Within the past five years, vision measurement has become a radically different animal in terms of capabilities and ease of use. The transformation began with the advent of computer-aided design (CAD)-based programming, which made the application of vision measurement analogous to other types of measuring technologies.
ADAT is currently using statistical software from Minitab to analyze its statistical process data. But during a major Six Sigma deployment in 2009, with more than 200 newly trained Green Belts poised to begin work on quality improvement, ADAT began looking for tools that would make the company’s projects easier.
Ogihara America Corp. is a U.S.-based Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry. Its production facilities provide critical parts and assemblies to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, as well as to several Japanese companies.
Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have been measuring the surface of a highly abrasive material to create a kind of topographic map. The work, being undertaken at the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s surface metrology laboratory, is part of an effort to develop the deepest understanding yet of how abrasive materials work.
Douglas Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business a few months ago. (Listen to first podcast here.) Quality caught up with Woods again to see how the recovery was coming, along with his insights on the current and future state of manufacturing, and all the buzz about "being green."
Dave Huether, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers, discusses the association's Labor Day Report, which talks about the economic recovery and when manufacturers can expect continued recovery.
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