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(ASTM International: W. Conshohocken, PA) -- ASTM International’s additive manufacturing technologies committee (F42) is developing a new material testing standard for tensile properties of filaments.

Ultrasonic scanning using portable arm

In this Tech Corner from the HxGN LIVE show in Las Vegas, François Mainguy, president and CEO of PRAGMA, demonstrates its PragmaRoll 64 scanning ultrasonic probe mounted to a Hexagon Absolute Arm.

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Imagine you’re driving along the highway and you see an electric sign that reads, “79 traffic deaths this year.” Would this make you less likely to crash your car shortly after seeing the sign? Perhaps you think it would have no effect?

Neither are true. According to a recent peer-reviewed study that just came out in Science, you would be more likely to crash, not less. Talk about unintended consequences.

The study examined seven years of data from 880 electric highway signs that showed the number of deaths so far this year for one week each month as part of a safety campaign. The researchers found that the number of crashes increased by 1.52 percent within three miles of the signs on these safety campaign weeks, compared to the other weeks of the month when the signs didn’t show fatality information.

That’s about the same effect as raising the speed limit by four miles or decreasing the number of highway troopers by 10 percent. The scientists calculated that the social costs of such fatality messages amount to $377 million per year, with 2,600 additional crashes and 16 deaths.

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(LRQA: London) -- Manufacturers could be at growing risk of food fraud if they do not take the correct precautions when selecting new suppliers, according to global food safety assurance specialist LRQA.

With the pandemic, Brexit, and the war in Ukraine continuing to have a major impact on supply of raw materials, many manufacturers have had to change suppliers in recent months in a bid to meet consumer demand. As a result, there are growing concerns that food fraud opportunists may strike, particularly if new suppliers are not vetted to the appropriate standards.

Sunflower oil and wheat are among the products facing increased global shortages, with manufacturers considering alternative ingredients, such as palm oil.  The shortage has caused the price of sunflower oil to skyrocket from $685 in 2020 to $1,665 in March this year, the highest price ever for the commodity. While wheat prices are still not at the levels of their all-time high in 2008, Ukraine—the world’s sixth-largest wheat exporter—is predicted to produce less than 50 percent of its most recent pre-war harvests.

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(New Scale Robotics: Victor, NY) -- New Scale Robotics has released a new case study video with Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, a medical contractor manufacturer in Bridgeport, Michigan. Orchid uses New Scale’s Q-Span Robotic Gauging System to automate QC inspection of its machined surgical drills.

In the video, Joe Farinella, quality director at Orchid, explains the business benefits of the Q-Span System. These include:
• Realizing immediate savings of more than 50 hours per week of inspection time
• Achieving total gauge repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R) of less than 10 percent
• Deployment in less than a month
• Ability to reassign quality control personnel to higher-value tasks

The Q-Span System meets the strict quality requirements of Orchid Orthopedic Solutions’ customers and regulatory agencies.

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.