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Volume 6, Issue 2

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Manufacturers' Quality Practices Vary in Today's Economy

AIAG Seeks Help for Auto Industry Error Proofing Guide

Metris Spins Off Italian CMM Operations

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Manufacturers' Quality Practices Vary in Today's Economy


MILWAUKEE-According to the American Society for Quality's (ASQ) latest Quarterly Quality Report, many manufacturing companies are not in the crisis mode one would expect.

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AIAG Seeks Help for Auto Industry Error Proofing Guide


SOUTHFIELD, MI-The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is seeking industry volunteers to create a guide to effective error proofing. Ineffective error proofing in the automotive industry results in poor quality, loss of revenue from repeat issues, low customer retention and additional nonvalue-added activities that reduce quality. FULL STORY>>

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Metris Spins Off Italian CMM Operations


LEUVEN, BELGIUM-Metris announces that its Italian C3 coordinate measuring machine (CMM) operations has been divested but will continue as an independent organization. Metris will continue to source its aluminum-based C3 range of CMMs from its spin-off, Coord3 Industries S.r.l., which also becomes the exclusive reseller of Metris products for Italy. FULL STORY>>

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Fluke Introduces Online Videos


3DscanCo Partners with Laser Design


InfinityQS Celebrates 20 Years

Coming Events

February 10-12, 2009           
Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West, Anaheim, CA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

February 23-25, 2009 
Intermediate SmartGD&T for Design, Manufacturing & Inspection, San Jose, CA. Multi Metrics Inc., (888) 422-3423. www.multimetrics.com/publicSeminars.aspx

March 9-10, 2009                 
17th Annual International Conference on ISO 9000, Orlando. International Conference on ISO 9000, (866) 500-3383. www.iso9000conference.com

March 11-12, 2009                    
2009 Lean & Six Sigma Conference, Orlando. International Lean & Six Sigma Conference, (866) 500-3383.  www.6sigmaconference.com

March 11-12, 2009                
AM Expo/ATX South, Charlotte, NC. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

March 30-April 2, 2009           
WESTEC, Los Angeles. Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), (800) 733-4763. www.sme.org/cgi-bin/get-event.pl?--001777-000007-home--SME

May 11-13           
Quality Symposium 2009, Phoenix. CIS Software, (613) 577-4417.  www.cissoftware.com






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Marposs Acquires Process Monitoring Supplier Artis


AUBURN HILLS, MI-Marposs Corp., a supplier of metrology equipment, announced that its parent firm, Marposs S.p.A., Bologna, Italy, has acquired control of Artis Gesellschaft für angewandte Messtechnik GmbH, a developer, manufacturer and supplier of process monitoring solutions, located in Bispingen near Hamburg, Germany. The company's North American operation, Artis Systems Inc., is located in Livonia, MI. FULL STORY>>

EU and U.S. Resolve Long-Standing Labeling Controversy


WASHINGTON, D.C.-The European Union (EU) and the U.S. Government have resolved a long-standing transatlantic trade issue related to the units of measurment incuded on product labels imported into the EU, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). FULL STORY>>

ISO 13485: Just the Facts

ISO/IEC 13485: 2003 represents the management system requirements for companies that want to maintain compliance with medical device regulations. 13485 could be implemented by companies that manufacture everything from cotton swabs to pacemakers, contraceptives to examination tables or companies that provide related services, such as sterilization, packaging or labeling.

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IQS Appoints Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings as Partner in Africa


ST. PETERSBURG, FL-IQS, provider of enterprise risk and quality management software, has appointed Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings as the preferred partner of its product range in the African region. Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings is a provider of consulting and implementation skills in the fields of operational intelligence. 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: Efficiency or Effectiveness?
The words effectiveness and efficiency are used often and, at times, there seems to be a fine line between the two terms.
by Jim L. Smith 
Managing Expectations: Great Expectations
A quality or a management system is ultimately designed to manage expectations at all levels.

by Peter Sanderson

Quality Remix: Hear what your colleagues have to say!
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