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Reverse Engineering: Backing into Quality

The ability to reverse engineer is quickly becoming a standard go-to practice in manufacturing.
By David Olson
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Today’s quality, design and manufacturing engineers often require two gears to get their jobs done: forward and reverse. Yes, sometimes you need to back up in order to move forward.


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Measurement

How to Choose the Right Lighting for Machine Vision Applications

“The most sophisticated automated inspection system in the world cannot work without the proper lighting.”
By John Lewis
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Machine vision systems create images by analyzing the reflected light from an object, not by analyzing the object itself.


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Test & Inspection

A Turn for the Better: Advances in Multisensor Systems

Multisensor systems allow complex parts to be easily measured in one setup using the best sensor for each measurement situation.
By Nate Rose
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Multisensor metrology systems have evolved over the past 20 years to integrate a wide array of sensor techniques—optical, laser, touch-probe, white light and scanning probe.


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Measurement

The Digital Optical Comparator Advances

The capabilities of the digital optical comparator have expanded to provide even more unique benefits over the traditional optical comparator.
By Patrick Beauchemin
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The introduction of the digital optical comparator has provided manufacturers across a wide range of industries with a number of benefits over traditional optical comparators for the inspection and measurement of manufactured parts directly on the shop floor.


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Management

Why Manufacturing in the U.S. Makes Sense

Experts explain the reasons for thinking global and manufacturing local.
By Michelle Bangert
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Companies that have announced plans to bring production back to the United States—such as Apple, Motorola, Lenovo, and GE.


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Speaking of Quality

Recalls and Violations

There's more than one way to implement quality--correctly or not
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Searching over headlines, it is difficult to believe there is quality in American products and services.
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Vision & Sensors - Best Practices

Evolving At Its Best

The need for best practices within the vision technology industry has been addressed over time through system integration certification and interoperability standards.
By Genevieve Diesing
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The need for best practices within the vision systems industry arose almost as soon as end-of-use companies began implementing vision systems technology in their operations.
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Vision & Sensors - Lenses

Imaging Lenses Explained

Understand what you can expect to achieve from your imaging lens.
By Nicholas James
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Last time we discussed resolution, working distance, depth of field and field of view, and this time we will be diving into distortion, relative illumination and telecentricity.
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Case Study

Portable Metrology Empowers Hendrick Motorsports to Push Performance Envelope

Hexagon Metrology CMMs Provide Fast Lane Measurement and Inspection
By Cathy Hayat
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At the competitive edge of every professional sport, the margins of victory are tiny differences in energy, efficiency, skill and physical configuration.
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Other Dimensions

Practical Checks on Measurements

Is there a way to improve calibration—without ramping up costs?
By Hill Cox
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Many companies have their equipment calibrated on a regular basis and believe all will be well until they are calibrated again.
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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.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
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