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When Air Blows Mechanical Gaging Away

You don’t have to be a gage engineer to appreciate the flexibility of air gaging
By George Schuetz
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It is perfectly natural that machinists should have an affinity for mechanical gages. To a machinist, the working of a mechanical gage is both straightforward and pleasing.


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Medical Device Manufacturing

By Michelle Bangert
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Whether it’s an insulin pump, respirator or pacemaker, medical devices obviously require extremely high quality.


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Software Trends Today

There are five primary trends affecting the manufacturing enterprise.
By Jim Sheperd
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As vice president of strategy, I have to keep an eye on the future.


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Managing Operational Excellence

Effective management is a mixture of the right focus, culture, processes and technology.
By Genevieve Diesing
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One who is well-versed in managing quality in a manufacturing environment knows the importance of reducing deviation and identifying the reasons behind it


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Detecting Cracks and Scratches

Machine vision aids in resolving surface flaws.
By Ben Dawson
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Detecting product surface flaws—such as discolorations, burns, cracks, and scratches—is a difficult task for human or machine vision.


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Strobe: A New Era for LEDs and Machine Vision Lighting

Multi-die LED arrays lead to a new era of strobe lights.
By Matt Pinter
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Multi-die LED arrays are changing LED strobe lights. A multi-die array LED product can contain 50 to 100 LEDs on a single housing.


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A New Vision for Vision Guided Robotics

Growing acceptance changes manufacturing processes.
By Jim Anderson
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Robots have been a force in the increase in flexible automation for many years, but until recently robot vision was limited.


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Turnkey Machine Vision Systems

Today’s tools can make even the most difficult vision inspections plausible
By Ross Rawlings
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Today’s integrated machine vision systems can range from a very simple single camera to an array of multiple cameras at one operational cell inspecting hundreds of features on a single part.


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Change Detection for Machine Vision Applications

Finding the differences between images can lead to improved product quality
By Ruben Uribe
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We have all read the Sunday newspaper where we were challenged with finding the difference between one image and an almost identical image positioned right next to it. Sounds easy but some are more difficult than others.


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Trends in Equipment Budgeting

While equipment budgets are as important as ever, the new budget seeks to determine ROI first with rented equipment
By Genevieve Diesing
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Joe Lendway knows a thing or two about the importance of maintaining quality in a full-scale operation—and therefore the importance of budgeting for it. Lendway is the quality manager at Top Tool, a manufacturer of precision metal stamping components whose high standards earned it 2013’s Quality Plant of the Year award.
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