Articles by Michelle Bangert

From the editor: See You In September

August 28, 2007
Now that the dust has cleared-and the cicadas have gone-now is a good time to look back on the International Robots & Vision show held this summer just outside of Chicago, in Rosemont, IL.

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Quality Innovations: Software Solves Data Analysis

August 27, 2007
INORAme stands for Intelligent Optimization Self Regulated Adjustment Math Engine, and according to Ingobert Schmadel, president of Inora Technologies, it automatically recognizes strengths and weaknesses within data and functional models to deal appropriately with unexpected deviations and constraints, outliers and blunders.
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Freightliner Customizes Quality

August 27, 2007
Freightliner Customizes Quality The Quality Magazine 2007 Plant of the Year, Freightliner’s Mt. Holly, NC, Truck Manufacturing Plant, is loud-bring earplugs-and busy, producing about 80 trucks per day, with plans to produce twice that in the coming years. The plant is constantly in motion, with 1,200 employees weaving throughout the shop floor, along with robots, automated carts and, of course, various parts on their way to becoming a truck.

View a slideshow of Freightliner’s Mt. Holly, NC, Truck Manufacturing Plant
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From the Editor: The World of NDT

July 31, 2007
On a recent Thursday morning, I went to New York for a plant visit. I live in Chicago, so instead of my usual drive, my morning commute was a two-hour flight. It was a short trip: one taxi picked me up at 6:30 a.m. and another one took me home 12 hours later. Though I only spent a few hours with the company, I considered the trip a success because I learned a lot and-no small miracle when flying out of O’Hare airport-both flights were on time.
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Quality Innovations: All About Eve

July 31, 2007
MTI, a subsidiary of Mechanical Technology Inc., officially announced the release of Eve, a stand-alone measurement solution and data acquisition system, on June 18 at their shareholder’s meeting. Eve is compatible with most sensors, including MTI’s noncontact displacement sensors, allowing correlation of displacement, temperature, pressure and other physical parameters for test, research or process monitoring applications.
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Quality Innovations: Sentry Solves Problems

June 29, 2007
When customers demand certain capabilities, smart companies respond. Visicon Inspection Technologies (Napa, CA) listened to customer requests, and responded with the Sentry, an alternative to optical comparators or profile projectors.
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Quality Software & Analysis: Software Takes on ISO

June 1, 2007
Today’s software reflects the fact that ISO compliance is ingrained in the manufacturing world. Often manufacturers use software built around common quality standards-such as ISO 9001, AS 9100 and TS 16949-for calibration, gage management and document control, each of which plays a part in ISO compliance.
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From the editor: A Strange New Thing

May 1, 2007
“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they hope it can be done, then they see it can be done-then it is done and the whole world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”
- frances hodgson burnett, the secret garden.
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Quality 101: Control Documents

April 1, 2007
Document control systems take many forms, but they are essentially computerized systems used to track and store electronic documents, or images of paper documents. The systems often provide storage, version control, security, and indexing and retrieval capabilities. Manufacturers are no stranger to this type of system; according to Quality Magazine’s 7th Annual Capital Spending Survey, companies plan to spend $80 million in document control and management software in 2007, making it the third most often purchased software, behind calibration and data collection.

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Quality Measurement: Select the Right Video System

April 1, 2007
ideo measurement provides noncontact dimensional measurements with speed, accuracy, and above all, flexibility. Whatever type of system is used, it must match the application. These systems help ensure product quality, so getting the best system is crucial.

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