TAC Technical Instrument Corp. (TACTIC) has been a pioneer in the design and manufacturing of ultrasonic testing (UT) equipment for metal tube, pipe, and bar stock since 1962. We specialize in automated immersion UT systems that can detect surface and subsurface defects such as cracks, voids, seams, inclusions, and inconsistencies in diameter and wall thickness. We also manufacture a line of semi-automated, flow-coupled tankless testers for ultrasonic inspection of welded pipe and tubing and linearly translated, flat-sided or round material.


Quality Performance You Can Depend On

Customers come to TACTIC for our proven technology, years of experience, and friendly service. Personnel at mills and manufacturing facilities need to know that they are producing and purchasing quality materials. We also work with commercial test laboratories that require dependable and affordable equipment to perform their ultrasonic inspection services. That’s why we offer a range of UT systems to help customers meet industry standards and ensure materials are ready for use in critical applications where safety and reliability are essential.

Proven Technology for Your Facility

Whether you are setting up UT inspection in-house or expanding your testing capacity, TACTIC has the ultrasonic inspection systems you need for fast, reliable, and cost-effective testing. We sell UT systems to facilities around the world in addition to providing accessories, replacement parts, system upgrades, repairs, and expert training.

Your Complete Solution for Ultrasonic Testing

TACTIC was acquired by Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) of Hatfield, PA in July 2018. LTI specializes in performing commercial destructive and nondestructive metal testing services, including UT inspection performed on TACTIC ultrasonic testing equipment. Working together, TACTIC and LTI are prepared to meet all your ultrasonic testing needs.

TACTIC continued to operate at its long-time location in Trenton, NJ until July 2021. An expansion of the Trenton-Mercer Airport necessitated a relocation from the building the company had been in since its inception in 1962. TACTIC has found a new larger and more modern home in Trevose, PA.



The company’s co-founders brought a wealth of knowledge, experience, and innovation to their new ultrasonic testing equipment business. They established TACTIC as the leader in UT system manufacturing with their product line of standard and custom equipment. LTI looks forward to carrying this legacy forward and continuing to invest in new technologies for the TACTIC systems.

TAC Technical Instrument Corp. was founded in 1962 by Kenneth H. Beck, president, and William I. Shepley, vice president. Bill Shepley retired in 1983, but he 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 by Laboratory Testing Inc. in 2018, and now holds the position of Vice President of Sales.

History of TACTIC and its Ultrasonic Testing Equipment

How Ultrasonic Inspection Brought TACTIC Test and LTI Together

Ken Beck
Ken Beck graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army between 1943 and 1945, and was stationed in Iceland where he built and ran the first Armed Forces radio station in Iceland. Ken worked for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Kaiser Fleet Wing, and Curtis Wright Co., where he was involved with designing radio telemetry and other avionic control systems, before cofounding TACTIC.

Ken held several patents and authored numerous published papers on the subject of ultrasonic wave propagation and inspection techniques. He was a long-time active member of ASTM International and participated in the development of standards as part of the Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. He was instrumental in creating the ASTM standard E 2375, Practice for Ultrasonic Examination of Wrought Products, under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E07.06 on Ultrasonic Testing Procedures.

Bill Shepley
Bill Shepley joined the U.S. Navy after finishing high school in 1941. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in a program called physics engineering in 1950. Bill became a pioneer in the development of ultrasonics and has his name on early patents with Sperry Products, Danbury, CT and Curtiss-Wright in Woodbridge and Princeton, NJ. At TACTIC, Bill developed the ultrasonic system for testing metal tubing and other metal products.



TACTIC continues to design, build, and sell all of its UT systems with a staff of specialists in engineering, manufacturing, sales, and support services. Two of the company’s long-time employees, who have been instrumental in maintaining TACTIC’s leadership position in the ultrasonic inspection arena, are Fred Beck and Roy Bleakley.

Fred Beck, VP of Sales
Fred Beck has been with TAC Technical Instrument Corp. since 1980 and is currently Vice President of Sales. He has been active in ASNT and ASTM for many years and is well-known and respected in the ultrasonic testing industry.

Fred continues his work consulting with customers to meet their critical application UT inspection needs. His vast technical knowledge and years of experience provide a strong foundation for developing solutions and recommending customizations to the UT systems.

Roy Bleakley, Engineering Manager
Roy Bleakley is the Engineering Manager for TACTIC and has solved many customer problems through the design of TACTIC ultrasonic testing systems, since joining the company in 1976. His knowledge of theory and application of ultrasonic, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and instrumentation components and how they integrate into our critical application inspection systems is unparalleled.

Roy oversees the production of each TACTIC UT system, from receipt of a purchase order until the system is delivered to the customer. Often, he is a part of the startup and training at a customer location, ensuring operators are trained and the systems are up and running as quickly as possible.

Contact TACTIC to discuss your needs for ultrasonic inspection equipment and find the TACTIC ultrasonic testing system that’s right for your application.

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