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Case Studies: DOE Eliminates Defects

Tier 1 automotive supplier Johnson Controls Inc. produced 6 defects out of 10,000 units fabricated each week, resulting in a Sigma level of 5.1. The company wanted to achieve higher quality levels and contacted Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), requesting a design of experiments (DOE) study to determine root causes of torque failures and areas of improvement.
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Off-Topic: NDT Technology Unlocks the Secrets of Prehistoric Life

For many, nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques have always been associated with applications involving safety inspection for quality driven industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy and oil, electronics, and manufacturing. Now, thanks to the Leonardo Dinosaur Project, that scope has been expanded into a new scientific era of digital NDT research.
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Kodak Imaging Technology Explores Mars

ROCHESTER, NY - As the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) approaches the three-year anniversary of its launch, imaging technology from Eastman Kodak Company continues to enable the orbiter to explore the red planet as never before.
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Compare Tactile and Optical Technologies for Surface Texture Measurement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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