Quality Features

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Rick Barker
Return on investment (ROI) is the subject of many discussions about ergonomics, and rightfully so. Musculoskeletal disorders are an expensive and preventable workplace injury, with total costs...
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Rob Matheson
Medical image registration is a common technique that involves overlaying two images, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to compare and analyze anatomical differences in great detail. If...
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Douglas C. Fair
A few months back, I was reading a really good article from The Wall Street Journal, titled “Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs.” Even though it was geared toward accounting and...
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Jim Benson
I love to cook. When I make good food and share it with others, they will take a bite and look as excited to eat it as I was to create it. They might not understand the subtleties that went into it,...
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Soyini Coke
In more than 130 interviews with high-performing CEOs, across a wide variety of industries, culture was almost universally cited as the single most important factor contributing to company...
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Richard Wilson
According to the Verdantix global survey of 382 EHS decision-makers, 57 percent  expect to use mobile apps in 2018 either widely across all their facilities, at multiple facilities, or as a...
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Manufacturing Extension Partnership MEP
Many people have ideas for inventions, but only a few act on them. Doug Gaus of Innovation in Mind quietly produces numerous inventions from his home in Boise, Idaho, taking the steps needed to turn...
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Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest
In our July 6, 2018, episode of QDL, we discuss distributed manufacturing, and distributed management. “Brother Moonshine, Sister Solution” If want to spur innovation, try moonshine. “3D Printing...
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J. B. Silvers
The new healthcare venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase announced June 20, 2018, that Harvard professor and well-known author Atul Gawande would be the company’s CEO. The...
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Stephen Salata
It’s an open secret that many automotive and aerospace manufacturers have unacceptably high defects and costs. And where defects are on the rise, quality costs aren’t far behind. Even one defect...
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Amanda Hunt
Tensile testing of materials is critical to a wide array of industries, which means preparing specimens for testing is equally important. If a specimen is not prepared correctly, the test results...
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Ryan E. Day
First article inspection (FAI) is that critical step between design and production which verifies that the factory’s production line can manufacture a part on a mass scale. Aerospace, automotive...
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Jennifer Sillars
Policies define expectations and boundaries for behavior, but these expectations frequently go unmet. There are three major triggers for new policy creation or policy amendment: • An adverse event...
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NIST
Story update 7/13/2018: This story was updated with a link to the released version of standard E3125–17. Large-volume 3D laser scanners play an essential role in manufacturing large products (e.g.,...
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Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest
In our June 29, 2018, episode of QDL, we discuss AR, VR, and innovation. “Experience Augmented Reality Gauging With Marposs at IMTS 2018” Augmented reality and virtual reality are fast becoming a...
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Taran March @ Quality Digest
We are here, and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine. —H. L. Mencken I ran across the term “moonshine shop” while reading about a kaizen blitz at Ontario-based...
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Qi Alfred Chen
The day when cars can talk to each other—and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails, and even pavement markings—is rapidly approaching. Driven by the promise of reducing traffic congestion and...
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Adam Hickman
By nearly every measure, the workplace is rapidly evolving. But this new fluid workplace isn’t just about the work environment. Workplaces are increasingly project-based, and employees today are...
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Annette Franz
‘Imagine for a second that you’re a human.... ” Yikes! Now there’s a crazy statement to make during a customer experience design session. However, more companies need to start thinking this way....
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Jon Wortmann
The meeting had been going so well until Josh brought up the org chart—again. The firm had made some changes recently, and he didn’t like the new structure. The room went still. Kate, the most senior...