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Bridging the Skills Gap to Hire Qualified Workers

Despite increased hiring, the need to fill the skills gap still persists

Industrial manufacturing forecasts are optimistic according to PwC’s Q3 2013 Manufacturing Barometer, which surveys U.S. based executives in large multinational industrial businesses. Industries are hiring in a myriad of quality sectors including aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, green manufacturing and technology.


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Case Study: Forging the Paperless Path to Productivity

Hubbardton Forge gets it right with Sequence paperless work instructions

From humble beginnings in 1974 and operating out of a 19th century barn, Hubbardton Forge is now the oldest and largest commercial forge in the United States, generating more than $20 million in annual sales. Located in Castleton, VT, the company produces thousands of high-end, hand-forged lighting products—“Art that Lights up”—marketed through residential lighting and home furnishings retailers, as well as contract distributors.


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Case Study: Mitutoyo Helps Ramcel Clear Hurdle of Complex Fixturing

Vision system facilitates measurement when heavy fixturing constrains access to a workpiece

Ramcel Engineering Company is located in Northbrook, IL, northeast of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The company was founded in 1950 with the mission of providing precision, custom metal stamping and contract mechanical assembly services, as well as robotic MIG & TIG welding services.


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Case Study: A Metric for Product Improvement

Motorola Solutions uses Design for Assembly software to benchmark designs and measure improvement in its global product portfolio

How good are our product designs? Are they better than past versions? How do they compare with those from other companies?


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Software & Analysis

How to Use Risk Evaluation to Develop a PT Participation Plan

In the past, proficiency testing (PT) items and participation frequency were formulated by accreditation bodies, regardless of the scale, customer type, and economic conditions of a laboratory.
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Case Study

Process-controlled Hard Turning Cell Pays for Itself in 18 Days

Texas shop’s automation team deploys Equator™ programmable gages for measuring and sorting mud-motor bearings.
Conroe Machine is doing what most machine shops only dream of—hard turning a family of parts around the clock in an unmanned cell that operates a “self controlled” process.
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NDT - Phased Array

Parallel Phased Arrays to Achieve High-Speed Inspection

Automation and parallel phased array systems are being used to meet challenging inspection and production requirements.

One of the greatest challenges in industrial nondestructive testing (NDT) is performing inspections at high production rates.


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Software & Analysis

Reverse Engineering: Backing into Quality

The ability to reverse engineer is quickly becoming a standard go-to practice in manufacturing.

Today’s quality, design and manufacturing engineers often require two gears to get their jobs done: forward and reverse. Yes, sometimes you need to back up in order to move forward.


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Editorial: The Cyclical Quality Industry

Bringing things back around.

This month’s Quality delves into the idea of things coming back around, but it is by no means innocuous. Reshoring, or insourcing, is a hot topic of conversation amongst companies that continue to strive to bring themselves closer to their customers.


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Other Dimensions

Practical Checks on Measurements

Is there a way to improve calibration—without ramping up costs?
Many companies have their equipment calibrated on a regular basis and believe all will be well until they are calibrated again.
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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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