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2014 March

Check out the March 2014 edition of Quality Magazine for features!

Quality 101

3-D Measurement: The Basics

While CMMs are still industry staples, the versatility, quickness and ease-of-use of a 3-D scanner makes it most manufacturers’ measurement tool of choice.

There are good reasons why traditional contact measurement machines (CMMs) have been staples in manufacturing’s quality control environments for decades.


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Measurement

Measuring Thickness

It can be a bit more complicated than you’d expect.

Thickness is a measure of coatings or films, such as the thickness of paint on metal, or the distance between the closest opposing surfaces of an object.


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Management

Meet the 2014 Plant of the Year

Learn more about TRW Automotive’s Fowlerville, MI, plant.

Even if cars of the future drive themselves, it takes a lot of people to make those cars safe. The people at TRW Automotive work hard to make cars as safe as possible, no matter what type of car it is, or who is driving it.


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Software & Analysis

Trends in ERP Software

Mobility, adaptability and collaboration

Enterprising Resource Planning (ERP) software is an integral part of most business and manufacturing environments


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Test & Inspection

Trends in Leak Testing

Learn more about automatic leak testing for automotive components and assemblies.

There are numerous applications for helium, automatic leak test systems (ALTs) in the automotive components assembly process.


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From The Editor

And The Winner Is...

Awards Shows and the Male Psyche

I’ve never been a fan of awards shows. Whether the Emmys, Oscars, or Grammys, I’ve never found myself tuning in.


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Face of Quality

Management Support for Training

ENHANCING EMPLOYEE SKILL PROVIDES A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

Education and training of the organization is important, if not critical, for not only the current health of organizations but future survival as well.


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Speaking of Quality

Smart Manufacturing

Will it become the next big continuous improvement model?

In January, ASQ released the latest Manufacturing Outlook Survey. Respondents to the ASQ survey represent the aerospace, automotive, food, medical device, pharmaceutical and utility industries, among others.


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Legal Insight

Loans, Mortgages and Liens

Understand Your Rights and Obligations

Collateral is an essential component of loan transactions. Realty (real estate) or personalty (personal property) can serve as collateral.


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Other Dimensions

Sending Ring Gages Out for Calibration

Ring Gages often require a little more attention

In my last column I outlined the process for preparing a shipment of plug gages that are being sent to an outside laboratory for calibration.


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Products

Portable Mini Material Tester

The highly visible EL display and easy-to-use menus in eight languages make programming simple. Force and displacement values are displayed plus user-selectable data.


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Products

Condition Monitoring System

SPECTRO Analytical Instruments has introduced a condition monitoring system based on its SPECTRO GENESIS inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES).


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Products

SPC Software

OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) charts are among new features in the just-released version 8.3 of Hertzler Systems’ GainSeeker® Suite SPC software.


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Products

Phasor Measurement Unit

Today’s smart grid relies on equipment called phasor measurement units (PMUs) to deliver real-time, mission critical data on the voltage, current, frequency, and phase within the distribution smart grid.


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Multimedia

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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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