About Us

Globally acclaimed manufacturer of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Evaluation (NDE) flawed specimens.

Sonaspection works with multinational organizations worldwide, constantly facing requirements and challenges that push them to create new standards and improve the reliability of the industry.

Founded in 1980 and acquired by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2013, Sonaspection has manufactured thousands of flawed specimens for many of the major performance demonstration, training and qualification centers around the world.

With offices in Charlotte, USA, and Lancaster, UK, Sonaspection pride themselves in pioneering many ‘industry standard’ flaw manufacture and implanting techniques.

Our flawed specimens can be found in any reputable organization across a multitude of sectors, including petrochemical, nuclear, aerospace and shipbuilding, providing training and certification of technicians, as well as procedure and equipment development, in non-destructive evaluation.

This, combined with their first-class workmanship, specialized welding and non-destructive evaluation skills, means our promise to you is that your business will receive the best quality and most accurate flawed specimens on the market.

UK (Head Office) Introduction

USA Introduction


Meet the Team

Meet some of our team members from our offices in Lancaster, UK and Charlotte, USA.

Neil Kelly
Neil Kelly
General Manager
Neil is General Manager of Sonaspection, he has been with the business since 1996, his experience stems from his first-hand experience as a welder in nuclear installations around the country. Neil uses his in-depth knowledge of flaw-making to provide consultancy to clients during the designing phase of the project, he then ensures Sonaspection deliver that solution to the quality they are famous for. His principle responsibility is to manage the UK and US operations.
Max Yates
Max Yates
Group Operations Manager
Max Joined Sonaspection in 2012 as a trainee NDT inspector with qualifications in MT and PT, he learned UT on the job and qualified as a level 2 in 2013. After company growth and the IMechE acquisition the role of QA/QC Manager was introduced, successfully attaining this position Max went on to lead the team to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification and after much involvement with the USA office was upgraded to Senior QA Manager at the beginning of 2018. After Steve Berriman’s retirement in March 2019 Max was promoted to Group Operations Manager after just under 7 years with the business.
Roy Duce
Roy Duce
Manager, USA Division
Roy joined Sonaspection in 1987 and has 27 years experience in manufacturing flawed specimens and mock-ups for NDT training and certification. Roy has managed the day to day operations at Sonaspection’s Concord North Carolina manufacturing facility since it’s opening in 2002 and has acquired extensive knowledge in flawed specimen and mock-up manufacturing and their intended applications. Roy has a welding and NDT background that includes certified welder nuclear, oil, gas and structural, he has NDT certifications in UT, MT, PT, VT & RT and is a AWS certified welding inspector (CWI) and AWS certified welding educator (CWE). Roy is a member of the American Welding Society (AWS) and a member of the American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT)

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Customer Reviews

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UK Office

UK (Head Office)

10 Woodgate
White Lund Industrial Estate
Lancaster
LA3 3PQ

T +44 1524 34991
E info@sonaspection.com

USA Office

USA Office

6821 Belt Road
Concord
North Carolina
28027

T +1 704-262-3384
E usa@sonaspection.com