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Off Topic Quality: 3-D Imaging Software Helps Researchers Understand 19th Century Painting Techniques

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The characterization of the porosity of ground layers in easel paintings: a first step towards understanding its role in water uptake, reactivity and material transport in 19th and early 20th century paintings.
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Automated Programming Simplifies Processes

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Burkhardt+Weber Fertigungssysteme GmbH, part of Gruppo Riello Sistemi, has been developing and manufacturing machine tools since 1888. As early as 1958, the company developed its first numerically controlled (NC) machine tool using a radio wave controller. Today, Burkhardt+Weber focuses on large machining centers and special-purpose machines. Its machines can be found in manufacturing applications, including the machine tool industry.
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Getting Started With Design of Experiments

By William D. Kappele and John Raffaldi
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Getting Started With Design of Experiments Design of Experiments (DOE is an effective as a troubleshooting method because it helps understand a process in more detail. Follow these seven steps on conducting experiments.
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Scanning a "Bot" from Mystery Science Theater 3000

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Mystery Science Theater 3000, an award-winning television comedy, wanted to create a 6 inch figurine of one of the show’s robot characters. The process had to be non-destructive because there was only one puppet of the character. 3-D laser scanning provided an accurate, detailed model.
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50 Years of Quality: A Look Back at Laser Measurement

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In this month’s edition of 50 Years of Quality, we take a look at how Quality has covered the relatively new technology of laser measurement over the years.
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Restoring History

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A project manager of the restoration of one of the largest coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) in North America discusses bringing this vintage tool back to life. Installed at The Boeing Co. in 1987 and then sold for scrap, the CMM is being reworked to better-than-new condition.
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Robotic Metrology: The Future Is Now

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Robots have been playing an important role in automated manufacturing for decades. However, the larger question has always been, if the robot is smart enough to move the parts around, can we measure with it, as well?
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Off Topic Quality: Working Toward Six Sigma Goals

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Kraft Foods is working toward Six Sigma goals with new software that makes it easy to analyze Zarpac Performance Index (ZPI) data. By creating a direct link between ZPI manufacturing performance data and projects, the system eliminates the time-consuming process of manually collecting and transferring data.
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Saving Time with Scanning

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An automations technology provider needed to upgrade its steam turbine, it used laser scanning to get highly accurate measurements and reduce engineering time. This eliminated the need for field machining.
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Core Values Necessitate Open Discussion

By Gary Homan
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Companies who want their employees to help put their core values can take steps to empower them to do so.
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