Vol. 6 No. 33

Volume 6, Issue 33

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Optimism Returns as Manufacturing Picks Up

- 2010 Quality Measurement Conference Call for Papers

Nominate the 2010 Quality Plant and Professional of the Year

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Optimism Returns as Manufacturing Picks Up

CHICAGO-A growing sense of optimism is returning to the manufacturing sector, evoked by improved revenues, customer demand and hiring expectations, according to the fourth Prime Advantage Group Outlook (GO) survey, which seeks to reveal the top economic concerns of midsized industrial manufacturers for the remainder of 2009. FULL STORY>>

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Nominate the 2010 Quality Plant and Professional of the Year

BENSENVILLE, IL-Quality Magazine is currently 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: November 2, 2009. FULL STORY>>

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Creaform Ranked Among Deloitte Technology Fast 50

LEVIS, CANADA-Creaform, manufacturer of handheld laser scanners and arm-free portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), has been ranked among the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Canada. FULL STORY>>

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Coming Events

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.

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

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

March 22-25               
Quality Measurement Conference (QMC), Orlando. BNP Media, (888) 530-6714. www.qualitymag.com/qualityconferences

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Verisurf Selected as Exclusive Provider to SpaceX

ANAHEIM, CA-Metrology software provider Verisurf Software Inc. has entered into an exclusive agreement with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a Hawthorne, CA-based developer of launch vehicles and spacecraft. Under the agreement, Verisurf will become SpaceX's software standard for real time information regarding surface variance on composite tooling. FULL STORY>>

Be Part of the 2010 Quality Measurement Conference 

Call for Papers: You may only get one chance to share your success story with others in 2010. Tell your story at the 2010 Quality Measurement Conferences!  Submit your paper and have a chance to share your best practices and practical solutions for succeeding in these challenging times. Deadline for submissions: October 30, 2009. Watch Video>>

More videos from the 2009 Quality Measurement Conference are available on Q-Tube.

U.Va. Helps Break Ground on Rolls-Royce Aerospace Facility

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-Crosspointe, home to a higher education partnership founded by the University of Virginia (U.Va.), Virginia Tech, the commonwealth of Virginia, Rolls-Royce Plc and others, has begun construction in Prince George County. FULL STORY>>

StockerYale Sells North American Operations to Coherent

SALEM, NH-StockerYale Inc., designer and manufacturer of structured light lasers, LED modules and specialty optical fibers for industrial OEMs, medical and defense markets, has sold its North American operations to Coherent Inc., designer and manufacturer of lasers. 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.

Cirtronics Achieves Certification as Woman-Owned Business

Milford, NH-Cirtronics Corp., provider of EMS services to the defense, medical, communications and industrial markets, has received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). 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: Nuggets of Opportunity
When we make a mistake, it is acceptable to perform an autopsy and think about what happened--but, then, you must quickly get over it. Understand what happened, learn from it, gain wisdom from it and become even more effective than before.
by Jim L. Smith

VIDEO BLOG: Search for Knowledge
Despite the wealth of information available today, many people often do not search for knowledge.
by Peter Sanderson


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. 
by Douglas Burleigh

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

Optical Dimensions and Schmitt Join Forces

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA and PORTLAND, OR-Optical Dimensions and Schmitt Industries have joined forces. Optical Dimensions develops and produces the Lasercheck line of patented laser-based surface finish measurement gages. Schmitt Industries designs, manufactures and markets a variety of test and measurement product lines, as well as grinding wheel dynamic balancing systems, known as the SBS product line. FULL STORY>>


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