Articles by Steve Wichelecki

Manufacturing and the Next Four Years

As President, what do John McCain and Barack Obama propose to help boost manufacturing employment in the United States? And, going hand in hand, where does each nominee stand on the issue of trade?
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Tech Showcase: Get the Details with Microscopy

Microscopic analysis of materials can help ensure ultimate product integrity.
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Tech Showcase: See the Difference with Thermal Imaging

Thermographic cameras offer a means to safe, quick noncontact inspection.
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Calibrating Correctly

In the maintenance of dimensional metrology equipment, organizations have a choice when it comes to who performs calibration.
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Tech Showcase: Radiographic Inspection Offerings

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.
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Living Proof

“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.
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Finding the Right Calibration Software

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.
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Tech Showcase: Leak Testing Diversity

Leak testing is used across a gamut of industries to ensure part integrity. Three common types of leak tests are tracer gas leak testing, bubble emission leak testing and air leak testing.
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NDT Tech Showcase: Surface Analysis Options

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.
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Data Acquisition for Handheld Gaging

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.
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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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