Chairman Message – March 2017 Our last meeting was held on February 16th at Monte Cello’s in Cranberry Township. Our speaker was Dave Marcyjanik, Lead Staff Engineer for the Measurement & Inspection (M&I) and Staff Engineer for NDT, at the Performance Review Institute. Dave had a 32 year career in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard where he retired in 2012. His was “The Air National Guard Air Refueling Mission and the NDT Program”. Dave gave an enjoyable presentation where we learned a lot about refueling and the Air National Guard. It was also attended by a number of PRI NDT auditors who were in town. Thanks to Dave for his valued contribution to our section. Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday (instead of our usual Thursdays) on March 14th. It will be a joint meeting with AWS. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM at the RJ Lee Group, 350 Hochberg Rd., Monroeville, PA 15146. Our host will be James V. Pellegrino. RJ Lee Group is an industrial forensics analytical laboratory and scientific consulting firm. The group deals with problems encountered during the manufacturing process, to ensure regulatory compliance, and to uncover and understand the root cause of product failure. Their technical experts provide customized solutions that are flexible, scalable, and best-suited to the application. They have been solving technical challenges for over 30 years. One focus will be on the capabilities and challenges of the Failure Analysis Lab. The lab includes a suite of electron microscopy and spectroscopy methods that are critical in failure investigations. A dinner will follow immediately following the presentation at Palmieri’s Restaurant, 951 Old Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15239 (approximately 1 mile from lab). Please make every effort to attend this meeting. It should be a good one and well attended from AWS as well. Attached is an agenda list for the section through the end of our current calendar year. I welcome suggestions for your preferred meeting and dinner locations.
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Our January meeting was held on the 19th with our guest speaker Dr. Peter Pan at the Tonidale Cornerstone in Oakdale, PA. His presentation was on the IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things. Dr. Pan is our new Regional Director for ASNT. Thanks to Dr. Pan for his great presentation and offer to assist us in his role as our Regional Director. Our next meeting will be held on February 16th at Monte Cello’s, 20325 RT 19, in Cranberry Township. The social will start at 5:30PM with our speaker presentation starting shortly after 6PM. Our speaker will be our own Dave Marcyjanik, a regular attendee at our meetings. Dave is the Lead Staff Engineer for the Measurement & Inspection (M&I) program at the Performance Review Institute. Dave is also a certified Nadcap Lead auditor for M&I in all measurement disciplines; Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMM), Laser Trackers, Articulated Arms, Airflow processes and 3D Scanners.  He also continues to support the Nondestructive Testing (NDT) program and, also maintains a Lead Auditor position in NDT for PT, MT, UT, RT, ET, DDA, CR, and chemical Etch. Dave had a 32 year career in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard where he retired in 2012. He has worked at Babcock and Wilcox at the Navy Nuclear Equipment Division in Barberton, OH. He has held several positions at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, NDT lab Manager, Radiation Safety Manager of the 171st Air Refueling Wing and manager of the Aircraft Structural Maintenance Section, and a trainer of over 60 Guardsman NDT technicians. Dave’s topic for the meeting is “The Air National Guard Air Refueling Mission and the NDT Program”. Please make every effort to attend this meeting and support Dave and our local Pittsburgh ASNT section. John Markanich Chairman – ASNT Pittsburgh
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Our November meeting was at the Springfield Grille in Mars, PA. Our speaker was Brad Bornstein of Olympus. Thanks to Brad for his interesting and informative presentation and for his continued contribution to our group. Brad emphasized the many uses of ultrasonic technology to measure thickness on metal and non-metallic parts.   We did not have a meeting in December. Hope everyone’s holidays were enjoyable.Our next meeting is Thursday, January 19th. We are once again meeting at the Cornerstone at Tonidale, 7001 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA (412-787-1125). The meeting will start at 6:00PM preceded by a social at 5:30PM.   Our speaker will be Dr. Yicheng ”Peter” Pan. Dr. Pan is our new ASNT Regional Director and the manager of advanced technologies at Emerson. He has served on a variety of positions with ASNT over the years and is now serving on the Board of Directors. His present research main focuses are developing intelligent wireless sensors for Pervasive Sensing and NDE inspection of composite structure and material (thermography, ultrasonic, and computed tomography). Dr. Pan invented an intelligent non-destructive measurement and evaluation system for composite structures and material, particularly in CFRP composite and carbon-carbon composite brakes by using thermography, ultrasonic, x-ray, eddy current, and computed tomography methods.   Dr. Pan’s topic is IIot(Industrial internet of things) and wireless networks for NDT. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. Please call or e-mail Gary Young to inform him of your intention to attend this meeting.      Best regards,   John Markanich ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman
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Our October meeting was held at Product Evaluation Systems in Latrobe, PA. They provide Mechanical, Nondestructive, Metallographic, Chemical Testing, and Consulting Services. We were greeted by Mike Kowatch and Mic Moorhead. After a tour of their facilities we were given a presentation by Mike. The title of his presentation was “The relationship between arc strikes and premature failure of metals”. The presentation showed how arc strikes from wet fluorescent magnetic particle testing (head shots) and welding (all processes), can cause premature failure due to liquid metal embrittlement (LME) and excessive hardness in the immediate area of the arc strike. Real life examples were shown along with methods and practices that can be used to minimize such occurrences. Thanks to Mike and Mic for their generosity and offering of their time and facilities. Our next meeting will be held at the Adams private dining room at the Springfield Grille, 7001 Crider Road, Mars, PA 16046 (Phone: 724-778-8700). Dinner will be served at approximately 6PM with a social starting at 5:30PM. Our speaker will be Brad Bornstein of Olympus. Brad has spoken to our group many times in the past and we thank Brad for his continued contribution to our group. Brad has been with Olympus for 12 years as the local Sales Representative for ultrasonic thickness gaging and flaw detection, phased array flaw detection and eddy current flaw detection products. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BSME and has worked in technical support and sales for 21 years.   Brad has offered the following information to introduce his topic of discussion. “Ultrasonic technology is used in many industries to measure thickness on metal parts. These applications include manufacturing of metal plate, pipe and bar and field service corrosion inspection of metal pipe and tanks. Many people do not realize that ultrasound is also used to measure thickness on non-metallic applications. This presentation will focus on examples of ultrasonic thickness applications on other materials in fields that you may not expect.” We hope that you will make the effort to attend this meeting and offer our appreciation to Brad for his time and show support to the ASNT Pittsburgh section. Best regards, John Markanich ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman
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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 www.starrview.com. 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 www.PES-Testing.com 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 gyoung@elwd.com 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
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It has been a while since the last newsletter. We closed out our 2015-2016 meeting schedule with the annual clay shoot at the Castlewood Rod & Gun Club on June 9th. I was unable to attend but I heard that it was an enjoyable combination of steaks & firearms. On Thursday, May 26th, we had our annual training session with Tom Hay from Techknowserve from State College. The training was held at TUV in Hopewell with dinner held at Trenny’s Restaurant. Tom explained the theory and applications of Acoustic Emission Testing and showed some applications examples. Thanks to Tom for his excellent instruction and informative presentation. In April, our speaker was Dr. Mehrooz Zamenzadeh (Dr. Zee) from Exova. His topic was “Aging Pipe Lines, Explosions, and Condition Assessment”. There were 21 in attendance at the Tonidale Pub in Oakdale, PA. Dr. Zee shared his experiences, insight, and concern about this important and urgent situation with our aging pipelines. Thanks also to the participation of others from Exova in attendance at the meeting. We are looking forward to our next season (2016-2017). So far we have September and October booked. We are looking for speakers and suggestions for venues, so if you have any input, please let us know as soon as possible. I expect that we will have an executive committee meeting in August to discuss a multitude of topics including events and speakers for the upcoming season. On September 15th, we will have a technical presentation on the Advancements of Radiography and the Importance of Quality Raw Data (image) vs. Filtered Computer-Generated Data (image). Our presenter will be Russ Perry, the US Sales Manager – Eastern Region for Virtual Media Integration Ltd. from Pensacola, FL. Their website is www.starrview.com. On October 21st, we will have a tour by Mike Kowatch, QC Manager/NDT Level III/CWI from Product Evaluation Systems, Inc., 637 Donohoe Road, Latrobe, PA. The details of this event will follow in a future newsletter. Their website is www.PES-Testing.com. All meetings start promptly at 6:00PM with a social “hour” starting at 5:30PM. Thanks once again for your continued interest in the success of the Pittsburgh Section and we look forward to seeing all of you at our future meetings. Thanks, John Markanich ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman
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ASNT PGH had a a 8 hour training class on Acoustic Emission. The training was given by Thomas R. Hay, Ph.D., ASNT Level 3, President TECHKNOWSERV Corp. the class was every interesting and offered incite into a little know NDT technique. Thomas had a live demonstration and lots of interesting projects and stories from the field. Thanks Thomas Tom Hay and John Markanich Right John Markanich, Left Tom Hay Thank You Tom Hay And thanks TUV Rheinland for Hosting ASNT PGH.
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For those of you who could not make it to our last meeting, Dr Zee gave a wonderful presentation on pipe line mechanical mechanical integrity.  Dr zee told us about some of the study’s and inspections he is conducting in various areas around the US.  you can check out Dr Zee’s Presentation below.   Dr Zee and John M.                   Right: John Markanich ASNT PGH Chairman  Left: M. Zee, Ph.D Presenter Thanks Dr Zee, Jesse Groom
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