If you subscribe to Quality, it seems safe to assume that quality is a priority for you. But even when it is a priority, achieving high levels of quality is an ongoing challenge that requires effort from every member of the organization every day.
Medical product manufacturers—including producers of medical devices and plastic medical components—are in the some of the most competitive segments of manufacturing. And many of them are growing 10% a year or faster than their peers, according to a recent survey of 151 North American manufacturers conducted by research firm Decision Analyst on behalf of IQMS.
With today’s demands for safe and reliable consumer products, it’s a sure bet that words like efficiency, throughput, repeatability, and safety are often being tossed around in quality assurance departments.
Undoubtedly, you have heard—perhaps spoke—the first two statements. You are in the business of process improvement, after all. You want to be sure you have an effective quality management system (QMS).
Color is the first thing we see and the first thing we connect to. Color influences up to 85% of product purchasing decisions and more importantly, our reactions to color are 95% emotional, therefore the first impression or reaction is critical.
The dye penetrant method of inspection is a nondestructive test for defects open to the surface. It may be used on such materials as aluminum, magnesium, brass, copper, cast iron, steel, stainless steel, carbides, stellite, certain plastics and ceramics.
Computed tomography (CT) uses irradiation to produce 3D internal and external representations of scanned objects. The beginnings of CT scanning technology date back to the early 1970s. Although it was originally developed for medical imaging, CT is now used in a wide array of industrial applications including flaw detection, failure analysis, metrology, assembly analysis and reverse engineering.
The L.S. Starrett Company has introduced its AV450 Automatic Vision System. Versatile, accurate, fast, and American made, the new 3-axis vision system allows users to cost-effectively achieve high throughput in their inspection process, and is ideal for both repetitive, larger part-run applications and routine quality assurance.
Titan Tool Supply, Inc. announced its new TVS-35 Series Videoscope to provide remote visual inspection for aviation maintenance, casting and cavity inspection, diesel and gasoline engine repair, or locomotive and ship maintenance.