Radiography, the use of ionizing electromagnetic radiation for object imaging, can be used for the nondestructive testing of subjects in many industries. Radiographic inspection methods are employed for flaw detection in castings, weldments, solid propellants, missile hardware and finished assemblies, as well as many other applications. Test subjects can range in size from microminiature electronic parts to large rocket motors.
“You don’t get things in advance. You have to prove yourself first,” says Peter Sanderson, Quality Magazine’s 2008 Professional of the Year. This mantra resounds throughout Sanderson’s career, one that has found him holding many and varied titles in quality.
Regardless of size, facilities with the need to calibrate instruments can benefit from the implementation of calibration software. Such software allows an organization to keep all calibration records, calibration procedures and requirements, instrument location and instrument history records in a secure, readily accessible database.
Surface analysis is key to many QC/QA requirements in a range of industries. It can be used to inspect finished products, for R&D and for in-process inspection during production. Materials inspected include metals, composites, plastics, paper, painted surfaces and glass.
When looking for a system to handle data collected by handheld gages, there are two choices: wireless and wired. Both systems have their place in industry, and carefully considering the attributes of each will allow one to make the best decision.