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Test & Inspection

Manufacturing in Testing Conditions

How environmental testing plays a critical role in the manufacturing process.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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Inspection Software

The Current Face of Inspection Software

Inspection software in manufacturing environments has gone through somewhat of a metamorphosis in the past decade

As quality control continues to be taken more seriously, an increasing amount of companies are making room for inspection equipment in their budgets.


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Smart Cameras

Smart Cameras: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

What to look for in a smart camera today and what to expect in the future.

Smart, small and flexible—smart cameras combine a standard machine vision camera, programmable processing, communications and sometimes lighting, in a small enclosure.


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Barcode Readers

Barcode Readers Enhanced with JavaScript

Advanced Barcode readers have an embedded Javascript engine that can perform many tasks required by the user

A computer program that is designed for data entry including invoice numbers, serial numbers, and package labels can accept data in two ways.


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Software

Object Identification Made Easy

Object Identification without a bar code or data code is possible

For machine vision, it would be a silver bullet to identify an object without any imprint like a bar code or data code, but only by sight.


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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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