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Calibration Basics and Best Practices

March 30, 2011

Calibration is essential to improving a company’s bottom line and maintaining a superior reputation. Determine if calibration is a do-it-yourself operation or one that should be outsourced.


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Automated Programming Simplifies Processes

March 29, 2011
Burkhardt+Weber Fertigungssysteme GmbH, part of Gruppo Riello Sistemi, has been developing and manufacturing machine tools since 1888. As early as 1958, the company developed its first numerically controlled (NC) machine tool using a radio wave controller. Today, Burkhardt+Weber focuses on large machining centers and special-purpose machines. Its machines can be found in manufacturing applications, including the machine tool industry.
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Reshoring Initiative Aims to Bring Back U.S. Manufacturing Jobs (Special Edition of Assembly Radio)

March 29, 2011
To steal a line from Mark Twain, many people complain about outsourcing, but few of them do anything about it. One person who is trying to do something about it is Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to persuading U.S. manufacturers to bring work back home from overseas. In this podcast, Moser talks about his organization and the software he developed for calculating the total costs of offshoring. Check out this sneak preview of Moser's May 4 keynote address to start Tech ManufactureXPO.
 
Sponsored by Assembly Magazine.

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Getting Started With Design of Experiments

March 25, 2011
Getting Started With Design of Experiments Design of Experiments (DOE is an effective as a troubleshooting method because it helps understand a process in more detail. Follow these seven steps on conducting experiments.
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Scanning a "Bot" from Mystery Science Theater 3000

March 24, 2011
Mystery Science Theater 3000, an award-winning television comedy, wanted to create a 6 inch figurine of one of the show’s robot characters. The process had to be non-destructive because there was only one puppet of the character. 3-D laser scanning provided an accurate, detailed model.
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Can Manufacturer Implements Color Vision Solution for Consistency

March 4, 2011
Applied Vision advanced color imaging system provides converted end inspection advantages.
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50 Years of Quality: A Look Back at Laser Measurement

February 21, 2011
In this month’s edition of 50 Years of Quality, we take a look at how Quality has covered the relatively new technology of laser measurement over the years.
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Restoring History

February 21, 2011
A project manager of the restoration of one of the largest coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) in North America discusses bringing this vintage tool back to life. Installed at The Boeing Co. in 1987 and then sold for scrap, the CMM is being reworked to better-than-new condition.
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Robotic Metrology: The Future Is Now

February 21, 2011
Robots have been playing an important role in automated manufacturing for decades. However, the larger question has always been, if the robot is smart enough to move the parts around, can we measure with it, as well?
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Off Topic Quality: Working Toward Six Sigma Goals

February 21, 2011
Kraft Foods is working toward Six Sigma goals with new software that makes it easy to analyze Zarpac Performance Index (ZPI) data. By creating a direct link between ZPI manufacturing performance data and projects, the system eliminates the time-consuming process of manually collecting and transferring data.
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