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By: DP Technology

Founded in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2001, Green Tools is a leading manufacturer of cutting tools, providing circular saws and other woodcutting machines for the sawmill, furniture, and woodworking industries throughout Russia.

Green Tools began as a small reseller of woodworking tools produced by German tool-maker AKE. Over time though, the company progressed to manufacturing cutting tools of its own, moving from tool merchant to tool maker. As Kirill Smolin, technical consultant at Green Tools relates, At first we were a distributor of woodworking mills and saws produced at AKE factories in Germany while also providing tool sharpening services. Then we started to make tools ourselves on specialized machines that do not require a CAM [computer-aided manufacturing] system.


An array of cutting tools made by Green Tools

QDL: An Uber for Manufacturing?

QDL for August 16, 2019

We talk to Rigved Raut, founder of McPond, about connecting people who have machine-work but no machines with shops that have underutilized equipment. Plus: We look at probes and probe calibration spheres from Q-Mark

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How To: Use CPK, and What Is It?

Master gages are vital to performing internal calibrations. What do you do when the master is found out of tolerance? We share tips and the beginnings of corrective actions that can be taken when a master gage failed its recent calibration.

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By: Stephen McCarthy

In our constantly evolving, data-rich universe, collecting, interpreting, and understanding process data can be tricky. But it is increasingly important if we want to maintain sustainable quality across product development and manufacturing processes. This challenge is particularly evident in the life sciences arena, where pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device manufacturers constantly strive to build quality processes that deliver “fit for purpose” output.

Process data typically come from a collection of diverse sources in varying formats. These data are dynamic, which often means they have a short shelf life. The longer a piece of data sits, the greater chance that it loses relevancy. Data often are also coming from an extremely complex supply chain that may include development or manufacturing partners’ systems and processes.

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By: Dat Duthinh

One of the undergraduate engineering courses that left a deep and lasting impression on me was a course on innovation and aesthetics in engineering taught by David Billington at Princeton University. So, when I read the story of a skyscraper in New York that had to undergo secret emergency repairs because of a question from an engineering student in New Jersey, I knew that the student had to be one of Billington’s. And I knew then that I wanted to come back and investigate this issue in greater detail someday.

The award-winning, wedge-topped, 59-story Citicorp Building in Manhattan, now referred to as 601 Lexington Avenue, features striking columns in the middle of its four sides rather than its corners. This remarkable configuration was due to the existence, at one corner, of a church (now demolished) that refused to be bought out, but did grant the use of the space above it. Construction of the building began in 1974 and was completed in 1977.

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By: Zontec

(Zontec: Cincinnati, OH) -- Zontec Inc., global leader in statistical process control (SPC) software, is expanding its software purchase options to include e-commerce subscription software. Starting today, Synergy 100 and Synergy 100+ are available to purchase and download without long-term commitments or contracts.

This new e-commerce subscription provides a positive shift in the way manufacturer’s access and use SPC software. The ability to subscribe with a single user minimum and floating license is very practical for companies who previously thought SPC software was unattainable. This software subscription delivers results and creates value from the start without a lump sum payment up front. Because this software is so cost-effective, companies can expense the monthly subscription instead of navigating the capital expense approval process that is commonplace when purchasing on-premise software. This makes purchasing Synergy 100 or Synergy 100+ a simple, easy business decision.

“Even though we still offer SynergySPC software without subscriptions, we want to give manufacturers a new, cost-effective way to engage with us and implement SPC software,” says Benjamin Ha, vice president of operations, Zontec. “Fast to download and install, our new e-commerce subscription gives companies the flexibility to scale according to their needs.”

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By: Gary Starr

(Vireo Health: Minneapolis) -- As America’s leading physician-led cannabis company, Vireo Health has long been dedicated to providing high-quality cannabis products and unrivaled patient care. Kyle Kingsley,a board-certified emergency medicine physician, founded Vireo Health after serving on the front lines of the nation’s opioid epidemic. His viewpoint of cannabis as medicine quickly evolved after seeing, first-hand, the positive impact of medical cannabis on patients with chronic pain conditions.

Today, Vireo Health has grown from its modest beginnings in Minnesota to one of only a handful of multistate medical cannabis companies that are licensed in more than 10 states, for both the state-legalized medical and adult-use cannabis markets.

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By: William A. Levinson

The martial arts rank, Shodan, for a first-degree black belt, does not mean “expert”; it means “first step.” ISO 9001:2015 is similarly a valuable and vital first step toward world-class performance, but it is only that—a first step. It covers only by implication many of the risks and opportunities that IATF 16949 covers explicitly, such as six of the Toyota Production System’s (TPS) Seven Wastes as well as crippling supply-chain interruptions, inadequate metrology systems, and more.

IATF 16949 is actually ISO 9001:2015 plus additional requirements, which makes it easy for ISO 9001 users to implement relevant clauses of IATF 16949. ISO 9001 users don’t need to implement all the additional clauses—if they did, they might as well register to IATF 16949—but many of IATF 16949’s key clauses are as relevant to nonautomotive applications as they are to automotive ones. This article will cover what look like the most important ones, although others also might be helpful.

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QDL: What is the Coordinate Metrology Society?

QDL for August 9, 2019

The CMSC is more than just the only U.S. Trade show for large volume 3D metrology. It's metrology education and outreach, increasing diversity in the metrology field, and plotting a path forward for meeting the future personnel and technical needs of manufacturing.

 

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