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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

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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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

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.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

(Hexagon Metrology: London) -- Hexagon Metrology has filed a patent infringement suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts alleging that Metris N.V. and its U.S. subsidiary Metris U.S.A. Inc., and Mitutoyo Corporation and its U.S. subsidiary Mitutoyo America Corporation, have infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,829,148 by importing into the U.S. and offering to sell infringing portable arms. Hexagon Metrology sells articulated arms in the U.S. under the brand name ROMER.

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Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is a systematic analysis technique that facilitates the identification of potential problems (failure modes) within a design or manufacturing process. Problems can then be ranked in order of importance to prioritize improvement actions. These actions are implemented to reduce the chances of the problem occurring, and to mitigate the consequences if a problem actually does occur.

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In response to what it claims was a misleading press release issued by Hexagon Metrology last week regarding an intellectual property suit, Xspect Solutions Inc. has added clarification and detail to some of the language used in Hexagon's release.  A subsidiary of Wenzel Prazision, GmbH, Xspect Solutions, says that it "has agreed to certain terms following unproven accusations cited in the original lawsuit filing."