Quality 101

When a Round Peg Is Just Too Square: The Basics of Harmonic Analysis

The technique of Fourier series, or harmonic analysis, has been applied to a wide array of problems, both mathematical and physical.
By Patrick Nugent
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Most of the time form measurement looks at basic geometrical shapes: how round something is, how straight or even how flat it is.


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Mechanical Testing of Composites

The mechanical testing of composite materials involves a range of test types, a plethora of standards, and the need to condition and test in a variety of different environments.
By Ian McEnteggart
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Composite materials are being used in an ever-increasing variety of products and applications, as more and more industries realize the benefits that these materials offer.


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Choose and Use the Proper Thread/Ring Gage

Ring gages are used for comparative gaging as well as for the checking, calibrating or setting of gages in a wide variety of industries.
By Michael McCue and Thomas Zeus
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A highly common application for gages is inspecting threaded holes and shafts.


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In-Process Air Gaging

The terms in-process and air gaging may not immediately sound like they go together, but there are advantages to this method.
By Chris Koehn
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In recent years, we have seen an upward trend of higher production manufacturers wanting to integrate their air gaging quality checks from a stand-alone, outside of machine device where the operator is performing a manual check, to an automated in-process gage.


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The Rundown on Handheld Gages

Handheld gages are mainstays in quality manufacturing environments, although they are still see seeing improvements—with more on the horizon.
By Genevieve Diesing
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Quality control measurement continues to evolve, especially as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), 3-D measurement tools and other inspection innovations gain popularity.


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3-D Measurement: The Basics

While CMMs are still industry staples, the versatility, quickness and ease-of-use of a 3-D scanner makes it most manufacturers’ measurement tool of choice.
By Genevieve Diesing
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There are good reasons why traditional contact measurement machines (CMMs) have been staples in manufacturing’s quality control environments for decades.


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Aeroflex Announces the Acquisition of Shenick Network Systems

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Aeroflex Holding Corp. (Aeroflex), a provider of high performance microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment, announced the acquisition of Shenick Network Systems (Shenick), a provider of virtual testing for next generation software defined networking.
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Improve Inspection with Opto-Digital Microscopy

Accessible digital imaging technology is ideal for advanced quality control applications across a variety of industries.
By Yuki Kobayashi
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Due to rapidly advancing production and testing technology, today’s industrial quality assessment procedures are more rigorous—and more precise—than ever before.


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Shaft Measurement 101

Shaft measurement tools have proven their reliability at manufacturing sites around the world.
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In today’s manufacturing environment high-precision noncontact optical shaft metrology is a solid investment, whether it’s an entry level SPC measuring station operated by the workers or a fully automatic system for 100% part inspection.


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Force Gages 101

A force gage is an invaluable tool for a range of applications
By Mark Fridman
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Why measure force?
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