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Quality Revolution Reduces Defects, Drives Sales Growth at 3M

By Janet Jacobsen
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By combining Lean Six Sigma and a top-200 customer focus, 3M improved its belt fabrication processes. The improvement team reduced defects in parts per million by a factor of 28 times as sales increased by 54%.
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Science Needs to Work Smarter

By Scott M. Tyson
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As leaders turn to science to spur U.S. economy and competitiveness, science needs to work smarter.
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The Basics of Torque Testing

By Bruce Takasaki
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Torque measurements are essential tools used by manufacturers to determine good assembly from bad.
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Management: Lean's Integration in an Enhanced Business Management System

By Forrest W. Breyfogle III
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Organizations need an effective business management system for addressing the challenges of the day.
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Test & Inspection: Leak Test Process: Using Lean and 5S to Drive Manufacturing Process Improvements

By Steven Imp
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For organizations with leak-testing operations, customer demands are best addressed through an established lean-manufacturing environment.
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Measurement: Styli Add the Touch of Precision to Probe Systems

By Dennis Bobo
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The correct choice and use of a stylus can help ensure consistent precision with a measuring system.
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50 Years of Quality: Dimensional Gaging in Review

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This month, 50 Years of Quality takes another look at dimensional gaging.
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Off Topic Quality: Customizing the Manufacturing Process

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Weaknesses in an optimized server appliances company’s legacy third-party manufacturing software had caused increasing scheduling, quality control and workload distribution problems.
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Readers Respond: Can Six Sigma Be Adapted to Look at Innovation?

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Quality Magazine LinkedIn group members discuss how innovation fits into the Six Sigma equation.
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Lean Initiative Enables U.S. Manufacturer to Stay Competitive and Stay Onshore

By Ed Douglas
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New Jersey-based Douglas Electrical Components aligns quality, lead times and pricing with a Lean initiative.
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