How can a company move forward if it does not know where it is? In general terms, any audit is a snapshot in time of how an organization is complying and performing to a set of requirements. If uncomfortable when hearing the word audit, then ponder this: Some organizations actually request audits-not from their customers but from their internal nondestructive (NDT) inspectors and managers. These companies have a different perspective of an NDT audit. They believe in being proactive, which is the key to not only a successful audit but the foundation of a successful organization.
Thermography is a well-established technique for predictive and preventative maintenance (P/PM), where the inspector uses the infrared (IR) camera in a passive mode to measure the steady state surface temperature of a component during its normal operation.
Ultrasonic thickness gages have progressed since their early development in the 1960s. The first thickness gages were large and bulky. However, they used the same conventional longitudinal, or compressional wave, techniques still in use today. Thickness gages are used in a wide variety of industries including automotive, manufacturing, refineries, power plants, process control, transportation, and oil and gas.
Hardness, as applied to most materials, particularly metals, has been defined in many ways by physicists, metallurgists and engineers. These definitions range from a “conglomeration of properties of a material more or less related to each other” to the commonly accepted idea of “resistance to permanent indentation.” These varied definitions point out the complexity of truly defining hardness so that it satisfies all the criteria associated with the characteristics of hardness.
Dr. James Truchard, CEO, president and cofounder of National Instruments, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), widely considered the highest honor given in the engineering profession.
Control, the international trade fair for quality assurance, now in its 21st year, remains true to the principles of total practice orientation and marketability. It will be held May 8 to 11 in Sinsheim, Germany.
The Kodak family is deeply saddened by the loss of colleague Stephen R. Mazur, P.E., who was killed in an auto accident on Friday, January 19, while traveling on business in Pittsburgh. An integral part of the sales force at Kodak Nondestructive Testing (NDT) group, Mazur was promoted last year to area manager for the Midwest region.