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Case Studies: The Value of a Revamped Enterprise Management System

A 23-year-old mainframe-based management system is replaced with an integrated manufacturing, inventory tracking and financial consolidation system.
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Case Studies: Digitizing Borescope Inspection

The search for more efficient borescope inspection leads to the implementation of software that automates the inspection process.
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Off Topic: Quebec Winter Carnival Goes High Tech

A team participating in an annual 3-D laser-scanning contest digitizes the star of the Quebec City Winter Carnival, Bonhomme Carnaval.
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China: Overcoming the Quality Challenge

It is one of today’s biggest issues: Quality in Chinese manufacturing. Tainted toothpaste, lead in toys and poisoned pet food have brought the issue front and center, and it is creating a downward spiral of panic and over-reaction.
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Off Topic: 45-Year-Old Sensor Used in Apollo Missions

As part of its 60th anniversary celebration in 2007, Endevco, a provider of sensing solutions for vibration, shock and pressure applications, created several contests to mark the important milestone. One such competition called on customers to find and submit the “World’s Oldest Functioning Endevco Sensor.”
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Case Studies: Portable Measurement Saves Time, Increases Accuracy

One of A-Line Precision Tool 's precision-machined components is a tubular military reeling frame. As with many such parts, typical measurement tools simply could not provide the company with the means to inspect and verify to the customer’s demand.
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Case Studies: Laser Scanning Solution for Large-Scale Projects

When Direct Dimensions Inc., provider of 3-D laser scanning solutions, began to get more large-scale project requests, it needed a faster, more accurate scanning solution to meet the demand and provide quick turnaround times for its customers.
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Case Studies: Defect Management, and So Much More

A manufacturer of products for the professional audio market implemented data aggregating software, transforming itself from a batch and queue system of assembly to a continuous flow process with a constant examination of quality and a focus on improving it.
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Case Studies: Die Casting Cuts Costs

A provider of test and measurement devices for telecommunications, optical and wireless systems has replaced traditionally machined RF shields with precision die cast parts in its handheld cable and antenna analyzers, reducing the unit cost of about a dozen different shields.
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Poka-Yoke for Quality

Shigeo Shingo introduced the concept of poka-yoke (pronounced POH-kah YOH-kay) in 1961, when he was an industrial engineer at Toyota Motor Corp. The initial term was baka-yoke, which means fool proofing.
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 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
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