If you have a problem, you want to have Katherine Cox around. The senior quality assurance director of medical device startup Procyrion is known for her calm problem solving manner, collaborative attitude and straightforward approach to quality.
They’re as common as dandelions in the spring, and as universal as a Swiss army knife. Sometimes they gather dust, condemned to a dark corner, other times they’re polished to a mirror finish from intensive everyday use. We’re talking, of course, about universal testing machines (UTMs).
With continuous advances in optical inspection technology yielding 3D scanners that are today capable of stunning speed and accuracy, a growing number of companies are including this technology in their first article inspection (FAI) procedures.
As far as origin stories go, the technology behind helium leak detection is more glamorous than most. That is, when compared to the bubble test, a method many will remember experimenting with during childhood after a popped bicycle tire.
Nowhere is the need for material integrity more obvious than in medical devices that are implanted into human beings. A failed device inside an aircraft or power plant may, under some circumstances, cause a problem.
Ductile iron is an iron-carbon casting material whose matrix includes carbon in the form of nodular graphite particles. Rounded graphite nodules in the ductile iron matrix offer greater resistance to stress concentration when compared to graphite flakes (as in gray cast iron) and, therefore, inhibit the creation of cracks.
As manufacturers charge ahead in 2017, there is a renewed sense of optimism and excitement as they gear up for growth, investing in equipment, new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, and software to support digital transformation and new collaborative, connected factory floor competencies.
Let’s see a show of hands. Does everyone here know what modular tooling/fixturing is by now? If yes, are you an advocate yet? If no, why not? Still think it’s not good enough? Just Tinker Toy, Erector Set or Legos? Well, think again.
The processes involved in production & distribution of a commodity.
April 1, 2017
As quality professionals, you may or may not be directly involved in managing your company’s supply chain. You might be in an organization large enough to have a quality department in the purchasing/procurement group.
Several months ago I wrote about the Cynefin Model and the benefits of keeping things simple to the decision-making process. And a large part of decision making has to do with choice, or more accurately, the number of choices we have. Enter the “psychology of choice.”
A reader asked me to comment on a situation he faced regarding calibration frequency for some gages he had on loan from his customer. The gages are only used once a year for this specific customer and—I’m guessing—spend about 80% or more of the year doing nothing.
With several hundred installations worldwide, the patented Werth Fiber Probe, developed in cooperation with the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB – German National Metrology Institute), is currently the most commonly used micro-probe.
Sonoscan® has introduced the J610™, the latest member of its C-SAM® acoustic microscope line. The J610 is a semi-automated tool designed for production environments and has an unusually large scan area. Its key role is finding internal structural defects by screening trays of loose components, wafers, board-mounted components and other suitably sized items.
The latest version of Void Scanner is fully developed, engineered and manufactured under the Renishaw brand. Following major investment in new production and servicing facilities at Renishaw’s York, UK, site, Void Scanner comes with world-class production values and global support to match.
Introducing R&R Fixtures new modular fixturing for very large, heavy, robust parts. The new M12 plates and components are strong and sturdy, giving you the stability you need to get the job done easily and efficiently no matter how substantial the part.
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence launched the latest addition to its range of laser tracker systems. The Leica Absolute Tracker AT403 has been designed to offer excellent portable metrology performance, and presents significant improvements in terms of speed and ease of measurement.