Quality Magazine

Vol. 4 No. 2

March 4, 2009

Volume 4, Issue 2

In this issue of QUALITY'S NDT UPDATE:

- News: Retired Instron President Honored by ASTM

- NDT Blog: Understand COTS, Prevent Disaster

- Feature: Tensile Testing Today

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NEW Rhythm® Web provides on-demand access to NDT inspection data from anywhere with just a web browser and login.


Redefine remote visual inspection with the new XL Go video borescope. Now available in 8.4 mm diameter.

- View our complete 2009 tradeshow schedule 
- View our latest news 
- Read about GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies in our customer newsletter, Clarity



Retired Instron President Honored by ASTM

NORWOOD, MA-Joseph Amaral, retired president of Instron, provider of testing equipment solutions designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, was awarded the John M. "Tim" Holt Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASTM Committee E28. LEARN MORE

NDT e-Premier Product:

The OmniScan iX, by Olympus NDT, is an industrial ultrasonic data acquisition system designed for high-speed immersion or non-immersion testing of critical parts.  Typical applications include automotive components, aerospace composite materials, weld or disbond testing, and other parts facing compliance with strict test code requirements.

Olympus NDT
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Choosing the Right Extensometer for
Every Materials Testing Application


NDT Blog

Key to Quality: Understand COTS, Prevent Disaster
by Joseph Sorrentino

Materials science is one of the oldest forms of engineering and applied science. One of the responsibilities of an engineer, or NDT inspector, is to investigate the relationship between the structure of materials and their properties, which can involve elements of applied physics and chemistry, as well as chemical, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. READ MORE

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Last Chance to Apply for ASNT Student Travel Reimbursements

COLUMBUS, OH - ASNT has extended its travel reimbursement deadline to Friday, February 27. The organization is offering travel reimbursements up to $1,000 each to a maximum of 10 students to attend the 18th Annual Research Symposium and Spring Conference March 16 to 20, 2009, in St. Louis. Students are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity to participate in an NDE/NDI/NDT focused symposium.  LEARN MORE 

Current Issue



Arcadia Aerospace Opens New NDT Facility

Thermal Imager Saves Time and Costs After Hurricane Ike

LNG Carrier Leak Test Completed Outside Korea



March 9-10, 2009                 
17th Annual International Conference on ISO 9000, Orlando. International Conference on ISO 9000, (866) 500-3383. www.iso9000conference.com

March 11-12, 2009                    
2009 Lean & Six Sigma Conference, Orlando. International Lean & Six Sigma Conference, (866) 500-3383.  www.6sigmaconference.com

March 11-12, 2009                
AM Expo/ATX South, Charlotte, NC. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

March 30-April 2, 2009           
WESTEC, Los Angeles. Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), (800) 733-4763. www.sme.org 

May 4-7           
Quality Measurement Conference (QMC), Orlando, FL. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714.

May 4-7           
Quality NDT Conference (QNDTC), Orlando, FL. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714.

May 4-7           
Quality Vision & Sensors Conference (QVSC), Orlando, FL. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714.

May 18-20 
ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement, Minneapolis. American Society for Quality (ASQ), (800) 248-1946.

May 19-21 
EASTEC, Springfield, MA. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), (313) 425-3000.

June 9-11  
The International Robots, Machine Vision & Motion Control Show, Rosemont, IL. Robotic Industries Association, (734) 994-6088.

Assembly Summit



NDT e-marketplace:

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    U.S. manufacturing company located in Westfield, MA. ITI specializes in the design, development and manufacture of Remote Viewing Instruments (RVI) including borescopes, fiberscopes and videoscopes. In business for over 40 years, ITI has established itself worldwide as a respected instrument supplier to Medical, Aerospace, Nuclear, Industrial and Law Enforcement markets.

For additional information visit our Web site at www.scopes.com. 


BINDTBINDT Accredits NDT Training and Examination Center

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - The SGS NDT Training & Examination Centre has successfully passed an audit by The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) as is now an Accredited Training Organization (ATO). This authorizes SGS to conduct both Training and Examinations in accordance with BINDT requirements, in China and around the world. LEARN MORE


Albion Devices Acquires Ultrasonic Arrays

SOLANA BEACH, CA-Albion Devices Inc., maker of precision measurement instrumentation, has acquired the assets of Woodinville, WA-based Ultrasonic Arrays Inc., maker of in-process, noncontact ultrasonic distance, thickness and internal bond measuring systems for industrial environments. LEARN MORE





State-of-the-Art Ultrasonics
Ultrasonics is the newest of the nondestructive testing technologies. It was not until World War II that industrial ultrasonic inspection became an accepted inspection tool.

by Patrik Rooman


Listen to Quality's New Q-Cast Podcasts!

BENSENVILLE, IL-Quality Magazine announces the launch of Q-Cast, podcasts that offer a quick and easy way to gain new insights that will improve your company's bottom line. Tune in. It's FREE. The first two Q-Casts feature interviews with the top two companies on Quality's Leadership 100, appearing in March 2009: Nuclear Filter Technology of Golden, CO, and American IV Products Inc, Harmans, MD. In addition, hear from one manufacturer at the launch of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. LISTEN NOW

tensile testing

Tensile Testing Today
by Michelle Bangert

This classic mechanical test determines the properties of a material under tension, while new features simplify the testing process.

Tensile testing is growing up. This century-old testing method is still used for testing tensile properties of a material under tension, from plastics to metals to rubbers. However, the capabilities of tensile testing systems have matured, allowing companies to get the data out faster and, in the process, save time and money. And of course, access to information has also changed. In the past, for example, tensile testing of ASTM A36 material was not available on YouTube. LEARN MORE


Quality Blogs

Industry experts and editors from Quality Magazine share their views on the latest in quality and manufacturing--and we want your feedback!

Learning with Lecky: Keep it Close
Beware of outsourcing prototype design. In the present economy, outsourcing of design is a common choice.
By Ned Lecky

Jim's Gems: Efficiency or Effectiveness?
The words effectiveness and efficiency are used often and, at times, there seems to be a fine line between the two terms.
by Jim L. Smith 
Managing Changing Expectations: Attitude and Vision
Often we forget the most important attributes of achieving success and focus solely on our quality management system.
by Peter Sanderson

Quality Remix: Hear what your colleagues have to say!
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