November 2023Download PDF Version
So, You Want to be a CWI?
Are you currently considering a career as an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)? If so, I would like to take a moment to share with you some of my adventures and experiences as a CWI. It has been a challenging, exciting, and rewarding endeavor.
Section Support for CWIs
Marjorie Oliver is a Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) from Bailey, Colo. She has been a continuous AWS member since 1999 and is active in the Colorado Section, where she has been secretary and chair and is now the program director. Here, she shares insights into how AWS membership and Section involvement can benefit aspiring CWIs.Read Article
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The Answer Is
Q: Your last article stirred up a firestorm at our facility. We need to know whether or not our Level III can fulfill the requirements of NAVSEA standards with regards to training, qualifying, and certifying our nondestructive examination (NDE) personnel; providing welder workmanship training and written examinations; developing NDE procedures; and signing documents that require approval by an Examiner.see more
Combining Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing and Time-of-Flight Diffraction to Increase Productivity
In the contemporary landscape of economic models, the prevalence of the just-in-time manufacturing approach has induced a profound transformation. This shift places immense pressure on the supply chain to attain efficiency. Tasks that do not directly contribute to an immediate escalation in production throughput often incur the disdain of upper management.see more
Autonomous Friction Stir Welding Inspection in Aerospace Production
The friction stir welding (FSW) process was developed to join materials that are difficult to fusion weld, such as aluminum alloys — Fig. 1. The weld quality is very high, and the material structure is uniform. It is commonly used in aerospace manufacturing where high-strength welds are required for large structures, such as rocket propulsion fuel tanks.see more
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