Vol. 6 No. 22

Volume 6, Issue 22

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- GE to Open Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

NAM Supports Dispute Settlement of U.S.-China Trade

- Obama Loans $8 Billion for Advanced Automotive Technologies

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Industry News

GE to Open Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

FAIRFIELD, CT-The General Electric Co. (GE) has announced that it will open an advanced manufacturing technology and software center in Michigan. The center is expected to grow to more than 1,100 GE employees during the next few years. FULL STORY>>

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NAM Supports Dispute Settlement of U.S.-China Trade 

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) supports the announcement by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that the United States and the European Union are initiating dispute settlement procedures in the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding China's export restraints on a range of raw materials important to U.S. manufacturers.

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Faro Congratulates Pratt & Miller Win

LAKE MARY, FL-Faro Technologies Inc. congratulates Pratt & Miller Engineering & Fabrication, New Hudson, MI, on its win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14, 2009. The Pratt & Miller GT1-Champion Corvette Racing Team, which is run by Pratt & Miller on behalf of General Motors, uses FaroArm measurement equipment in the design, quality control and race-specification compliance of their vehicles.

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ISO/TS 16949 Available in Electronic Format

VX CAD/CAM Launches Online Store

Cerion Completes Purchase of Contech

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Coming Events

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 3-7                
Infusion 2009, San Antonio, TX. InfinityQS, (703) 961-0200.

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.

November 3-5           
Vision 2009, Stuttgart, Germany. Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH, +49 (0)711 185600. www.messe-stuttgart.de/vision  

November 9-11       
Quality Symposium 2009, Phoenix. CIS Software, (613) 577-4417.


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LTI Renews Calibration and Dimensional Testing Accreditation


HATFIELD, PA-Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI), provider of materials testing, nondestructive testing, specimen machining, failure analysis, dimensional inspection and calibration services, has been reapproved by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). FULL STORY>>


NIST Extends Deadline for 2009 Technology Innovation Competition

GAITHERSBURG, MD-The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is extending the deadline for submitting proposals to its Technology Innovation Program competition to 3 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, July 7, 2009. The original deadline was on June 23, 2009, but technical difficulties at the Web site that accepted electronic submissions prevented some applications from being filed before the deadline. FULL STORY>>

More Quality Measurement Conference 2009 Videos on Q-Tube

BENSENVILLE, IL-The second installment of Quality Measurement Conference (QMC) 2009 videos are available on Q-Tube. The Quality Measurement Conference's keynote speaker, Dominick Carra of ARDEC, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, discusses his organization's quality journey to winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2007 and beyond. He also discusses the challenges the organization faces and goals for the future. QMC 2009 included a presentation given by Quality Magazine's 2009 Professional of the Year winner H. James Harrington. Harrington talks about "dreaming big" and excelling in your career. WATCH VIDEOS>>

Obama Loans $8 Billion for Advanced Automotive Technologies

WASHINGTON, DC-The Obama Administration announced $8 billion in conditional loan commitments for the development of innovative, advanced vehicle technologies. The loan commitments include $5.9 billion for Ford Motor Co., $1.6 billion to Nissan North America Inc., and $465 million to Tesla Motors. FULL STORY>> 

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

Jim's Gems: Learning and Understanding
Continuing to learn is fundamental to adding to our knowledge and understanding.
by Jim L. Smith

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.
by Peter Sanderson

CyberMetrics Moves to New Facility


PHOENIX, AZ-CyberMetrics Corp. has moved to a new facility that serves as its corporate headquarters and accommodates its quality management division. FULL STORY>>

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Danatronics to Move to New Headquarters


DANVERS, MA-Danatronics, a technology company specializing in nondestructive testing (NDT), has purchased a new facility in Danvers, MA, that will serve as its headquarters, starting in early July.

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