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Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

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Just imagine what manufacturers would do if left to their own "self-regulation."

And there are some, who if they have their way, "self-regulation" will be the law-of-the-land.

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RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

Makes you wonder, how much of this goes on, nobody knows about?

Scary.

Regards,

Mike

The problem with sloppy work is that the supply FAR EXCEEDS the demand

RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

From what I have read about the Kobe Steel scandal, Japanese government regulators did not discover the falsifications. Probably the conscience of some workers finally kicked in, after it had been going on for at least ten years.

RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

um, all the more reason to utilize PMI when receiving materials.

i've rejected several valves, etc. for the materials did not comply with astm standards.

i've also seen mtr's that are suspicious, not legible, etc.

i recall several years ago hearing about a plant mgr that falsified mtr's, got caught, then committed suicide. i think the country was japan. the plant mgr was under tremendous stress to deliver, but couldn't for one reason or another.

RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

If the Japanese will do it, who won't?

The problem with sloppy work is that the supply FAR EXCEEDS the demand

RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

I have seen cases where a bad test practice was institutionalized, everyone thought that they were doing the right thing, but the results were not what the spec required.
There was a day when primes did audits of their suppliers, down a few tiers in the supply chain. Now they require everyone to spend ten's or hundred's of thousands of dollars on quality system certifications (cost shifting) and think that that will achieve the same end. Guess what, it doesn't. There is nothing like a fresh set of eyes to see issues.

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RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

As always, if its critical then test. My father was a traveling metallurgist for 15 years before he got into teaching and did many random batch samples.

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No more than you can trust smog tests on cars jimmied by their manufacturers.
Just imagine what manufacturers would do if left to their own "self-regulation."

Yet the EPA is like most regulatory bodies in that they do exactly that, they trust the manufacturers to self-regulate their own certification testing.

RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

I'm a little partial to the Chinese approach, where violators are summarily executed after a speedy, but fair, trial winky smile

Of course, even in China, air polluters haven't yet gotten the memo...

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RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

Self regulation is problematic, of course. It's a moral hazard.
But if you think government agencies are your salvation, you might be disappointed.
Just this week, I was pulled into a tank project that was designed by gov't employees and inspected by gov't inspectors. The concrete design and construction were a bit of a train wreck, and the tax payers are on the hook for a substandard outcome. Seems like even gov't agencies like self regulation, to the detriment of their own agency.
It may be better to think of quality control and assurance in terms of transparency and incentives, in addition to regulation (and not simply more complex regulation).
In this case, Kobe Steel will be civilly (and hopefully criminally) liable for fraud, and rightly be shamed - bad for American companies and particularly bad for Japanese companies. And other companies have been put on notice. Maybe a better outcome than an army of warm-body inspectors swarming private companies and writing reports.

RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

I've seen material test results used for piping (10" or thereabouts) for a project in Winnipeg, and the pipe failed at 100 psi (should have gone over 1000 psi) The pipe had identical composition for all tests... the only difference was the ticket number... Pipe was untraceable and came from China...

Dik

RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

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I was pulled into a tank project that was designed by gov't employees and inspected by gov't inspectors. The concrete design and construction were a bit of a train wreck, and the tax payers are on the hook for a substandard outcome. Seems like even gov't agencies like self regulation, to the detriment of their own agency.

So you're saying that it wasn't actually 'regulations' that was the problem, but rather simply incompetent engineers/designers, eh? I don't think anyone has ever suggested that incompetency was limited to the private sector winky smile

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

Let's just hope the falsification doesn't extend to Kobe Beef!

Mike McCann, PE, SE (WA)


RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

Don't know about beef but something like 33% of seafood is not what it claims to be.

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RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

"But if you think government agencies are your salvation, you might be disappointed."

They're not, but government agencies are the outcome of specific laws, which entails criminal and monetary penalties that can be applied to the scofflaw as needed. Otherwise, your only recourse is to depend on corporate guilt, or to sue for damages, neither of which is any more reliable than the government. Government agencies serve the purpose of enforcing law, just like police do. It makes no sense to argue that corporations don't require policing while people do.

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RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

I try to remind people all of the time, the only people that can enforce ASTM specifications are the purchaser. There is no oversight or regulator involved. If you are buying to an ASTM spec it is your responsibility and your right to inspect and verify. A producer not providing support for and inspection and audit effectively voids the PO because they are refusing to meet the specification requirements.

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RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

It's especially disappointing that this occurred in Japan, where the notion of trusted suppliers really paid off in their earlier ascension to market dominance in automobiles, when their quality was substantially better than their US counterparts'.

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RE: Kobe Steel - falsified material certifications

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I try to remind people all of the time, the only people that can enforce ASTM specifications are the purchaser. There is no oversight or regulator involved. If you are buying to an ASTM spec it is your responsibility and your right to inspect and verify. A producer not providing support for and inspection and audit effectively voids the PO because they are refusing to meet the specification requirements.

In addition a reputable supplier should welcome this oversight. While it does add more work for us it's much better that we have purchasers who are keeping the suppliers honest. It does us no favors if we're building a precast product to ASTM standards while our competitor is not.

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