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The New RS6 Laser Scanner – All the Performance, All of the Time

The new RS6 Laser Scanner for the Absolute Arm makes 3D laser scanning better and easier than ever. Built on innovative SHINE technology that allow it to measure almost any surface using its default exposure settings, the RS6 makes the collection of high-quality data both fast and simple. It’s still laser scanning, but better.

The New RS6 Laser Scanner – All the Performance, All of the Time

The new RS6 Laser Scanner for the Absolute Arm makes 3D laser scanning better and easier than ever. Built on innovative SHINE technology that allow it to measure almost any surface using its default exposure settings, the RS6 makes the collection of high-quality data both fast and simple. It’s still laser scanning, but better.

The New RS6 Laser Scanner – All the Performance, All of the Time
 

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QDL: The quality professional's role in innovation.

Story links for Sept. 13, 2019

 

The quality professional's role in innovation.

This week we talk to Jim Harrington, CEO of Harrington Management Systems, about innovation, and how and why the quality professional should be involved in the process.

See Jim Harrington's latest books:
Innovation Systems Cycle (Coming Fall 2019)
Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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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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By: NIMS

(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.

 

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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.