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Citing excess capacity and efficiency as the key reasons, Hexagon Metrology is closing its plant in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. During the past year, the plant, which assembled Sheffield brand products, has been shifting operations to Hexagon’s new facility in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The move was part of an overall operational consolidation effort, and to take advantage of the superior assembly capabilities of the Rhode Island facility, according to William Fetter, director of marketing and communications for Hexagon Metrology.

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(Hexagon Metrology: London) -- Following on its recent acquisition of Mahr Multisensor and further expanding its already large footprint in the international metrology market, Hexagon has recently acquired all outstanding assets and intellectual property of Mycrona GmbH, a manufacturer of state-of-the-art 3-D multisensor coordinate measuring machines.

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On Dec. 4, a California-based consumer watchdog group announced that testing performed by them on the enormously popular Zhu Zhu Pets showed that levels of the heavy metal antimony were in excess of federal limits. In an announcement picked up by national media, GoodGuide stated that their tests on Mr. Squiggles, performed using a NITON XL3t series X-ray fluorescence (XRF) scanner, had detected antimony levels of 93 to 106 parts per million, way in excess of the federal standard of 60 parts per million.

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I recently got a phone call from one of our service providers asking me to participate in a short survey to assess their service quality. This provider handles part of our business infrastructure and so I was more than happy to answer some questions. I won’t name the company for reasons I will explain later.

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On October 8, the federal government arrested three people in Southern California on suspicion of selling counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs) used in the manufacture of electronic devices to the U.S. Navy. The government executed search warrants at three business locations, two residences, and a storage facility in California alleged to be connected to the case.

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All the talk of health care reform has resulted in many hospitals turning to lean Six Sigma to help improve efficiency and aid in cost cutting. However, health care efficiency expert Ron Wince contends that many of these facilities are not applying the tools properly and therefore will not reap the ultimate benefits. Wince is the CEO of Guidon Performance Solutions and works with hospitals across the country helping them to improve efficiency and quality while reducing costs.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

In much the same way the Works Progress Administration of the Great Depression put millions of Americans back to work, there is great hope that green jobs will do the same during these current tougher-than-ever economic times.

What’s more, CareerBuilder.com recently named green jobs as one of seven careers “poised for growth.” But what are the skills needed to get one of these new economy jobs and just who will qualify for them?

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

As the U.S. automotive industry struggles to get back on its feet, automotive industry suppliers are finding new markets for their manufacturing skills. The burgeoning medical device field is one industry ideally suited to support that industry. Precision machining, automation, expertise in mechanical and electronic systems integration, and a well established supply chain are all key elements that could feed into one of the nation’s growth industries.