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By: Taryn Davis

You may have a distant memory of Hernán Cortés, that Spanish conquistador, from your eighth-grade world history class. If you don’t, he was known for conquering the Aztec tribes that controlled what is now Mexico. He’s also famous for a somewhat lesser-known story of rallying his men to burn their ships so that they couldn’t turn back around and leave before they had accomplished their goal.

This historical anecdote can provide needed inspiration for those in a variety of disciplines, but my favorite application is to leadership of improvement efforts.

If you are a professional working in the capacity of leading any kind of improvement effort, you know that getting buy-in from the people responsible for maintaining the improvement is at least half the battle. If you don’t get that, you may as well call the whole thing a wash. However, this requires a shift in culture so that the desire to sustain the change is built into the very framework of the business.

Most businesses don’t have the luxury of a continuous improvement mindset being built into the foundation right at the outset. And as we all know, while you may not pay attention to the foundation of your house until you notice a crack, it may be the single most important aspect of any structure.

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By: Søren Block Olsen

Manufacturers face constant challenges of rising expectations as customers and regulators demand better quality and greater traceability throughout the supply chain. Exacerbating matters are unpredictable tariffs, which necessitate faster responses to changing trade barriers and regulatory requirements. These factors must all be accomplished at lower costs while coping with already thin margins.

The solutions to these challenges already exist within current systems. Unlocking the value of data already in systems generates actionable insights from quality control and quality assurance for operations and plant-floor management.

Improving the entire manufacturing process allows manufacturers to optimally monitor costs, remaining within a range of profitability. If data (i.e., business intelligence) show information outside the acceptable range, it can be quickly adjusted.

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By: Mahr Inc.

(Mahr Inc.: Providence, RI) -- Mahr Inc., a leading provider of dimensional metrology solutions, has introduced the Precimar SM 60, an easy-to-use length measurement instrument for fast and precise external measurements on shop floor parts, with a measuring range of 60 mm.

The SM 60 is configurable with Mahr readouts, such as digital indicators or linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) probes, to provide a system tailored to the performance level required for the measurement application. The SM 60 incorporates a 25 mm sensitive contact and a fixed reference jaw with a 35 mm adjustment to obtain the full 60 mm measurement capacity.

The robust construction of the SM 60 demonstrates its design for use in the production environment—right at the point of manufacture of precision parts. “This system fills the demand for high-performance gauging at the point of manufacture,” says George Schuetz, director of precision gages at Mahr. “It allows a machinist to easily set up and adapt for new workpieces, while allowing the system to act as either a long-range measuring system or as a very high-performance comparator for sub-micron applications.”

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(NIMS: Fairfax, VA) -- The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is pleased to announce that it has launched a new credential to validate an instructor’s or evaluator’s parts inspection skills.

According to Montez King, Executive Director of NIMS, “validating skills has become ever more important to employers and of course a necessity for educational institutions offering certificate-type training programs in manufacturing technology. For our current customers, this is a refreshing evolution in the certification process.”

Designed for manufacturers and schools, the new “NIMS Inspector Credential” allows a much faster, more efficient performance validation process within the NIMS online structural framework. Until now, shops and schools had to send test parts to be inspected and evaluated by a NIMS-sanctioned review committee of industry volunteers, which guaranteed quality control, but could take up to four weeks or longer, and often created a backlog of uninspected parts. Now, the validation can be done on-site by instructors themselves, and credentials can be issued much quicker.

QDL Tech Corner: Nikon SMZ 1270i Stereo Microscope

QDL for September 6, 2019

Tech Corner: Nikon SMZ 1270i Stereo Microscope

We look at the SMZ 1270i stereo microscope, which offers a wide viewfield at low magnification, enabling easy confirmation of observation targets,while its cutting-edge optics provide bright and sharp images through the entire viewfield.



How To: Develop a Trustworthy Data Collection Method

Data collection happens throughout the work day but how do the critical measurements get stored and analyzed? We review some manual as well as automated techniques that can help ensure the data collected is reliable.

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By: Steve Moore

Pickleball is arguably the fastest-growing sport in the United States, especially among baby-boomer retirees. This game is similar to tennis, but is played on a smaller court (44 ft × 20 ft) with a solid paddle and a perforated polymer ball much like a wiffle ball.

Pickleball’s popularity may be due in part because it is a very sociable sport (men and women can play equally well), and it is much easier on the body than tennis. Many high schools as well as colleges and universities have included pickleball in their physical education programs.

Pickleball was invented by a family on Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1965 and has gradually spread across the United States and around the world. The sport now has more than two million players worldwide, including the USA Pickleball Association, the first professional pickleball league.

QDL: Reduce fixturing costs using 3D printing

QDL for September 4, 2019

3D printing has quietly moved from prototyping novelty to essential tool. Today, 3D printing fixtures can be a quick, low-risk solution for testing and implementing ideas for boosting efficiency. Andrew Edman of Formlabs tells us how.

For more information, don't miss the free webinar: "Lower the Cost of Production With Robust 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures" on Tuesday, September 10, at 11 a.m. Pacific, 2 Eastern

Read the article: "Cost, Quality, Schedule: How 3D Printing Helps Production Engineers Get the Job Done"


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By: Ekim Saribardak

Transporting cargo over long distances has always been a logistical nightmare, but when the goods are of a delicate nature, the whole operation becomes significantly more challenging. Perishable foods, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, and other delicate goods all need special treatment during transportation to keep them in optimal condition; in many cases, constant monitoring of the cargo’s temperature is necessary to ensure its integrity until delivery.

Luckily, thanks to the technological advances of the last two decades, logistics companies no longer have to rely on rudimentary methods such as manually inspecting the cargo hold, which used to be a cause of excess downtime and loss of productivity, and wasn’t particularly reliable.

QDL: Helping employees deal with tough times

QDL for August 30, 2019

Most companies go through rough patches. Lisa Ryan, Chief Appreciation Strategist, with Grategy explains how to help your employees navigate tough times.

Plus Tech Corner: Nikon Metrology's MM 800 measuring microscope.