United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Information Notice No. 91-31: Nonconforming Magnaflux Magnetic Particle (14AM) Prepared Bath

                                UNITED STATES
                        NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
                    OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION
                           WASHINGTON, D.C.  20555

                                 May 9, 1991


Information Notice No. 91-31:  NONCONFORMING MAGNAFLUX MAGNETIC PARTICLE
                                   (14AM) PREPARED BATH


Addressees:

All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power 
reactors.

Purpose:

This information notice is intended to alert addressees of a product recall 
notice issued by the Magnaflux division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. 
(Magnaflux), regarding their aerosol cans of fluorescent magnetic particle 
prepared bath (14AM Magnaglo) (Attachment 1).  The recall notice has been 
transmitted by Magnaflux through its distribution channels; however, all 
commercial nuclear and industrial end-users may not receive this 
information.  It is expected that recipients will review the information for 
applicability to their facilities and consider actions, as appropriate, to 
avoid similar problems.  However, suggestions contained in this information 
notice do not constitute NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or 
written response is required.  

Description of Circumstances:

While under contract by Consumers Power Company, MQS Inspection, Inc. (MQS), 
tested some aerosol cans of Magnaflux 14AM Magnaglo in accordance with the 
American Society for Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code 
(ASME Code), Article 25, Standard SE-709, 1986 edition.  MQS found the 
particle concentration levels of batches 90F12P and 90H01K to be out of 
compliance with this ASME standard.  Subsequently, nondestructive testing 
personnel of Consumers Power Company performed a particle concentration 
check on batch 90F12P and confirmed the conclusion of MQS. 

MQS notified Magnaflux of the deviation on February 11, 1991.  On the basis 
of this information, Magnaflux initiated an investigation on the particle 
concentration levels of Magnaflux 14AM Magnaglo and, as part of its 
corrective actions, issued the attached recall notice.  Additional 
information on the Magnaflux recall may be obtained by calling Magnaflux 
Customer Service at (708) 867-8000. 


9105070063 
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This information notice requires no specific action or written response.  If 
you have any questions about the information in this notice, please contact 
one of the technical contacts listed below or the appropriate NRR project 
manager. 




                                   Charles E. Rossi, Director
                                   Division of Operational Events Assessment
                                   Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation


Technical Contacts:  Joseph J. Petrosino, NRR
                     (301) 492-0979

                     Nancy Campbell, NRR
                     (301) 492-0836


Attachments:  
1.  Magnaflux 14AM Aerosol Recall Notice
2.  List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices

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