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By: Anil More

Air gauge measuring devices have given highly reliable and precise measurements since the 1940s. As the name suggests, an air plug or air ring gauge is a gauging probe that uses metered air under controlled pressure to sense the back pressure generated as it impinges on the surface of the part under measurement.

The controlled air flows through one or more nozzles or jets, and the resulting change in the airflow or pressure is measured by a precise sensing device. This pressure change is compared to the same measurement of a part with precisely known dimensions. The comparative measurement is then converted to an absolute measurement value for the part being measured. 

To get the maximum benefit of this system of gauging, it’s important to understand air gauges and what factors contribute to their accuracy.

Air plug gauges are used for internal gauging, and air ring gauges are for external gauging. Usually, two jets face outward in an air plug gauge, and inward in an air ring gauge. They are symmetrically and precisely positioned on the diameter to balance the air flowing out. The amount of airflow under pressure depends on the particular readout system’s operating pressure and the size of the nozzles/jets.

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(Augury: New York and Tel Aviv) -- Augury, the leading provider of IoT and industrial AI solutions that improve health and reliability of machines for manufacturing and industry, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Seebo, a leader in AI-based process intelligence. The deal is a combination of cash and stock and is valued between $100 million and $200 million.

Augury’s Machine Health solutions help companies ranging from Colgate and PepsiCo to ICL and Essity to predict machine reliability and performance issues to eliminate downtime and increase production efficiencies. Seebo’s process-based artificial intelligence provides manufacturing teams with the insights to optimize processes in the face of multiple, often-conflicting objectives, such as improving quality, throughput, and yield while reducing waste, energy consumption, and emissions.

Together, the companies will provide a never-before-possible, AI-driven view into the interplays between the diverse factors that influence overall production health. These correlated insights will enable customers to take actions that improve asset performance, process optimization, quality, sustainability, and safety.

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(Configit: Copenhagen) -- Configit, a global leader in configuration life-cycle management (CLM), has announced new breakthrough capabilities in its market-leading solution Configit Ace, which advances CLM by introducing industry-first, system-level configuration.

Organizations need the ability to not just configure individual products but also complex systems of multiple, interdependent products or components, which has been an industry challenge. Configit Ace now addresses this challenge by providing a comprehensive, system-level CLM solution.

With these enhancements, Configit Ace provides:

System-level modeling: The capability to define complex rules and constraints with rich logical expressions that govern the modeling of solutions involving multiple interdependent products, subsystems, or components. This means that engineering assistance is significantly reduced and, in some instances, no longer necessary, allowing a configure-to-order (CTO) approach that can be used for both individual product configuration and system-level configuration across multiple products. This saves time and cost while minimizing configuration errors.

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In an open letter, Bob Fangmeyer, director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, wrote that the Baldridge Award process would be suspended this year. The reasons and future plans are outlined in the letter shown below. In a separate email to Quality Digest, Fangmeyer added that “the award process is being paused for 2022 while we engage in a comprehensive external program review that builds on our own change initiatives. The objective is to reinvigorate the program and the award, not eliminate it. All other [Baldrige Program] offerings continue.”

Dear Friend of Baldrige,

I am writing today to provide an important update on the status of the 2022 Baldrige Award process.

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By: Joe Vernon

The pandemic has had many consequences for manufacturing companies, the most prevalent being supply chain disruptions. In light of these, it’s paramount that organizations establish robust and reliable operations to ensure that productivity targets are met, especially as consumer demands continue to rise regarding speed, accuracy, and quality.

To keep up with the rapidly accelerating and challenging economy, many in the manufacturing sector have deployed computer vision (CV) technologies. Coupled with artificial intelligence (AI) it’s possible to train computers to interpret, identify, and classify objects in the visual world using digital images, cameras, videos, and machine learning.

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(Marposs: Bentivoglio, Italy and Auburn Hills, Michigan) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection, and test technologies, has acquired Jenoptik’s (Jena, Germany) nonoptical-process measuring technology business for grinding machines, formerly known as Movomatic. With this acquisition, Marposs is taking over the facilities, management, and employees at the main site in Peseux, Switzerland, as well as in Ratingen and Ludwigsburg, Germany, ensuring continuity of service and support levels.

Marposs is bringing the Movomatic brand back to the market, which had been abandoned following its integration into Jenoptik. For the time being, dedicated market strategies will be maintained with an autonomous approach to the respective customers. Possible integration between the product lines, such as combining Movomatic measuring solutions with Marposs wheel balancing systems and sensors, will be evaluated for possible future technical integration.

This acquisition, in combination with Marposs’ expertise in the field of high-precision measuring and control solutions for industrial production, expands Marposs market presence and portfolio of offerings for its customers.

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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, attended this year’s CastExpo with a host of innovative solutions from Hexagon and Artec.

The event was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, from April 23 to April 26. At the booth were David Nichols, applications engineer; Darin Sherry, regional sales manager; and Chris Lafferty, Artec sales. The team showcased the new IP54 Hexagon Absolute Arm, Artec Micro, and Artec Leo.

The Absolute Arm from Hexagon Metrology has an IP54 protection rating, a market first for portable measuring arms. It comes alongside an environment-related improvement that sees the system’s maximum operating temperature increased to 45°C. There are also improvements to the functionality of the Absolute Arm wrist display, now upgraded to a touchscreen, and the RDS software that drives it. With the CP-W Wireless Pack, also IP54-rated, every Absolute Arm boasts full-speed performance all of the time, even when high-speed scanning over a wireless connection.

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

Covid-19 has disrupted many areas of our lives, including our careers. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to strengthen and secure your career during these uncertain times.

Due to the devastating effect of the pandemic on the restaurant industry, one of my coaching clients, Alex, who served as the chief operating officer (COO) in a regional chain of 24 diners in the Northeast U.S., wanted to explore switching her career to a different industry.

Alex turned to me as her executive coach and asked for my guidance. I recommended a five-step decision-making process that helps address some the biases that might affect her decision, and coached her through the process to help her make the wisest and most profitable decision.

Step 1

Identify the need to launch a decision-making process and gather relevant information from a wide variety of informed perspectives on the issue at hand.

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By: James J. Kline

Big data is a relatively new phenomenon. Its use is increasing in many organizations. But, as with many new processes, its use cuts both ways. It has positive benefits to both the organization and customers. It also has its potential downside. This piece looks at both with respect to the quality profession.

Big data benefits

Big data is the accumulation and analysis of huge amounts of information (data). This information is generally divided into two categories, structured and unstructured. Structured data includes information electronically stored, notebooks, spreadsheets, and similar information. Unstructured data includes videos, pictures, tweets, and word processing documents.1

The digitization of data and the internet combined with algorithms has created the opportunity for companies and government to be more efficient by identifying and assessing relevant information in a timely manner. Such information allows the organizations to better serve their customers and identify areas that can be improved.

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By: Matt Fieldman

I remember well when the phrase “a thousand points of light” entered regular usage. Popularized by President George H.W. Bush, the phrase referred to individuals and organizations that provide valuable and even lifesaving work in communities around the country. In 1990, President Bush founded the Points of Light Foundation.

As a kid interested in social justice, this fascinated me. I saw these thousand points of light bringing hope and comfort to those in need. That said, while disparate groups deliver aid that is meaningful and valuable, they can often have an even greater impact when they work together and emulate and build upon each other’s successful approaches to common problems.

Today, when I think of manufacturing workforce development programs, I imagine them as “a thousand points of light,” too. They are obviously doing tremendous work in communities around the country. However, these programs are fragmented, disjointed, and rarely scale outside the cities and states that invested in their creation.

“A thousand points of light” might be a great metaphor for inspiring social action, but it’s no way to run national workforce development.