Asia Pacific Federation for Non Destructive Testing (APFNDT) was approved during the General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Committee for Non Destructive Testing on November 19, 2013 in Mumbai, India. APFNDT is a non-profit Federation devoted to the regional development of the science, technology and practice of Non-Destructive Testing, in conjunction with individual already existing and emerging NDT societies. APFNDT’s activities are dependent on the voluntary actions of its members.
The present APCNDT (Asia Pacific Committee for Non-Destructive Testing) started in 1976, based on The Pan Pacific Committee of Non-Destructive Testing (herein-after PPCNDT). Prof. Y. Ishii named PPCNDT, by obtaining support of American Mr. G.H.Tenny.
The organization meeting was held in Tokyo on March 15, 1976 at the general meeting the interpreter summarized and read a report of AINDT from Australia as an overseas report.
Moreover, Mr. Lee Dicey of Korean Atomic Industrial Forum reported about the intention to promote the activities of NDT actively. Prof. Ishii reported on JSNDI and Mr. B.W. Bace on the activity situation of ASNT respectively. Only the 5 countries and 16 peoples were attended. The By-Law was approved at that time. Mr. G. H. Temmy was recommended as a chairman and Prof. Y. Ishii was nominated by the vice-chairman .
Outline of Activities in PPCNDT during the term
The 2nd meeting was held in Soul, South Korea., In April and the 7 countries participated.The exhibition started with this PPCNDT and the plant tour was planned to visit the Po Hang ironworks.
The 3rd PPCNDT was held in Tokyo, Japan in November, 1980 and 12 countries gathered . In terms of By Laws of PPCNDT, it is only Committee. Prof. Imoto of the PPCNDT Vice-Chairman explained that Committee should be made into Representative Committee. 8 countries presented.
The 4th PPCNDT was held in Sydney, Australia in November, 1983 and the 8 PPCNDT countries and the 5 European countries participated. There was a proposal for the change in the name of Pan Pacific to Asian Pacific.
The 5th PPCNDT was held in Vancouver, Canada, April, 1987. The participants from 8 countries from and 4 countries from Europe.About 38 companies participated in the exhibition.Attendance at Representative Committee were 6 countries and the PPCNDT to be renamed to the Asian Pacific NDT became continuous deliberation.
The General Assembly in the 6th PPCNDT renamed from PPCNDT to APCNDT was held in Plenum, New Zealand in March, 1990. The committee was held with the participation of the 8 countries, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Canada, the United States, 4 countries from Europe, Latin America and Brazil.
The 7th APCNDT was held in Shanghai, China in September, 1993 and the 8th APCNDT was decided to be held in Taiwan and it was decided that the 9th APCNDT will be held in Anaheim in the United States and 10th APCNDT will be in Brisbane on September, 2001
In addition, Australia has proposed to unify the national standards under the ISO 9712 certification but it became carrying over next time. The situation related to ISO 9712 promoted in the UNDP/IAEA/RCA plan was reported by Dr. Ooka. And the activities of current status and the trend that confronted IAEA were presented in the key note lecture by Dr. Ooka.
The 8th APCNDT was held in Taipei, Taiwan in December, 1995. It was decided in the General Assembly that Japan proposed for Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Pakistan to participate in the APCNDT. The India reported on the 14th WCNDT.
The 9th APCNDT was held in Anaheim, United States, in conjunction with the spring conference of ASNT in March, 1998. it was confirmed to be held the APCNDT every four years since at South Korea in 2003. There was a proposal for bye-Law about APCNDT from Australia.
The 10th APCNDT was held in Brisbane, Australia in September 2001. Initially, the number of participants in 21 countries was estimated but due to the terrorist attacks occurred in New York on September 11, the number of participants has been reduced, and program changes was forced. Under such circumstances, the opening ceremony was attended by about 100 people. The discussion has been done by choosing the host country from four countries, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and Pakistan.
The 11th APCNDT was held in Cheju Island of South Korea in November, 2003. The paper was submitted by 21 countries. 8 countries attended at the General Assembly. It was decided to hold the 12th APCNDT, New Zealand in 2006 and the 13th APCNDT, Japan in 2010. Also Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei in addition to eight present countries was proposed.
The 12th APCNDT was held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2006. The 13th APCNDT to be held in Tokyo will be overlapped with EFNDT, therefore it was moved to be held in 2009 one year earlier than schedule decided at the General Assembly in the 11th APCNDT.
The 13th APCNDT was held in Yokohama, Japan in 2009. In the General Assembly the establishment of APFNDT(Asia Pacific Federation of NDT) independent from the existing APCNDT was proposed by Dr. Ooka, chairman of APCNDT 2013 and it was approved unanimously.
Recommendation and Conclusion
The APFNDT WG was established in the Task Group meeting conducted by JSNDI. The WG consists of 4 members; Dr. B. Venkattarman (President of APCNDT 2013), Dr. N. Ooka (President of APCNDT 2009), Mr. L. Dick (President of APCNDT 2006), Mr. S. K. Babu (Secretary of ICNDT and APCNDT 2017) ,and 2 observers; Mr. V. Pari and Mr.Choksi (ISNT), and Dr. Choi (KSNT). The WG meeting has been held 4 times; twice in Tokyo, once in Australia and Singapore to prepare the constitution and operation procedures of APFNDT. Mr. L. Dick drafted those documents to discuss at WG meeting. The related document was finalized at WG meeting before APCNDT 2013 in Munbai, India. The APFNDT will start with 17 member countries as a substitute for APCNDT.