Volume 5, Issue 32

In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: 

- Manufacturing and the Next Four Years

NAM Champions Commerce Export Control Reforms

Grants Available for 2009 Manufacturing Summer Camps

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UL-DQS works with companies around the world to certify their management systems and help these systems perform. With 1,850 auditors in more than 60 global offices, we deliver practical, on-the-ground services in 44 countries. Our experienced auditors follow a disciplined process to determine whether individual departments have the right performance metrics in place to drive continuous improvement. We look across company silos to identify gaps between procedures and performance. And we recommend improvements that can streamline certification - and strengthen the bottom line.  

Current Feature Article:
The Entitlement Trap

Industry News

Manufacturing and the Next Four Years

As President, what do John McCain and Barack Obama propose to help boost manufacturing employment in the United States? And, going hand in hand, where does each nominee stand on the issue of trade? FULL STORY>>

Product Spotlight:


The new 300 lb capacity ESM301 PC controlled force tester is an ideal solution for a range of tension and compression tests. Features include integrated travel indication, cycling between limit switches, travel values, or force values, password protection, overload protection, PC control, and much more.

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NAM Champions Commerce Export Control Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) commends the Department of Commerce for announcing a set of regulations that will modernize export controls, implement the Presidential Directive issued in January, and improve national security and economic competitiveness. FULL STORY>>

E-Marketplace:                      Q-Mark Manufacturing Inc.  

California-based manufacturer of CMM tooling for every CMM, including ruby, sapphire, and silicon nitride ball styli; extensions, adapter plates, custom styli and accessories. Order online at www.cmms.com.

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Grants Available for 2009 Manufacturing Summer Camps


ROCKFORD, IL-Grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 are now available to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions capable of offering overnight or day camp experiences in summer 2009 that introduce young people to careers in manufacturing and engineering. FULL STORY>>

Current Issue



Survice Opens Metrology Center


Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up


Precision Castparts Acquires Fatigue Technology


Click Logo for Nomination Form
Deadline: November 10, 2008

Coming Events

October 19-22           
Infusion 2008, Chantilly, VA. InfinityQS, (703) 961-0200. www.infinityqs.com

November 4-6           
Vision 2008,
Stuttgart, Germany. Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH, +49-(0) 711 2589-696. www.messe-stuttgart.de/vision

November 9-12
Fusion VII, "The Pursuit of Excellence," Clearwater, FL. Pilgrim Software, (813) 915-1663.

November 10-14
ASNT Fall Conference & Quality Testing Show 2008, Charleston, SC. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), (800) 222-2768. www.asnt.org

November 11-12           
Beginning SmartGD&T for Design, Manufacturing & Inspection, San Jose, CA. Multi Metrics Inc., (888) 422-3423. www.multimetrics.com/publicSeminars.aspx

January 19-22, 2009        
Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement Summit 2009, Orlando. IQPC, (800) 882-8684.

February 10-12, 2009           
Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West, Anaheim, CA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

February 23-25, 2009 
Intermediate SmartGD&T for Design, Manufacturing & Inspection, San Jose, CA. Multi Metrics Inc., (888) 422-3423. www.multimetrics.com/publicSeminars.aspx

March 11-12, 2009                
AM Expo/ATX South, Charlotte, NC. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

March 30-April 2, 2009           
WESTEC, Los Angeles. Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), (800) 733-4763.


Operating globally, Proquis is a leading software provider for regulatory compliance management, risk assessment and quality control. Proquis Enterprise is a modular global quality management solution incorporating modules such as document control, audit management, CAPA, process improvement, customer care, supplier control and personnel training. Proquis offers a 100% web based flexible, user friendly and cost effective solution to ease the compliance to regulations such as ISO 9001, ISO 13485, AS 9100, SC 21, FDA 21 CFR and more. Proquis solutions have been successfully deployed at a blue chip client base including Airbus, BAE Systems, Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Limited and various VA Hospitals.  


Proquis • 1015 W. Wise Road • Suite 200/201 • Schaumburg, IL 60193 •  T: (847) 278-3230 • F: (847) 278-3237 • [email protected] • www.proquis.com/QM 

California Manufacturers Increase Competitiveness


TORRANCE, CA - In a survey between June 2007 and May 2008, an independent 3rd party reported that 85% of the 500 manufacturers that received consulting services in Southern California, under the federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, stated they had recorded increases in competitiveness. FULL STORY>>

Manufacturing Sector Most Likely to Have Growth Plans 


NEW YORK -- One third of small business owners report the uncertain economy as the biggest challenge they face growing their businesses, the largest number in the seven-year history of the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor, a semi-annual survey of business owners. However, business owners in the manufacturing sector are among the most likely to have plans for growth. FULL STORY>>

                                      QMC 2009 Call for Papers

ORLANDO - The Quality Measurement Conference is now accepting abstracts for presentations. Please provide a 150-200 word abstract by November 14, 2008. The conferences will be held at the Caribe Royale Orlando May 4-7, 2009, in Orlando, FL.

Pilgrim Software Names Jin Han Vice President of Services & Support


Tampa, FL-Pilgrim Software Inc., provider of enterprise compliance and quality management (ECQM) software solutions, announces the appointment of Jin Han to Vice President of Services & Support. Han, a seasoned software executive, is responsible for managing Pilgrim's Professional Services and Client Support Services staff.

Improve Data with Digital Sensors

Intelligent sensors with integrated digital signal processing have become prevalent in an increasing number of applications. As the considerable gain in interference immunity, repeatability, durability and reliability of the gages does not involve any price increase, it is merely a matter of time before digital also will dominate in the field of coating thickness measurement.

by Thomas Rohde

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