Rob Knake, accreditation officer at the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) - a nonprofit accreditation body - takes us through the steps of accrediting a calibration laboratory, what to expect, the costs and the biggest obstacles a lab faces during the process. Visit www.a2la.org for more accreditation information.
Robert DuPuy of LRQA North America shares his thoughts on issues clients are facing today, defines management systems, and discusses how mature and robust management systems can be important during these economic times.
Douglas Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business. He discusses his time in front of the committee, as well as what specific government plans are helping, and can help, the manufacturing industry.
Peter Sherman is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a certified quality engineer with more than 22 years of experience. Sherman talks about the definition of Six Sigma, implementing a program on a small budget, and getting management on board with rolling out a performance improvement program.
Phased array can be a highly reliable inspection technique for an application. Coleman Flanagan, product manager of ultrasonic flaw detectors at Olympus, discusses how phased array differs from conventional ultrasonic methods and some of the benefits of the technique.
Jim Salsbury, corporate metrologist at Mitutoyo, talks about the importance of CMM calibration in order to protect a costly equipment investment as well as maintain the accuracy of the equipment. He also talks about the standards and procedures for CMM calibration.