Articles by Hill Cox

Other Dimensions: Going Once...

Whenever there’s an economic downturn two things happen: more measuring instruments get repaired when they should be replaced, and more people start going to auction sales looking for bargains.
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Other Dimensions: How Are You Going to Measure That?

Far too often manufacturers spend a lot of time designing components without this critical question being asked.
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Other Dimensions: Cut Calibration Costs

In a previous column I railed against corporate cost cutting strategies where the only element taken into consideration was the money involved. The fallout from decisions made in such isolated circumstances will not be immediately evident, while the savings will be. But when the chickens come home to roost, the costs to put things right often exceed the savings many times over.
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Other Dimensions: Calling the Shots

One of the good things about getting items calibrated is the information the process provides. The bad news is some folks don’t know how to deal with that information. Far too many buyers of calibration services only scan the reports and, in the absence of red flags, file them in case an auditor wants proof of calibration.
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Other Dimensions: Single Source Calibration

I’m surprised at some of the ideas that drift down from the loftier realms of the corporate world in the endless quest to reduce costs. In many cases, the assumption is that a philosophy that appears to work in one area of a company’s operations can be applied to all areas.
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Other Dimensions: Some Don't Like It Hot

There are two approaches to take regarding temperature changes and the effects they have on measurement. The first is to control the shop or lab environment to such an extent that, whatever temperature variations remain, they will have no significant effect. The alternative is to control and correct the key items involved-the gages and the product being measured. The simplest method for most folks is to control and correct.
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Other Dimensions: Some Don't Like it Hot

When it comes to dimensional measurement, we have to take the environment-particularly temperature-into account.
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Other Dimensions: Hints for Quality Auditors

As a provider of calibration services, I frequently take shots at some quality auditors for the silly things they demand during audits.
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Other Dimensions: Certainties About Measurement Uncertainty

Measurement uncertainty is about how close your measurement is to reality. These days, “close enough for artillery” won’t cut it and neither will “a couple of tenths or so.”
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Other Dimensions: Buyer Beware

Many battles are waged over what someone buying equipment thought they would get compared to what is usually supplied by the industry.
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