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ASNT Pittsburgh – Chairman’s Message – October 2016

Left Clyde May
Right John Markanich

Our September 15th meeting was held at the Cornerstone at Tonidale in Oakdale, PA. Our speaker was Clyde May from VMI (Virtual Media Integration Ltd.). Their website is Clyde was joined by Russ Perry, the US Sales Manager – Eastern Region. Clyde’s presentation was on advances in digital radiography. He emphasized the need for people to get involved the developing specifications for this newer technology that renders many of the older specifications obsolete. Thanks to Clyde and Russ for their valued contribution to our section. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 20th. Please note the correction of the date from the last newsletter. We will meet at PES (Product Evaluation Systems) at 637 Donohoe Road, Latrobe, PA between 5:30 and 6:00 PM. We will be hosted by Mike Kowatch who will conduct a tour of their facilities and speak about the relationship between arc strikes and premature failure of metals. He spoke at the ASM meeting last month and it was well received. Mike began his career in NDT while enlisted in the US Navy. He holds an ASNT/NAS 410/NS 250-1500-1 Level III certification in VT, MT, and PT along with previous certification in UT. He is also a CWI (Certified Welding Inspector). He is currently the QC Manager and NDT Level III for PES (an independent laboratory). Dinner will be held after the meeting at a local restaurant. Their website is In November we will have Brad Bornstein from Olympus speak for us. The details of this event will follow. Please contact Gary Young to confirm your reservation at or call him at 724-752-0055 x3194. All meetings require a payment of $25 with a receipt provided that can be used for recertification purposes. Thanks, John Markanich ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman