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How To: Deal With Failed Master Gages

Master gages are vital to performing internal calibrations. What do you do when the master is found out of tolerance? We share tips and the beginnings of corrective actions that can be taken when a master gage failed its recent calibration.

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By: MoneySuperMarket

(MoneySuperMarket: Ewloe, Wales) -- With many workers spending up to 40 hours a week in an office, it should come as no surprise that the office environment is vitally important to 21 percent of people. Happy workers are up to 20-percent more productive—so making sure the office is a positive place to be is in everyone’s interest. But what is it that makes an office space feel right?

New research from leading price comparison site MoneySuperMarket, surveys the views of business owners and employees to find out what perks, facilities, and styles are the most sought after in different industries.

Quality Digest Live -- July 26, 2019

QDL for July 26, 2019

This week on QDL we talk about the connection between employee engagement and appreciation and workplace performance with Lisa Ryan, Chief Appreciation Strategist, with Grategy.

Download her book Manufacturing Engagement: 98 Proven Strategies to Keep Your Top Talent from Becoming Someone Else's

 

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How To: Handle Large Amounts of Data Using Quality Dashboards

How to handle and visualize a mass amount of data? With Dashboards! We discuss ways to maximize the effectiveness of Dashboards at your location to see more and act quicker.

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By: Sunni Massey

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey: First Quarter 2019, found that 71.3 percent of the U.S. manufacturers surveyed cited the inability to attract and retain skilled workers as their top concern for the sixth consecutive survey. Analysts have called it a “full-blown workforce crisis.”

I recently had the privilege of attending a meeting hosted by Catalyst Connection, part of the Pennsylvania MEP and the MEP National Network, on opportunities to expand diversity and inclusion in manufacturing while simultaneously addressing the lack of skilled workers. Catalyst Connection, inspired by its move to the neighborhood of Hazelwood in Pittsburgh, brought together some of Southwest Pennsylvania’s economic development, workforce development, and educational powerhouses along with local advanced manufacturers to discuss the pockets of poverty that persist despite the area’s booming manufacturing industry.

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By: Tim Mouw

Spending too much time and money on incorrect color? Even if you use the best color measurement tools available, your color will still fail without quality control. You may think you’re doing everything right, but if you (or worse, your customers) are rejecting a lot of products, then there’s more you should know.

Quality control (QC) means verifying the color you specify is the same color you manufacture, throughout production. Setting up a color QC program can help you accurately communicate color with clients and suppliers, inspect raw materials before you begin working, and verify that your color is correct before you ship.

Whether you have a quality control program or are considering one, here are five important components to consider with regards to color.

1. Quantify color using a spectrophotometer

Human vision is subjective, which leads to communication errors and confusion. A little brighter, a touch bluer, or a smidge darker are impossible to achieve without hours of trial and error. Measuring color with an instrument such as a spectrophotometer instead of just evaluating by eye can dramatically reduce that wasted time.

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By: X-Rite

(X-Rite: Grand Rapids, MI) -- X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a spectral color measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print, and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide-format and industrial printing applications.

The i1Pro 3 Plus has been optimized for digital printing on a range of materials and surfaces, including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more. Commercial, wide-format, grand-format, packaging, and industrial printers can now create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of color accuracy. 

Quality Digest Live -- July 19, 2019

QDL for July 19, 2019

This week on QDL we explore cobots, robots that work alongside or with humans. Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director and CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity will tell us what they are and how they are being used.

 

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How To: Deal With Poor Gage R&R Results

Discussion of common concerns after a Gage R&R has been completed and the results are found to be less than desirable. How to properly investigate and make improvements for the next time.

How To: Develop a Trustworthy Data Collection Method

Gages are found throughout manufacturing facilities. We discuss key identifiers that should be present on effective gage labels and stickers.

How To: Develop a Trustworthy Data Collection Method