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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.

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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.

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Evident Corp., Tokyo, Japan, has appointed William Wesley “Wes” Pringle as CEO and Hiroyuki Yoshimoto as president and COO. Effective immediately, Pringle takes over for  Evident’s interim CEO Eric Anderson.

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The Everest Ca-Zoom HD pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) camera system offers precise, efficient, and secure confined-space inspections for a variety of industries, including oil and gas, power, chemical, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage. A 22-kg (48.5-lb), all-in-one wheeled transport box holds all items of the system in one container and makes traveling and setup at the inspection site simple.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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