United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

ACCESSION #: 9605150136

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B&G                      Home Office:

Manufacturing Company

                         3067 Unionville Pike

                         P.O. Box 904

                         Hatfield, PA 19440-0904


May 8, 1996

Document Control Desk

U.S.  Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, DC 20555

Reference: 10 CFR, Part 21 Courtesy Notification

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter provides to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a courtesy

notification as referenced by 10 CFR Part 21, paragraph 21.21, (4).

Washington Public Power Supply System ("WPPSS") formally informed

ACCUTECH, a division of B&G Manufacturing Co., Inc.  ("B&G"), of

capscrews recently found to have nonconforming hardness.  The trace code

TS-7 showed that these capscrews were supplied to WPPSS by the now

defunct Cardinal Industrial Products, L.P. ("CIP") during February, 1994.

On July 10, 1995, B&G purchased the name and certain other assets from

CIP, a limited partnership that had been formed and operated in Nevada.

B&G began its own nuclear fastener business at the same Nevada site, and

temporarily used the "Cardinal Industrial Products" name before

officially adopting the trade name of ACCUTECH in December, 1995.

Although B&G is not bound to take formal action under 10 CFR Part 21,

WPPSS's notification prompted us to investigate not only the capscrews in

question but other inventory that B&G acquired from CIP.  We performed

hardness tests on any and all inventory still on site that had been heat

treated by CIP.  Failures were noted in the following two lots: (1) 3/8"

- 16 x 1" capscrews, trace code TS-7: 16 pieces failed out of 1,086

pieces tested (note that WPPSS's test results were 2 failed pieces out of

98 tested); (2) 1" x 4" capscrew blanks, trace code K7: 6 pieces failed

out of 71 pieces tested.

We believe that the nonconforming hardness was the result of insufficient

heat treating performed by CIP at the Nevada site.  Therefore, we have

scrapped and removed from the premises not only the failed lots, but any

remaining product found to have been heat treated by CIP.

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Even though the obligation for statutory notifications remains with CIP,

as a courtesy B&G is notifying the NRC of the situation.  In addition,

based upon records acquired from CIP, B&G is sending courtesy

notifications to customers who were shipped product from these two lots

by Cardinal Industrial Products, L.P.

Sincerely yours,

Roy P.  Reindl

Branch Manager, Nevada


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