Quality Features

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Jonathan Gilbert
As if it wasn’t difficult enough tightening up the recession ropes, many organizations will soon find themselves reeling as the tide changes, and hiring and production once again swing into full...
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Jon Miller
For a group of people who claim to practice management by fact, questioning the as-given condition, we in the lean community have a troubling habit of citing and accepting made-up lean enterprise...
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Bill Kalmar
As the holiday season approaches, there are several inevitable occurrences that will try our patience. Along with people jostling in lines, especially before dawn as bargain hunters await the...
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John G. Miller
Outstanding means being superior, striking, exceptional, clearly noticeable—essentially, to stand out. People are attracted to outstanding organizations. They want to buy from them, sell to them,...
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Benny Shaviv
The rapid pace of technological advancement in the last decade has introduced both significant benefits as well as significant challenges to medical device makers. Companies these days are faced...
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David C. Crosby
Education seems to be a never ending problem for the United States. The drop-out rate in some major cities is 50 to 60 percent, or even more. With teacher strikes, tight money, and controversial...
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FARO
Most car drivers enjoy road tunnels without giving a second thought to the years of patient effort that go into the construction. In the case of the new 3.6 km-long, newly opened Vintebro tunnel...
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(Sensor Products Inc.: Madison, NJ) -- During tough economic times it is tempting to reduce quality control to cut costs. However Dolph Beyer, an engineer with Mohawk Fine Papers, asserts that doing...
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WILLIAM SCHERKENBACH
I’ve spent most of the past two years living in China where I have learned much on how enterprise is managed over there. Many people have said that this century belongs to Asia. That may be, but...
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Donald J. Wheeler
The four questions of data analysis are the questions of description, probability, inference, and homogeneity. Any data analyst needs to know how to organize and use these four questions to be able...
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Knowledge at Wharton
“Lean” has come to mean an integrated, end-to-end process viewpoint that combines the concepts of waste elimination, just-in-time inventory management, built-in quality, and worker involvement...
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David Rideout
The field of surface metrology is one of the fastest growing areas of engineering and quality management. Because what happens at the interaction between two surfaces can affect the functionality...
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Steven Ouellette
You know how sometimes you think everyone knows a secret that they haven’t let you in on? Well, I had the opposite happen to me the other day. I assumed everyone knew the purpose for measurement...
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Minitab Inc.
Kaj Ahlmann (right), owner of the Six Sigma Ranch, Vineyards, and Winery, and vineyard manager, David Weiss, create great wines by applying old-world techniques and the...
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Malcolm Chisholm
I have just finished rereading Walter A. Shewhart's 1939 book Statistical Method from the Viewpoint of Quality Control (Dover Publications, 1986). Mine is the 1986 edition, which has a foreword by W...
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Michelle LaBrosse
As a part of my project close-out celebration of the “get the kids into college” project, I decided to celebrate by going back to school myself.  So, here I am in Parma, Italy, at the Academia...
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Matrox Imaging
What about parking? It’s a question drivers must consider every time they turn the key in the ignition. Cities have struggled with parking issues since the preautomobile era, however, in those...
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GKS Global Services
GKS Inspection Services has been a leading provider of dimensional inspection, 3-D laser scanning, terrestrial scanning, and CT scanning services for more than 25 years. The company’s metrologists...
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Paul Scicchitano
I f you’ve been sweating what to get your quality colleagues this holiday season, you might want to pass up that tin of gooey chocolate in favor of a new international self-help standard....
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Bill Kalmar
Several years ago, I penned a column entitled, “Nurse, I’m Ready for My Cappuccino!”  The article was an interview with Gerard van Grinsven,  the new CEO and president of the Henry Ford West...