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Consumer Satisfaction Rises Slightly

May 1, 2003
Consumers are slightly more satisfied with major manufactured goods this year than they were in 2001, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) produced by the University of Michigan Business School's National Quality Research Center.
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Nikon Launches New Business Divisions

May 1, 2003
Nikon Instruments Inc. (Melville, NY), a manufacturer of precision optics, has formed two new business divisions -- Microscopy Sales and Microscopy Product/Marketing.
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Auto Suppliers Losing Billions in Sales Opportunities

May 1, 2003
Major auto suppliers are successful in winning new business only 25% of the time, and if this rate is improved by 5%, they could gain close to $700 million in revenue.
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Suppliers Hopeful Despite Low IMTS Numbers

May 1, 2003
The latest news in manufacturing reveals a slow recovery from the downturn experienced during the past two years.
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ISI and ASI DataMyte Plan Merger

May 1, 2003
Integral Solutions Inc. (ISI, Royal Oak, MI), a provider of advanced product quality planning software and a training firm has signed a letter of intent with ASI DataMyte Inc. (Minnetonka, MN) to merge the two companies.
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Manufacturers Not As Optimistic

May 1, 2003
Manufacturing continues to suffer, according to the Precision Metalforming Association's September 2002 Business Conditions Report.
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Associations Seeking Nominations

May 1, 2003
The Robotic Industries Association and the Automated Imagining Association are seeking nominations for the Robots & Vision User Recognition Program.
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Ford Revamping to Improve Quality

May 1, 2003
Ford's well-known slogan, Quality is Job 1, took a beating the past couple of years as quality gaffes and product recalls hurt business and damaged its reputation.
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Specifications vs. Routine Variation

May 1, 2003
Everyone who has faced a production problem with a need to solve the problem by using production data can relate to the notion of a brain teaser.
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Project Could Save Auto Industry A Billion Dollars Annually

May 1, 2003
The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has successfully tested new technology that allows automakers and suppliers to share previously incompatible product data files used to design auto components.
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