Welcome to the Metro New York / Northern New Jersey Section of the ASNT
The holiday season is upon us and another year is coming to a close. I would like to think we all had a good time this year. Hopefully we made some new friends, learned some new things and benefitted from our section meetings in some form or fashion. I have personally enjoyed watching our section flourish and grow. Thanks to the officers who volunteer their time to help organize our events but most of all to the members who have made it to our meetings. Your enthusiasm and participation defines our group. Without you, we would disappear into obscurity.
This is such an exciting time to be in NDT. Technology is exponentially increasing our detection capabilities. As computer capabilities increase and processing speeds get faster, so goes our Probability of Detection (POD). It was not that long ago when we were tethered by extension cords, UT techs were hanging off bridges or rolling around in the dirt under pipeline with slide rules and drawing on the instrument screen with china markers. Who would have thought we would be inspecting ferrous weldments with eddy current. Digital Radiography (DR, CR, CT) is making film and development chemicals obsolete. MT & PT now have LED UV lights which use little power, generate very little heat and have instant on capabilities. We have digital meters to accurately measure intensity outputs. Digital Hall Effect Gaussmeters have made shot calculations obsolete. Battery technology has matured and we now have powerful UV flashlights. Our instruments can operated for much longer periods of time without recharging. We have ET & UT phased array field instruments which can give us colorful C-Scan images of whatever we are inspecting. Inspection of composite materials are becoming the norm. Usage of light, heat and sound are being utilized (UT, AE, IR).
However, we cannot lose sight of the fact it takes trained and dedicated technicians to operate the advanced equipment and to interpret the test results. In the end analysis, no matter how detailed specifications and procedures may become, no matter how automated equipment may become, it always comes down to the fidelity and integrity of the equipment operators and inspectors. Our section mission is to help our members to stay ahead of the technology curve, to foster enthusiasm and comradery among our ranks, promote our local corporate NDT suppliers and have fun at each meeting.
Finally, Our Section Officers sincerely wish a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy & Prosperous New Year to each and every one of our members and their families. Many thanks for the support from our local Corporate sponsors. Thanks again for making 2019 a success. I look forward to our 2020 schedule and seeing all of you again.
ASNT Section Vice Chair MET/NYNNJ
Level III Resources
ASNT NDT Level 3 - 51342
MT, PT, ET & UT