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Case Studies: SPC Automates Quality Control

Trek Bicycle Corp. needed a way to quickly and reliably monitor weights in the OCLV carbon molding area. There was no effective system in place to monitor weights, and Trek was looking to automate this function.
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Off Topic: Analyzing a Martian Mineral

Inspired by data sent from NASA robots on Mars, Dr. Ronald Peterson, professor of geology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, has observed a new mineral species on Earth, and predicts that it also exists on Mars. Integral to Peterson’s work was an X-ray diffractometer, which provided the necessary speed and flexibility for such sensitive analysis.
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Little Lessons From the Big Boys

Once a product leaves the assembly line, even the tiniest quality problem can quickly escalate into a big headache for manufacturing engineers. The key is to address quality issues on the plant floor and to build quality into every product. Unfortunately, that’s often easier said than done, even at world-class manufacturers.
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Case Studies: The Value of a Revamped Enterprise Management System

A 23-year-old mainframe-based management system is replaced with an integrated manufacturing, inventory tracking and financial consolidation system.
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Case Studies: Digitizing Borescope Inspection

The search for more efficient borescope inspection leads to the implementation of software that automates the inspection process.
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Off Topic: Quebec Winter Carnival Goes High Tech

A team participating in an annual 3-D laser-scanning contest digitizes the star of the Quebec City Winter Carnival, Bonhomme Carnaval.
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China: Overcoming the Quality Challenge

It is one of today’s biggest issues: Quality in Chinese manufacturing. Tainted toothpaste, lead in toys and poisoned pet food have brought the issue front and center, and it is creating a downward spiral of panic and over-reaction.
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Off Topic: 45-Year-Old Sensor Used in Apollo Missions

As part of its 60th anniversary celebration in 2007, Endevco, a provider of sensing solutions for vibration, shock and pressure applications, created several contests to mark the important milestone. One such competition called on customers to find and submit the “World’s Oldest Functioning Endevco Sensor.”
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Case Studies: Portable Measurement Saves Time, Increases Accuracy

One of A-Line Precision Tool 's precision-machined components is a tubular military reeling frame. As with many such parts, typical measurement tools simply could not provide the company with the means to inspect and verify to the customer’s demand.
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Case Studies: Laser Scanning Solution for Large-Scale Projects

When Direct Dimensions Inc., provider of 3-D laser scanning solutions, began to get more large-scale project requests, it needed a faster, more accurate scanning solution to meet the demand and provide quick turnaround times for its customers.
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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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