Tensile testing is arguably the most common test method used in both force measurement and material testing. Tensile testing is used primarily to determine the mechanical behavior of a component, part or material under static, axial loading.
Bead dispensing is becoming a more and more common process for automotive manufacturing. In automotive body frame and chassis, aluminum is gaining popularity, as manufacturers seek to improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing vehicle integrity or performance.
It’s an exciting time to work in ultrasonics. Phased array and other innovations in ultrasound have expanded its applications and uses, and with the advent of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) in aerospace, the need to nondestructively test critical parts for thickness and flaws continues to grow.
The digital age promises data driven decision-making that monetizes data in ways never seen before. Is your company prepared to leverage all of its data to its full benefit? Does your company recognize data as a strategic asset to be used to strengthen competitive advantages?
For nearly 85 years, quality professionals have used SPC to monitor, control, and improve their manufacturing processes. Using statistical tools to detect variability before a sub-standard part can be produced—and thus, reduce scrap, downtime, and rework costs—began in the mid-1920s with handwritten control charts.
Manufacturers typically use two different techniques to assess part conformance and process control: either in-process gaging or final inspection. In-process gaging is measuring the part while it is still in the process of being manufactured and using that data to, sometimes, adjust the process, other times for part conformance.
When the parts are rejected or the gages or instruments are giving dodgy answers the red flag goes up and panic usually ensues. Everyone involved defends their turf, talent or toys which is normal but rarely answers the question of what’s gone wrong.
It is called Eternalism. It’s the philosophy adopted from the quantum theory that the past, present, and future all exist at the same time. In other words, the past, present, and future are not linear. One does not take place right after the other, rather they all exist equally.
During ASQ’s annual awards presentation, held just prior to ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Seattle, ASQ recognized 16 people for their contribution to the quality profession. Besides two honorary memberships, 12 medals and two awards were bestowed in numerous categories.
Process mapping is essential in finding areas for improvement.
August 8, 2018
A process flowchart is a powerful tool for sequencing each activity in a single process. This time-tested method allows everyone in the organization to be on the same page—or, more specifically, the same map. However, if you want to dig deeper into a process to determine inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement, consider a tool ideal for a more comprehensive scope than the classic flowchart.
No matter your position at your company, have you ever asked yourself, “What are the key elements that drive outstanding performance?” Certainly, having good products and processes are among those important elements but that’s only two legs of a three-legged stool and without that third leg the stool will topple.
Every day additively manufactured (AM) parts are being used in new applications as the industry rapidly matures. As additive parts become more economical for small productions runs and move beyond use solely in tooling and prototyping, the need to nondestructively inspect parts for quality increases as well.
For a broad range of automotive, medical and other products, leak testing requirements before products are released to the marketplace have not changed. What has changed in recent years is several new technologies—some related to data handling and the Industrial Internet of Things and others relating to test techniques—that now change the calculus of determining best-match solutions for leak testing.
A leading technology in the medical field since the 1970s, CT scanning is now taking its rightful place as a powerful observational tool in the industrial realm. A CT scan is a three-dimensional density map of any object that can be penetrated by the beam.
Recently borescope manufacturers have been introducing high definition video borescopes to the market. It is important to understand the benefits of this new technology and what it will mean for your inspection program.
WERMA has published a guide to “Signal technology for industry” as part of the Dictionary of Technology series. This comprehensive guide is now available in English and gives the technically interested or even casual reader a complete overview and basic knowledge of the subject matter.
Olympus announced the addition of a motorized steerable scanner to its line of solutions for ultrasonic and phased array testing. The field-tested, remote-controlled SteerROVER™ scanner is the most ad-vanced and versatile motorized scanner offered by Olympus.
Marposs Corp. has announced its Ready2Probe™ software application designed to assist CNC users when programming cycles for measuring and checking components and tools using Mida spindle probes, lasers, TBD (Tool Breakage Detector) and VTS (Visual Tool Setter).
Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science Corporation (Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science), a Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (TSE: 8036) wholly owned subsidiary engaged in the manufacture and sales of analysis and measuring instruments, revealed its latest data management and storage service, ExTOPE Connect, for its range of Vulcan and X-MET handheld, and LAB-X500 benchtop industrial analysers.