Management

The Price of Precision

Higher tolerance “insurance” comes with a price tag.
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There’s an old rule of thumb among suppliers of precision gages that tighter tolerances mean higher prices. This is understandable considering the extra effort involved working within such boundaries. But not all gage users understand this.


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Managing Operational Excellence

Effective management is a mixture of the right focus, culture, processes and technology.
By Genevieve Diesing
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One who is well-versed in managing quality in a manufacturing environment knows the importance of reducing deviation and identifying the reasons behind it


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Cincinnati Incorporated Appoints Regional Sales Engineer for WI

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Cincinnati Incorporated has named Clint Knollenberg regional sales engineer for Wisconsin. Knollenberg is a 9-year veteran of manufacturing, and previously held engineering positions with manufacturers in Southeast Wisconsin where he handled product development duties using various CAD software packages.
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Trends in Equipment Budgeting

While equipment budgets are as important as ever, the new budget seeks to determine ROI first with rented equipment
By Genevieve Diesing
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Joe Lendway knows a thing or two about the importance of maintaining quality in a full-scale operation—and therefore the importance of budgeting for it. Lendway is the quality manager at Top Tool, a manufacturer of precision metal stamping components whose high standards earned it 2013’s Quality Plant of the Year award.
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Bridging the Skills Gap to Hire Qualified Workers

Despite increased hiring, the need to fill the skills gap still persists
By Gena Johnson
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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
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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
By Allen Cius
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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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The Future of the Quality Profession

Whatever your goals, there is a place for you in the quality profession
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“In the future, quality will be a measure to understand which product is more comfortable to human, society, and earth. Quality of human life will be focused on.”


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Legal Insights: Building Conflict Competence

Improve conflict resolution and workplace mediation
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Feuds, politics and turf wars waste effort and distract personnel from serving customers and generating revenue. An organization should multiply individuals’ efforts. Personnel create goods and services, and customers transform them into revenues by purchasing them. Viewed as a supply chain, departments within an organization are consumers of other departments’ products.


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The Value of Quality

Investing in quality makes a difference, according to Quality’s 14th Annual Spending Survey
By Michelle Bangert
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If you’ve ever wondered how your company’s spending patterns compare to others, we here at Quality Magazine aim to help.


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