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Anawati & Associates

tions in a professional manner and with a great deal of
integrity. It has a wide array of services. Its welding and
materials inspection services include visual inspections, penetrant testing, magnetic particle inspection,
ultrasonic testing, digital and film radiography. Its quality-assurance services include welding program audits,
NDT surveillance, and welder/brazer workmanship
training. Certification services include welding procedure qualifications and welder qualifications.
"Our status as a third-party, independent inspection
services company has allowed us to become recognized
by government agencies and the ASNT national society," Laws says. "What we do is different from destructive testing, which destroys the part that you are testing.
Nondestructive testing allows you to inspect a part
without damaging it. There are various methods of carrying out the inspection. We offer services like magnetic particle and penetrant liquid dye inspections. Visual
weld inspections are a large part of what we do."
The primary focus for Anawati & Associates is the
maritime industry. That is where most of its work
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commercial shippers. The company often provides its
services during ship repair. In addition, it is an authorized ABS surveyor, which allows it to provide inspections that can determine whether vessels need to
address thinning caused by corrosion.
Outside of the maritime world, Anawati & Associates
has worked in a number of other settings. It has worked
on power plants, refineries, pipelines, storage tanks and
petrochemical plants, as well as in new construction.
"We can do most any kind of weld inspection, and we
also offer X-ray service," Laws says.

Key Ingredients
Anawati & Associates has needed to invest in technology and people. Laws says the ultrasonic inspection business has gone to phased array and highly computed
ultrasonic techniques, which require a well-trained
inspector. He also says X-ray inspections have gone
from hand processing to digital X-rays. That is why the
company has invested in digital capabilities.
Another area that the company has to keep up with is
the ever-changing nature of rules and regulations. Laws
says they continue to tighten, which opens opportunities in areas such as pipeline inspections.
"What drives the need for our service is insurance
companies or government requirements," Laws says.
"Often times, there isn't a call until a catastrophic failure happens that costs big money and causes major
damage. Companies like ours are brought in because
there is a higher demand for inspection services."
The most important investment area for Anawati &
Associates is the skill of its technicians. The company
has a small staff, so each individual needs to be trained
to the highest level. That way, its technicians are qualified to conduct any and all inspection processes.
"Ultrasonic inspection is the most difficult," Laws
says. "Looking ahead, we have to keep up with the
industry, purchase new ultrasonic equipment and
upgrade digital X-ray capabilities."
In the future, the company hopes to develop more
opportunities on the new construction side. The refinery business in Hawaii is contracting, but Laws sees the
aboveground storage tank business in Hawaii and other
Pacific islands as a potential growth area. Although it
can be difficult to be a nondestructive testing company
in Hawaii, Laws is confident that Anawati & Associates
will continue to carve out a successful path.
"One of the primary ingredients of success for a company like ours is qualified employees," he says. "We
must always be able to keep a staff that is certified
according to national standards and can follow procedures that are approved by our clients." mt


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