Creation of an inspection plan should be well thought out and completed far in advance of manufacturing the part, even though the inspection itself occurs after fabrication. By planning ahead, you ensure that the part meets the customer’s needs.

The guest columnist for this issue’s “Best Practices” column is Larry Cox, former director of education for ACMA. He is principle of Structurlite Composites Consultants, which provides curriculum development and training in composites education as well as development of tactical and strategic plans for businesses. Email comments to