Quality Magazine

Vol. 6 No. 5

February 18, 2009

Volume 6, Issue 5

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- ISO Achieves Membership of 160 Countries 

- Chrysler Transmission Plant Receives Shingo Award

Manufacturers Join Obama for Launch of Economic Recovery Board

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February's Feature:
 The Father of the Articulating Arm

Industry News

ISO Achieves Membership of 160 Countries


GENEVA-The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), developer of international standards, has achieved a new membership record for the organization, which now comprises the national standards institutes of 160 countries. FULL STORY>>

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Our updated 4th Edition Accessories Catalog details, in full color images, a broad range of accessories to enhance your materials testing systems, as well as various technical tips for general materials testing. In addition to the print and online catalog, we offer a free Accessories Newsletter to keep you up to date on the latest news and special offers. Visit us online for more information!  



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Chrysler Transmission Plant Receives Shingo Award


KOKOMO, IN-Chrysler LLC's Indiana Transmission Plant II (ITP II), located in Kokomo, IN, has been awarded the 2008-2009 Shingo Silver Medallion for operational excellence. The philosophy of the Shingo Prize is that world-class performance for quality, cost and delivery can be achieved through lean principles and techniques in core manufacturing and business processes.

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Dimensional Mark Up Language Updated


SOUTHFIELD, MI-The Dimensional Mark Up Language (DML) has been updated, incorporating changes and input from industry, to enhance the robustness of the specification, says the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).

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Albion Devices Acquires Ultrasonic Arrays


PQ Systems Celebrates 25th Anniversary 

Omron Launches Redesigned Web Site

Coming Events

February 23-25
Intermediate SmartGD&T for Design, Manufacturing & Inspection, San Jose, CA. Multi Metrics Inc., (888) 422-3423. www.multimetrics.com/publicSeminars.aspx

March 11-12                
AM Expo/ATX South, Charlotte, NC. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

March 30-April 2           
WESTEC, Los Angeles. Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), (800) 733-4763. www.sme.org/cgi-bin/get-event.pl?--001777-000007-home--SME

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

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

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

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FMA Announces Metal Fabricating Scholarship Contest


ROCKFORD, IL-The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and software provider SolidWorks Corp. announce the "GO-Brennan" Scholarships. High school, trade school and college students are invited to apply for the scholarships. To qualify for the competition, students must plan to attend a trade school or two-year community college this fall for classes in welding or other metal fabricating processes. FULL STORY>>

Listen to Quality's New Q-Cast Podcasts!

BENSENVILLE, IL-Quality Magazine announces the launch of Q-Cast, podcasts that offer a quick and easy way to gain new insights that will improve your company's bottom line. Tune in. It's FREE. The first two Q-Casts feature interviews with the top two companies on Quality's Leadership 100, appearing in March 2009: Nuclear Filter Technology of Golden, CO, and American IV Products Inc, Harmans, MD.

Manufacturers Join Obama for Launch of Economic Recovery Board


WASHINGTON, D.C.-A group of seven senior executives of small manufacturing companies, all members of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), recently attended the launch of the President's new Economic Recovery Advisory Board, chaired by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. FULL STORY>>

Klontech Becomes Sheffield Distributor for Western States


SCOTTSDALE, AZ-Metrology distributor Klontech Industrial Sales has been named the master distributor of Sheffield Cordax coordinate measuring machines (CMM) for Southern California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Cognex Launches Acquisition Alliance


NATICK, MA-Cognex Corp., maker of vision software and vision tools, has announced the launch of the Cognex Acquisition Alliance. Through the alliance, Cognex establishes technical and marketing relationships with camera manufacturers. FULL STORY>>

Software with a Global Reach

Odds are that those reading this article are already using computer software for quality management, test and inspection. While a manufacturer may be perfectly happy with the company's current software features and functionality, the software may fall short on scalability and performance needs.

by Dave K. Banerjea
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: Efficiency or Effectiveness?
The words effectiveness and efficiency are used often and, at times, there seems to be a fine line between the two terms.
by Jim L. Smith 
Managing Expectations: Great Expectations
A quality or a management system is ultimately designed to manage expectations at all levels.

by Peter Sanderson

Quality Remix: Hear what your colleagues have to say!


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