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Quality Blog
Industry experts and editors of Quality, NDT and Vision & Sensors share their views on the latest in the market and in manufacturing—from management and leadership to process and technology—and we want feedback from engineers, designer, operators, managers and others with something valuable to say about the business of quality!

NDT Round-Up: Hire an NDT Star Now

The national media are calling the economic comeback a “jobless recovery.” But that won’t last.
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Jim's Gems: Understanding Creativity

In every life, in every situation, there are opportunities to be creative.
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Quality Remix: VOC and VOP Loops Explained

Both the Voice of the Customer (VOC) and Voice of the Process (VOP) have an important role in evaluating our systems and processes.
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Jim's Gems: Control Your Thoughts and Succeed

By accepting what you can't do, you can free up much time and energy that can be devoted to what you can do. By accepting the things you can't change, you give yourself power and effectiveness over the areas where you can make a difference.
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Jim's Gems: Accomplishing Difficult Goals, Part II

UPDATED WEEKLY! Someone asked me to put some thoughts together about how to accomplish difficult goals. This is Part II of my two-part series.
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Peter stresses the importance of a fair wage and good working conditions in part four of Creating a North American Value Standard.
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Perspectives in Vision: On Minnesota Fats and Machine Vision

Have you ever watched the performances of any of the truly great billiard players? It is pure artistry: the strategy, the angles, the spin.
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NDT Round-Up: Going Where the Work Is

Several years ago, when the economy was humming along and there was strong demand for qualified NDT professionals, we spent a great deal of time advising job candidates on the merits of relocating.
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Quality Remix: Six Problems I have with Six Sigma, Part III

I have big problems with the Six Sigma approach, and would not recommend it to anyone. Let me tell you the 3rd and 4th problems I have with Six Sigma in Part III of this blog.
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Jim's Gems: Accomplishing Difficult Goals, Part I

UPDATED WEEKLY! Someone asked me to put some thoughts together on accomplishing difficult goals. Hopefully, you might find something in here, which might be of some value--even if only as a thought-provoker! Look for Part II next week!
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 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
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