Vol. 6 No. 21

Volume 6, Issue 21

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

U.S. Automakers Make Substantial Initial Quality Gains

MAG Recognized by Caterpillar for Supplier Excellence

- Americans Concerned About Innovation Leadership

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U.S. Automakers Make Substantial Initial Quality Gains

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA-New vehicles sold by Chrysler, Ford and GM's domestic brands have improved in initial quality by an average of 10%, compared with 2008, surpassing the 8% rate of improvement by the industry overall, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Initial Quality Study.

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MAG Recognized by Caterpillar for Supplier Excellence


FOND DU LAC, WI-MAG Industrial Automation Systems, a machine tool and systems company, has received the Caterpillar Inc. Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification (SQEP). FULL STORY>>

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Americans Concerned About Innovation Leadership


ARLINGTON, VA-Americans believe that innovation leadership is important, but they are concerned about American innovation in a more competitive international environment, according to a CEA survey. FULL STORY>>

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Geomagic Launches Online Support Center

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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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TÜVRheinland Opens New Test Lab in Germany

NEWTOWN, CT-TÜVRheinland has opened a test laboratory for the inspection of photovoltaic devices in Cologne, Germany. The Cologne location is dedicated to the inspection of photovoltaic modules and solar thermal collectors and systems. FULL STORY>>


ASQ Learning Institute to Launch June 29

MILWAUKEE-After years of preparation by ASQ member leaders and staff, the ASQ Learning Institute will launch June 29. The ASQ Learning Institute will bring all of ASQ's learning and training to one convenient online location, providing full members with tools that empower them to coordinate and track their learning progress. FULL STORY>>

New White Paper Added to Quality Online

An Introduction to Portable CMMs 

Many advances in CMM technology have occurred over the decades, including the development of portable CMMs. Portable CMMs provide all the benefits of traditional CMMs but with added flexibility. They are lightweight and can therefore be used anywhere measurement is needed. To download, please click here.

ASTM Standard for Resonant Inspection Revised

CINCINNATI-ASTM E2001-8 Standard Guide for Resonant Ultrasound for Defect Detection in Both Metallic and Non-Metallic Parts has been revised and released. Standardizing resonant inspection nondestructive testing across different organizations, companies and countries to be able to have meaningful comparison and consistency for the technique is the express purpose of the new standard. 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!

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

AFS and NADCA Combine Government Affairs Efforts


SCHAUMBURG, IL-The American Foundry Society (AFS) board of directors has approved combining its federal government affairs services with the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA), effective July 1.

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Original Software's Compatibility Applauded 

Westmont, IL-Original Software, provider of automated software testing and quality assurance solutions, has received praise for its capabilities in enabling agile development in a recent report by independent industry analyst group Ovum. FULL STORY>>

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