Vol. 6 No. 23

Volume 6, Issue 23

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- IAAR Launches Online Directory of Registered Companies

Hexagon Metrology Expands Equipment Rental Programs

- AIAG Presents Outstanding Achievement Awards

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IAAR Launches Online Directory of Registered Companies

ARLINGTON, VA-The Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR) has launched an online IAAR Directory of Registered Companies. The free, searchable directory enables users to quickly identify manufacturers and service providers registered to global quality standards. FULL STORY>>

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Adept Recognized by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

PLEASANTON, CA - Adept Technology Inc., a provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, has accepted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Faces of Trade award in recognition of its impact on the Pleasanton, CA, community. The award honors Adept's efforts to increase jobs through trade. FULL STORY>>

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Small Businesses Having Profitability Issues

PARK RIDGE, IL-A survey of 1,000 small business owners across the United States found that 45% of respondents said their businesses are not profitable. Sixty percent of all respondents cited the economy as the number one reason they are not profitable or as profitable as they could be, but the survey's authors suggest that small business owners may have themselves to blame.

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Trumpf Marks 40 Years in North America

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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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Gage Assembly Company, currently celebrating its 56th year in business, manufactures standard and special thread gages for virtually every type of thread. American inch, metric, acme, buttress, straight and tapered pipe all are available.

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Hexagon Metrology Expands Equipment Rental Programs


NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI-Hexagon Metrology Inc. has announced expanded equipment rental options for its bridge coordinate measuring machine (CMM), portable arm and laser tracker product lines. Brown & Sharpe bridge CMMs, such as Global and ONE, now are available in most sizes and option packages for rental periods of six months or more, Romer portable arms are available for weekly or monthly rentals, and Leica Laser Trackers are available for monthly terms. Skilled equipment operators are optionally available by contract with each type of equipment. FULL STORY>>


AIAG Presents Outstanding Achievement Awards

SOUTH FIELD, MI-The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has announced the recipients of the AIAG Outstanding Achievement Awards. These individuals have been recognized for the significant contributions they have made toward driving rework, error and inefficiencies out of the automotive industry. FULL STORY>>

Mission Accomplished

No different than anyone else, economic conditions are the number one job concern of quality professionals. Despite the economic climate, almost half of quality professionals, 46%, say it's the feeling of accomplishment that keeps them going and is the most important attribute in their current job, according to Quality Magazine's 9th Annual State of the Profession survey.

by Gillian Campbell

2009 Baldrige Improvement Day Goes Virtual, Seeks Participants


GAITHERSBURG, MD-The Baldrige National Quality Program (BNQP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collects suggestions throughout the year on opportunities for improving the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, the Baldrige National Quality Award processes and other program activities.

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: Facing Challenges
Everyday we are faced with challenges that seemingly put roadblocks in our path. We need to train ourselves to view these challenges as opportunities.

Managing Changing Expectations: Internal Auditors
View Peter's first video blog. Without the right attitude and vision, internal audits are a waste of money.
                  Quality Remix: Is "Data Driven" Just Another Buzzword?
                  The term is so commonly used and so poorly defined. Is "data diven" is just a buzzword?
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Stryker Selects SigmaQuest SaaS for Supplier Quality Management

SUNNYVALE, CA-SigmaQuest Inc., provider of On-Demand, scalable solutions for product quality management, has announced that Stryker Endoscopy, a division of medical device manufacturer Stryker Corp. has adopted its SigmaSure software. The division is using the quality management software to track the quality of suppliers' components. FULL STORY>>

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Microscan and Cogiscan Form Partnership


BROMONT, CANADA-Microscan, provider of data acquisition and control solutions, and Cogiscan Inc., a track, trace and control solutions provider for the electronics manufacturing industry, have formed a long-term strategic partnership. FULL STORY>>

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