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By: Mark Symonds

It’s no secret to anyone, anywhere, that we’re experiencing a global business challenge, especially in manufacturing.

One could argue that for too long, manufacturers in the United States have been complacent and indifferent to signs of market change, steadily losing market share to offshore businesses that were more productive and efficient.

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By: Steve Daum

With several generations of statistical process control (SPC) technology under our belts, it may be time to rethink how we apply SPC in the 21st century.  Basic techniques have been practiced since the 1930s.  Some companies will soon be able to say, “we’ve been practicing SPC for 100 years.” Since the time Walter Shewhart first proposed the techniques, they have been widely deployed. 

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Laser line scanning is ideal for non-contact measurement applications - including inspection, cloud- to-CAD comparison, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3-D modeling. Laser line probes use a triangulation process to find the position of objects in space. A high performance laser diode inside the unit produces a straight laser stripe that is projected onto a surface and a camera looks at the laser stripe at a known angle to determine the location for each point on the line.

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By: Mahr Federal

(Mahr Federal: Providence, Rhode Island) --­ Tapers play an important role in orthopaedic devices. Most hip and knee implants use tapers because they provide good alignment and can be "locked" into position. In manufacturing these devices, the control of taper and size determines how well an implant performs over its lifetime. Increasingly, air gauging has become the inspection tool of choice for controlling these critical parameters.

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By: Walter Pastorius

Assemblers of large objects, such as automotive bodies, have strongly recognized the need to continually improve processes to enhance dimensional integrity of assemblies, maximize customer aesthetic perception, and optimize product performance.  

Implementing laser sensors for dimensional monitoring has allowed assemblers to move from low-volume sampling to inspecting every production part, and more recently, implementing in-process monitoring and error-proofing for rapid response to dimensional variation.

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By: John W. Stoneback

Is your toolholder showing wear in the areas indicated on the toolholder shown?

We’ve been asking this question for some time now, and we know the answer. Normally, close inspection of the tapered area will show a difference in finish at the threaded area a


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By: Mark Albert

Many shops have implemented computerized systems to gather data for production reporting, quality control, statistical process control (SPC), and tool management. Stephen Birman, president of High Tech Research Inc. of Deerfield, Illinois, believes one knowledge-based system that integrates all of these functions can create a level of operational control that delivers otherwise unattainable benefits. Not surprisingly, this holistic concept is behind the Micronite software that his company offers.

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By: Philip Colet

roduct information and label code verification are important parts of the packaging and quality control process for manufacturers and consumers in the food and beverage industry. Machine vision is increasingly being used to help improve the accuracy of the inspection process in these industries, saving labor, time, and money.

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By: Daniel M. Smith

Why would anyone start a new metrology business in this economic climate? Why would they do it in Michigan, the epicenter of the automotive industry recession? The short answer is that if you can identify a clear need in the marketplace for your product and have the ability and expertise to bring it to market, then the risk is minimal, manageable, and worth it. That was the thinking that lead FixLogix, an Olivet-based CMM fixture manufacturer, to develop and market a new product in the middle of a recession.

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By: Belinda Jones

As energy prices continue to soar and the public—with increased awareness and concern for the environment—continue to demand environmental accountability from manufacturers, companies are looking long and hard at ways to decrease their influence on the environment. But there are competing goals. On one hand, there’s social and environmental accountability, on the other there are cost and quality issues associated with managing energy consumption.

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