Articles by Darryl Seland

The Double-Edged Sword

It Cuts Both Ways.

The “double-edged sword” is a phrase from 15th century English that began as an idiom for someone using an argument that could both help and hurt their position.

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Cost Versus…


A cost-benefit analysis is a decision-making tool. It is a process of adding up the benefits of doing something or buying something and subtracting the costs to help us decide whether that purchase or action is worthwhile.

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Get Organized

Whether building an organization or society, manufacturing a coordinate measuring machine, or using that CMM to ensure only the highest-quality products leave your plant, being organized is key.

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Good Morning, Gil

I said, Good Morning, Gil

It seems that even a cursory browsing of a subject on a search engine will unearth the easy “steps” for accomplishing something.

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From the Editor


Quality Pros get it

Mick Jagger sings that he “can’t get no satisfaction.” Double negatives aside, perhaps Mick should have worked in the quality field.

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From the Editor

Good. Fast. Cheap.

Choose two.

Good. Fast. Cheap. Choose two. As introduced by Long Phan in his feature this month, this well-known adage is referred to as The Designer’s Triangle.

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The Vitruvian Man

The human factor

It’s been said that the human body is a marvel, the greatest machine ever designed. It’s not hard to find confirmation of that statement in the other machines man has designed and built.

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From the Editor

Shutting Down the Shutdown

What our politicians could learn from the quality industry.
As I write this, it is day 10—day 10 of a government shutdown in the United States.
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Editorial: The Cyclical Quality Industry

Bringing things back around.

This month’s Quality delves into the idea of things coming back around, but it is by no means innocuous. Reshoring, or insourcing, is a hot topic of conversation amongst companies that continue to strive to bring themselves closer to their customers.

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From the Editor: Connections

The go-between for people and machine.

Connections. Making them is a part of our work and personal lives.

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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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