Test & Inspection

NDT - Back 2 Basics

Leak Testing Techniques and Trends

Leak testing can ensure product performance and safety.
By Joe Pustka
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Leak testing and leak detection is a broad field and includes various methods for detecting environmentally damaging or hazardous leaks.
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NDT - Lab Services

Selecting an NDE Service Provider

Consider these four basic components in reviewing a potential NDE service provider.
By Kurt Bedar
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When looking for a NDE service provider the task can be daunting, but with thought and planning put in place you can build a consistent process in selecting a high quality provider.
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Software & Analysis

How to Use Risk Evaluation to Develop a PT Participation Plan

By Pao-Chu Kao, Jia-Fen Cheng, Shu-Fen Chang, Ju-Lin Wei, and Jia-Chi Chen
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In the past, proficiency testing (PT) items and participation frequency were formulated by accreditation bodies, regardless of the scale, customer type, and economic conditions of a laboratory.
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Quality 101

Force Gages 101

A force gage is an invaluable tool for a range of applications
By Mark Fridman
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Why measure force?
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Test & Inspection

The Vickers Hardness Test

Over the past 90 years, the Vickers test has proved to be an all-around respectable performer in a wide variety of applications, some of which the inventors never dreamed possible.
By Walter Wardzala
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The Vickers hardness test, an offshoot of the venerable Brinell test, has been used since the early 1920s.
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Measurement

Wireless Measurement & Data Acquisition

Increased quality control requires measurement of increasingly more parameters in a cost-efficient way.
By Rolf Nilsson
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Professional measurement systems such as laser distance meters, laser scanners, level-instruments, machine-control and monitoring systems are often mobile or temporarily installed and are thus ideal applications for wireless communication.
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Measurement

Chasing Microns: Getting the Most from Dimensional Gages

If you’re trying to measure to microns, every micron counts.
By George Schuetz
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In the production environment, where tight tolerances are a way of life, it’s critical to think about gaging requirements before putting instruments out there and possibly having them not meet expectations.
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Quality 101

Meet the New Microscopes

Today many microscopes can magnify parts in three dimensions, allowing for a more complete view of your part.
By Michelle Bangert
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Adrianus Pijper, in the South African Journal of Science, called the microscope “man’s noblest, supreme, and most far-reaching tool,” according to the Microscopy Society of America. And this was in 1939.


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NDT - Back 2 Basics

Advances in SEM Technology for the Quality Control Lab

A scanning electron microscope reveals information about changes in microscopic properties of particles.
By Jeffrey D. McGinn
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Recent advances in scanning electron microscopy (SEM), particularly in the benchtop realm, enhance quality control procedures of laboratories across a wide range of industries.


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NDT - Helium Leak Testing

Helium or Air? Leak Testing Realities, Economics and Opportunities

Consider these variables when weighing your leak testing options.
By Jacques Hoffmann
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Advanced technology for leak testing now provides opportunities to improve quality and save money even in applications where expensive helium systems are customary.


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