Quality Magazine

Vol. 6 No. 29

September 9, 2009

Volume 6, Issue 29

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Economy Grows for Fourth Consecutive Month

BMW Celebrates 15 Years of U.S. Manufacturing

NAM Labor Day Report Shows Prospects for Recovery

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Industry News

Economy Grows for Fourth Consecutive Month

TEMPE, AZ-Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August, following 18 consecutive months of contraction, and the overall economy grew for the fourth consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. FULL STORY>>

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A Global Advantage in Quality

Brown & Sharpe Global Multisensor CMMs have touch, analog scan, laser and video probes available to deliver the most complete inspection platform for all types of parts. Powered by PC-DMIS. See September Bonus CMM Specials Online. Quality Expo Booth 4933

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. 

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BMW Celebrates 15 Years of U.S. Manufacturing

SPARTANBURG, SC-On September 8, 1994, the first U.S.-made BMW 318i rolled off the line in Spartanburg, SC. Fifteen years later, BMW Manufacturing's 1.5 millionth vehicle rolled off the line at the Spartanburg facility. The 1.5 millionth vehicle is a 2009 Monaco Blue BMW X6 xDrive 35i.

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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 "9700" Series Video Inspection System                                          

S-T Industries Inc. is introducing its new "9700" Series Video Inspection System. The unit is built on an integrated solid granite base and vertical column for superior stability and accuracy. The measuring stage has an anodized 18"x18" top plate with 12"x12" travel, .00005"/.001MM resolution via precision glass scales and 6" focus travel. Also included is LED surface and substage illumination, a high resolution color camera with a 17" LCD flat screen monitor, electronic crosshair generator with automatic edge indicator, 30-180X par focal zoom lens and your choice of four Quadra-Chek DRO's.  www.stindustries.com 

NAM Labor Day Report Shows Prospects for Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has released its "Labor Day 2009: The Manufacturing Report." The report confirms signs of improving conditions in the manufacturing sector during the past few months, but warns the economy is still fragile. 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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Carl Zeiss IMT Opens New West Coast Tech Center

MAPLE GROVE, MN-Carl Zeiss IMT has opened a new West Coast Tech Center in Irvine, CA. The new site focuses on application support, contract inspection services, software training and demonstration of Zeiss equipment. FULL STORY>>

e-Xtra: Squeezing the Most Life From a Zombie Technology
During his recent presentation at the 2009 Quality Measurement Conference, Ted Dorion of NIST called gage blocks, "a zombie technology." He defined this as, "a dead technology given a semblance of life, but awkward and inefficient, by a supernatural force (human inertia) usually with evil (costly) effects." FULL STORY>>

ANSI Approves DMIS 5.2 Standard

ARLINGTON, TX - A new interoperability standard for dimensional metrology has been approved as an American national standard. Through the auspices of the Dimensional Metrology Standard Consortium's (DMSC) DMIS Standards Committee (DSC), an updated Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS) Version 5.2 has been approved. FULL STORY>>


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Delcam Maintains Development Investment Despite Downturn

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM-Delcam, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CADCAM) developer, has announced that it has maintained high levels of research and development expenditure during the first half of 2009, despite feeling the effects of the global economic downturn. 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: Effort and Attitude Equal Success
What happened on our previous attempts to get something done doesn't matter much. It is more about what we do now that counts.
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VIDEO BLOG: Search for Knowledge
Despite the wealth of information available today, many people often do not search for knowledge.
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