TAC Technical Instrument Corp. (TACTIC) is an equipment designer and manufacturer specializing in immersion ultrasonic test systems and accessories used for defect detection in critical application metal tube, bar, and billet products. TACTIC also provides replacement parts, repairs, upgrades, and training. The company was acquired by Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) of Hatfield, PA in July 2018 and continues to operate at its long-time location in Trenton, New Jersey.
TACTIC was founded in 1962 by Kenneth H. Beck, president, and William I. Shepley, vice president. Bill Shepley retired in 1983, but continued to work for the company as a part-time consultant until the year 2000. Ken Beck became chairman in 1989 and turned over the position of president to his son, Fred, who had joined TACTIC in a sales role in 1980. Fred remained president until the company was acquired in 2018, and now holds the position of vice president of sales.
The company’s co-founders brought a wealth of knowledge, experience and innovation to their new business, and established TACTIC as the leader in ultrasonic inspection systems with their product line of standard and custom equipment.
Laboratory Testing Inc. is an accredited, independent materials testing and metrology laboratory. At the time LTI acquired TACTIC, both companies were family-run businesses, with second-generation ownership. LTI was started as a nondestructive testing lab in 1984 and has been using TACTIC equipment to perform ultrasonic testing since the beginning. The Lab currently runs seven TACTIC immersion UT inspection systems under one roof on two work shifts.
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