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Off Topic: Scoping a Civil War Artifact

When Jay and Carol Jones of Granville, MA-based Noble & Cooley Drum Co. learned that one of the firm’s Civil War-era military drums had surfaced, they wanted a closer look. So they called Instrument Technology Inc. (ITI) of Westfield, MA.
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Case Studies: CMMs Mow Down Quality Bottleneck

Richardson Manufacturing (Springfield, IL) is in the heart of earth-moving country, and their primary customers are the makers of enormous machines that push, haul and scrape dirt. During their 50-year history, Richardson has become a fully integrated engineering and production metalworking company. They accept CAD drawings from customers, then manage the parts from prototyping through production, and along the way make whatever fixtures are required to build them.
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Case Studies: Challenges of Modern Body-in-White Inspection

The task of inspecting how automotive parts fit together has also gotten increasingly more complex. The Body-In-White (BIW) Rollout and Process Optimization Department is entrusted with the job of verifying how well the various body parts fit to one another.
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Freightliner Customizes Quality

Freightliner Customizes Quality The Quality Magazine 2007 Plant of the Year, Freightliner’s Mt. Holly, NC, Truck Manufacturing Plant, is loud-bring earplugs-and busy, producing about 80 trucks per day, with plans to produce twice that in the coming years. The plant is constantly in motion, with 1,200 employees weaving throughout the shop floor, along with robots, automated carts and, of course, various parts on their way to becoming a truck.

View a slideshow of Freightliner’s Mt. Holly, NC, Truck Manufacturing Plant
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Alloy Identification

Positive Material Identification (PMI) refers to the identification and analysis of various metal alloys based on their chemical composition in nondestructive testing (NDT). Because specifications for materials used in industry are increasingly more specific, the need for PMI testing has been steadily increasing for the past several years.
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AMTMA Enjoys Positive Meeting

Nearly half of the current membership of the American Measuring Tool Manufacturers Association (AMTMA) gathered for a three-day meeting March 14 to 16. The annual meeting had several firsts-its first end user as a member, its first meeting under the leadership of the members themselves and its first in-depth look at the market in which their measurement tools are used.
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WESTEC Draws Positive Crowd

While L.A. Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant was putting together a consecutive series of 50-point games and attracting thousands to the Staples Center to watch him simply shoot warm-up baskets, thousands more were checking out the latest in measurement and manufacturing equipment next door at the L.A. Convention Center.
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Colin Powell Discusses Leadership

The 8th Annual Six Sigma Summit, held in Miami January 22 to 25, offered attendees workshops, a variety of tracks and networking opportunities, and the chance to meet a former Secretary of State.
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ISO 9000 Conference Celebrates 15 Years

Customer satisfaction and financial performance are undoubtedly key areas to focus on for a successful business, but attaining these goals is sometimes difficult. The 2007 International Conference on ISO 9000 addressed these issues and offered a current and comprehensive technical program, as well as networking opportunities for attendees. The conference and workshops, February 25 to 28, were held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL.
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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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