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2013 August

Check out the August 2013 edition of Quality Magazine for features about Test & Inspection, Software and Management.

Measurement

Modular Measurement

Modular multi-gage systems provide flexibility for high precision, short run inspection.

Traditionally the length of a production run was a key factor in the selection of a dimensional gaging system.


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Software & Analysis

Simulation City

Simulation software can improve decision making—and the manufacturing process.

Monte Carlo simulations, named for the city in Monaco, were developed during the 1940s with the Manhattan Project.


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Management

Lean Manufacturing Processes Have Measurable Results

American and Asian manufacturers view the lean philosophy differently.

According to Smith, lean is not just for manufacturing but it is a philosophy that can be applied to any environment to reduce waste.


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Test & Inspection

Using Optical Inspection to Boost Quality

Optical inspection is an essential part of the quality process in manufacturing.

In some instances, optical inspection can refer to human visual inspection of an object, but these days it more likely refers to Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) conducted by a machine vision system or specialized AOI system.


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Speaking of Quality

Charting The Process With the Help of a Turtle

Map the process. Chart the process. Get the turtle!

Process maps and flowcharts are essential for your QMS. However, these tools are mistaken for the same tool and used interchangeably.


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From the Editor

Responsibility

Who is to blame?

There is an interesting exercise you might come across if you ever happen to find yourself engaged in an ethical debate over responsibility or blame.


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Other Dimensions

Identify or Qualify?

Everything doesn’t need to be calibrated

In metrology we have similar benign bits of hardware that can create havoc if misapplied, but in the grand scheme of things rarely are.


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Face of Quality

Foundation for Defect-Based Metrics

Two questions form the foundation for a defect-based metric system.

A defect happens when the outcome of any process, whether to manufacture a product or provide a service, does not produce the expected outcome.


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Legal Insight

Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

Learn more about these expansion strategies—and the risks involved.

Suppose a company wants to expand into a foreign market or combine its product with that of another firm. One of the quickest and most effective ways to accomplish this is through a strategic alliance or joint venture (JV) with another business.


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Confocal Microscope

Olympus announces the release of the LEXT OLS4100 laser confocal microscope system.


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CMM

Wenzel America Ltd.’s new series of improvements in their line of coordinate measuring machines, the manual X-Cite CMM System, has been overhauled with new hardware and a sleek new look that is guaranteed to impress those who are seeking a reliable CMM.


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CMM Software

CyberMetrics’ Asset Management Division (AMD) announced the release of FaciliWorks Desktop CMMS maintenance management software version 8.6 in both English and Spanish.


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CMM

Hexagon Metrology’s Optiv® Classic 443 tp, the newest model in the Optiv Classic series, comes touch probe-ready and includes a high-resolution CCD (charge-coupled device) camera for multi-sensor applications with micro- to nano-scale precision measurement requirements.


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Laser Tracker

Hexagon Metrology’s Leica Absolute Tracker AT402, an ultra-portable 3-D Absolute Tracker, can be utilized for fully guided 3-D measurement processes, as well as traditional inspection tasks.


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Microscope

Keyence Corporation has released a new multipurpose microscope.


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Software

Mitutoyo introduced the new Surftest Probe and SurfPak-SP software allowing surface roughness analysis on a Mitutoyo CNC CMM and eliminating the need for workpiece changeover to a second measurement device.


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Optical Parametric Amplifier

Spectra-Physics®, a Newport Corporation brand, introduces Spirit™-OPA, an automated optical parametric amplifier (OPA) specifically optimized for use with Spectra-Physics’ Spirit high-repetition-rate ultrafast laser.


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Camera

Leica Microsystems has launched two cameras for routine brightfield or fluorescence applications.


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Fume Hood

UniFlow Aire-Stream Fume Hoods are constructed entirely of chemical resistant, flame retardant, non-metallic composite resin materials and features an exclusive “Unitized” construction that does not require screws, bolts, rivets or metallic hardware to assemble.


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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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