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In case you missed it, last week’s Quality Digest Live contained some great articles and discussion between myself and my co-host, Quality Digest publisher in chief Mike Richman. In the show, we covered:

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2017

In this run-down of technologies to watch, of particular interest to us was the concept behind Amazon Go.

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I’m pinch-hitting for my co-host Mike Richman in the wrap-up of this past Friday’s episode of Quality Digest Live. Mike was off on vacation last week, so I presented the show myself.

On Friday’s show, we covered:

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At roughly 7 a.m. every Monday through Friday, I fire up my Lenovo T520 laptop and wait for email, chat, Google Drive, Google Hangout, Skype, remote desktop, an FTP program, two different browsers, and depending where I’m at, my voice over IP applications to load. It may have an Intel 2.5 GHz Core i5 inside, but my computer sighs when it sees me coming.

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What happened to the good old show-me-the-money capitalistic down-and-dirty business I grew up with? Where’s the cutthroat competition? What happened to “we’re big, you’re not, we’re doing it our way” partnerships?

Something happened when I was wasn’t looking because business is all so touchy-feely now. Strategic partnerships, coopetition, cultural exchange. Did Atlas swoon? What have we become?

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This past November, three winners of the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality awards were announced, one in education and two in healthcare. Quality Digest Daily is fortunate that one of the winners, Sutter Davis Hospital (SDH) is practically in our back yard. This gave us an opportunity to meet with Sutter Davis CEO, Janet Wagner, to talk about what it means to win the Baldrige and, more important, what the Baldrige journey does for applicants.

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Frequently, Quality Digest Daily has reported that many of our manufacturing readers say there is a lack of skilled talent to fill technical positions. For our audience, this has typically been in the area of metrology, which involves not only specialized knowledge but also a lot of experience, especially within the aerospace industry. Although there are exceptions, it’s hard to find “metrology” curriculum at your local college or junior college.

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A lot of us have been following the advancements in 3D printing and have noted the variety of materials that can be used to create objects. The most common of these are plastic, nylon, and metal. One of the key expenses of 3D printing, other than the printer, of course, is the cost of the material. Other issues may include the ability to recycle scrap or consumables, toxicity, and the ability for precise, on-printer coloring of the finished object.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society’s (CMS) efforts to deliver an industry-recognized certification to the profession of portable 3D metrology is now a reality.