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Scanning a "Bot" from Mystery Science Theater 3000

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

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

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

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

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

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

Companies who want their employees to help put their core values can take steps to empower them to do so.
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Off Topic Quality: NIST Telescope Calibration May Help Explain Universe's Expansion

Thanks to a telescope calibrated by scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Harvard University and the University of Hawaii, astrophysicists are learning more about the expansion of the universe.
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Quality Bingo

A twist on the classic board game, Quality Bingo is meant to enhance employee productivity by educating its players. The game encourages workers to improve metrics and meet goals to support continuous improvement efforts.
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A Streamlined 3-D Approach

A municipal ice rink recently contracted an engineering firm to install new cooling equipment in the mechanical room. The challenge for the engineers was to limit the downtime while updating the old cooling unit. The firm was able to quickly perform updates with minimal disruption of the structures’ functions through 3-D laser scanning.
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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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