45 Years of Quality
quality assurance believes:
...nothing is more important to America than the quality of its products;
...a sound quality assurance program increases efficiency, decreases costs, meets competition, increases sales and reduces the profit squeeze;
...quality is management's concern, with which it must live, think and sleep. From management it must permeate every corner of the plant;
...quality assurance people are the fastest growing group of professionals in industry-and none in industry is more important.
-W. F. Schleicher, publisher and editor, quality assurance, October 1962
It's been 45 years since those words graced the pages of the first issue of Quality Magazine, known back then as quality assurance, without capital letters. While we've gone through a variety of name changes throughout the years-starting with quality assurance to Quality Management & Engineering in 1971 and finally Quality in 1975-our dedication and commitment has always been to you, the reader.
We have always provided you with relevant information to help you do your job, and we will continue to bring you the latest information on measurement, test and inspection, and software and apply those technologies to real-world applications.
The next few pages will showcase Quality Magazine over the years, as well as provide insight as to how quality has changed companies, products and processes throughout the years.
Thank you for joining in our celebration.
Comtorgage Corp.Since 1928, manufacturers have used Comtorgage Corp.'s (Slatersville, RI) products to fulfill their production gage requirements. In the past 45 years, the company has gone through several important changes. Moving to a more modern facility, with larger property to grow, is one of the most significant. "We have expanded the plant to more than double its size to allow for additional equipment, and modern climate-
controlled calibration and assembly areas," says Kim Gradolf, regional sales manager. Also, computer-based machinery and precision-cutting tools have made it possible for Comtorgage to produce more accurate parts at a much higher rate of production. "Inspection of machined or formed parts has expanded to include characteristics previously checked using go/no-go gages or functional inspections only," Gradolf says. Comtorgage has implemented standardized quality programs such as zero defects, statistical process control and more recently, ISO and Six Sigma. "Forty-five years ago, Comtorgage offered a variable gage with a resolution of one ten thousandth of an inch," Gradolf says. "Today, with the help of microprocessors and high-precision manufacturing, we can offer accurate, repeatable gages for the lab and shop floor that resolve to 10 millionths of an inch."