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This is the second half of our two-part interview with Doug Fair, who is the chief operating officer of InfinityQS. In part 1, we chatted with Fair about data gluttony, the process for uncovering actionable information, and the power of sampling.

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By: Mike Richman

One of the highlights on our calendar each year is the first Friday in October, which is Manufacturing Day here in the United States. This event offers us the perfect opportunity to celebrate the centrality of manufacturing as a driver of the economy, innovation, automation, education, and lots more.

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To all of you out there who are fans of our live video programming, note that in lieu of our regularly scheduled episode of Quality Digest Live this Friday, we’re instead bringing you a two-hour special broadcast, our second annual Virtual Test and Measurement Expo. The date is important, because this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, is Manufacturing Day across the United States.

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I recently sat down with Doug Fair, the chief operating officer of InfinityQS, for a discussion about the uses (and sometimes, the misuses) of industrial statistical analysis. Ours was a lengthy conversation, so we’re splitting the account into two parts. In this installment, we cover data gluttony and the power of sampling. In part 2, coming up in October, Fair and I will compare and contrast a pair of interesting case studies and consider what manufacturers are missing when they fail to consider the data obtained from in-spec processes.

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IMTS was a blast, but it was great to be back home in lovely Northern California this week. On this episode of QDL, we covered the skills that workers need and the innovations that organizations want. Plus, we brought you a live interview with author Mark Graban, and one on tape from Burt Mason of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence captured at IMTS. Let’s take a look:

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With more than 110,000 expected attendees, IMTS is Chicago’s hottest suburb this week. (I like to refer to it as “Manufactureville.”) Here’s what we covered during our second show of the week, from the booth of today’s sponsor, Q-Mark Manufacturing:

“Tapping Your Employee’s Knowledge”

It’s no secret that the employees closest to a process know best how to improve it. But how do you tap that knowledge without ruffling feathers?

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IMTS is almost here, so we previewed the show, considered an important industry-academia partnership within manufacturing, and asked serious questions about the nature of motivation. Let’s take a look:

 IMTS Preview

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This week’s show contained a range of fun and interesting content from some of our favorite corners of the world of quality. Here’s what we covered:

 “More Unidentified Museum Objects

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has a wealth of crazy old artifacts from measurement days of yore, and every once in awhile they dust them off to see if anyone knows what they are. We hazarded a few guesses.

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If you want to keep stretching and improving, you’d better get comfortable with the discomfort of change. People have been saying that for decades, yet each time we successfully adjust to new business developments—or personal developments, for that matter—what’s the first thing we tend to want to do? If you’re like me, you probably take a deep breath, enjoy a few fleeting moments of self-congratulation, and whisper to yourself, “I’m sure glad that’s over.”

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The dog days of summer have arrived, but fear not! We brought you another cool episode of QDL this past Friday, covering lean improvement, the Deming philosophy, leader psychology, and Industry 4.0. Here’s a closer look: