An interesting question concerning quality control measures has come up on the Journal of Nuclear Physics. Steven Karels, who frequently contributes on the JONP, recently asked Mr. Rossi about quality control on the assembly line for the E-Cat and Hot Cat.
“So if eCat technology is successful and you begin to mass produce eCat reactors (100s per day, 1000s?”, how do you test them? If they were light bulbs, you might apply a current and see if they light,. Do you fire them up and see if they have linear response? How much of their life (e.g., 6 months) do you burn away to validate their acceptability before shipment?”
Andrea Rossi replied:
“We have organized a quality control system not dissimilar to what happens for other industrial plants that cannot be tested like light bulbs…we have nothing to invent about this issue.”
This, perhaps, is where the un-named U.S. partner has brought in expertise. Mr. Rossi has said in the past that the partner will take care of all manufacturing concerns, so, apparently, this partner will make bear the responsibility for making sure the quality is maintained in E-Cats and Hot Cats.
Mr. Karels also asked some very interesting questions, and made suggestions that would be quite useful, once the LENR technology is in mass production. He asked:
“Will each one be ‘smart’ in the sense that it electronically reports its status during the time it is working or is it too hot during operations for electronics? Is each unit serial numbered and a database exists for each unit?”
These are very good questions that, so far, are unanswered. Since Andrea Rossi is leaving the details of the manufacturing process to his U.S. partner, these questions will probably need to be answered by that partner. Unfortunately, this won’t be possible until the identity of the partner is disclosed.