TNB’s quality assurance outfit offers valuable input to energy sector


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 May 2017

Rapid growth: Established in 2012, TNBR QATS is ready to provide its services and expertise to the global market.

IT may sound like a mouthful: TNBR Quality Assurance and Testing Services Sdn Bhd, otherwise known as TNBR QATS.

But this wholly-owned subsidiary of TNB Research Sdn Bhd (TNBR) has made a huge impact on the energy and environmental landscape in the country, thanks to the world-class specialist services it has been providing for the energy sector since its formation five years ago.

The creation of TNBR QATS is a reflection of the changing times for Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), which is preparing for a more competitive environment, as well as disruption from more renewable energy use and energy efficiency initiatives, among other factors.

TNBR was carved out of a department from TNB and evolved into a subsidiary in 1993. TNBR began as a not-for-profit outfit that carried out environmental and energy research for TNB.

In the process, it built up a signi­ficant pool of talent and expertise that now enables it to offer consultancy and third-party services to others.

Well-rounded expertise: TNBR QATS provides a comprehensive range of testing services for all kinds of oil.
Well-rounded expertise: TNBR QATS provides a comprehensive range of testing services for all kinds of oil. 

TNBR QATS’ vision is to be a premier and niche technical services provider for the electricity supply industry on a global scale.

Its expertise is divided into three sections: scientific services, QA services and technical services.

Parked under the Scientific Services Unit are the Oil and Fuel Laboratory (OFL), as well as the High Voltage Testing Laboratory (HVTL) services.

QA services comprises product inspection and quality audit servi­ces units, while technical services consists of specialised forensics and plant inspection services.

TNBR QATS’ credentials in the QA services side are unrivalled as it has performed product inspection, product certification and qua­lity audits on TNB suppliers for more than a decade.

Getting to the bottom of things: The FEG is highly skilled in uncovering root causes of failure in the power generation, transmission and distribution sector. In this case, its metallurgical experts found that cast iron was used in this gear component, causing it to fail quickly.
Getting to the bottom of things: The FEG is highly skilled in uncovering root causes of failure in the power generation, transmission and distribution sector. In this case, its metallurgical experts found that cast iron was used in this gear component, causing it to fail quickly. 

“We are strongly supported by more than 30 QA inspectors who are equipped with extensive expe­rience in conducting inspections and audits in Malaysia and abroad,” said Malathy Balakrishnan, general manager of TNBR QATS.

“The team of auditors who have passed the IRCA ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Course is highly experien­ced, and senior auditors have also been approved as Certified Quality Auditors by the American Society for Quality.

“We have experience in conducting product inspections and audit services all over the world,” she added.

For more details on TNBR QATS, log on to www.tnbr.com.my/tnbrqats

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