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Case Studies: Large Volume is Not a Problem

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A fast way to verify large production fixtures and parts of construction and agricultural equipment has been discovered by engineers at the South Dakota location of Gehl (West Bend, WI).
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Case Studies: The Printed Part Advantage

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Throughout its history, efficiency and innovation have driven Ioxus Inc. (Oneonta, NY). Ioxus develops, manufactures and distributes ultracapacitor technologies for a wide range of energy storage markets.
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Vision Measurement's New Look

By Marc Stalker
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Within the past five years, vision measurement has become a radically different animal in terms of capabilities and ease of use. The transformation began with the advent of computer-aided design (CAD)-based programming, which made the application of vision measurement analogous to other types of measuring technologies.
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Case Studies: Getting Green Belts Up to Speed

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ADAT is currently using statistical software from Minitab to analyze its statistical process data. But during a major Six Sigma deployment in 2009, with more than 200 newly trained Green Belts poised to begin work on quality improvement, ADAT began looking for tools that would make the company’s projects easier.
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Case Studies: Saving Time on the Line

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Ogihara America Corp. is a U.S.-based Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry. Its production facilities provide critical parts and assemblies to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, as well as to several Japanese companies.
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Off- Topic: Magnifying Abrasive Media

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Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have been measuring the surface of a highly abrasive material to create a kind of topographic map. The work, being undertaken at the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s surface metrology laboratory, is part of an effort to develop the deepest understanding yet of how abrasive materials work.
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The Importance of Hypothesis Testing in Quality Management

By Li Zongming
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In modern manufacturing plants, people still seldom attach importance to hypothesis testing, which they believe is merely a matter of theory. However, the application of hypothesis testing in quality management should be promoted.
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Case Studies: Cloning Crash Test Dummies

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First Technology Safety Systems Inc. (FTSS, Plymouth, MI), maker of crash test dummies and computer crash simulation models for automotive, military and aerospace applications, uses the HandHeld laser scanner from NVision Inc. (Coppell, TX) to ensure the accuracy of its crash dummies.
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Case Studies: Inkjet Analysis

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Trident Industrial Inkjet, manufacturer of industrial inkjet print head technology, has chosen the JetXpert system from ImageXpert (Nashua, NH) for accurate and repeatable in-flight droplet analysis.
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Off-Topic: The Pareto Principle - What You May Not Know

By Jim L. Smith
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Born July 15, 1848, Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist, theorist and sociologist. Pareto is chiefly known for his influential theory of ruling elites. Also, he is generally credited as the father of a diagnostic tool used by all who apply the very rudiments of quality analysis.
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