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Squeezing the Most Life From a Zombie Technology

By BNP Media Staff
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During his recent presentation at the 2009 Quality Measurement Conference, Ted Doiron of NIST called gage blocks, “a zombie technology.” He defined this as, “a dead technology given a semblance of life, but awkward and inefficient, by a supernatural force (human inertia) usually with evil (costly) effects.”
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Pre-Control May be the Solution

By Jim L. Smith
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Ask any machinist how statistical process control (SPC) helps him manage his processes. The response is not likely to be positive. It is not uncommon for control charts to be placed around machines and other equipment, showing a history of how certain process parameters or key process characteristics (KPCs) have been performing.
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Case Studies: Design Out Vibration

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A shipbuilder minimizes risk and maximizes performance through the use of engineering simulation software.
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Case Studies: The Multisensor Advantage

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A medical device manufacturer saves production time by switching from manual measuring instruments to a multisensor coordinate measuring machine.
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Off-Topic: Why Map Your Process?

By Jit Gupta
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Efficiently managing processes is key to the success of a business. That is all the more true in this tiring economy. An early step in process management is identifying and documenting the main processes. A powerful visual tool, process mapping has been in use for many years.
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Measure Surface Texture Correctly

By Donald K. Cohen Ph.D.
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When measuring surface roughness, typically the average roughness, Ra, is specified. Ra is a measure of the average of the absolute value of the variation of the surface texture profile about a best-fit mean line. A typical specification for Ra may be 16 microinches, or 0.4 micrometers.
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Case Studies: Faster Rubber Analysis

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The Japan Rubber Manufactures Association (JRMA) discovers a quick, labor-efficient way to establish moisture determination in rubber.
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Case Studies: Customize on the Fly

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A computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) program allows a manufacturer of workholding tools to quickly accommodate its customers’ needs.
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Off-Topic: Borescope Rental Saves a Marriage

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Recently, Advanced Inspection Technologies received a call from a distraught groom-to-be who had dropped his future bride’s wedding ring down a drain. He needed a borescope rental to find and retrieve the ring the day before the wedding.
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Beyond Headcount Reduction

By Peter Sherman
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Just about every day the business news is filled with stories of companies eliminating staff, cutting hours, reducing overtime, freezing salaries and benefits, and cutting back on services.


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