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Successfully Automate Mechanical Testing Systems

Increasing globalization and economic conditions have driven organizations to place a greater focus on productivity and quality. Today some manufacturing are benefiting from technology innovation, such as automated testing systems, which increase productivity by having the ability to produce goods faster while maintaining high levels of quality.
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Dispelling the Myths of ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is very simply a total quality/business management system based on the very simple continual improvement methodologies of plan, do, check and act. Most companies producing quality products or providing a quality service and continually improving on these processes to satisfy their customers are already in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001.
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Quality 101: Understanding the Optical Encoder

The optical encoder has two main parts: the optical graduation and the electronic eye, called the scanning unit or reader head. Optical encoders, in a sense, are transducers, converting a measured length or movement into a series of manageable electrical counts, each count representing a precise distance.
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Quality 101: Controlling Roundness

There are two generally accepted reasons why manufacturers measure roundness of components. The first is to sort nonconforming parts based on a customer-supplied blueprint before shipment to the customer; the second is to control the process tool with immediate feedback.
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Lessons Learned

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) activities can be likened to the Herculean task of cleaning the Aegean stables translated into the world of quality systems.
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Back to Basics: Understanding Tensile Testing

A tensile test determines how a subject will react while being pulled apart, or, more formally, when a force is applied to it in tension. Industrially, it provides manufacturers with a quick and cost-effective method of assessing quality in production, and designers a tool to physically characterize the functionality of products.
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NDT Today

In January of this year, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) conducted a member survey to ascertain, in a general sense, the satisfaction of its membership with existing programs, products and services. And, further, to identify those programs, products and services that members think the society should be providing
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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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