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(Radiant Vision Systems: Redmond, WA) -- Radiant Vision Systems, a leading provider of automated visual inspection solutions for illuminated components, announced that it will give a presentation at the 2022 Vision Spectra Conference—a free virtual conference gathering leaders in machine vision to present a range of educational sessions over three days from July 19-21, 2022. Inspection experts from Radiant, Matt Scholz and Chris Williamson, will kick off the conference with the presentation “The Ultimate Vision System for Backlit Components: Light, Color, and Defect Detection in One,” broadcast on Tuesday, July 19, from 7:30–8:00 A.M. EDT (1:30–2:00 P.M. Central European Summer Time). Registrants will be able to access this and all other presentations throughout the online event and afterward on demand, as well as join Q&A sessions hosted by conference speakers. 

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(Creaform: Lévis, QC) -- Creaform, a business unit of AMETEK, Inc. and a leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced the release of its new VXscan-R software module for its new VXelements 10 platform. This latest version now offers an advanced compatibility with a wider range of robots, including collaborative ones, all of which take simplicity and ease of use to the next level while increasing quality control productivity.

The VXscan-R software is an integral part of the R-Series. It is the optimal automated 3D scanning solution for at-line applications, in turnkey solutions, or for customizable layouts. VXscan-R offers a reliable and accurate digital twin environment for program preparation, scan simulations, and execution. Used with the MetraSCAN 3D-R, a robot-mounted optical CMM scanner, the R-Series is designed for companies that want to find defects earlier and ensure that all parts are measured correctly, without human impact and subjectivity.

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By: Del Williams

The use of membrane technology as a processing and separation method in the food industry is gaining wide application for demineralization, desalination, stabilization, separation, deacidification, purification, and reducing microbial load.

Perhaps the most obvious application for membrane filtration is reducing dissolved or suspended solids from process water or liquid ingredients. However, membrane filtration can be used to remove microorganisms to prolong shelf life and provide a healthier option than utilizing additives and preservatives.

Membrane separation can also be combined with cold pasteurization and sterilization techniques to create products and ingredients with favorable characteristics. Since membrane separation eliminates the need for heat temperature treatment of products, it can preserve the natural taste of food products and the nutritional value of heat-sensitive components. Also, less energy is required.

Membrane processing plays a key role in wastewater treatment, as well. Wastewater derived from food production varies depending on the type of food (animal processors/rendering plants, fruit/vegetable washers, or edible oil refiners). By implementing membranes, the separated substances and clean water are recoverable.

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By: Susan Robertson

A debate you frequently hear in business circles is whether working online or in-person is more creative. The short answer? Both. Or neither. It’s solely dependent on how the meeting is structured and managed.

When it comes to creativity, a recent study found that online interactions result in less creativity than face-to-face. The reason: When online, people mostly stare at the screen rather than letting their eyes wander around, which sparks more divergent thought. But the flaw with this study was that the conditions that actually result in creative thinking were not set; not in the online nor the in-person experiments. So, even though the in-person interactions were slightly more creative, neither were very creative at all in the absolute.

Effective creative thinking requires adherence to specific guidelines. If done casually, without guidelines, it won’t be effective, regardless of online or in-person.

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By: Jamie Steiner

Ultra-low temperature freezers became popular due to the storage of Covid-19 vaccines, but they have been important components of laboratories for many years. There’s a lot, however, to think about—quality, productivity, maintenance, different types of technology, warranties, etc. And if you end up with the wrong unit, you could incur unnecessary expenses or delays.

In this guide, we’ll talk about some of the most important factors when purchasing an ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer so you can end up with the right unit for your laboratory needs and budget.

Types of ultra-low temperature freezers

An ultra-low temperature freezer is a unit that preserves and stores biological samples within a temperature range of -50°C to -86°C. First, let’s quickly review the two different types of ultra-low temperature freezers:

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(New Scale Robotics: Victor, NY) -- New Scale Robotics will highlight its Q-Span Automated Gauging System at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2022) Sept. 12–17 in Chicago. Continuous live demonstrations in the booth will show this flexible robotic workstation measuring parts and collecting the data using three common gauges. A Monday morning conference session will help QC teams explore how to get started and what benefits to expect from gauging automation.

Booth demos: Automating micrometer, caliper, bore gauge measurements

New Scale Robotics is in Booth 135414, Quality Assurance Pavilion, East Building, Level 3. See the IMTS floor plan.

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(MSI-Viking Gage: Duncan, SC) -- MSI-Viking Gage announced its recent acquisition of Inspec of Canton, Michigan. With the completion of this transaction, Inspec is now a wholly owned subsidiary of MSI Viking.

MSI Viking’s acquisition of Inspec advances its growing service and sales capabilities in the Midwest. According to MSI Viking president Dan Carter, “MSI Viking has been servicing manufacturers in this region for some time now. Inspec is a highly respected metrology company with strong calibration and inspection capabilities that also shares our customer-focused business principles. We are pleased that Inspec’s dedicated and capable staff has become part of the MSI Viking team.” The Michigan operation will continue to be led by Rob Farr, general manager.

“We are delighted with this transaction, which instantly enhances our service and product offerings to our current customers and positions us for significant growth,” says Inspec owner Dale Robenault. “It is our goal to quickly integrate our businesses, as this is a positive alliance for our customers and our employees.”

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(ETQ: Burlington, MA) -- ETQ, part of Hexagon, has launched a new release of its award-winning, cloud-native QMS, Reliance NXG, allowing teams to create and edit Google Docs natively in Reliance. The company also launched its newest application, Quality Events, giving quality users the broadest set of deviation management capabilities in the industry.

The Quality Events application adds to ETQ’s rich set of tools to manage unplanned deviations and provides a process to capture all types of events and determine if further action is required.

Among key updates to Reliance NXG is seamless integration between ETQ Document Control and Google Docs for improved collaboration on an industry-leading word processing platform, while maintaining full security and access control of the documents.

“The new release of Reliance NXG was designed to enhance team collaboration and boost the user experience, bringing customers the tools they need to better meet quality goals,” says Morgan Palmer, ETQ Chief Technology Officer. “These new capabilities, combined with our new Quality Events application, reflect ETQ’s continuous process of responding to customer needs with innovative solutions that raise the bar on QMS standards.”

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By: David Stevens

The United States has more than 6,000 hospitals, and each one has thousands, if not tens of thousands, of clinical assets, such as imaging machines, ventilators, and IV pumps. Managing this equipment becomes a mighty task when hospital staff must handle the monitoring, repair, and maintenance of each.

Even a minor mistake could prove problematic. Missteps can bring on unnecessary expenditures, compromise patient care, and exhaust both the time and spirits of hospital staff. According to TRIMEDX’s health provider surveys, nurses spend up to an hour each shift just locating equipment or verifying its cleanliness.

Avoiding such troubles begins with determining your vulnerabilities within your asset management system. Healthcare facilities struggle with clinical asset management in four fundamental ways.

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By: Richard Harpster

On Dec. 7, 2021, Ford Motor Co. updated its IATF 16949—“Customer specific requirements” (CSR), which require the use of reverse FMEAs (RFMEA) on new equipment (“tooling”). The first sentence of the reverse FMEA requirement reads: “Organizations are required to have a process in place that ensures all new launches complete an RFMEA event once the equipment is installed and running.”

As one might expect, multiple webinars are offered by RFMEA training providers, as well as two-day RFMEA classes ranging in price from $795 to $995. My guess is that it won’t be long before RFMEA software is available for purchase.

Having spent six years as a Ford plant and equipment design engineer, and an additional 32 years afterward helping companies manage new tooling risk, I see significant problems with the RFMEA processes being proposed by RFMEA training providers. Ford’s objective in requiring companies to use the RFMEA is to ensure that their suppliers effectively manage tooling risk.