It isn’t exactly news—manufacturing production lines are heading back to the States en masse, but there aren’t enough trained techs ready to staff them. Baby Boomers—our proverbial Old Guard—are retiring, leaving unfilled jobs for the unskilled—and some say uninterested—masses.
When it comes to ensuring that defects in welds are detected in an assembly line, nondestructive testing (NDT) is an essential tool. Without a means of assessing potential errors in welds, welding would be risky business.
Joe Lendway knows a thing or two about the importance of maintaining quality in a full-scale operation—and therefore the importance of budgeting for it. Lendway is the quality manager at Top Tool, a manufacturer of precision metal stamping components whose high standards earned it 2013’s Quality Plant of the Year award.