This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report.
Please investigate the inspection of critical systems tubing installation clearance requirements utilizing only "calibrated eyeball" inspection techniques. While, if we had an ethical QA Planning department, we would have actual in-process tubing clearance inspections on every job that installs tubing, as the (document number) canned note document (which used to be in our QOIs as the authority for inspection point control on our plans, but then was removed when some of us line inspectors audited plans to it) requires.
Every inspector at PSD knows that each tubing installation has its own clearance requirements, for those requirements stare them in the face every time they look at a PI drawing, on the rare occasions they might, as they are pretty much always in the first frame general notes for the PI drawing, and, even if they don’t refer to the PIs, these clearance requirements are remarkably consistent across product lines, even between strut and engine tubing installations.
Inspectors therefore have the right knowledge of clearance requirements, and therefore can inspect these tubing installations (which are probably the most common installations we as inspectors see at PSD) for conformity to these clearance requirements to ensure no safety related tubing riding conditions, that would cause loss of propulsion systems in service, exist? Nope. We don’t do it.
Yes we have the requirements available to us if we want to look at them, but due to our management’s lack of direction because they really do not want us to inspect the product, only train mechanics, each inspector is allowed to inspect, or not inspect, as they prefer, as long as it does not result in additional costs to the Company, like extra NCRs, or drawing changes, or "not supporting the delivery schedule."
So, a system of inspecting these critical clearance requirements has evolved in this environment which relies almost exclusively on what is perceived by inspectors as the most accurate and efficient method of inspection available in the 21st Century to meet these requirements--the "calibrated eyeball" inspection.
Of course, you might have expected that, instead, some sort of ST tool might exist for inspectors to inspect these critical clearance requirements. Some ST tools do exist, they are just not stocked at the PSD tool room. Instead, the "calibrated eyeball" method of inspection is used at PSD. Unfortunately, as you might expect, each inspector’s eyeballs are "calibrated" a little bit differently, and so this method of inspection is not as accurate, by far, as an inspection with the correct (inspected with actual calibrated tools by tooling inspectors) ST tool might be.
The Last Inspector