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Measurement

Custom Gages to Go: When You Want To Have It Your Way

Many standard off-the-shelf gages no longer provide the right solution for today’s parts. That’s where custom gages come in.
By George Schuetz
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Today most food chains are learning to cater to their customers. Whether it’s burgers or subs, you can get them made exactly to order and “have it your way.” Successful and growing chains understand this.


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Measurement

Calibration Explained

Every day there are numerous applications proving how useful calibration is.
By Ed Rocheleau
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Metrology comes from the Greek word metro, meaning “to measure something.” Therefore metrology is the science and practice of measurement.


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Test & Inspection

Eliminate Hidden Errors

Use telecentric optical systems to optimize inspection image accuracy and reproducibility.
By Clinton Smith
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When the first multi-lens microscopes were invented in 1590, scientists marveled at their new ability to see small objects and features in the natural world that were previously invisible to the eye and therefore seemingly nonexistent.


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Test & Inspection

Hold It Right There

Improve inspection results by reevaluating fixture systems.
By Jonathan Dove
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Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) fixtures are an essential, yet frequently overlooked, part of quality control inspection. Companies generally tend to fixture their parts with whatever methods they deem fit, without regard to how those methods will impact inspection results.


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Software & Analysis

SPC Software at Your Service

Though the concepts haven’t changed, SPC software continues to evolve
By Michelle Bangert
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Evan Miller recalls an experience a few years ago during an auto industry workshop in Detroit. He was shocked at the level of knowledge from tier one, two and three suppliers (not his customers).


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Management

Improving Your Business with Management System Standards

Management system standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits.
By John DiMaria
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A properly implemented management system can contribute to the financial strength and organizational resilience of a company.


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From the Editor

Creating Memories

Acronyms and Mnemonic Devices
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Acronyms and mnemonic devices are techniques that help us remember long and/or complex things.


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Face of Quality

Phil Crosby's Legacy

Quality Professionals Need to Remember Crosby's Message
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Philip Bayard “Phil” Crosby, one of the most influential quality gurus of the 20th century, passed away August 18, 2001, so I thought it fitting to focus on some his messages for this August column.


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Other Dimensions

Calibration: Doing Your Own Thing

Before Doing Your Own Calibration, Consider these Costs.
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From time to time we received requests to quote on the calibration of a large variety of items and then never heard from that potential customer again.


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Legal Insight

Government Contract Actions and Contractor Qualifications

Learn More about Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
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This column explores government contracting under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).


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Quality 101

Corporate GD&T Implementation

When properly implemented, GD&T makes a big contribution to corporate profitability
By William Tandler
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What is GD&T? GD&T, namely “Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing,” is a symbolic language with which to 1) research, 2) refine and 3) ultimately “encode” the functions of each feature of a machine part by specifying permissible limits of imperfection which guarantee assembly and operation prior to drawing release.


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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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