Latest news and updates - April 2022
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I would like to touch on something that's always been the elephant in the room, always present, but rarely discussed openly.
I published a post in LinkedIn recently (some of you might have seen it) where I talked about the pressures felt by NDT personnel in a production (OEM) environment (first iteration published in February's newsletter). To understand whether my experiences were common, I conducted a poll to determine how prevalent this was.
The following starts with a copy of that post, the results of the poll and a selection of comments generated. I am grateful to the 146 people who voted; the 8,816 viewers and for the 28 comments that people took the time to give.
NDT in a Production Environment
'As an NDT technician, supervisor or manager in a manufacturing environment, have you ever been lent on by production? What do I mean? In a production environment, manufacturing at the lowest cost possible is key. If a part needs re-work or repair - heaven-forfend, even scrapping - this has a huge cost downside.
Here's a selection of some of the comments received:
Shockingly, but not uncommon:
I've had parts that were marked with rejectable areas taken out of the department, cleaned with acetone to remove the marks, and brought back in for inspection on the next shift. Still rejectable.
'The further away you are from an actual flying aircraft, the more common this gets.
So what where the results of the question posed?...
Sadly, the result doesn't surprise me. Ultimately, we in the NDT fraternity must get buy-in from production: Get them in; show them the indications; explain why they occur; why this exceeds the Acceptance Criteria, then it shouldn't be so adversarial.
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