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NDT - Probes

Gaging Probes Get Results

Variations in LVDT gage head technology address different manufacturing automation applications.
June 10, 2013

Electronic gaging probes provide the data collection capability for many of today’s automated dimensional data acquisition systems.


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Software & Analysis

Industrial Data Collection Advances

Today’s industrial data collection requires a flexible, modular approach.
June 7, 2013

The demands on industrial data collection systems have continued to grow year over year for advances in speed, labor cost reduction, error proofing, maintainability, flexibility, accuracy, training efficiency, and exception reporting.


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NDT - Materials Analysis

Medical Meets Microscopy

Transmission electron microscopy can be a powerful analysis tool for medical device materials.
June 6, 2013

Analysis of medical device materials takes place during all stages of their design and use, from initial fabrication and prototype development to examination of the device or surrounding tissues after it has been removed from the patient.


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Test & Inspection

Boost Product Reliability with Environmental Stress Screening

Environmental stress screening is a series of intensified tests to identify potential manufacturing flaws.
June 6, 2013

Need an immediate increase in reliability? Is your product robust but you want complete confidence that everything has been done to minimize your field failures?


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NDT - 101

Flaw Detection Gets Smart with Robotic NDT

Robotic eddy current testing promises to improve flaw detection at the same time it reduces in-service failures.
June 4, 2013

The recent advent of more affordable industrial robots and controls has enabled the development of fully automated eddy current testing systems that improve flaw detection and reduce inspection costs.


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Measurement

Color vs. Appearance

With the number of color measurement instruments on the market, how do you choose the most appropriate one? It helps to understand the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance.
June 4, 2013

When white light strikes a surface, two different light interactions occur. Gloss or shininess is a geometric attribute related to the scattering of light off the first surface of the material.


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Test & Inspection

Torque Testing Success

Unlock the potential of automated product torque testing.
June 4, 2013

The torque testers of today can offer so much more than just measuring the twist-off torque of a bottle top. They can measure a wide variety of products and materials, communicate on multiple levels and be effortlessly integrated into automated manufacturing environments.


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Software & Analysis

Contact vs. Noncontact Measurement for Computer-Aided Inspection

Make the right choices to meet operational needs.
June 4, 2013

The right choice of inspection hardware and software for Computer-Aided Inspection (CAI) can reduce inspection times by up to 90% while improving repeatability and reproducibility (R&R) variances by up to 50%.


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From the Editor

Someone Else’s Shoes

Put them on and run toward quality
June 4, 2013

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It’s a great way to describe empathy, a subject I have talked about in other columns. But the phrase is also a great way to describe one important aspect of what designers and engineers do with every project, especially quality engineers—environment stress testing and screening.


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Vision & Sensors - Image Analysis

Counts

Using algorithms to extract quantitative information from an image.
May 14, 2013

Counting objects in an image seems like an easy task, which can be automated through machine vision and image analysis, but it becomes difficult when objects touch, move randomly, or are hard to distinguish from their background.


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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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