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Vision & Sensors - Image Analysis

Encoder Input Improves Part Inspection

Adding an encoder to provide a distance-based input trigger can eliminate automated inspection errors.
May 8, 2013

Over the years, manufacturers of all types of products have deployed literally thousands of machine vision systems for applications such as assembly verification, gaging and motion guidance.


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Portable Measurement

Drive Toward Advanced Portability in the Dimensional Metrology

Dimensional metrology has played a critical role in manufacturing since the 1850s.
May 8, 2013

Since the invention of the vernier caliper in the 1850s, dimensional metrology has played a critical role in driving the manufacturing industry to its current levels of excellence.


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Speaking of Quality

The Quality Toolbox for Supply Chain Management

Helping improve the emotional fabric of customer-supplier relations.
May 8, 2013

In March 2013, Lululemon, a billion-dollar Canadian athletic apparel company, made headlines after the media got wind of an unusual story. The Vancouver-based company recalled its popular black yoga pants after customers complained that the active wear was too sheer.


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Vision & Sensors - 3-D Imaging

Optically Enhancing Images

From Basic to 3-D: Inspection and control using optical spatial filtering and diffraction.
May 7, 2013

Image processing is usually done in order to extract information of interest from a busy image or to enhance the image.


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Other Dimensions

The ‘PC’ Disease

It’s time to understand the symptoms and the cure.
May 7, 2013

Just so there’s no misunderstanding, the ‘PC’ referred to in the title is not about political correctness, a very bad disease in its own right. In this case it’s about panic calibration.


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Laser Trackers

Quasi-Monopoly Market Structure

The driver of the global laser tracker market.
May 6, 2013

Laser tracker equipment has been in existence for three decades, used widely in the automotive, aerospace and machine shops sectors for larger volume and high accuracy measurements.


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Measurement

Practical Metrology: Laser Trackers

Laser trackers are a portable, proven device for collecting accurate coordinate data.
May 3, 2013

All practical dimensional metrology applications rely on capturing data points in space, xyz coordinates.


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Face of Quality

Organizational Culture and Work

Understand the variables that affect employee self-determination.
May 2, 2013

Recently a discussion centered on organizational empowerment, its relationship to employee self-determination, and the impact on opportunity. The following is a summary of a recent conversation with one of our readers.


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Software & Analysis

Are Your Documents Under Control?

Document control must not be isolated.
May 1, 2013

In the mid 1980s my company got its first PC for accounting and a database of client/case records. It was a revolution!


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Management

Take the Fear Out of Audits

Audits don’t have to be big, scary events. Done right, they can help a company improve.
May 1, 2013

Charlie Clark was once auditing a company when a box of out-of-calibration gages fell from the ceiling.


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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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