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Multi-Sensor Metrology with X-ray Computed Tomography

X-ray computed tomography is an appropriate technology for complete acquisition of components without part preparation or destruction.
By Jeff Bibee
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Inspection is a critical element of any product development. In addition to dimensional inspection, evaluating products increasingly involves the inspection of free-form surfaces that are not relevant to the function.


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Testing Metals and Advanced Materials in Aerospace

Expert testing support provided to the aerospace sector includes developing innovative and bespoke fatigue testing solutions on materials varying from base metal alloys to highly-engineered reinforced composites.
By Claude Caleffi, Andrew Harrison, and Andrew Herrod-Taylor
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Since the beginning of human aviation history, failures caused by engineering fatigue have been a common cause of structural failures.


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Wire Crimp Pull Testing in the Aerospace Industry

Wire crimp pull testing is an important step in assuring the proper functioning of products within the aerospace industry.
By Mark Fridman
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In the defense and civilian aerospace industries, wire harnesses are liberally employed in aircraft fuselages, avionics, engines, ground support equipment, and other products.


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Software & Analysis

How Does Standard Gage R&R Measure Up?

Learn more about the standard Gage R&R approach.
By Eston Martz and Joel Smith
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If you can’t trust your data, there’s no point analyzing it—that’s why so many quality improvement projects include measurement system analysis, or MSA.


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Test & Inspection

Manufacturing in Testing Conditions

How environmental testing plays a critical role in the manufacturing process.
By Nathan Fansler
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Manufacturers of products ranging from military airplanes to lawnmowers all have something in common; each needs to be confident that their product can withstand the environmental conditions that their materials and components might be exposed to.


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Management

Take these Steps to Six Sigma Success

Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control your way to results.
By Michelle Bangert
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Perhaps you’ve heard that Six Sigma is fading. In some circles Six Sigma is not the amazing continuous improvement methodology that it was once thought to be.


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Measurement

Custom CMM Styli

Consider what lollipops, pizzas and probe tips all have in common
By Mark Osterstock
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Most coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are sold with a stylus kit containing an assortment of ruby ball styli and associated tools


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Test & Inspection

Testing Plastics

Bridge the gap between industry process and material rheology
By Ilaria Di Rienzo
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It’s important to understand the types of testing that goes into creating the end products we use every day: from the plastic that is designed into cars, to bottles that hold our water, to the equipment used in various sports.


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Management

How to Get the Most Out of Lean

Focus on continuous improvement—not the vocabulary behind it.
By Michelle Bangert
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Around 1999, Hypertherm Inc. changed the manufacture of one of their products from a “craft style,” in which one person built the entire product from start to finish, to a team approach.


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Software & Analysis

Choose the Right Tools for Reverse Engineering

The term “reverse engineering” means different things to different people.
By Jon Hunwick
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Like many other areas of manufacturing, it is easy to be dazzled by the “latest and greatest” technology and so overlook simpler, cheaper options that might be more suitable for a particular need.


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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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