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Measurement

Making Better Height Gage Measurements

The quality of the result depends on the instrument and the care with which the operator handles the procedure.
By George Schuetz
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The need for long range height measurements has been around since the principles of layout work became a fundamental requirement in machine shops.


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Test & Inspection

Common Problems in Microhardness Testing

By using properly maintained and calibrated equipment, trained personnel, and appropriate testing environments, these problems can be minimized.
By Rich Wismer
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By their nature, microhardness testers are delicate instruments. Extremely light forces must be accurately applied, and the resultant impressions must be precisely measured under high magnification.


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Software & Analysis

Modern Reverse Engineering of 3-D Geometry

The purposes for reverse engineering are many and varied, ranging from the need to reproduce an existing product lacking CAD documentation to acquiring sensitive information to determine possible patent infringement
By Steve Kersen
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Many ideas can spring to mind when one hears the term reverse engineering.


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Software & Analysis

Choose the Right Tools for Reverse Engineering

The term “reverse engineering” means different things to different people.
By Jon Hunwick
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Like many other areas of manufacturing, it is easy to be dazzled by the “latest and greatest” technology and so overlook simpler, cheaper options that might be more suitable for a particular need.


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Management

How to Get the Most Out of Lean

Focus on continuous improvement—not the vocabulary behind it.
By Michelle Bangert
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Around 1999, Hypertherm Inc. changed the manufacture of one of their products from a “craft style,” in which one person built the entire product from start to finish, to a team approach.


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From the Editor

The Growth of Technology

Promise or Peril
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Emerging technologies are said to be paradoxical. They hold both promise and peril for the societies that develop and use them.


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Face of Quality

Quality Professionals Must Become Insightful Communicators

Maybe the Real Problem Revolves around Language
By Jim L. Smith
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It’s not enough to know all there is about quality. It’s our job to educate management and never permit them to make an uninformed decision.


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Other Dimensions

A Master

What Do You Expect Your Master To Do For You?
By Hill Cox
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Nothing makes life easier than having a ‘master’ for the dimension(s) you have to measure. But a simple request for one with a dimension attached to it, for example, is not enough information to get something that will do what you want it to.


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Legal Insight

Develop the Habits of an Effective Executive

Effectiveness Means Accomplishing the Right Things
By Bryan Berson
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Peter Drucker was among the most insightful managerial consultants and scholars of the 20th century. While most management books focus on managing others, Drucker’s “The Effective Executive” focuses on managing oneself.


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Speaking of Quality

Engineers and The Executive Suite

What Traits Do You Expect Your Company's Leaders to Exhibit?
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Are you getting what you expect out of your leaders? According to a recent Kelton Global study, the qualities American workers value most in their company’s leaders are the same qualities they find most lacking.


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Quality 101

In-Process Air Gaging

The terms in-process and air gaging may not immediately sound like they go together, but there are advantages to this method.
By Chris Koehn
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In recent years, we have seen an upward trend of higher production manufacturers wanting to integrate their air gaging quality checks from a stand-alone, outside of machine device where the operator is performing a manual check, to an automated in-process gage.


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Case Study

Hardness Testing Assures Quality in Advanced Materials

Hardness testing is often the best way of establishing that components will survive and perform in their intended applications.
By John Piller
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Many new products entering the market today are based on new materials and processes. These new materials are playing increasingly important roles—supporting innovation and boosting competitiveness in technology driven industries.


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Products

Software

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CGTech is now shipping version 7.3 of VERICUT CNC machine simulation and optimization software.


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Products

Video Measuring System

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Nikon Metrology announces two new CNC Video Measuring Systems, the iNEXIV VMA-4540V and 4540.


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Products

Handheld Led Stroboscopes

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The ESL-200 and ESL-200T are super bright, rechargeable, LED stroboscopes designed to measure and observe rotating, reciprocating and linear motion in a variety of production, quality control and academic applications.


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Products

Caliper

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Mitutoyo America’s AOS Absolute Digimatic Caliper line with exclusive Advanced Onsite Sensor technology offers improved measurement dependability by increasing resistance to harsh workshop conditions.


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Products

Digital Force Gage

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Easy-to-use menus in eight languages make programming simple. The electro luminescent EL display shows force value, unit, and peak, and can be programmed with user-selectable data.


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Products

Gage

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Renishaw’s Equator comparative gauging system now includes new process monitoring software that displays measurement results of inspected features.


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Products

Lamp

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The latest magnification lamp model in the ProVue line from Aven, Inc. features 3X magnification (8 diopter) and fluorescent illumination.


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Products

Software

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KnowWare International has added two more templates to its QI Macros for Excel software. QI Macros works with Excel to draw Lean Six Sigma charts and graphs.


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Products

White Light Solutions

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Hexagon Metrology announced the release of WLS qFLASH, a compact white light solution (WLS) that utilizes state-of-the-art blue light technology, for industrial measurement applications.


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Products

Software

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Synchrono has launched its SyncView software. SyncView is a real-time visual factory information system that provides everyone with a dynamic view of what is happening at every stage of the manufacturing process.


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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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