As part tolerances tighten, both form and surface finish have a bigger influence on the size and function of the product. And with pressures on manufacturing to be more productive, it is no longer viable for checks of surface or form to be performed on a measuring system in a quality room.
It’s easy to take many of today’s technological marvels for granted, 3D measurement among them. The idea of simply pointing a “ray gun” of sorts at an object and obtaining all of its geometrical measurements would once have been solely the domain of Star Trek-ian science fiction.
Quality professionals are gearing up for another year of spending—on everything from CMMs to software to services—and most of you will be starting now. The first quarter of 2017 is spending season for quality professionals, and January in particular is the big spending month.
Implementing a document control system is a good way to improve your processes, no matter what industry you are in. Having everything in one place helps you organize and handle your processes, job descriptions and other important material.
The term ‘proficiency testing’ is one that every accredited calibration laboratory is quite familiar with. In basic terms it refers to a method of evaluating how well a laboratory is doing a particular calibration with respect to its claimed measurement uncertainty and how it fares with other participants.
K-I-S-S. It’s a pneumonic device. Crude but effective, it helps us remember to keep things manageable. But, as we all know, many times the ease or difficulty of a situation is not up to us. Hence, the Cynefin model.
Let's look back at some of Quality's anniversaries.
January 3, 2017
With 2017 upon us, “Speaking of Quality” will take a look back to a few of quality’s anniversaries. Three particular anniversary years stand out as monumental for the advancement of quality methodology and in unifying the community.
Quality at the source (QATS) has been used well before lean manufacturing became so popular. Many people in the quality function have applied the principles especially at critical work areas to detect nonconforming items and prevent them from moving forward in the process.
Long a shop floor standard for precision ID and OD measurements, Mahr Federal’s Multimar 36 B Indicator Gage has been enhanced to accept a wider range of contacts and anvils, enabling measurement of pitch, gear diameters, threads, taper diameters and recesses, and more.
OSI Optoelectronics (OSIO), an OSI Systems Company, introduces Annular Quadrant Silicon Photodiodes. The new devices operate between 350 nm to 1100 nm and are used for backscatter reflectivity measurements.
Zontec, Inc. announced an update to its Synergy 3000. Upgrades to the Synergy 3000 application include enhancements that add speed and accessibility to real-time data collection, charting, monitoring, analysis, communication, and reporting.
Morehouse Instrument Company has added Portable Aircraft and Truck Scale Calibration Services to its Scope of Accreditation. This addition allows highly accurate portable scale calibrations up to 60,000 lbf.
Metrologic Group presents the first all-in-one Online Robotic Inspection Software: Metrolog X4 I-Robot version v7 released December 2016. According to the company, Metrolog X4 I-Robot eliminates the need for several software packages and a complex integration to control a robotic cell.