Quality 101

An assortment of back-to-basics articles on a variety of quality topics.

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A Closer Look at Optical Inspection

Optically inspecting parts has become smarter, faster and more high-tech than ever.

Optical inspection is vital to quality control in manufacturing, and in breaking down the meaning behind the words, it’s easy to see why.


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The Future of Color Measurement

Experts discuss where colorimetry is headed, what is being accomplished now and further advancements in the field.

In quality assurance, color measurement and spectrophotometry are essential in determining a product’s color consistency and accuracy.


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When a Round Peg Is Just Too Square: The Basics of Harmonic Analysis

The technique of Fourier series, or harmonic analysis, has been applied to a wide array of problems, both mathematical and physical.

Most of the time form measurement looks at basic geometrical shapes: how round something is, how straight or even how flat it is.


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Mechanical Testing of Composites

The mechanical testing of composite materials involves a range of test types, a plethora of standards, and the need to condition and test in a variety of different environments.

Composite materials are being used in an ever-increasing variety of products and applications, as more and more industries realize the benefits that these materials offer.


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Choose and Use the Proper Thread/Ring Gage

Ring gages are used for comparative gaging as well as for the checking, calibrating or setting of gages in a wide variety of industries.

A highly common application for gages is inspecting threaded holes and shafts.


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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.

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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The Rundown on Handheld Gages

Handheld gages are mainstays in quality manufacturing environments, although they are still see seeing improvements—with more on the horizon.

Quality control measurement continues to evolve, especially as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), 3-D measurement tools and other inspection innovations gain popularity.


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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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Aeroflex Announces the Acquisition of Shenick Network Systems

Aeroflex Holding Corp. (Aeroflex), a provider of high performance microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment, announced the acquisition of Shenick Network Systems (Shenick), a provider of virtual testing for next generation software defined networking.
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Improve Inspection with Opto-Digital Microscopy

Accessible digital imaging technology is ideal for advanced quality control applications across a variety of industries.

Due to rapidly advancing production and testing technology, today’s industrial quality assessment procedures are more rigorous—and more precise—than ever before.


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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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