The 2016/2017 SAINT Yearbook Launch is is now just a fond memory, but the Handbook is a still a “must have”! If you missed out on your copy at the launch, you still have a chance to buy one! The 2016/2017 Yearbook is available, simply fill in the Order Form to get a copy.
June 13 2016 marked the start of the 19th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT) in Munich, Germany. Members of South African Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (SAINT) came together to represent the South African NDT industry at this global gathering.
According to SAINT President Keith Cain, the conference and exhibition, which ran from June 13 to 17, provided fascinating insights into using technologies such as robotics, real-time feedback and e-Learning. Cain adds that methods of training and technological advances are an important factor in bridging qualification and gathering experience in the workplace.
“The conference had a massive attendance from the world over; over 2500 participants registered for the conference including 275 exhibitors and 670 presenters. Our country was strongly represented with seven South Africans presenting papers and posters,” said Cain.
Keith concludes, “South Africa has adopted many of the international standards, as we did not want to reinvent the wheel. We have an addendum that pertains to local labour and other regulations, but because there is a lack of resources, we are not always able to establish our own standards.”
For more information Conference visit the World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing website www.wcndt2016.com
The First World Congress on Condition Monitoring takes place from 13-16 June 2017, at the ILEC Conference Centre, London. The International Society for Condition Monitoring (ISCM) and the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) are delighted to invite you to this global event. This congress is of major significance, being the first world event in its field. Ownership and overall control of the event rests with the ISCM and this premier event is being organised in the United Kingdom by BINDT in collaboration with almost all condition monitoring and NDT societies worldwide. This combination of efforts will create one of the largest events of its kind at a truly international level. The event will provide you with a unique opportunity to network with leading academics and industrialists from all over the world in the field of condition monitoring and related areas.
The congress will embrace all aspects of condition monitoring and related areas and papers are invited from individual contributors, although it is expected that the majority of papers will be submitted from delegates who are members of the national condition monitoring and NDT societies, many of which are already members of the ISCM. The national societies are asked to encourage their members to actively participate in the event. Presenters of papers that are members of the national societies are welcome to attend the congress at discounted ‘Member’ rates.
For more information on the Congress visit the World Congress on Conditioning Monitoring website at www.wc-cm.org
Recently I sat through a meeting where the QA consultant of the client, who was stationed at the manufacturer, was reconciling the documentation to complete the data packs for final handover.
This was where human nature was visible in all its glory.
In a typical data pack we have documents like material specs, welding rod specs, welder’s qualification, welding procedures, NDT reports, NDT technician qualifications and more. My concern was this: things had gone a bit wrong for the manufacturer – too many repairs – the job had been delayed and fingers were being pointed.
Believe it or not, we got the blame for the delay of the project because we called for too many repairs. Imagine that!
As a service provider and a professional we call a repair when we find it. There is no need to “manufacture” repairs; the welders do that quite well all by themselves.
The meeting – 15 people – then proceeded to scrutinise every single NDT report including every X-Ray film that was taken. Remember now, this is human nature trying to shift the blame. They looked for typing errors, spelling mistakes, incorrect request numbers or welder stamp numbers quoted on the report. Then they looked at all the films, 1600 films! Density, sensitivity, reference marks and identification was analysed to death. We even discussed the level of experience of each and every NDT technician. These people were desperately looking for someone to take the blame for their delays. Unfortunately a few mistakes were found on our reports.
They loved it!
These guys – manufacturer – took pleasure in telling the client that the delays were as a result of NDT screw-ups. Because, and listen to this, there were mistakes on some of the reports – there had to be mistakes during testing. According to their reasoning some repairs were definitely unnecessary. I wanted to strangle this consultant – too many witnesses. But since they had their evidence, they were happy and I looked like an idiot. Luckily the client had enough brains to realise that these guys were grasping at straws.
So, people, please double-check reports before you sign them and they are sent to the client. The repercussions are major.
Hennie de Wet – NDT Operations Manager
Hennie de Wet
In the past few months I had the opportunity to represent NDT at international trade-shows. The nice thing about these shows is to see how other people market their brand or product.
Some go overboard with information, displays, heaps of give-aways, leaflets, slide-show presentations and when they get hold of a poor potential customer, they do not stop talking: going on and on about how fantastic they are, essentially bombarding you with information, hoping that you will buy their product or service.
Others like to keep things simple with an informative display and a well thought-out “discussion” of what they can do for the client. They ask the relevant questions; listen to the client and then clinch the deal.
Then you get the ones with a low budget display. Personnel that could not be bothered to get up when you approach, don’t care about asking your name or which industry you are in. All they want is for you to walk on by so they may continue reading, whatever they are reading.
As a technician on site, whenever you speak to a client – everybody you speak to are potential clients – please keep this in mind. You are selling NDT.
What you say is as important as how you say it. Rambling on senselessly in a monotone voice will irritate the potential client. Saying too little, may seem like you don’t care. And even if we are able to provide a better service, that client will go somewhere else.
You almost have to prepare a little sales speech beforehand.
Engage your mind before you speak. Think about what exactly you want this person to convey to his colleagues and emphasise that information. A mild, friendly “chatting” attitude does wonders and the odd joke never hurt anybody.
Now go sell NDT.
Hennie de Wet
This topic is about those who just do not contribute as they should.
In any team you have the inevitable leader; there may be more than one of these. Then there’s the rest of us, who perform to make the leaders and the company look good. Then we have those who do as little as they can, hoping that no one notices. Free loaders: they drift aimlessly through life, bouncing from employer to employer, catching a free ride whenever and for as long as they can.
These free loaders are the ones that rely on everyone else to make them look good – oh no, they are not the leaders. They are quick to claim credit for a project they were involved in, but loafed through the entire thing. In turn they make the rest of us look bad.
These free loaders depend on the rest of us to wake them in time for work. They need us to give them a lift to site or arrange transport for them. They are the ones that always seem to “forget” or misplace PPE. Or worse still “lose equipment on site”.
That guy that seems to disappear for hours during the work day; and most of us wonder – where has he been? What has he actually done today? That’s him.
The same person, that the client sees strolling around on site with hands in pockets, oblivious to the surroundings. That same person that will sponge on you for lunch: “Buy me food, I will give you the money back”. And the inevitable “Can I catch a lift home with you?”
They are the ones who disappoint everyone and come up with feeble excuses as to why the job could not be done; blaming everyone and everything but themselves. They are the ones that cannot finish the report on time, or the report has so many mistakes on it, that the client sends it back. They are the weak link in the chain.
We all know people like that. We do not need people like that. Life is hard enough trying to make a living for ourselves – why should we need to make a freeloader’s life work as well.
During the year your Level III conducts technical assessments on site, determining everybody’s compliance to the NDT procedures, health and safety requirements, being a team player and good NDT practice.
Those weak links will be eliminated from the system. They can go and free load somewhere else.
The time to be a team player is now.
Hennie de Wet
MPI using the AC Yoke on site can be challenging when power supply is limited, especially in remote areas. Long extension cords reduce the “strength” of the yoke and results in small cracks being missed. This is why we perform a lift test with the yoke connected to those long extensions, we plan to use.
So the answer is permanent magnets.
I personally, do not like these since I have missed a crack some years ago and was subsequently kicked off site.
What is the trick when using permanent magnets?
AC Yokes uses alternating current to magnetize the test surface. The alternating field magnetizes the particles (ink) in one direction then stops and re-magnetizes the particles in the opposite direction. This, of course, happens 50 times a second. The alternating magnetic field in the yoke also causes a light vibration of the test surface, adding to the mobility of the particles.
The result is excellent particle mobility and cracks are shown within seconds.
Permanent magnets do not have this luxury. No particle mobility, no vibration.
This means that you need to allow at least 10 seconds for the magnet to magnetize the test surface almost to the point of saturation – that’s why these magnets have to be able to lift more than 18 kg!
Only then will the particles start to move – slowly – to where the cracks are.
How can you speed this up?
The steps are:
Place the magnet. Apply a light coat of particles. Re-apply a little more particles after a few seconds, blow onto the surface and re-apply some more particles. Be careful not to apply too much ink – this will mask small cracks. Then wait. Only move the magnet after 10 seconds, or you may miss a crack and be kicked off site, like me.
Using permanent magnets work when used correctly, but it is not recommended for the impatient technician. Slow and steady, permanent magnets are therefore recommended for the older technicians.
Hennie de Wet
Spectrometer Technologies Adds Value In Tough Times!
Times may be tough, but analytical instrumentation supplier Spectrometer Technologies has used this as an opportunity to introduce a range of value-added products and services. “We have introduced a number of exciting value-adds to assist our clients in these tough economic times,” says Product Specialist Chris Gouws. These include:
- Increasing the warranty on some products
- Product training for clients and their staff
- Free laptop computers for clients buying new products
- Trade-in assistance on all new instrument sales
- Additional ad hoc services
Spectrometer Technologies has service workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg that can carry out maintenance, repairs and services on all their products. This cuts down significantly on the amount of time needed for repairs. Typical repair turnaround time is 7-10 working days depending on stock availability and customer approval of the repair quote. Loan instruments are available for customers while their units are being repaired. www.ustech.co.za
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