NDI Airmen acquire new X-ray system
By Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 15, 2018
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection flight received game-changing equipment in January.
The equipment, which is a next-generation X-ray processing system, is projected to provide the numerous agencies at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, served by the nondestructive inspection flight, with swift and efficient equipment examinations.
Evolving past the previous film-based X-raying processing techniques, the system, known as the Computed Radiography Flex 2, is an advancement from the previous Structurix system capable of providing digital X-ray results.
“In order for anyone to use the system they need to accomplish qualification training through a series of tasks,” said Airman 1st Class Tyler Chance, 20th EMS NDI journeyman. “The qualification teaches you the necessary skills needed to maneuver through the system as well as develop the X-rayed film.”
Following the initiation of the improved system, NDI Airmen have increased accuracy of crack indications, water entrapment and corrosion, enhancing ease of processes and continuing to save the Air Force funds over time.
“Each piece of (traditional) film on the old system needed to be developed and filed away following any inspection,” said Tech. Sgt. Sonny Ortiz, 20th EMS NDI section chief.
The enhancement is projected to save approximately $5 per film, averaging more than $2,400 annually for future operations and aircraft-specific work.