Articles by Joseph Sorrentino

AS9100C: Evolving to Align with the Globalization of Aerospace

July 11, 2011
As a prerequisite to guarantee compliance with AS9100C, aerospace engineers must understand why the AS9100 standard was modified with the revisions present in its current version, “C.”
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The Evolution of the NDT Quality Inspector

April 4, 2011
Quality should be determined by the intended technicians, clients or customers, and not by society in general.
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The Dashboard: Measuring the Quality of People and Product

February 8, 2011
All companies need a real-time dashboard that represents their external eyes and ears.
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Key to Quality: Inspectors, Drawings and Geometric Tolerance

March 30, 2010
Understanding how to interpret standards and specifications can reduce the need to ask for engineering help.
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Key to Quality: The Flavor of the Day Is LSS and the Theory of Constrains

March 18, 2010
I realize that LSS and the theory of constrains are good things, but the main root cause problem is overlooked.
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The Ultrasonic Inspection of Submarines

January 29, 2010
In 2005 the USS San Francisco (SSN-711) had a problem, and collided with an undersea mountain, damaging the submarine’s forward ballast tanks and sonar dome.
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Key to Quality: Interpreting Requirements and Standards

November 4, 2009
Standards and specifications do not provide an enjoyable reading experience. There are no metaphors or similes as in poetry. There is no mayhem or suspense like you would find in a good mystery novel; no jokes as in a comedy; and worse yet, no plot or climatic ending.
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Seeing Is Not Believing

October 30, 2009
Visual inspection is one of the most important nondestructive inspection techniques used today. However, it must be done carefully.
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Key to Quality: The Impact of NDT on the Medical Community

September 30, 2009
Today’s NDT inspection has moved beyond aerospace and defense, and is becoming increasingly important to the medical industry.
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Key to Quality: The Sea Lawyer

August 24, 2009
For 20 years, I served in the United States Navy Nuclear SUBSAFE program. Fifteen of those years I spent as a Level III ASNT TC-1A Examiner in the visual, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, ultrasonic and radiography testing methods.
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