Articles by Mark Robins

QUALITY SOFTWARE & ANALYSIS: Size Up Gage Calibration Software

May 1, 2006

Many questions need to be asked before purchasing and implementing gage management software.

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QUALITY MEASUREMENT: Why Air Gaging Still Matters

April 18, 2006
After measuring holes for 90 years, air gages remain a powerful metrology tool. Air gages use compressed air to measure changes in pressure or flow rates. Such tests can determine attributes and measure distances between precision orifices and the workpiece. Air gaging offers sufficient magnification and reliability to measure small tolerances.
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Quality Innovations

March 18, 2006
No software development or programming is required for this inspection automation processor. Traditionally, texture inspection and pattern analysis have been problematic for machine vision processors.
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Quality Test & Inspection: The Hard Facts About Plastics Testing

March 18, 2006
Plastic's usage and importance is growing. What special hardness testing considerations does it have? Material quality is often synonymous with how well a material meets its performance expectations.
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Understanding Ultrasonics for Aerospace

February 23, 2006
Ultrasonic testing uses beams of high-frequency sound waves to detect flaws, measure thickness and evaluate material properties. When used to inspect aerospace structures, ultrasonic testing plays an important role in safety, quality assurance and cost. Its flaw-resolving capabilities can be the difference between life and death.
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Quality Innovations: Ultrasonic C-Scan System Goes Handheld

February 23, 2006
The Pocket UT from NDT Automation (Princeton Junction, NJ) is a battery-operated, handheld, stand-alone, full C-Scan data acquisition system. With its portability and ease of use, coupled with its full A, B and C-Scan capability, the Pocket UT system-along with its available companion scanners or other compatible devices-is suitable for on-site inspection applications.
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QUALITY MEASUREMENT: Fixturing Presents Quality Products

February 22, 2006
A diverse array of products, parts and components can travel through automated assembly lines. For any assembly line, there will always be the requirement of holding and fixturing these parts. Fixturing includes everything from conventionally machined, dedicated nests to more complicated variable systems that automatically adapt and accommodate the part currently being assembled.
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Quality Innovations: Air Gage Does Double Duty

January 28, 2006
Air gage offers adjustable magnification with single- or dual-master capability.

Air gages have been around for a long time and 90% of what they do is measure holes, but they still play an important role in metrology.
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