic Phased Array Inspection to address cracking on compressor disks

Veracity Technology Solutions, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company providing  customized nondestructive inspection solutions for aerospace systems and power generation equipment, has developed an inspection to detect cracking on compressor disks. Veracity’s Ultrasonic Phased Array Inspection was specifically used to detect compressor disk cracks in the aft dovetail slots on the GE 7F Gas Turbine fleet.

“Through our partnerships with major utility companies, we have been able to test and deploy a system that can accurately detect and estimate the size of the cracking,” said Kevin McKinley, President of Veracity. “This problem was originally thought to only apply to the Row 17 Disks. However, through further research, we have discovered that the issue appears to affect numerous upstream rows. Veracity’s proprietary inspection is able to quantify the approximate size and location of the discontinuity, providing the operator the information needed to understand the operational risks.” 

The inspection can be performed in one shift during an outage that would allow access to the compressor section with the blades installed. “We feel it is important to notify affected users so the maintenance planners have ample time to plan this inspection activity during their next scheduled downtime,” added McKinley. “We will be reaching out immediately to our current customers to schedule this inspection.”   

Veracity will be presenting at the 7F Users Group Conference in Denver on May 11-15, 2015, to address questions regarding this inspection activity. 

January 26, 2015

Veracity: Your Risk Mitigation Solution for GE TIL 1884 Clashing and 1854 Tip Loss Inspections

Veracity Technology Solutions will save you time and money with its proven and tested advanced impedance plane analysis eddy current inspection on 7EA compressor blades/stators. Clashing is due to the leading edge tips of the stators coming into contact with the trailing edge platform of the rotating blades. Additionally, the Row 2 and 3 tip losses can occur from corrosion or heavy tip rubbing, which once identified via borescope inspections, can be further analyzed during planned outages.

Detecting more than just cracks
 
Veracity has worked with numerous utilities during outages to perform advanced eddy current inspections of all rotating and stationary compressor airfoils. We can detect not only cracking but also material property changes such as permeability changes from rubbing, manufacturing imperfections, and corrosion pitting which has contributed tip losses in numerous 7EA units.  Any one of these discontinuities can lead to stress risers that, if left undetected, could result in catastrophic failure.

Experienced, Qualified Technicians
 
When you choose Veracity to perform your 1854/1884 inspections, an inspector with an average of 20+ years NDE experience will come to your site.  All Veracity technicians are certified to ASNT-TC-1A Level II in all methods, so there is no need to bring in additional technicians once a clashing problem or blade discontinuity is detected during a borescope inspection.  By not having to remobilize, you can reduce your overall inspection cost and maintenance downtime.
 
Veracity hires qualified, experienced technicians you can trust. All of our inspectors have come from the US Military and were at the pinnacles of their careers prior to entering the Power Generation industry. 

Transparent - You see what we see. 
 
All of Veracity’s inspections are open to the end user. There are no “proprietary inspections” where the user cannot see how it is accomplished.  We respect your need to understand the work being done on your components and we encourage you to witness any inspection we perform. 
 
Furthermore, if an inspection is not feasible – we will tell you.  Veracity gathers data to help inform the end user.  We will not sell you services or inspections you do not need nor make recommendations that are not based on sound engineering data.
 

Call us today and discover the Veracity Difference.

REQUEST A QUOTE OR CALL US AT: 918-852-5460

May 16, 2014

Veracity Technology Solutions to present at the 7F Users Group Annual Conference

Veracity Technology Solutions, an AGC Aerospace and Defense company, steps up its profile among gas turbine operators worldwide as it presents at the 7F Users Group Annual Conference.

Veracity President Kevin McKinley will deliver a presentation entitled “From Aerospace to Power Gen – How Aviation Inspection Technologies are helping to shape the Power Generation NDT Industry.” 

The 7F Users annual conference will take place May 19-23 in Phoenix Arizona and will feature latest technology and best practice presentations to owners and operators of the GE 7F fleet. 

“Veracity’s proprietary technology and processes, designed to enhance the probability of detection of defects is quickly capturing the attention of power generation operations due to its proven effectiveness in the market.” McKinley noted. “Veracity’s selection to present at this conference shows there is a need for enhanced inspections within the industry.”

Veracity’s proprietary inspection technology includes a 128-element phase array system that produces ultrasonic imaging unparalleled in the industry.

The conference, billed as the premier users conference for GE 7FA frames, provides an open forum for both owners and operators through technical presentations and roundtable discussions. 

About Veracity Technology Solutions


Veracity Technology Solutions develops customized nondestructive inspection solutions for aerospace systems and power generation equipment. Veracity technicians use proven, proprietary technology to check for defects or potential problems – on applications such as wings, rotor blades, landing gear, generators, and both gas and steam turbines. The methodology and technology help customers extend the service life of high-value assets, lower inspection costs, and eliminate hazardous processes.  

About AGC Aerospace & Defense


AGC Aerospace & Defense, the unifying brand of private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services supporting key commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications. AGC Aerospace & Defense is organized into four operating groups: AeroComposites, Finance, Integrated Defense, and Services.

 

November 15, 2013

Veracity Delivers Inspection System to meet GE Frame 7 TIL Requirements

Veracity Technology Solutions, an AGC Aerospace and Defense company, has deployed a new advanced inspection system for GE Frame 7 gas turbines that fully meets the inspection requirements issued by General Electric in early October.

GE issued a technical information letter outlining inspection requirements for detecting rotor forward shaft dovetail cracks in its 7F gas turbine compressor wheels. Cracks were recently detected in two units on the pressure face of the R0 dovetail area of the wheel.

”A crack gone undetected can result in catastrophic failure of the compressor section and ultimately, substantial costs in component replacement,” said Veracity Senior Developmental Engineer Manh Nguyen. “To mitigate this risk, Veracity has been able to rapidly develop, proof and deploy a field inspection system that is fully capable of the inspection requirements of GE’s technical inspection letter.”

Veracity’s new non-destructive inspection system uses a 128-element linear array that provides unparalleled detectability, and has been proven in both military and power generating applications. Inspection can be completed in as little as 4-6 hours.

Veracity urges users of the 7F fleet to review the GE technical inspection letter carefully to fully understand the requirements for their unit’s configuration.

Veracity Technology Solutions develops customized nondestructive inspection solutions for aerospace systems and power generation equipment. Veracity technicians use proven, proprietary technology to check for defects or potential problems – on applications such as wings, rotor blades, landing gear, generators, and both gas and steam turbines. The methodology and technology help customers extend the service life of high-value assets, lower inspection costs, and eliminate hazardous processes.

AGC Aerospace & Defense, the unifying brand of private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications. AGC Aerospace & Defense is organized into four operating groups: Composites, Finance, Integrated Defense, and Services.

Contact:
Scott Kennedy
Director of Business Development
Veracity Technology Solutions
Phone: 208-821-8888
Email: skennedy@veracityts.com

 

April 6, 2011

Veracity Detects Early Stages of Aircraft Structural Problems

Veracity Technology Solutions, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, has inspected numerous metal and composite aircraft components to detect and monitor the progression of anomalies that could lead to structure failure as in the case of the recent Southwest Airlines aircraft.

“The goal of the testing is to ensure structural integrity,” said Gary Hensley, President of Veracity. “Various non-destructive inspection methods, such as eddy current (also referred to as electromagnetic testing) or Ultrasonic (UT) can provide the necessary information – the key is in analyzing the findings and also in recording the details for comparison in future inspections.”

Using field portable medical-grade ultrasonic technology or advanced eddy current methods, Veracity is able to detect and record the location of anomalies in exceptionally thin materials such as aircraft skin. The company has also been successful in identifying indications (potential defects which could lead to cracking) on aircraft test panels.

“In a recent project, we identified corrosion on the backside of aircraft panels where the rivets joined overlapping skin,” stated Kevin McKinley, Vice President of Development and Project Management. “We developed a three dimensional profile that enabled us to analyze and record the size and extent of the corrosion.”

Veracity’s proprietary software assigns a digital reference point that can be used on future inspections to track the evolution of anomalies that are caused by a variety of factors including corrosion and metal fatigue.

Last year, Veracity won the Aviation Week MRO of the Year Award for delivering an in-situ inspection system that provides UT information of the internal structure of an aircraft wing attachment fitting.

ABOUT VERACITY TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS


Veracity is a leader in developing customized solutions to provide faster, better, and more cost effective non-destructive inspection approaches for customers in both the aerospace defense and the power generator industries. Veracity operates as part of the Services group of AGC Aerospace & Defense.

ABOUT AGC AEROSPACE & DEFENSE


AGC Aerospace & Defense, the operating portfolio of private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications.

 

March 16, 2011

Veracity Expands Reach in Southwest

Veracity Technology Solutions, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, recently relocated its Pensacola office to a larger facility to accommodate customer demands and company growth.

Veracity is an innovative market leader in providing nondestructive inspection, test and evaluation solutions for the power generation and the aerospace and defense industries.

“We recognized the need to increase the size of our space to accommodate a new state of the art testing and validation laboratory to inspect metal and composite parts for anomalies,” stated Gary Hensley, President of Veracity. “We also have more room to handle the growth we’re experiencing.”

“By co-locating our research and development facility with our testing and validation lab, we gain flexibility as we both enhance our capabilities and proof new techniques prior to deploying to the field,” commented Kevin McKinley, Vice President of Programs at Veracity. “Our new facility also enables us to provide better and immediate support to our customers in the Southeast region.”

Veracity is at the forefront of bringing advanced nondestructive inspection solutions to the market – using eddy current and medical grade technology in place of the traditional methods. Through its proven, proprietary technology, Veracity can identify defects or potential problems early on in applications such as power generation turbines, aircraft wings, rotor blades and landing gear. The earlier the discrepancies are identified, the less costly the repairs and the shorter the downtime.

About Veracity Technology Solutions


Veracity is a leader in developing customized solutions to provide faster, better and more cost effective non-destructive inspection approaches for its customers in the aerospace and defense and power generation industries. Veracity operates within the Services Group of AGC Aerospace & Defense.

About AGC Aerospace & Defense


AGC Aerospace & Defense, the operating portfolio of private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering and integration services to manufacturing, logistics and aircraft modifications.

November 30, 2010

Veracity Detects Engine Defects before failures occur

Veracity Technology Solutions (Veracity), an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, has successfully completed another season of non-destructive inspections (NDI) for the gas turbine power generation industry using medical grade technology to identify impending damage before equipment failures occur.

“The data gleaned with our NDI system allows us to provide early identification and troubleshooting to our customers, saving them money and eliminating downtime in the peak power generation seasons,” commented Gary Hensley, Veracity President. “Our goal is to detect any possible failure as early as possible so that the utilities can repair or replace components before it impacts their customers.”

During “outage” season, or the months of low power demand, Veracity works with power generation companies to perform non-destructive inspection on GE Frame 5 and 7 engines, and also steam turbines using borescope, advanced impedance plane analysis eddy current, linear array ultrasonic, and boresonic services for life time extension. With its proprietary systems and medical grade technology, Veracity provides real time data to customers regarding the “health” of engine and turbine components such as stators, compressor blades and disks.

“The fidelity of the data our system provides is key,” commented Kevin McKinley, Veracity Vice President of Development. “With the data collected, an immediate analysis of problem areas can be conducted to detect microstructure changes in materials and mitigate the risk of catastrophic failure. The earlier these changes are detected, the faster and more economical the repair,” he added.

The aerospace industry uses Veracity’s technology to inspect aircraft components such as wing spars, landing gear, nose gear pistons, and composite structures.

About Veracity Technology Solutions


Veracity is a leader in developing customized solutions to provide faster, better, and more cost effective non-destructive inspection approaches for its customers in the aerospace and defense and power generator industries. Veracity operates within the Services Group of AGC Aerospace & Defense.

About AGC Aerospace & Defense


AGC Aerospace & Defense, the operating portfolio of private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications. AGC Aerospace & Defense is organized into four operating groups: Composites, Finance, Integrated Defense, and Services.

 

June 15, 2010

Veracity Reveals Improved Rotor Blade Inspection Solution

Veracity Technology Solutions (Veracity), an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, has successfully completed a proof of concept demonstration with the U.S. Army for a non-destructive inspection (NDI) process used for testing helicopter rotor blades.

“The U.S. Army selected Veracity to develop a more objective and trustworthy testing capability than they had,” said Gary Hensley, President of Veracity. “We were able to provide a proof of concept which can give the Army a viable solution for the inspection of rotor blades.”

The only utilized inspection method has been the “Tap Test” where a technician taps the surface of the rotor blade with a small hammer and then listens for any changes in the tapping sound which could indicate a possible defect. Even with the most skilled technician, this testing method is very subjective and can result in erroneous findings. The Veracity solution eliminates the subjectivity while maintaining the flexibility of being able to conduct the test either in the field or at a depot.

While Veracity has successfully tested rotor blades on the UH-60 and CH-47, this technology has a wide range of applications and has been successfully implemented in detecting and mapping delaminations in composite materials and corrosion in metal materials.

ABOUT VERACITY TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS


Veracity is a leader in developing customized solutions to provide faster, better, and more cost effective non-destructive inspection approaches for customers in both the aerospace and defense and the power generator industries. Veracity won the 2010 Aviation Week MRO of the Year Award for Innovative Supplier/Services Provider. The company operates within the Services Group of AGC Aerospace & Defense.

About AGC Aerospace and Defense

AGC Aerospace & Defense is a leader in supplying technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Operating in multiple locations across the globe, capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications.

April 21, 2010

Veracity Wins MRO of the Year Award

Veracity Technology Solutions, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, received the 2010 MRO of the Year Award for innovative supplier/services provider from Overhaul & Maintenance and Aviation Week. The Aviation Week award is granted to the best MRO and aftermarket providers from around the world for achievements and value-added accomplishments over the past year.

Veracity, a technology company focused on non-destructive evaluations, inspections, and testing worked with the US Air Force to develop a more cost effective, accurate, and safer way of testing the structural integrity of aircraft. The new solution requires two technicians about 1.5 hours to perform the test which is a significant reduction in the man hours required from the previous testing method.

“We are honored to be the recipient of this award. The Veracity team invests a great deal of themselves in problem solving for our customers,” said Gary Hensley, president of Veracity. “We were pleased that we provided a solution to our Air Force customer which helps get the aircraft back in service faster and is more cost effective.”

“I’m pleased that Veracity has been recognized with this prestigious global award from the industry’s leading publication,” commented Jeff Davis, partner at AGC Aerospace & Defense. “It is always a challenge to introduce innovative technology and solutions to the aerospace sector. We are all gratified that the hard-working team at Veracity has been recognized for their accomplishments and congratulate them for a job well done.”

ABOUT VERACITY TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS


Veracity is a leader in developing customized solutions to provide faster, better, and more cost effective non-destructive inspection approaches for its customers in the aerospace and defense and power generator industries. Veracity operates within the Services Group of AGC Aerospace & Defense.

About AGC Aerospace and defense

AGC Aerospace & Defense is a leader in supplying technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Operating in multiple locations across the globe, capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications.

November 17, 2009

Veracity Technology Solutions Improves Aircraft Wing Inspection Process

Veracity Technology Solutions (Veracity), an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, has delivered a new non-destructive inspection capability to the U.S. Air Force which reduces aircraft downtime and costs by speeding aft wing inspections.

The company delivered two customized inspection units to Tinker AFB in September that are specifically designed to locate cracks in the KC-135 aircraft. An added benefit is that the new inspection replaces hazardous x-ray technology and will provide a much safer work environment.

“We are pleased that we had the opportunity to work with the government to improve this inspection process. Technicians have qualified and validated the Veracity solution and based on the results, this technology will not only save a significant amount of money, but the aircraft will be back in service faster – and with the high operational tempo of our military, that’s critical,” said Gary Hensley, President of Veracity.

The routine aft wing inspections that aircraft are required to undergo are often time consuming and expensive – requiring six workers up to eight hours to conduct the initial evaluation. Using the Veracity solution, two technicians can evaluate the aircraft’s condition in about an hour. Aircraft will be able to get to maintenance and repair sooner and the technicians can focus on other critical issues.

About Veracity Technology Solutions


Veracity is a leader in developing customized solutions to provide faster, better, and more cost effective non-destructive inspection approaches for its customers. Veracity operates within the Services Group of AGC Aerospace & Defense.

About AGC Aerospace and Defense

AGC Aerospace & Defense is a leader in supplying technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Operating in multiple locations across the globe, capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications.

 

October 26, 2009

Veracity Technology Solutions Finalist for most promising new business

Veracity Technology Solutions (Veracity), an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 Oklahoma Business Roundtable Most Promising New Business Award.

Veracity president, Gary Hensley, stated, “A number of people have worked hard to launch this business through the development and sale of exceptional technology. We are pleased to be recognized as a finalist for this prestigious award.” Nominees were evaluated based on product innovations, revenue growth, and market potential, among other attributes.

Veracity has been successful in adapting medical grade technology to provide leading edge non-destructive inspection technology and services to the global aerospace and power generation community.

The Oklahoma Venture Forum, the award sponsor, will select the winner; the award will be announced and presented at a banquet following the biennial Bricktown Capital Conference on 26 October.

AGC Aerospace & Defense, a leader in supplying technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs, operates in multiple locations across the United States and abroad. AGC Aerospace & Defense finances, engineers, manufactures, procures, repairs, modifies and overhauls aircraft components, subassemblies and systems.

Acorn Growth Companies is a private equity firm focused exclusively on aerospace and defense opportunities. Today, the firm has over $100 million under management and operating companies across the United States with operations worldwide – all under its primary banner, AGC Aerospace & Defense.