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Compare Tactile and Optical Technologies for Surface Texture Measurement

By Patrick Nugent
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A look at both of these technologies shows their applications tending to diverge rather than compete as technology develops.
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Case Studies: Proper Training Secures Product Quality

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When a manufacturer of gearboxes encountered an unacceptable failure rate, its ball bearing supplier identified that the problem lay in insufficient training, and subsequently developed a training program to rectify the situation.
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Case Studies: Fast, Efficient Calibration

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Using a newly purchased calibration system, a company dropped its average time per calibration from two hours to 30 minutes-a 75% time reduction.
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Off-Topic: Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Artifacts

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The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brooklyn College is using laser scanning technology to develop a new research area in the study of ancient cylinder seal impressions and clay tablets bearing cuneiform inscriptions, an early form of writing.
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Dispelling the Myths of ISO 9001

By BNP Media Staff
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ISO 9001 is very simply a total quality/business management system based on the very simple continual improvement methodologies of plan, do, check and act. Most companies producing quality products or providing a quality service and continually improving on these processes to satisfy their customers are already in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001.
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Off-Topic: How to Engineer a Winning Team

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A two-person bobsled team enlists an all-star roster of manufacturers to reverse engineer handmade blades, creating exact replicas made from a standardized material.
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Case Studies: Solving Pressure Distribution Problems

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A manufacturer and supplier of load cells and torque and pressure sensors solved fluctuations in clamping pressure during manufacture in part through the use of a pressure-recording film.
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Case Studies: Automated Metal Manufacturing

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By switching computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, a manufacturer of assembled sheet metal products was able to get more out of its punch press.
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Applying Eddy Current

By Reinhold Hoenicka and Florian Hofmann
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Monitoring interactions in a running engine presents a genuine challenge; enormous pressures and temperatures are present, along with multiple moving parts-making the integration of sensors almost impossible.
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Case Studies: Materials Testing 101

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When engineer and scientist Mike LaCourt, an instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, needed materials testing machines that were easy to use and allowed new students to work independently, he turned to Tinius Olsen.
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