Quality Magazine

Vol. 6 No. 32

October 7, 2009

Volume 6, Issue 32

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Nominate the 2010 Quality Plant and Professional of the Year

Boeing Expects to Lose $1 Billion Over 747 Program

- Hexagon Acquires Mahr Multisensor

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Industry News

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. FULL STORY>>

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Hexagon Acquires Mahr Multisensor


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM-Hexagon Metrology has acquired all outstanding assets and technical intellectual property of Mahr Multisensor GmbH. Hexagon will reorganize the business, and has agreed to employ certain technical service, development and application engineering staff from Mahr Multisensor GmbH. FULL STORY>>

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FAA-ATA Announces Better Way Award Winners


WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), an industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, in association with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), have recognized the recipients of the 2009 FAA-ATA Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Better Way award. FULL STORY>>

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Boeing Expects to Lose $1 Billion Over 747

Delcam Establishes California Office

Cooper Tire to Expand Mississippi Plant

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Coming Events

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.

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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QMC 2010 Call for Papers


BENSENVILLE, IL-Proposals are being accepted for the 12th Quality Measurement Conference (QMC), to be held March 22 to 25, 2010. Abstracts must be submitted by October 16, 2009. FULL STORY>>

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                                         Are You Ready for DMIS?

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John Horst of the National Institute of Standards and Technology discusses DMIS, a standardized language for CMM operators that aims to make proprietary CMM software a distant memory
                                        Accrediting Your Calibration Lab

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.

Latest Quality Webinar Archived


BENSENVILLE, IL-If you missed last week's Quality webinar, Rapid Reverse Engineering with 3-D Noncontact Products, with Steve Kersen, vice president, NVision, you can listen to it on Quality Online here. Also, be sure to register for our upcoming Webinar, The New Y14.5 2009 GD&T Standard - A Review, sponsored by Multimetrics, which will take place on October 27, 2009. 

Pilgrim Software Receives 2009 BDPA Award

TAMPA, FL-Pilgrim Software Inc. has received the Tampa Bay Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Outstanding Achievement Award from the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of BDPA. BDPA is an organization for African Americans in the information technology industry. FULL STORY>>

Economic Activity Expanded in September


TEMPE, AZ - Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the second consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the fifth consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 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: Do You Choose Success?
The ability to achieve and succeed is part of our very nature. If we are vague about what we intend to do, the results we are likely to get will be of minimal value.
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


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

What is Cheaper Data Really Worth?
A customer example illustrates what cheaper data is really worth.
by Evan Miller

Cognex Enters the Web Monitoring Business


NATICK, MA-Cognex Corp. has entered the Web monitoring business via the acquisition of the Web monitoring product line of Monitoring Technology Corp. (MTC), a manufacturer of products for monitoring industrial equipment and processes. FULL STORY>>


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