Vol. 6 No. 12

Volume 6, Issue 12

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Signs of Optimism in Industrial Manufacturers

- AIAG Quality Measurement Data Certification Available

- DS SolidWorks Unveils Training Program for Displaced Workers

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Signs of Optimism in Industrial Manufacturers


CHICAGO-Industrial manufacturers are prepared for another tough year in 2009, but they also are counting on the conservative measures taken during the past couple years to help carry them through to better times by year end, according to a survey conducted in February by Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized industrial manufacturers. FULL STORY>>

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AIAG Quality Measurement Data Certification Available


SOUTHFIELD, MI-Organizations now can have their quality measurement reporting tools and software certified to the Automotive Industry Action Group's (AIAG) Quality Measurement Data (QMD) standard. AIAG says that the standard is agreed on by the SPC industry, and puts an end to the cost, complexity and time required to extract and translate quality data from different sources.

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Speakers from NIST, U.S. Army to Keynote QMC 2009
ORLANDO, FL-The 2009 Quality Measurement Conference (QMC), May 4 to 7, at the Caribe Royale Orlando, in Orlando, FL, will have keynote addresses by NIST's Steven Phillips and the U.S. Army's Dominick Carra. Phillips is manager, dimensional metrology program, group leader large scale coordinate metrology, NIST. Carra is part of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. Register!

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Coming Events

April 22-23           
BIOMEDevice, Boston, MA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

April 28
BOSCON 2009, Waltham, MA. ASQ-Boston Section, (978) 266-1220. http://asqboston.org   

May 4-7           
Quality Measurement Conference (QMC), Orlando. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714.

May 4-7           
Quality NDT Conference (QNDTC), Orlando. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714.  www.qualitymag.com/qmc  

May 4-7           
Quality Vision & Sensors Conference (QVSC), Orlando. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714. 

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

June 9-11    
The International Robots, Machine Vision & Motion Control Show, Rosemont, IL. Robotic Industries Association (RIA), (734) 994-6088.




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Thunder Scientific Updates HumiCalc with Uncertainty 

HumiCalc Software was the first of its kind to make simple work of complex humidity conversions. The new HumiCalc with Uncertainty expands on the original HumiCalc with the ability to calculate uncertainties. Known items now contain expandable uncertainty fields that allow entry of individual uncertainty components.



DS SolidWorks Unveils Training Program for Displaced Workers


CONCORD, MA-Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) has activated a program to give displaced designers and engineers a chance to learn new career skills in 3-D computer-aided design (CAD). FULL STORY>>


Eastec to Educate Manufacturers on Emerging Energy Trends


WEST SPRINGFIELD, PA-East Coast Manufacturing event Eastec will introduce the potential of alternative and renewable energy technologies though its Alternative & Renewable Energy Resource Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 20, at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA. FULL STORY>>

Shaft Measurement Made Simple

There is growing popularity for a loosely defined class of shaft measuring systems that can accomplish checks faster than other methods, and do so directly on the shop floor where the shafts are made. Frequently used in Europe, shaft measuring systems are gaining U.S. popularity in a number of high-volume applications.

by Dewey Christy
Patrick Nugent

Obituary: Weldon J. Shrum, Founder of Fastener Supply Co.


CHARLOTTE, NC-Founder, owner and chairman of Fastener Supply Co. Weldon J. Shrum passed away Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Charlotte, NC. FULL STORY>>

 New Q-Cast Podcast Added to Quality Online

Revision to the B46.1 Standard on Surface Texture Measurement


Brian Renegar of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and chair of the editorial working group for the revision of the ASME B46.1 standard on surface texture measurement and analysis, discusses changes to the standard, as well as what to expect from the B46 committee in the future.


Zeiss Announces Agreement with Coord3 Industries Italy


MAPLE GROVE, MN-Industrial metrology provider Carl Zeiss IMT Corp. has announced an agreement with Italian metrology company Coord3 Industries to purchase and market its gantry coordinate measuring machine (CMM) frames integrated with Carl Zeiss technology in North America. FULL STORY>>

Blogs: Views from Quality  
Industry experts and editors from Quality Magazine share their views on the latest in quality and manufacturing.

Jim's Gems: Aiming Too Low
When you've reached the goal that you have set for yourself, refocus and set another, further-reaching goal.

by Jim L. Smith

Managing Changing Expectations: Manage with Vision
When using the term vision for managing an organization, to vision is to look into the future and imagine how much better it can be. After all, is that not what continuous improvement and preventive action really is?
by Peter Sanderson

Quality Remix:  Hear what your colleagues have to say!

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