Articles by BNP Media Staff

Turning to Automated Processes

In an effort to become more competitive, increase profitability and improve quality, and meet or exceed a customer’s schedule, companies are turning to automated processes that increase production throughput and profitability, while improving quality and work consistency.
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Quality 101: The Many Faces of Automatic Gaging

Automatic gaging systems often are thought of as dedicated solutions suitable for only long-run, high-volume applications. While that may have been true in the past, today’s technology makes it possible to add a great deal of flexibility to these systems, making them a good choice for many lower volume and family-of-parts applications.
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Managing Outcomes in a Lean Enterprise

Competitive pressures compounded by increased customer expectations with respect to quality, service and price, has prompted many businesses to seek creative solutions. These manufacturers are experiencing pressure to provide the lowest total cost product with rapid order fulfillment in a highly competitive market. Many companies are launching Lean Value Stream Management (LVSM) initiatives to drive operational excellence and improve profitability.
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The Entitlement Trap

Many organizations use the concept of entitlement to guide them when setting project goals. Entitlement may be preventing those organizations from achieving breakthrough results, in turn missing potential savings from improvement projects.
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Quality 101: Measure with Vision

Vision dimensional metrology should not be confused with machine vision. While both are based on image analysis, vision dimensional metrology systems generally are off-line or near-line systems, collecting dimensional data points in 2-D or 3-D, analogous to those collected by coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).
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Multi-Tasking CMM Software

These days the requirements for coordinate measuring machine (CMM) metrology devices have expanded well beyond touch-probe inspection using automated CMMs. In addition to an array of devices, there also are numerous applications such as reverse engineering, hard-probing, noncontact scanning, laser tracking and digital tool building, using both portable and stationary types of devices.
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Improve Data with Digital Sensors

Intelligent sensors with integrated digital signal processing have become prevalent in an increasing number of applications. As the considerable gain in interference immunity, repeatability, durability and reliability of the gages does not involve any price increase, it is merely a matter of time before digital also will dominate in the field of coating thickness measurement.
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The May 2015 edition of Quality Magazine includes articles on cloud technologies, depth gages, ISO 9001, digital inspection and cool new products.

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