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Training Challenges with a Dispersed Workforce

April 18, 2011
Piedmont Plastics leaders began investigating an learning management system approach to unify its training programs.
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Off Topic Quality: 3-D Imaging Software Helps Researchers Understand 19th Century Painting Techniques

April 18, 2011
The characterization of the porosity of ground layers in easel paintings: a first step towards understanding its role in water uptake, reactivity and material transport in 19th and early 20th century paintings.
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An Interview With Quality's Professional of the Year: Part Two

April 13, 2011
In the second installment of a three-part series, Quality's 2011 Professional of the Year, Forrest Breyfogle III, discusses how he helped companies reach Six Sigma goals with his Enterprise Excellence System.

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Quality Inspections at Ford Genk

April 8, 2011
Automatic quality controls with Flir A320 ensure that the cars produced at Ford Genk work perfectly.
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An Interview With Quality's Professional of the Year

March 31, 2011
The first of a three-part series, the 2011 Quality Professional of the Year, Forrest Breyfogle III, discusses his work with IBM and ascent into the management consulting world. Tune in next week for the second installment.

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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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 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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