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Off-Topic: A Structurally Safe Summer Olympics

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Software commonly used for data acquisition, instrument control and industrial automation was an element in structural health monitoring systems used to measure stability, reliability and livability of venues built for the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China.
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The Dual-Sensor Approach

By Florian Hofmann
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A new approach has been developed that is conceptually very simple: to combine the strengths of two different measuring principles without allowing the restrictions to accumulate. Solutions applying this concept are being called “dual sensors,” because two existing sensors-each using different measurement principles-are combined and the signal outputs evaluated together.
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Case Studies: Optical Gaging Expedites Product Development

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TESco Associates Inc., a developer of bio-absorbable polymeric medical implants, has implemented an OptiGauge thickness measurement system from Lumetrics, resulting in dramatically reduced product development time for complex medical tubing.
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Case Studies: A 23-Year CAM Partnership

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Wanders Metaalproducten B.V. has manufactured fireplaces, stoves and storage units for 40 years. After purchasing a computer numerical control (CNC) punch in 1986, which was programmed manually, they purchased a CNC laser two years later and decided to purchase a single computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system to drive the two.
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Off-Topic: CT Goes Jurassic

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North Star’s X-View ISG Inspection Services Group was contacted with an exciting and unusual request. The Science Museum of Minnesota wanted X-ray images of a fossilized Jurassic-period crocodile skull that had been discovered on a ranch in Wyoming.
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The Entitlement Trap

By BNP Media Staff
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Many organizations use the concept of entitlement to guide them when setting project goals. Entitlement may be preventing those organizations from achieving breakthrough results, in turn missing potential savings from improvement projects.
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Case Studies: Fastening Quality Management

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A manufacturer of fasteners implements a tailored enterprisewide business management system as a unified, single platform solution for quality management.
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Case Studies: A 49,000-Pound Challenge

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To meet a customer request, a service provider to the aerospace industry acquires a materials testing machine with 60,000-pound capability for the testing of aircraft shock absorbers.
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Off-Topic: Digital Sensors Uncover Earthquake Victims

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The May 12, 2008, earthquake in Sichuan, China, left nearly 70,000 dead, more than 18,000 missing and more than 374,000 injured. Digital airborne sensors were used in the rescue effort, sending image data to relief workers, who used it to locate people in need of aid.
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Quality Manufacturing in India: A Quiet Revolution

By Gunjan Bagla
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As globalization has swept the world in the past decade, the conventional wisdom says that China is becoming the world’s factory while India is where you go for services. India has historically been associated with shoddy products, unreliable delivery and uncertain pricing. But some things have changed-and changed drastically.
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