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Too Much or Not Enough?
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There are a number of documents dealing with the calibration of thread gages purporting to be “standards” that are really more like training manuals. There is a need out there for this information but invariably, instead of sticking to the metrology involved, they delve into quality decisions and things start to come off the rails.


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Test & Inspection

Digital Radiography for Aviation and Aerospace

The conversion from X-ray film technology to digital inspection systems eliminates cost-intensive film procurement and storage.
By Peter Kramm
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Digital radiographic inspection systems have long since become common in many industrial fields.


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Management

Six Sigma Redefined

Applying Six Sigma can be deceptively intimidating.
By Genevieve Diesing
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Knowing the process counts more than data.
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Software & Analysis

How to Use Risk Evaluation to Develop a PT Participation Plan

By Pao-Chu Kao, Jia-Fen Cheng, Shu-Fen Chang, Ju-Lin Wei, and Jia-Chi Chen
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In the past, proficiency testing (PT) items and participation frequency were formulated by accreditation bodies, regardless of the scale, customer type, and economic conditions of a laboratory.
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Going Lean: The Journey to Lean Manufacturing

By Matthew Barsalou
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Lean manufacturing is an indirect decedent of the early manufacturing methods used during the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution was followed by the American system of manufactures and the quest for interchangeable parts.
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Test & Inspection

The Vickers Hardness Test

Over the past 90 years, the Vickers test has proved to be an all-around respectable performer in a wide variety of applications, some of which the inventors never dreamed possible.
By Walter Wardzala
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The Vickers hardness test, an offshoot of the venerable Brinell test, has been used since the early 1920s.
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Measurement

Wireless Measurement & Data Acquisition

Increased quality control requires measurement of increasingly more parameters in a cost-efficient way.
By Rolf Nilsson
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Professional measurement systems such as laser distance meters, laser scanners, level-instruments, machine-control and monitoring systems are often mobile or temporarily installed and are thus ideal applications for wireless communication.
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Measurement

Chasing Microns: Getting the Most from Dimensional Gages

If you’re trying to measure to microns, every micron counts.
By George Schuetz
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In the production environment, where tight tolerances are a way of life, it’s critical to think about gaging requirements before putting instruments out there and possibly having them not meet expectations.
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Case Study

GCH Gets TLC from Zeiss

In-house inspection proves machining capabilities for precision manufacturer.
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For a number of years, the GCH Group out of Warren, MI had successfully used outside resources for their quality inspection and reverse engineering needs.


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Quality 101

Measure Your Needs for the Proper Height Gage

Selecting the right gage for the right job.
By Gena Johnson
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Height gages are a general purpose tool, which can be used in a variety of industries and applications by anyone who needs to measure precision parts.


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 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
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