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(The ROI Alliance LLC: Longmont, CO) -- The ROI Alliance announces the release of ROIstat, a GUI-based app to make using applied statistics easy via the powerful R statistics programming language.

The value of using statistics in business cannot be overstated. Statistics are how people make decisions when they don’t know everything, which in business is pretty much all the time. Every manager needs to know at least the basics of statistics to make good decisions, and will frequently need to perform some straightforward analyses. Engineers and other technical resources use statistics to make a variety of recommendations.

Recently, however, The ROI Alliance has noticed an ongoing trend with their customers. Client companies are less willing to pay thousands of dollars for statistics software, asking why they should pay for something when there is a free and comprehensive alternative available. They are often referring to the R Project, a free and open source system for statistical computation. And make no mistake, R is the new standard software for statistics in higher education and is becoming so in industry.

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(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announces the launch of MyQuality, a new contract inspection and programming services portal for quality, manufacturing, and design engineers.

Hexagon’s worldwide internal expertise in all things quality can now be leveraged to help customers maintain productivity as their business ebbs and flows. The online quoting system guides users throughout the process of procuring expert CMM/PCMM programming services for short-term initiatives or long-term projects. The MyQuality portal also provides a streamlined quoting process for contracting part inspection services from Hexagon’s fully staffed precision centers located in 11 locations across the United States and Canada. Customers can check on each phase of the job with enhanced visibility throughout the project. More information on the MyQuality contract inspection and programming services portal can be found here.

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(Quantron AG: Gertshofen, Germany) -- Quantron AG, specialist for commercial vehicles with electric and hydrogen drive trains, is setting out to become an OEM for zero-emission vehicles. To strengthen the identity of the products and the QUANTRON brand, the company is bringing international design expertise on board.

The aim of the “QUANTRON vision 2025” project is to build a strong brand DNA by creating a unique QUANTRON look and feel. Vehicle design not only has an aesthetic function, but also has a major impact on aerodynamics and thus on the vehicle’s energy consumption.

International design expertise for a unique and exciting vehicle design

The experts accompanying QUANTRON on this journey are well-known figures in the mobility industry: Italian car designer and design strategy consultant Fabio Filippini—who lead for more than six years the Pininfarina Transportation Design in Turin—and Spanish design and innovation consultancy Mormedi, led by Jaime Moreno.

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(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs and Bruderer Machinery North America have established a partnership that enables Bruderer presses to be sold with an integrated Marposs Brankamp process-monitoring solution. It features an automated ram height adjustment. Developed cooperatively, this feature uses control algorithms to carry out a step-by-step adjustment of the ram height.

The system automatically compensates for variation in sheet thickness, material hardness, tool and machine temperature, and speed during the manufacturing process. Monitoring systems are an effective method to gain insight into the forming process and its stability, to detect production faults and quality deviations, and if necessary, intervene in the machine to control it (ram height adjustment).

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Increasingly, consumers, investors, and other stakeholders are looking to companies big and small to do what’s right for people and our planet. To meet the demands of these stakeholders, transparency is key. In fact, an Innova Consumer Survey in 2020 revealed that six in 10 global consumers are interested in learning about where their food comes from and its impact, including on human and animal welfare, supply chain transparency, plant-powered nutrition, and sustainable sourcing.

The environmental and social governance (ESG) movement has given companies a platform, a common language, and key metrics to articulate their strategies and their progress, making it easier for stakeholders to make purchase and investment decisions. What’s really exciting is how this is fundamentally changing the way companies think about and operate throughout the supply chain. It is now incumbent on research and development, sourcing, manufacturing, planning, distribution, and other functions to consider factors that impact ESG in key investment decisions and day-to-day operations.

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We’re experiencing rapid change, political and economic uncertainty, employee shifts and a war for talent, and the still-evolving “future of work.” A lot seems out of our control. However, even in the midst of all that is swirling around us, there is so much that every leader, team, and organization has right in front of them that is fully within their control.

Most teams and companies just need to step back and acknowledge it. In fact, one of the greatest mental exercises for all of us these days is to recognize and name all the things that are within our control. When we can’t control the weather, the economy, or the latest media scandal, we still have a decision about what we will choose to give our energy to. There’s always a response or action that is within our control. Every time we shift our thinking—from reactionary finger-pointing, excuse making, or feeling sorry for ourselves—and direct our focus and energy to solutions, gratitude, and ownership of our next actions, positive ripples are felt by all around us. It models a different spirit for the path forward.

The best leaders and teams on the planet understand their role is to help positively influence the mindsets of their people in ways that give energy, hope, and clarity to the path forward.

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(Michigan Metrology: Livonia, MI) -- The long-standing “Surface Texture and Tribology” short course, presented by Don Cohen, Ph.D. of Michigan Metrology, is now available as individual modules on the udemy.com learning website. The online format allows students to choose the course segments that are pertinent to their work and to learn at their own pace and schedule.

“This online, modular format makes learning about surface roughness, finish, friction, and wear more affordable and accessible,” says Cohen, who presents the course. “The material goes beyond equations and instead focuses on how texture relates to component functions, such as friction, sealing, durability, and appearance. It’s designed for technicians, engineers, and scientists who address surface finish issues daily, but because it’s modular it is approachable for anyone who wants to understand surface interactions.”

The course modules range in length from 45 minutes to 2 hours, including material covering:

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(LMA Consulting Group: Claremont, CA) -- Manufacturing and supply chain expert, Lisa Anderson, president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., predicts that supply chain disruption will continue well beyond 2024. LMA Consulting Group works with manufacturers and distributors on strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation to maximize the customer experience and enable profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth.

“The supply chain disruption is real and will last for quite some time,” says Anderson. Every supply chain is a complex set of connections that spans from the supplier’s suppliers to product or service accessibility for the end user.

“Let’s look at the ‘why’ of the disruption,” she continues. “If you remove industry nuances, there are three main causes of the disruption. The first cause is labor. The pandemic exacerbated the ongoing drain of skilled ‘boomer’ workers, many of whom took early retirement. The pandemic also caused workers to reassess their priorities. That resulted in people deciding that they didn’t like their industry or job or their boss. This has manifested into what many are calling the Great Resignation.”

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(Mahr Inc: Providence, RI) -- Mahr Inc., a global manufacturer of precision measurement equipment used for dimensional metrology, is launching a new, updated version of its Marameter 844 K family of inside diameter measuring probes. This system is used to make comparative measurements of very small bores ranging from 1 mm to 20 mm. When multiple diameters are measured in the bore, the probes can identify form errors such as ovality and taper.

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Many industrial products must be leak-tight. For example, food, cosmetics, or pharmaceutical packaging, but also products such as lights in the automotive industry, electronics, or plastic components. But how can manufacturers test the leak-tightness of their products?

The entry-level solution is to test in a water bath. This is a simple yet effective method. The test specimen is held under water, and the tester watches for rising air bubbles. Very intuitive. In principle, it’s much like patching a bicycle tube, except that the product is not inflated but tested in a vacuum chamber. The product inflates itself, and bubbles escape from leaks. The important thing is that you not only know that the packaging is leaking, but you also immediately recognize where. This allows weak points in the process to be detected and eliminated. The LEAK-MASTER EASY makes this process economical and uncomplicated.