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Building a Culture of Compliance

This report is about understanding compliance and compliance management adequately to ensure that your organization has the business processes and tools in place to transform compliance from a burden to a benefit.

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Case Studies: Defect Management, and So Much More

A manufacturer of products for the professional audio market implemented data aggregating software, transforming itself from a batch and queue system of assembly to a continuous flow process with a constant examination of quality and a focus on improving it.
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Case Studies: Die Casting Cuts Costs

A provider of test and measurement devices for telecommunications, optical and wireless systems has replaced traditionally machined RF shields with precision die cast parts in its handheld cable and antenna analyzers, reducing the unit cost of about a dozen different shields.
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Poka-Yoke for Quality

Shigeo Shingo introduced the concept of poka-yoke (pronounced POH-kah YOH-kay) in 1961, when he was an industrial engineer at Toyota Motor Corp. The initial term was baka-yoke, which means fool proofing.
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Off Topic: St. Albans Cathedral

For a recent remodeling project, laser scanning was used to take a survey of the interior of the central nave and the north and south aisles of St. Albans Cathedral.
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Case Studies: Reducing RFID Label Design Time

Kamen, Germany-based Sentronik GmbH has reduced the time required to develop radio frequency identification (RFID) labels from 7 to 10 days to 2 to 3 days by simulating the labels with Flomerics’ MicroStripes electromagnetic simulation software.
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Case Studies: Data Loggers Help Compress Energy Costs

Concerned about its own facility’s excessive energy usage, a New York-based metal products manufacturer paired up with Power Concepts LLC, a Manhattan-based consulting engineering firm, to conduct an energy feasibility study at the company’s production facility.
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Off Topic: The Test of Time

It is rare today to find a product that can truly withstand the test of time. Yet in one Florida testing lab, Tinius Olsen has been a constant presence for nearly 54 years.
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Monitoring Temperature and Humidity

Monitoring temperature and/or humidity conditions is an essential ingredient of a wide range of quality assurance applications. There are many common methodological errors, however, in ways that this task is approached that either compromise quality standards or add unnecessary time and expense to the monitoring task.
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Six Sigma for Leaders

It’s been more than 10 years since GE’s aggressive adoption of Six Sigma launched a renaissance of quality methods, and some 20 years since Motorola first began minting Black Belts and concentrating on defects. And yet, despite hundreds of documented successes and thousands of committed Six Sigma practitioners, criticism of and skepticism about Six Sigma remains as strong, and probably stronger, than ever.
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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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