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The Role of Integration in NDT Quality Assurance Chain

As the migration of digital imaging continues to expand from the primes down the chain of manufacture, the opportunity to integrate quality assurance chain improvements along the entire process is approaching. Given that nondestructive testing (NDT) managers and quality assurance staff have an already demanding job profile, documentation and verification software “apps” have the ability to make their jobs easier and decrease error. But as these apps grow, it is just as important to have interoperability between platforms. From mobile devices that we carry with us daily, to the reporting tools integrated into inspection software, making use of this data is of key importance and interoperability standards are the path forward. This paper discusses use cases of apps and their role in the supply chain, and presents the reasons interoperability is critical.


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