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Case Studies: Inkjet Analysis

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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Squeezing the Most Life From a Zombie Technology

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

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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Off-Topic: Why Map Your Process?

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

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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