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Check out the June 2013 edition of Quality Magazine for features about Measurement, Software and Test & Inspection.
Software & Analysis

Contact vs. Noncontact Measurement for Computer-Aided Inspection

Make the right choices to meet operational needs.
June 4, 2013

The right choice of inspection hardware and software for Computer-Aided Inspection (CAI) can reduce inspection times by up to 90% while improving repeatability and reproducibility (R&R) variances by up to 50%.


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Test & Inspection

Torque Testing Success

Unlock the potential of automated product torque testing.
June 4, 2013

The torque testers of today can offer so much more than just measuring the twist-off torque of a bottle top. They can measure a wide variety of products and materials, communicate on multiple levels and be effortlessly integrated into automated manufacturing environments.


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Market Analysis

Hardness Testing: Market Analysis 2013

Market upbeat despite facing headwinds.
June 10, 2013

When Frost & Sullivan previously analyzed this market for Quality’s 2012 issue on hardness testing, the market was undergoing a period of transition.


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Management

Get Smart About Green Manufacturing

Learn how to minimize manufacturing’s environmental impact.
August 14, 2013

Green manufacturing doesn’t have to involve solar power and wind turbines. It can be turning equipment to a lower setting when not in use, switching the lighting, or even changing a plant’s operating hours in order to save electricity.


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Software & Analysis

Industrial Data Collection Advances

Today’s industrial data collection requires a flexible, modular approach.
June 7, 2013

The demands on industrial data collection systems have continued to grow year over year for advances in speed, labor cost reduction, error proofing, maintainability, flexibility, accuracy, training efficiency, and exception reporting.


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Test & Inspection

Boost Product Reliability with Environmental Stress Screening

Environmental stress screening is a series of intensified tests to identify potential manufacturing flaws.
June 6, 2013

Need an immediate increase in reliability? Is your product robust but you want complete confidence that everything has been done to minimize your field failures?


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Measurement

Color vs. Appearance

With the number of color measurement instruments on the market, how do you choose the most appropriate one? It helps to understand the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance.
June 4, 2013

When white light strikes a surface, two different light interactions occur. Gloss or shininess is a geometric attribute related to the scattering of light off the first surface of the material.


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Other Dimensions

How Long Are Calibration Reports Valid?

Consider these factors in looking at a calibration report.
June 17, 2013

This question is rarely, if ever, asked but assumptions regarding the length of time involved regularly pop up, especially when measurement disputes are the situation into which such assumptions are injected.


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From the Editor

Someone Else’s Shoes

Put them on and run toward quality
June 4, 2013

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It’s a great way to describe empathy, a subject I have talked about in other columns. But the phrase is also a great way to describe one important aspect of what designers and engineers do with every project, especially quality engineers—environment stress testing and screening.


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Speaking of Quality

Communicating “Responsible” Quality to Executives

Quality pros are responsible for many important functions
June 19, 2013

The past three ASQ Future of Quality studies (2005, 2008, and 2011) have indicated that social responsibility becomes a major source of change that is shaping the future of the quality professional.


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Legal Insight

Purchasing Commercial Real Estate

How much do you know about the process?
June 18, 2013

Some businesses purchase real estate to house their operations. Transactions to buy office buildings and warehouses are similar. Residential purchasers will recognize many similarities as well.


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Face of Quality

Establish a Culture of Sustained Improvement

It's more about rigor and discipline than technique.
June 12, 2013

Should organizations focus on continual improvement or swing for the home run? To answer, we should ask ourselves two questions. “Are we making progress?” and “Are we better than competitors to the point of having a strategic advantage?”


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Multimedia

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Podcasts

 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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