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This presentation intends to show a need for fewer standards and specifications from the independent laboratory viewpoint.
Although the independent testing laboratory attempts to maintain an adequate library of specifications, standards, codes, and procedures, it is not uncommon to receive requests to perform tests and evaluate results according to a completely unfamiliar document. New variables introduce a potential for error.
The overall results of liquid penetrant inspection, magnetic particle inspection, and the other nondestructive testing methods would benefit if fewer documents existed which also address the engineering principles behind the testing procedures and acceptance criteria incorporated into the document. Documents of this nature would provide better test performance and more accurate results just as a result of the familiarity created. Personnel training effectiveness would improve with less supervisory control.
nondestructive tests, standards, technical writing
Vice president, United States Testing Co., Inc., Reading, Pa.