This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report (continued from previous day's quote):
Please investigate the use of uncertified tools to inspect at the most advanced aerospace company on the planet due to the Company is too cheap and/or unethical to give inspectors accurate tools to inspect with, and inspectors keep quiet, and don’t speak up about it, as they are too cowed by our QA Supervisors to speak up. This involves a valve in the TAI (Termal Anti-Ice)system on (model number) struts (the shut off valve, I believe). There is an inspection on the TAI duct installation job that requires the line inspector to inspect a dimension called out the drawing to make sure the valve, which is held in place in the system by only two (part number) clamps, is clocked correctly radially in relation to the duct system axial centerline. The drawing calls out a dimension, with a certain tolerance, from the center of the valve receptacle to either the lower flange of the upper spar fitting, or the upper spar web (where to measure to depends on whether it is a (engine vendor configuration) or (engine vendor configuration) strut). What calibrated tool does inspection use to inspect this dimension? Yes, you guessed it, an "uncertified" 6" scale. What’s bad about it is that each inspector will get a different measurement depending on whether or not they hold the scale perpendicular both ways to the spar, if that is where the drawing shows the measurement is taken from. I believe, if I remember right, it is impossible to keep the scale perpendicular for the installation that requires measuring from the fitting, as the fitting does not extend to the point directly perpendicular to the valve receptacle on the spar, so you have to "guesstimate" the right measurement with the scale, not perpendicular to the spar, on top of the fitting flange. Another sad thing is that I probably am the only inspector that knows there is a difference between the method of measuring the (engine vendor configuration) or (engine vendor configuration) installations due to roller stamping inspectors who rarely look at the drawing. When I used to inspect in the (A/P model I.D.) strut area before my banishment, I suggested to the mechanics that they should have planning get a tool made to locate the valve (then us inspectors could use it to inspect with). They didn’t request one. I knew that was my only way to get this resolved, because if I attempted to write a pickup stating "unable to inspect dimension due to no certified tools exist appropriate to the task" or some such thing, that would be the last pickup I would probably write. Anyway, please ask the inspector who is in the (A/P model I.D.) area now if they’ll show you how they inspect this dimension. Then write us up for inspecting without certified tools. If the inspector looks confused then runs to get a caliper, give them points for improvisation in your finding.
The Last Inspector