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Imaging

3-D Imaging: A Practical Overview for Machine Vision

COMPARED TO CONVENTIONAL 2-D, MACHINE VISION 3-D IMAGING IS MORE LIMITED IN SOME AREAS AND MORE CAPABLE IN OTHERS
March 3, 2014

Three-dimensional imaging technology has been rapidly evolving as has its use in machine vision.


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Management

Meet the 2014 Plant of the Year

Learn more about TRW Automotive’s Fowlerville, MI, plant.
March 3, 2014

Even if cars of the future drive themselves, it takes a lot of people to make those cars safe. The people at TRW Automotive work hard to make cars as safe as possible, no matter what type of car it is, or who is driving it.


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Software & Analysis

Trends in ERP Software

Mobility, adaptability and collaboration
March 3, 2014

Enterprising Resource Planning (ERP) software is an integral part of most business and manufacturing environments


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Test & Inspection

Trends in Leak Testing

Learn more about automatic leak testing for automotive components and assemblies.
March 3, 2014

There are numerous applications for helium, automatic leak test systems (ALTs) in the automotive components assembly process.


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Measurement

Measuring Thickness

It can be a bit more complicated than you’d expect.
March 3, 2014

Thickness is a measure of coatings or films, such as the thickness of paint on metal, or the distance between the closest opposing surfaces of an object.


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Quality 101

3-D Measurement: The Basics

While CMMs are still industry staples, the versatility, quickness and ease-of-use of a 3-D scanner makes it most manufacturers’ measurement tool of choice.
March 3, 2014

There are good reasons why traditional contact measurement machines (CMMs) have been staples in manufacturing’s quality control environments for decades.


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Meet the Quality Leadership 100

Learn more about quality practices at these top companies.
February 3, 2014

There is no one right way to achieve high quality. In fact, there could be 100 different ways to achieve it. To that end, our Quality Leadership 100 survey recognizes dozens of top-performing plants for their dedication to quality.


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Documents Controlled

It’s audit time. Do you know where your documents are?
February 3, 2014

We’ve all had the experience of keeping two or more versions of a document and—inevitably—sending or using the wrong one, uncertain of which is most current and accurate.


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Improved Flaw Detection

Technological advancements in distance gain sizing result in greater inspection accuracy and reliability.
February 3, 2014

For more than 50 years, Distance Gain Size (DGS) inspections have been performed for the code compliant flaw detection and sizing of welds across oil and gas, power generation and general fabrication applications. They are also used to inspect tubes, pipes, pressure vessels, containers and pumps.


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Customer-centered Focus Results in Integrated Innovations

CMM manufactures study customers to enhance user experience.
February 3, 2014

Integrated innovations through a customer-centered perspective describe the newest features in Coordinating Measuring Machines (CMMs). A CMM is a measuring device tabulating the physical and geometrical traits of an object, typically a part. Manufactures of these machines are studying customers’ needs and how they use these machines.


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Multimedia

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Podcasts

 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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