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Industry News: Ford Captures Most Awards in Initial Quality Study

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - Ford Motor Co. garnered five top model segment awards-more than any other automobile corporation this year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Initial Quality Study (IQS).
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Industry News: Laser Design Inc. Celebrates 20 Years

MINNEAPOLIS-Laser Design Inc., a supplier of 3-D laser scanners since 1987, celebrated 20 years in business in the spring of 2007. What started as an idea in founder and President C. Martin Schuster’s mind in 1987 has become a mainstream technology for the aerospace, automotive, electronics and medical device industries.
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Industry News: 2007 Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 8.7%

MCLEAN, VA-April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $281.54 million, according to AMT, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association.
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Industry News: Minitab Honored by Frost & Sullivan

STATE COLLEGE, PA-Frost & Sullivan, a growth consulting company, has named Minitab Inc. the recipient of its 2007 Customer Value Leadership of the Year Award in the quality compliance, manufacturing productivity and statistical process control market.
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Industry News: Hyundai Leads in Perceived Quality Study

SAN DIEGO-For the first time, the Hyundai brand has produced the most leaders on Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Index (TQI), leading in three segments.
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Industry News: ASQ Names 2007-08 Officers

MILWAUKEE-The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has announced its slate of officers for the 2007-08 term. The results were announced at ASQ’s Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with the World Conference on Quality and Improvement, April 30 to May 2, 2007, in Orlando, FL. The results are based on a general membership vote that took place beginning Feb. 23, 2007.


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Industry News: IAS Offers Accreditation for Product Certification Agencies

WHITTIER, CA-The International Accreditation Service (IAS) has introduced a new program that accredits Product Certification Agencies under ISO/IEC Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems.
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Industry News: Enterprise Value Study Released

AUBURN HILLS, MI-Plexus Systems Inc., provider of the on-demand manufacturing performance system Plexus Online, is sponsoring a new benchmark report, The Enterprise Value of Plant Floor Visibility, by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Co.
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Industry News: Test Applications Library Unveiled

SKOKIE, IL-Manufacturing engineers, machine builders and others in need of application-specific information on leak testing and functional testing can now access an online library of leak test and functional test applications in the recently revamped InterTech Development Co. Web site,
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Industry News: NAM President Champions MEP

ORLANDO, FL-National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler praised the contribution of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to the U.S. economy and said NAM “strongly supports adequate funding for the MEP.”
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