Quality Magazine

Vol. 4 No. 9

August 27, 2009

Volume 4, Issue 9

In this issue of QUALITY'S NDT UPDATE:

- Blog: Key to Quality: The Sea Lawyer

- Web Exclusive: To Rent or Buy?

- Feature: Improve Productivity with Hardness Testing

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ASNT Announces 2009 Election Results

COLUMBUS, OH - On Monday, August 24, 2009, membership ballots for the election of the 2009-2010 officers, directors at large and council directors were tallied. Jocelyn A. Langlois was elected chairperson of the board, and Joel W. Whitaker was elected president. more

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NDT Blogs

Joseph Sorrentino

Key to Quality: The Sea Lawyer
by Joseph Sorrentino

For 20 years, I served in the United States Navy Nuclear SUBSAFE program. Fifteen of those years I spent as a Level III ASNT TC-1A Examiner in the visual, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, ultrasonic and radiography testing methods.

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MBangertEditor's Note: Lean and Green
by Michelle Bangert

Bill Strauss spent many of his summers working in his father's machine shop in Brooklyn during the 1970s. He saw computer numerical controls adopted into the shop, which made operations easier, but also eliminated his job of moving the big, clunky patterns.

Strauss says that is both the good and bad news to productivity growth-companies are able to produce more, but with less people.

Current Issue




Ashtead Technology Opens New Instrument Rental Office 

New Remote Visual Inspection Resource Blog Introduced 

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Sonotron NDT



Sept. 22-24    
Quality Expo, Rosemont, IL. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200. www.qualityexpo.com


September 28 - October 1           
Aero & Defense Test, Baltimore, MD. Leading Edge Events & Media Ltd., (800) 913-5022.

October 19-23           
ASNT Fall Conference & Quality Testing Show, Columbus, OH. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), (800) 222-2768. www.asnt.org

October 25-29          
MS&T 2009, Pittsburgh, PA. The American Ceramic Society, (607) 533-7000. http://matscitech.org



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To Rent or Buy?
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Improve Productivity with Hardness Testing
Indentation hardness, traditionally reserved for the lab, has evolved to in-situ production applications to improve yields, reduce costs, maximize resources and generally improve the overall productivity of an operation.

by Richard D. Brown

3DX-RAY Appoints Area Sales Manager

MELTON MOWBRAY, UNITED KINGDOM - 3DX-RAY, supplier of X-ray inspection solutions for the security and industrial markets, has appointed Andrew Byrom as area sales manager for the Middle East. The appointment highlights the company's continued focus on enhancing its sales and marketing capability in key strategic geographic areas, and will see 3DX-RAY expand operations in the Middle East. more

NDT conferenceQuality NDT Conference 2010 Call for Papers

BENSENVILLE, IL-Proposals are being accepted for the 3rd annual Quality NDT Conference, to be held March 22 to 25, 2010, at Marriot World Center, Orlando. The conference seeks presentations and hands-on professional learning workshops about technology advancements, applications case studies and operational management concepts. Abstracts must be submitted by October 16, 2009. Submitters will be notified of acceptance by November 30, 2009, and completed presentations must be submitted by February 8, 2010. more

ASM International

ASM Materials Camp Celebrates 10 Years

MATERIALS PARK, OH - A decade ago, ASM International and the ASM Materials Education Foundation introduced a bold new program to excite young people in materials science and engineering.

"We called the program ASM Materials Camp and we held the first one right here," says ASM Trustee Dan Dennies, FASM. "We caught lightning in a bottle. It was a fascinating concept, and we got together and made it work. Ten years later, we're holding not one, but 51 camps this year. It a testimony that the concept is working - and it continues to work." more




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Replacing Radiography
Phased array ultrasonic testing can replace radiography of welds while maintaining the quality of the inspection results, lowering costs and increasing safety.

by Karen Bruer and
Erica Schumacher

Computed Tomography Gains Ground
Rapid technological advancements in the development of X-ray tubes and detectors enable reliable and highly accurate metrology results.

by Dan Sisemore


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