Quality Digest Live -- January 29, 2016

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Lighting the Way Toward Better Measurements

You Wouldn't Recognize This Company

Building Comprehensive Quality Capabilities
Plus: An interview with Joe Humm, vice president, global sales operations, Sparta Systems


Process Excellence Makes Sales Problems Solvable

Tech Corner: traqpath, an EtQ product

 

Quality Digest Live -- January 15, 2016

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New Kid in the C-Suite

Improving Gun Safety With Force Measurement

Lean, Quality, and Risk-Based Thinking in ISO 9001:2015
Plus: An interview with Mike Micklewright, lean trainer and consultant

The Wait Is Over

CMSC Corner: Interview with Ron Hicks, president of Automated Precision Inc. (API)
For more information on PrecisionPath Consortium contact Ron Hicks at ron.hicks@apisensor.com

 

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By: Z Corp.

(Z Corp.: Burlington, MA) -- As automobiles change, so do the demands on suppliers of parts—right down to the rubber hoses that carry air into the engine, coolant to the radiator, and fluids to brakes and windshields.

Compact engine compartments crammed with components means that engineering for hoses must be more precise than ever, which is why Mackay Consolidated Industries Pty Ltd. of Victoria, Australia, invested in a ZScanner handheld 3-D laser scanner from Z Corp.

Mackay, a Tier 1 auto supplier for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Ford, General Motors, and Toyota, produces hoses in progressively more intricate shapes and sizes to deal with the shrinking margin for error under the hood. The ZScanner helps the company better perform quality assurance to document that its products precisely match design specifications.

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By: Innovative Solutions Network

(FARO, Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology: Chicago) -- FARO Technologies Inc. and Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology have launched the Innovative Solutions Network, a marketing, sales, and support collaboration in North America. Through the network, these two leaders in metrology will provide a broader product solutions offering, including both traditional and portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). From the simplest to the most complex metrology measurements, the Innovative Solutions Network will offer customers access to more patented technologies, focused applications, and customer support programs and resources.

“The creation of the Innovative Solutions Network will allow us to better serve our customers by providing them with a total metrology solution,” says David Morse, senior vice president and managing director of the Americas for FARO. “The technologies offered by both companies are among the most advanced equipment available today, and I am excited to see two world-class companies like FARO and Carl Zeiss create such a comprehensive metrology solution.”

By: Firescifly . com

(Fireflysci.com: Farmingdale, NY) -- For several decades, spectrophotometry has been used in microbiology, clinical chemistry, the pharmaceutical industry, and other research applications.

Periodic verification of the performance of spectrophotometers is required by ISO 9001, good laboratory practice (GLP), good manufacturing practice (GMP), standard operating procedures (SOP) in the pharmaceutical industry, EP, DAB, USP (pharmacopeias), and other applicable standards and regulations.

Periodic verification of performance of spectrophotometers typically includes testing the resolution, wavelength accuracy, photometric accuracy, and stray-light affect. Traditionally, the calibration of spectrophotometers has been performed with a combination of liquid filters and solid-state filters. The solid-state filters only allowed the checking of photometric accuracy and wavelength accuracy usually within the 450 nm – 630 nm range. The liquid filters allow checking the photometric accuracy, wavelength accuracy, stray-light affect, and photometric resolution usually within the 200 nm – 660 nm range.

Liquid and solid-state filters are calibrated by the filter manufacturers, and the corresponding filters’ performance certificates are supplied to customers.

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By: Carl Zeiss Microscopy

(Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Inc.: Thornwood, NY) -- The Primo Star iLED microscope now available with three additional fluorescence attachments that allow users to work with different dyes such as FITC, Dapi, and Rhodamine/Cy 3. This permits the use of the LED-based microscope for single fluorescence applications in training, routine procedures, and basic research. It is particularly robust and easy to use, and features an outstanding price-performance ratio, to which the long-lasting, inexpensive and energy-saving LED light source makes a valuable contribution. 

For training in particular, fluorescence excitation through LED illumination is beneficial as there are no warm-up or cool-down times, unlike fluorescence excitation using mercury vapor lamps. Furthermore, the excitation lamps no longer need to be readjusted, enabling the user to start working as soon as the light source is turned on. The iLED fluorescence attachment comes with practical eyecups, making it possible to perform fluorescence microscopy without a darkroom—in an auditorium, for example. A lever is used to alternate between brightfield and fluorescence microscopy. 

The Primo Star iLED was originally developed with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics for a fast and reliable LED-fluorescence-based testing of tuberculosis. It has been on the market since October 2008. 

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