Articles by BNP Media Staff

Shaft Measurement Made Simple

There is growing popularity for a loosely defined class of shaft measuring systems that can accomplish checks faster than other methods, and do so directly on the shop floor where the shafts are made. Frequently used in Europe, shaft measuring systems are gaining U.S. popularity in a number of high-volume applications.
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Microscopes Made Personal

Affordable, compact scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) are providing fast, direct access to high- resolution imaging to an expanding number of engineers and technicians. A new generation of personal electron microscopes delivers usable magnifications up to 24,000X.
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Don't Punish Employees with Training

The unproductive cycle of mistake-blame-train-defend often is repeated in the quality industry, and manufacturing as a whole, as a reaction to problems. The best way to break the cycle and improve operator competency and morale is to take a proactive approach with training to prevent mistakes.
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Standardized Safety

The list of national and international standards seems never ending and ever changing. As a result, standards and regulations continue to create significant challenges for Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) members in identifying, understanding and applying the requirements of the many standards.
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Quality 101: The Evolving CMM

Today, three elements are found in every CMM: a sensing probe, a computer for data input and analysis, and a precision structure to transport the probe around the workpiece. Manual operation has largely given way to motorized direct computer controlled (DCC) CMMs.
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ISO 13485: Just the Facts

ISO/IEC 13485: 2003 represents the management system requirements for companies that want to maintain compliance with medical device regulations. 13485 could be implemented by companies that manufacture everything from cotton swabs to pacemakers, contraceptives to examination tables or companies that provide related services, such as sterilization, packaging or labeling.
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Precise Laser Beam Analysis

High-resolution wavefront sensors help improve the alignment of the optical systems involving lasers; control and predict the shape of laser beams; measure collimation of the beam and detect the tiniest aberrations caused by optical elements in the optical setup, thus protecting sensitive components of laser chains.
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