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Vol. 6 No. 34

Volume 6, Issue 34

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Fisker Automotive to Buy U.S. Assembly Plant for Hybrid Production

NIST Receives Highest Honor from AIAG

Quality Plant and Pro of the Year Nomination Deadline Extended

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Fisker to Produce Hybrids in U.S.
WILMINGTON, DE-Fisker Automotive has selected the Wilmington Assembly plant in Wilmington, DE, for use in the manufacture of plug-in hybrid cars. FULL STORY>>

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NIST Receives Highest Honor from AIAG


GAITHERSBURG, MD-The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been awarded the 2009 Automotive Industry Action Group's (AIAG) Chairman's Award, the organization's highest honor. FULL STORY>>

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Nominate the 2010 Quality Plant and Professional of the Year

BENSENVILLE, IL-Quality Magazine is seeking nominations for the 2010 Quality Professional and Plant of the Year. Take the time to nominate a colleague who has taught you what quality is all about or a plant where quality is a way of life. Deadline extended to November 6, 2009.  FULL STORY>>

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Filtrona Extrusion Announces New Name


Harco Metal Products Receives ISO Certification


AMT Elects Board of Directors and Officers

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Coming Events

January 18-21           
Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement Summit 2010, Orlando, FL. IQPC, (800) 882-8684.

February 9-11  

ATX-Automation Technology Exposition West 2010, Anaheim, CA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

February 9-11 
Green Manufacturing Expo, Anaheim, CA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

February 9-11           
Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West, Anaheim, CA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

February 9-11
Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show, Anaheim, CA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

March 16-18
2010 Lean & Six Sigma Conference, Orlando. International Lean & Six Sigma Conference, (866) 500-3383.

March 22-25               
Quality Measurement Conference (QMC), Orlando. BNP Media, (888) 530-6714.

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ANAB Vice President to Chair International Accreditation Forum

MILWAUKEE, WI-Randy A. Dougherty of the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has been elected chair of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the world association of national accreditation bodies for management systems, products and personnel. Dougherty is ANAB vice president and oversees all activities related to the accreditation programs of ANAB. FULL STORY>>


Ansys Named to Forbes 200 Best Small Companies List

SOUTHPOINTE, PA-Ansys Inc., maker of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, has been included on the Forbes 200 Best Small Companies in America list, ranking 85th. This is the seventh time that Ansys has made the list during the past nine years. FULL STORY>>

New River Kinematics Opens New Facility

WILLIAMSBURG, VA-New River Kinematics Inc. (NRK), a metrology software provider, has opened a new facility in Williamsburg, VA. The eight-acre campus consists of two custom designed buildings that offer 20,000 square feet of space. Included is 6,000 square feet of lab space specifically dedicated to the continued research and development of the company's metrology and production application software. FULL STORY>>

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 Continued State of Recovery: A Follow-up with the President of AMT

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Douglas Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business a few months ago (See first podcast here.) Quality caught up with Woods again to see how the recovery was coming, along with his insights on the current and future state of manufacturing, and all the buzz about "being green."

 Chief Economist of NAM Discusses Recent Report

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Dave Huether, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers, discusses the association's Labor Day Report, which talks about the economic recovery and when manufacturers can expect continued recovery.

SMA to Open U.S. Manufacturing Plant

NIESTETAL, GERMANY-The SMA Group of Companies (SMA) will establish an additional production facility in Denver, CO, for the manufacture of solar inverters. At its inauguration, the yearly production capacity of the new facility will be around one gigawatt with an option for expansion. The central SMA site for production, as well as research and development, in Niestetal and Kassel (Germany) will continue to grow in the years to come. 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: Challenges Make Us Stronger
When the challenges we face seem to be getting more daunting, it likely means that we're making real progress. As we set challenging goals, the difficulty to succeed usually takes more effort.
by Jim L. Smith


Quality Remix: More on Quality - A Debut Column
This new blog, which will be posted the last week of every other month, will deal with issues of technical competence and ethics as they affect quality. 
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GD&T - A Contributor to U.S. Manufacturing's Decline? 
There should be some training and explanations of proper GD&T evaluation. I wouldn't say it is THE cause of manufacturing's decline, but possibly a contributor.
by Nathan Corliss
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