Vol. 6 No. 20

Volume 6, Issue 20

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Americans View Manufacturing as No. 1 Industry for Prosperity

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Americans View Manufacturing as No. 1 Industry for Prosperity

NEW YORK-An annual index released by Deloitte LLP and the Manufacturing Institute shows that Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong national economy. There is a wide perception gap, however, between the public's highly positive views of manufacturing's contributions to America's economic success and their negative views about pursuing a career in manufacturing. FULL STORY>>

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Senate Finance Committee Members Introduce R&D Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senators Max Baucus (MT-D) and Orrin Hatch (UT-R) have introduced legislation that would replace the soon-to-expire research and development (R&D) tax credit with the "alternative simplified credit," say the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). FULL STORY>>

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Study Finds Threats to U.S. Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A national study by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC) has identified threats to the ability of U.S. manufacturers to compete and win in a fast-changing 21st century global economy.

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Coming Events

June 22-26           
The International Plastics Showcase (NPE) 2009, Chicago. The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (SPI), (202) 974-5235.  www.npe.org 

July 26-30           
NCSL International 2009 Workshop and Symposium, San Antonio, TX.  NCSL International, (303) 440-3339.
September 22-24    
Quality Expo, Rosemont, IL. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

September 28 - October 1           
Aero & Defense Test, Baltimore, MD. Leading Edge Events & Media Ltd., (800) 913-5022.

October 19-23           
ASNT Fall Conference & Quality Testing Show, Columbus, OH. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), (800) 222-2768. www.asnt.org

October 25-29          
MS&T 2009, Pittsburgh, PA. The American Ceramic Society, (607) 533-7000. http://matscitech.org



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If you haven't already signed up for Quality Magazine's FREE webinar, Advanced 3-D Volume Inspection: Using X-ray Computed Tomography , hurry and do it now. Expert speaker Stuart Baker, senior applications engineer at IMTEC, will provide an in-depth look at X-ray computed tomography (CT). You'll learn what it is, how it works, applications, when it should be used and much more. The presentation will be an hour long, and can be played back at a later time if you can't make the live webinar. Plus, it's FREE. Sign up now!

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SME's Education Foundation Secures Industry Support

DEARBORN, MI-Industries committed to the development of a skilled workforce and keeping America's manufacturing sector strong have given $318,000 in sponsorship grants to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation. The funding will makes it possible for secondary-school students who are aspiring to careers in technology and engineering to attend the foundation's Gateway Academies. FULL STORY>>

Quality Measurement Conference 2009 Videos on Q-Tube

BENSENVILLE, IL-The first installment of Quality Measurement Conference (QMC) 2009 videos are available on Q-Tube. David Brantley, business development, Lockheed Martin MS2 Tactical Systems-Clearwater Operations, gives a presentation on the plant's journey to quality success. Lockheed Martin MS2 Tactical Systems was recognized as Quality Magazine's 2009 Plant of the Year winner in our large plant division. Also, in the other two videos, the management team from Quality Magazine's 2009 Plant of the Year winner in our small plant division, Personna American Safety Razor (ASR), discusses the company's quality journey and what sets it apart from the competition.

American Systems Registrar Moves to New Headquarters

GRAND RAPIDS, MI-American Systems Registrar (ASR) recently moved into a new headquarters. "The addition of new sales and marketing staff combined with the overall growth of the company necessitated a larger, more modern facility to better serve our worldwide customer base," says Richelle Kinzie, president of ASR. FULL STORY>>

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Industry experts and editors from Quality Magazine share their views on the latest in quality and manufacturing-and we want your feedback!

You Have What It Takes to Succeed
Do you ever think about what it takes to be successful? Do you ever think other people are more successful because they are smarter, more "in the know" or better connected?
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Managing Changing Expectations: Corrective Action and Root Cause
Implementing a corrective action system in a company will only have a positive affect when the attitude and vision is correct.
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Permian Plastics Expands Capacity

O'FALLON, MO-Permian Plastics, a plastics injection molder, has expanded the size and capacity of its manufacturing plant, adding 15,000 square feet to its existing 22,500-square-foot facility near St. Louis, MO. The company has invested more than $750,000 in additional production and warehousing space and equipment.

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Responding to Market Shifts, Customer Demand in Current Economic Climate

DALLAS-In a recent survey Hitachi Consulting and AMR Research heard from manufacturers that reducing costs is the chief motivator to improving responsiveness, but success is limited due to the age-old resistance to change and company culture. FULL STORY>>

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