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What's up with the ASQ: Interview with CEO, Ann Jordan
We talk to Ann Jordan about where the quality profession is heading, ASQ membership, and the drop in ISO 9001 certifications.

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By: Del Williams

Food processors have long sought a safer, more energy-efficient means to convey product with less spillage, breakage, or downtime due to necessary cleaning and maintenance. Although tubular drag conveyors have offered these desired attributes compared to belt, bucket, or pneumatic systems, many in the industry selected the traditional options to move higher volumes or larger-sized products.

Now, however, 8-in.-diameter tubular drag conveyors have become widely available and can almost double the volumes of smaller 6-in. units. This provides comparable volumes and pricing to conventional industrial systems and enables transport of much larger product sizes than previously possible.

8-in. tubular-drag cable conveyors can move up to 2,000 ft³ and 80,000 pounds per hour depending on the bulk density of materials.

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(Marcum LLP: New York City) -- Fewer than half of midmarket CEOs have returned to the office full-time, and about a quarter plan to work a hybrid schedule indefinitely, according to the latest CEO survey from Marcum LLP and Hofstra University’s Frank G.

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(Omnex: Ann Arbor, MI) -- Omnex is hosting the webinar, “Aligning Your Information Security Management System Framework With TISAX Controls” on July 29, 2022, at 11 a.m. Eastern.

To bolster information exchanges and data transfers, many organizations are requiring their external providers to implement an information security management system (ISMS) framework to achieve trust information security assessment (TISAX) maturity certification. Many tiered suppliers have already successfully engaged with Omnex to ensure TISAX project success, and others are preparing to launch their ISMS. Join Omnex for this free webinar to learn best practices to integrate your ISMS with TISAX controls and those provided in the Annex of ISO 27001. Let us work together to ensure that your ISMS adds value and protects your critical organizational assets and those of business partners.

Register for the webinar here.

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By: Kath Lockett

‘Firefighters are heroes.” We hear it all the time, from children, the media, and young people looking for a rewarding career. It’s probably something you’ve said or thought yourself at one time or another. These brave men and women put their own safety on the line every day to protect their communities.

Yet, amazingly, one of the most dangerous aspects of the job isn’t the fire itself, but the protective clothing they wear on the job. According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, firefighters are significantly more likely to develop cancer due to their exposure to carcinogens.

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(MicroRidge: Sunriver, OR) -- At IMTS 2022, MicroRidge will feature MobileCollect wireless. See this popular measurement collection system in action, learn why customers say, “it just works,” and request that MicroRidge send you a MobileCollect Demo Kit to try at no charge at your location.

Why MobileCollect?

• MobileCollect transmits measurements wirelessly from any gage into any software program in real time, with 100 percent accuracy, at the press of a button. It is compatible with any data collection software, from Excel spreadsheets to cloud-based solutions.
• MobileCollect wireless is used in aerospace, automotive, energy, food and beverage, general manufacturing, and more. More than 100 gage brands and 3,500 gage devices are supported. You can select the best gage device and software solution for your needs without compatibility concerns.
• A MobileCollect wireless system consists of mobile modules, remotes (transmitters), and bases (receivers). With MobileCollect, you can choose several mobile module, remote, and base options to fit your gaging and measurement collection requirements. In situations with heavy RF, significant machinery, robots, or electrical noise, MobileCollect is often the only one that works unaffected all the time.

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(GaiaLens: London) -- GaiaLens, the AI-driven environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) analytics platform that takes a purely quantitative approach to ESG scoring, has gone live with new versions of its three main dashboards offering Portfolio Level analysis, Stock Level analysis, and a new sophisticated Screening Tool designed to aid portfolio construction.

The interfaces showcase GaiaLens’ core benefits, which are “explainability,” “objectivity,” and “customizability,” addressing some of the criticisms of existing ESG ratings, such as their lack of explainability and subjectivity.

The Portfolio dashboard enables investors to upload a portfolio in seconds and compare its ESG performance to a benchmark of their choosing, such as the S&P 500. Users can then drill down into their portfolio to find out what is driving its overall portfolio score. The dashboard also flags up any ESG news incidents that are taking place concerning their portfolio companies.

Figure 1: Portfolio Level dashboard

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

The pandemic has made organizations aware of the need for a new C-suite leader, the CHO, or chief health officer. This has been driven by recognizing the importance of employee health for engagement, productivity, and risk management, along with lowering healthcare insurance costs. At the same time, more employees report mental and physical health challenges.

To keep employees safe, and productivity and morale up, organizations realize that simply offering yoga and other wellness programs through employee assistance programs won’t cut it. This awareness helped create a top executive whose sole focus is on optimizing employee health, both physical and mental, for the sake of company bottom lines.

Thus, say hello to the chief health officer, the new C-suite leader who is both captain and curator of an organization’s health policies, and deals with the employees’ health on all levels.

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By: Ann Brady

Safer food, better health: This was the theme of World Food Safety Day (June 7, 2022), and it’s obvious, is it not, that access to safe food is vital for life and health? The challenge in today’s world is how to achieve this. Global food systems, already under pressure before the pandemic, are now subject to supply chain bottlenecks, the impacts of accelerating climate change, and fluctuating geopolitical tensions.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme “safer food, better health” highlights the importance of safe, nutritional food in ensuring human health and well-being. We all have a part to play in achieving this. Whether we grow, process, transport, store, sell, buy, prepare, or serve food, food safety is in all our hands.

The need to tackle the challenge is pressing. The WHO says unsafe food causes 600 million cases of foodborne diseases worldwide and 420,000 deaths. Some 30 percent of foodborne deaths occur among children under five. These figures are likely to be an underestimation.

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(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- Exact Metrology, a division of In-Place Machining Co. and a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, will exhibit at the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) along with their sister division, OASIS Alignment Services.

Held July 25–29, 2022, at the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld, this practical, user-driven metrology conference allows attendees to try innovative coordinate metrology equipment and educate themselves about metrology principles. In addition, attendees can receive certification, which will enable them to implement their knowledge directly into the workplace. Face-to-face interaction is available with more than 400 master end-users of metrology solutions, including developers, decision makers, and equipment vendors and service providers. The CMSC includes numerous technical presentations from industry experts, hands-on workshops that provide training opportunities on metrology hardware and software, and networking.

All the major players, including the metrology equipment manufacturers that Exact Metrology resells for, will be exhibiting and attending.