Quality Magazine

Vol. 6 No. 28

September 2, 2009

Volume 6, Issue 28

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Toyota to Increase Engine Production in U.S.

Hexagon Announces Cash for Clunkers Program

- New Video and Podcast on Quality Online

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VIDEO BLOG: Job Postings, Part II
by Peter Sanderson

Industry News

Toyota to Increase Engine Production in U.S.


ERLANGER, KY-Toyota will add capacity at its engine plant in Huntsville, AL, to increase North American production of four-cylinder engines. The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (TMMAL) to produce 216,000 four-cylinder engines annually. Production will begin by summer 2011. FULL STORY>>

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In this business climate a new machine can be difficult to justify. Consider transforming your current CMM with state-of-the-art REVO 5-axis technology from Renishaw. Upgrade machine sensors, control systems and software and make virtually any CMM the ultimate in 5-axis performance and precision. A Renishaw retrofit is the ideal way to boost measurement throughput, reduce operating costs, minimize investment, and future-proof your machine. Achieve unprecedented speed and accuracy with 'one shot' calibration for infinite number of head angles. Renishaw - your ONE STOP SHOP for CMM retrofits.  www.renishaw.com/cmmretrofit   

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(847) 286-9953

QMC 2010 Call for Papers


BENSENVILLE, IL-Proposals are being accepted for the 12th annual Quality Measurement Conference (QMC), to be held March 22 to 25, 2010, at Marriot World Center, Orlando. FULL STORY>>

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Hexagon Announces Cash for Clunkers Program

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI-Hexagon Metrology is offering cash rebates for "clunker" coordinate measuring machine (CMM) software. Often a CMM's software and computer hardware becomes antiquated long before the frame wears out.

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Precision Castparts to Acquire Carlton Forge Works

AIAG Announces Award Recipients


MN Gov. Praises Manufacturing Community

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Coming Events

September 22-24    
Quality Expo, Rosemont, IL. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200. www.qualityexpo.com

September 29 - 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 21-23
Carl Zeiss IMT User Group Conference 2009, Maple Grove, MN. Carl Zeiss IMT, (800) 327-9735.

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.


Quality e-Marketplace:
                                         New Mobile Handheld for GageWay Wireless

MicroRidge will introduce the first wireless and mobile measurement collection system in September at Quality Expo. RoverBase receives measurements wirelessly from the Universal Mobile Module, and displays that information in Visual Collect measurement collection and analysis software. RoverBase also includes a high resolution color touch screen, simultaneously connects multiple types of gages, and transfers measurements to any SPC software. The ruggedized handheld weighs 18.3 oz and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

                                          MicroRidge Systems  (541) 593-3500  www.microridge.com 

Motor Vehicle Parts Suppliers Urge Administration to Assist Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a letter sent on August 26, 2009, to President Barack Obama, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) urged the administration to continue to explore ways to provide additional assistance to motor vehicle parts suppliers and communities with significant supplier employment. FULL STORY>>

Quality e-Marketplace:

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• Programmable High/Low setpoints with audible beep and Green/Red LED indicator
• Peak, Real Time, Peak Down and Continuous Output modes
• Selectable units ozf-in, lbf-in, kgf-cm, N-cm and N-m
• USB data output
• Statistics: number of data, Max, Min, Avg
• 800 data memory 
• CW, CCW ratchet and fixed operation
• 1/4" Phillips tips, AC charger and carrying case included

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                                   (866) 527-4666 • (847) 564-2260 • www.hoto-instruments.com

Seminar for Automotive Suppliers Expanding into New Industries 

BOXBOROUGH, MA-Intertek, a provider of quality and safety solutions, is presenting a seminar addressing the specific quality management system (QMS) considerations of automotive suppliers that are expanding into new industries.

          Learn About The L.S. Starrett Co. on Q-Tube!

The L.S. Starrett Co.

Founded in 1880, The L.S. Starrett Co. has products for a broad range of measurement applications from medical to aerospace. Starrett strives to provide custom tailored measurement solutions for every application, at the best possible price. Learn more about Starrett and what it can offer your company. WATCH VIDEO>>

Quality Controlled Manufacturing Awarded Supplier Gold Status

SAN DIEGO, CA-Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (QCMI), manufacturer of machined components and assemblies, has received Supplier Gold status from United Technologies Corp. (UTC), provider of products and services to the building and aerospace industries, and its subsidiary Hamilton Sundstrand, supplier of aerospace and industrial products. FULL STORY>>

2a0363a6-fff0  Listen to the Latest Q-Cast Podcast:

                                          Accrediting Your Calibration Lab

Sponsored by:
Rob Knake, accreditation officer at the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) - a nonprofit accreditation body - takes us through the steps of accrediting a calibration laboratory, what to expect, the costs and the biggest obstacles a lab faces during the process.

GE and FANUC Announce Agreement to Dissolve Joint Venture

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-GE and FANUC announced that the two companies have agreed to dissolve the GE Fanuc Automation Corporation joint venture. This agreement would allow each company to refocus its investments to grow its existing businesses and pursue its respective core industry expertise. 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: What Are You Passionate About?
Motivation involves making it personal and stimulating a passion for excellence.
by Jim L. Smith

VIDEO BLOG: Job Postings, Part II
Learn more about job postings and job applications as Peter finishes his two-part series.
by Peter Sanderson


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