The Audit: An Opportunity for Improvement

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.
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Flash Thermography The Final Frontier

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.
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Thickness Gages Come in Colors

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.
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Back To Basics: Hardness Testing

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.
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Olympus NDT Publishes Phased Array Poster

Olympus NDT has published an “Understanding Phased Array Technology” poster, designed by field experts to present phased array technology in a concise and clearly illustrated manner.
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Comet Appoints New CEO

The board of directors of Comet Holding AG has appointed Dr. Roland Zarske CEO of the Comet Group.
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NI CEO Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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.
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Test Equipment Distributors Names President

Test Equipment Distributors (TED), a provider of nondestructive testing equipment and services to the automotive, aerospace and other industries, has named Mike Hamel president.
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Control 2007 Quality Assurance Trade Fair

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.
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Kodak NDT Remembers Stephen Mazur

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.
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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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