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By: Ryan E. Day

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Although more than 140 years old, Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. has not stood still with respect to modernization. Colonna’s has made the capital investments necessary to improve efficiency and productivity—and those investments are paying off.

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By: Eugene Daniell

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There are very few individuals whose contributions shape an industry and help create a culture. Hobie Alter, founder and driving force behind what we know today as the Hobie Company, was such a man. His contributions to sailing and surfing are now immediately recognizable icons, namely the sleek twin-hulled Hobie Cat catamaran he launched in the 1960s.

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By: Ben Rennison, Chris Greer

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By: Belinda Jones

Dedicated members of the PrecisionPath Consortium gathered recently near the UNC Charlotte campus for their fourth working meeting and Technology Innovation Workshop in Charlotte, NC. The Coordinate Metrology Society and UNC Charlotte pilot the industry-driven coalition to advance large-scale precision manufacturing (LPM). The meeting started off with a focus on the structure of the technology roadmap, followed by a discussion of its overall architecture.

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By: Michael O’Shea

Being able to be in two places at once has been a dream for many metrologists in the measurement services business. Taking a page from the field of artificial intelligence (AI), ATT Metrology developed an “Expert System” to perform a wide range of measurement tasks based on more than 20 years of hands-on experience serving customers in the metrology field. By embedding this knowledge into an automated framework, we have enabled our technicians to be in not just two, but many places at once.

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By: NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer, Fiscal Year 2014, Summary Report to the President and Congress. Including both quantitative and qualitative measures of effectiveness, the report provides the most current comprehensive view of federal technology transfer efforts across 11 agencies.

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By: Ryan E. Day

Handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers are proven analytical tools commonly used for the fast, easy, accurate, and nondestructive identification and analysis of metals and alloys. Common applications include metal alloy identification for quality control, scrap sorting and positive material identification (PMI), geochemistry for mining exploration and grade control, precious metal analysis, and hazardous elements screening for environmental, consumer goods, and restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) testing.

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By: Donald Hillger

This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Metric Association (USMA). Our mission is to help the United States complete its transition to the metric system. Although we’ve always expected that the adoption of the metric system here was just around the corner, all these years later we find we’re still working for the metric cause.

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By: Ryan E. Day

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Variability is an inherent part of the measurement process. Purely from a statistical perspective, there are no “errors,” just products and parts that are either in or out of tolerance as per specifications. But whether variance can be considered an error or not, within manufacturing environments measurement mistakes often translate to migraines and lost profit.

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