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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

During the past five to 10 years, the United States has seen more industry and academic institutions embrace apprenticeship programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2013 to 2017, the number of those participating in apprenticeship programs grew from 375,000 to almost 534,000, an increase of about 42 percent. In 2017, the number of apprentices was 25-percent higher than the 20-year average of 425,000. In the UK, the trend has been even more dramatic, with a threefold increase in apprenticeships from 2005 to 2015.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

In this all-manufacturing episode, we look at the STEM pipeline into manufacturing, supplier development, how to make sense of manufacturing data and, no, manufacturing is not dead.

“Strengthening the STEM Workforce Pipeline Through Outreach”

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

We’re almost done with another great IMTS, and we had a ball seeing old friends and meeting new ones while bringing you all the action right here on QDL. In this, our final episode from Chicago, we talked about the nature of the customer journey and how to motivate your team. Plus we had an in-depth Tech Corner from our hosts at Olympus America. Here’s a closer look:

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We arrived in Chicago over the weekend to luxuriously appointed accommodations and much fanfare (that’s how it is when you’re the cast and crew of the No. 1 talk show in the quality industry). In our first episodes of Quality Digest Live from the floor of IMTS 2018, we were truly given the red-carpet treatment by our wonderful sponsors at Nikon Metrology. Let’s take a look at what we covered:

News from IMTS

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In our Aug. 3, 2018, episode of QDL, we FDA's "Case for Quality" program, technology in supply chain management and, talk to the incoming and outgoing chairs of the CMSC.

“Trends in Global Supply Chain Management”

A number of promising technologies on the horizon will help us all keep pace with the complexities and pressures of global supply chains. Tom Gosselin of DNV explains.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

If asked whether you guard your company’s secrets, most of us would say, “Well, of course I do.” But I’m guessing that if you are a remote worker, or do any work while on the road, you are blithely handing out company secrets and don’t even know it. If nothing bad has happened yet, it’s only because the right (or wrong) person hasn’t been near you as you shared critical company information.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


In our July 6, 2018, episode of QDL, we discuss distributed manufacturing, and distributed management.

“Brother Moonshine, Sister Solution”

If want to spur innovation, try moonshine.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


In our June 29, 2018, episode of QDL, we discuss AR, VR, and innovation.

“Experience Augmented Reality Gauging With Marposs at IMTS 2018”

Augmented reality and virtual reality are fast becoming a part of test and assembly.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


In our June 15, 2018, episode of QDL, we get a field report from the HxGN LIVE user conference, examine the “story of quality,” and consider the importance of experience.

HxGN Live recap

Mike Richman went to HxGN LIVE... but I didn’t. I relive it vicariously through Mike’s field report.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


In our May 25, 2018, episode of QDL, we looked at business models, statistics, and a Champion of Quality.

“How Broken Is Your Business Model?”

Nothing focuses the mind like the sight of the gallows.