Quality Magazine

Vol. 5 No. 33

November 5, 2008

Volume 5, Issue 33

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Manufacturers Feeling Heat, Changing Ways

NIST Tests Wireless Environment in Auto Factories

ISO/TS 16949 Guide Available

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November Feature:

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Industry News

Manufacturers Feeling Heat, Changing Ways

ATLANTA, GA-Manufacturers are changing business practices and embracing green initiatives in light of rising fuel and energy costs, according to a new survey.

Product Spotlight:

ADMET Tests Compostable Tray Strength

  For a Total Solution to all of your Materials Testing Needs



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NIST Tests Wireless Environment in Auto Factories

GAITHERSBURG, MD-A new report describes tests carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the wireless environment in automotive manufacturing facilities. The measurements indicate that these facilities are highly reflective, reverberant environments that can complicate reliable performance of wireless technology. FULL STORY>>

Product Spotlight:

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ASQ professional certification demonstrates your knowledge and proficiency within your quality industry. Find out how an ASQ certification can boost your career.  


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Milwaukee, WI 53203
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BSI Selects ANAB for Global Accreditation

MILWAUKEE-BSI Management Systems, a certification body, and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the national accreditation body of the United States, have signed an agreement under which ANAB will provide accreditation services to BSI around the world. FULL STORY>>

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Register Now for Quality  Measurement Conference 2009


Mahr Opens Customer Center

ATA-FAA Presents Award to Olympus


Deadline: November 10, 2008

Coming Events

November 10-14
ASNT Fall Conference & Quality Testing Show 2008, Charleston, SC. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), (800) 222-2768. www.asnt.org

November 11-12           
Beginning SmartGD&T for Design, Manufacturing & Inspection, San Jose, CA. Multi Metrics Inc., (888) 422-3423. www.multimetrics.com/publicSeminars.aspx

January 19-22, 2009        
Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement Summit 2009, Orlando. IQPC, (800) 882-8684. www.leansixsigmasummit.com/index.php

February 10-12, 2009           
Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West, Anaheim, CA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

February 23-25, 2009 
Intermediate SmartGD&T for Design, Manufacturing & Inspection, San Jose, CA. Multi Metrics Inc., (888) 422-3423. www.multimetrics.com/publicSeminars.aspx

March 11-12, 2009                
AM Expo/ATX South, Charlotte, NC. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

March 30-April 2, 2009           
WESTEC, Los Angeles. Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), (800) 733-4763.


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Metris Opens Manufacturing Facility

MANASSAS, VA-Metrology solutions provider Metris has opened a manufacturing facility in Manassas, VA, centralizing production of all of its large-volume metrology products. By streamlining all Laser Radar, iGPS and iSpace manufacturing, the company says it is supporting faster growth of its emerging large-scale metrology solutions.


Wireless Data Collection System

Wireless data collection has obvious safety and convenience benefits for manufacturing environments. While earlier attempts at shop-floor wireless have been unable to deliver acceptable reliability, DataSure from Starrett provides a robust, reliable solution that works with Starrett and other manufacturers' tools in electrically noisy shops, labs and large plants. DataSure can cover thousands of square feet while reliably preserving the integrity of measurement data.  

The L.S. Starrett Co.
(978) 249-3551 www.starrett.com/datasure

ISO/TS 16949 Guide Available

SOUTHFIELD, MI-The "Automotive Certification Scheme for ISO/TS 16949: 2002, Rules for Achieving IATF Recognition, Third Edition," is now available in both electronic document and print formats. FULL STORY>>

                                      QMC 2009 Call for Papers

ORLANDO - The Quality Measurement Conference is now accepting abstracts for presentations. Please provide a 150-200 word abstract by November 14, 2008. The conferences will be held at the Caribe Royale Orlando May 4-7, 2009, in Orlando, FL.

Stotz Catalogue Available on CD

FREEPORT, IL-Stotz USA LLC announces the availability of its newest CD, complete with full product specifications and pricing on the company's line of air gaging, tool taper cleaners, force check gages and test equipment for quality control. FULL STORY>>

Fixtures Meet Need for Flexibility

The need for faster results is felt throughout an organization, including the engineering and quality groups that must maintain the expected level of quality of these rapid to market products. In order to remain steadfast to the quality standards within an organization, it must strive to improve processes and efficiencies while keeping short- and long-term spending in check. One way to meet this challenge is through the use of modular fixturing.

by Gary Phillips

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