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Reducing the Cost of Quality with Real-Time SPC

Date: September, 2013

The level of global competition faced by today’s organizations has put more pressure on the bottom line than ever before. To realize market-leading performance, executives not only have to work to achieve growth targets, they also have to continuously reduce costs in operations. In many cases, they are positively impacting operational costs by focusing on the quality of products and processes through the cost of quality metric.

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How To Use Risk Evaluation To Develop A Proficiency Testing Participation Plan

Date: September, 2013

In the past, the proficiency testing items and participation frequency were formulated by accreditation bodies, regardless of the scale, customer type, and economic conditions of a laboratory. In 2010, ILAC P9 require the applicant laboratories considering needs and risk level to make their own proficiency testing participation plan , as long as proficiency testing program feasible both logistically and economically. In response to the requirements of ILAC P9, Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF) revised the accreditation criteria document-- Requirements for proficiency testing activities. 

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ABS Quality Evaluations

Recent Changes in Aerospace Standards

Date: August 31, 2012

With all of the new changes surrounding AS9100C:2009, AS9120A:2009, AS9101D and AS9104/1 it is imperative that you understand how they affect you, your business and your industry. This white paper provides an in-depth look at recent and upcoming changes to the AQMS requirements so that you and your organization will not be caught off guard when they come into place.

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Environmental Management System (EMS): Why You Need One Now More Than Ever 

Date: August 31, 2012

In the 21st century, environmental issues have become a strategic concern, with organizations vying to meet their environmental obligations while simultaneously attempting to handle challenging marketplace, regulatory, competitive and global demands. Indeed, modern organizations must now develop effective environmental programs that can successfully handle a multitude of internal and external drivers, such as growing international concern and interest in such concepts as sustainable development and natural resource optimization; increased public pressure for greater transparency on environmental issues and improved environmental performance; and the need to demonstrate environmental responsibility and good stewardship to the public and regulators.

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Red Lion White Paper

Visual Management: Increase Your Company’s Profitability Through Insight 

Date: December 7, 2011

Download a new white paper from Red Lion to find out how implementing a simple visual management system can help you meet Kaizen, lean manufacturing and additional efforts to become more competitive in a global economy. The white paper describes various visual management solutions, which include the collection of key performance indicators and the communication of these KPIs to the production floor personnel—who can affect the greatest improvement.

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Tektronix White Paper

Fundamentals of Calibration 

Date: December 1, 2011

Calibration is an insurance policy that verifies the accuracy of test instruments. Measurement instruments are essential for any company that verifies and measures during the product design and manufacturing process. Since these instruments are used to verify the quality of products, they are ultimately responsible for a business' success and the profitability. This makes the calibration of test and measurement equipment essential to multiple industries, including aerospace, life sciences, medical equipment, and general manufacturing. Regardless of the industry, the use of out-of-tolerance (OOT) instruments in day-to-day business compromises quality and credibility.

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Teledyne White Paper

Fast and Easy Package Inspection 

Date: July 26, 2011

Fast and Easy Package Inspection The BOA™ from Teledyne DALSA is a tiny (41 mm3 cube) “smart camera” (see Figure 1). This smart camera contains an image sensor – as in a regular digital camera – image processing computers, communications, and machine vision software, all in a package that is IP67 (wash-down) rated and requires no cooling.

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Tektronix White Paper

Calibration is NOT a DIY Project 

Date: May 19, 2011

White Paper: Calibration is NOT a DIY Project
In order to stay profitable while delivering both quality and value, companies often find themselves looking for ways to reduce costs and free up valuable resources. Most companies discover they cannot effectively perform their own calibrations because of the many associated costs. One solution is to outsource difficult-to-manage functions that lie outside core processes. Calibration services can fall within this category. 

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Tektronix White Paper

 Calibration Basics and Best Practices 

Date: March 30, 2011

White Paper: Calibration Basics and Best Practices
Calibration is essential to improving a company’s bottom line and maintaining a superior reputation. Determine if calibration is a do-it-yourself operation or one that should be outsourced. This white paper outlines calibration basics, best practices and how these actions can ensure product quality, increase efficiency, decrease turnaround time and reduce costs. 

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Hexagon White Paper

Tap Into Blue Chip Metrology Expertise 

Date: January 11, 2011

The business of manufacturing is a colossal world of outsourcing: from product design to parts to services. This practice makes it possible to leverage expertise when you need it. In a field such as metrology where the difficulty of finding and training qualified staff remains an industry-wide issue, outsourcing is a growing nationwide trend. 

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Minitab White Paper

Analyzing Data to Save Tax Dollars: Erie County, New York 

Date: July 29, 2010

Residents of Erie County, New York, faced a painful choice: raise taxes, or slash services. Then the new county executive offered a third option: use Lean Six Sigma to cut costs. Learn how the power of Minitab 15 Statistical Software helped the county's new improvement program save more than $2 million in just its first year. 

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Hexagon White Paper

Modern CMM Design Concepts 

Date: May 14, 2010

Coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are used in practically every industry that requires precise dimensional inspection of manufactured parts. In today’s competitive environment, manufacturers demand CMMs that are accurate, reliable, fast, economical, and provide maximum flexibility with respect to operating environment. In order to meet these often conflicting requirements and provide maximum value in the products delivered to their customers, CMM manufacturers must make informed design decisions, intelligent material choices, and employ novel techniques.  

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FARO White Paper

An Introduction to Portable CMMs

Date: June 23, 2009

Many advances in CMM technology have occurred over the decades, including the development of portable CMMs. Portable CMMs provide all the benefits of traditional CMMs but with added flexibility. They are lightweight and can therefore be used anywhere measurement is needed (the machine goes to the part). A controlled environment is not required and operation is very simple. They provide highly accurate results and are robust enough to work in a wide range of environments. Portable CMMs are also typically much less expensive than a traditional CMM. 

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Zwick/Roell White Paper

Choosing the Right Extensometer for Every Materials Testing Application 

Date: October 17, 2008

In materials and component testing the range of applications where extensometers are used is extremely diverse. As a result, the technical requirements for these devices are multifaceted, which means that there is no single device which satisfies all needs. As a pioneer and global leader in modern extensometry, the Zwick Roell Group believes that it offers its customers the widest range of technical advice, products and solutions.  

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IBS White Paper

Building a Culture of Compliance 

Date: March 3, 2008

This report is about understanding compliance and compliance management adequately to ensure that your organization has the business processes and tools in place to transform compliance from a burden to a benefit. It describes a culture of compliance as an integral part of the organization’s ethics and describes the elements of compliance that are common throughout the organization. It also suggests a plan to manage and coordinate the common elements of compliance so they can produce efficiencies, maintain consistency, improve reliability and assurance, and result in increased stakeholder confidence. Finally, it identifies the key elements of a system to coordinate compliance management, and provides an executive checklist to help assess your organization’s culture of compliance. 

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Fischer White Paper

The Factory Diagnosis Diagram 

Date: December 13, 2007

As a rule, counting, measurement and experimental data of various origins are initially protocolled or stored in the order of their occurrence. For descriptive and/or analytical processing of such data, it is often advantageous, at times even mandatory, to sort the data in ascending or descending order according to their size, i.e., to bring them into a so-called rank order. In particular, in applied statistics, rank orders form the foundation for certain evaluation methods or graphical presentations, for example in probability charts. 

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Stochos Inc. White Paper

Signal to Noise Ratio—What is the Right Size? 

Date: August 28, 2007

The concept of signal (S) to noise (N) ratios has high visibility in design of experiment circles due to the work of Taguchi and his disciples. In this paper we will look into one of the signal to noise ratios and provide an answer to the question of “How large the ratio should be to call it a significant signal?"  

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Starrett White Paper

Data Integrity and Industrial Reliability via Wireless Mesh Networks 

Date: August 1, 2007

Industrial environments demand rugged and reliable solutions regardless of the type of system to be deployed. Electronics as a group are some of the most mechanically and performance fragile systems that live on the shop floor. Within this environment there are frequent examples of noise and interference sources that disturb or otherwise impair the reliable functioning of electronics. More and more, wireless sensors and metrology instruments are being deployed in production areas. Wireless systems deliver their quality or production data to critical operations downstream and are crucial components of the modern production reality. With this said, wireless data transmission of data is critically needed and simultaneously vulnerable to shop induced interference.  

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Digital Surf White Paper

New 3D Parameters and Filtration Techniques for Surface Metrology 

Date: May 15, 2007

For a long time surface metrology has been based upon measurement using 2D profilometers. Over the past twenty years the appearance of 3D profilometers and non-contact gauges has created a need for the standardization and formalization of the analysis of 3D surface texture. This paper presents the current status of the standardization process and includes a short description of the tools and parameters that will become available to users when work on the definition of the new standards, which is being carried out by working groups WG15 and WG16 of ISO technical committee TC213, has been completed.  

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