NOVEMBER 12, 2018

​The Chicago Section of ASNT met on Monday, November 12, 2018 with nineteen guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour Restaurant in Villa Park, Illinois.  The guest speaker for the evening was Stuart Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection Company, Bensenville, Illinois.

Stuart’s presentation was entitled, “NDT of Additively Manufactured Parts for Aerospace Applications”.  The talk was centered on the new ASTM Guide being developed by ASTM Committees E07, E08, and F42 for inspection of additively manufactured parts. Additive manufacturing is rapidly growing in popularity as a manufacturing process for complicated parts.  The tremendous cost savings as well as improved mechanical properties is the driving force in the advancement of these manufacturing methods.  With the advancements, the part designers are also pushing the limits with respect to defect sizes permitted.  With the new processes there are different types of discontinuities that must be detected and evaluated.  This has caused companies to investigate new methods for detection, such as computed tomography, thermography, eddy current and process compensated resonance testing.  The surface condition of as-built parts also affects the inspection results.  The surfaces are not as smooth as traditional parts in some cases and can mask discontinuities. The new document provides tables and charts that highlight which methods could be employed to find specific types of discontinuities.

 A number of actual inspection cases were also highlighted during the talk, employing computed tomography and software for evaluation of voids and their volume and effect on total part density.


​Stuart Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection (right), receives award of appreciation

from Chuck Johnson of Karden Sales, Chicago Section Chairman

American Society for Non-Destructive Testing


Chicago Section

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JANUARY 21, 2019

The ASNT Chicago Section met at Crazy Pour in Villa Park, IL.  There were 21 members and guests in attendance.  Scott Cargill, President of ASNT was the speaker and presented on the ‘State of the ASNT Union.’  After showing the video accepting the position of President at the National Conference in Houston, Scott shared how his road to the board began.  He challenged individuals to not just speak up, but to step up. 

Scott acknowledged his predecessor David Mandina and the hard work he did on behalf of the Society.  He mentioned the “establishing commonalities between ASNT and International NDT governing bodies.”  This will lead to more mutual recognition and reciprocity, “breaking down the barriers that keep our techs from working on the world stage.”

Scott highlighted a few of his most important initiatives for the Society over the course of 2019. 

1.       The continued development of Electronic Training and Education opportunities for ASNT members.

2.       Mentoring – Because it was so important to the development of his own career – mentoring was stressed.  We need to take our young techs aside, nurture their interest and develop their skills. 

Every Level, I is a potential Level III!!!

3.       Recruitment – we are losing our talent base.  The age of the membership continues to go up.  The marketing of a career in NDT needs to be improved.  More young adults are looking at trades as career options.  Why not NDT?  








Chuck Johnson (left) of Karden Sales and Chairman of ASNT Chicago Section presents a gift of appreciation to Scott Cargill (right), ASNT President 2018 – 2019.

April 08, 2019

The Chicago Section of ASNT met on Monday, April 8, 2019 with twenty-six guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour Restaurant in Villa Park, Illinois.  The guest speaker for the evening was Jean Bridge of Caterpillar. Jean gave a presentation on “Global Training of NDE Associates.” 

Her presentation described the consequences of training on a global scale on three continents and twenty countries.  Some of the major problems she encounters are cultural and language barriers along with finding translators that can understand technical terms.  For the trainer there are many possible pitfalls such as travel, cultural norms, safety factors and different foods.  Another area that can be problematic is the use of different types of nondestructive testing equipment from various companies all over trhe world. Calibration schemes and standards can differ and methods of application can also vary.  Caterpillar is attempting to issue worldwide company standards, however, many subcontractors or vendors still work to their own country standards such as AWS, ISO, JIS, etc. 

 Jean did indicate that travel does have some advantages such as seeing sights around the world that most people will never experience in a lifetime. Her final message was, “Be prepared, be open to new things and build friendships”.






 Chuck Johnson of Karden Sales, Chicago Section Chairman (right),
expresses appreciation to Jean Bridge of Caterpillar for her captivating presentation.

​ASNT Chicago Section attendees on April 8, 2019

with guest speaker Jean Bridge (center first row) from Caterpillar.