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By: Rob Matheson

Medical image registration is a common technique that involves overlaying two images, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to compare and analyze anatomical differences in great detail. If a patient has a brain tumor, for instance, doctors can overlap a brain scan from several months ago onto a more recent scan to analyze small changes in the tumor’s progress.

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By: Richard Wilson

According to the Verdantix global survey of 382 EHS decision-makers, 57 percent  expect to use mobile apps in 2018 either widely across all their facilities, at multiple facilities, or as a pilot project at one facility. Mobile has become a game changer for modern quality management systems (QMS). AuditComply is noticing a large trend toward mobile applications for QMS platforms. QMS software vendors who fail to offer mobile apps are now at a severe competitive disadvantage. Here are four features to look for in a mobile quality management platform.

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By: Manufacturing Extension Partnership MEP

Many people have ideas for inventions, but only a few act on them. Doug Gaus of Innovation in Mind quietly produces numerous inventions from his home in Boise, Idaho, taking the steps needed to turn his ideas into marketable products.

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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: J. B. Silvers, Mark Votruba

The new healthcare venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase announced June 20, 2018, that Harvard professor and well-known author Atul Gawande would be the company’s CEO. The idea for the new company is to innovate by cutting costs from the healthcare system, starting with the more than one million employees of the three companies behind the venture.

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By: Ryan E. Day

First article inspection (FAI) is that critical step between design and production which verifies that the factory’s production line can manufacture a part on a mass scale. Aerospace, automotive, and medical device manufacturers cannot skip FAI. But, manufacturers of any durable goods that skip FAI do so at tremendous risk of delayed production and skyrocketing development costs.

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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: Mike Richman

Manufacturing is an eternally forward-looking sector. From the First Industrial Revolution about 250 years ago right up until the remarkable advances in connectivity and information analysis that form the heart of Industry 4.0, scientists, engineers, managers, marketers, and quality professionals have joined forces to continually push the outer edges of practicality, reliability, and economic feasibility, all in a quest to create the breakthrough products that markets just can’t live without.

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By: M. Mitchell Waldrop

Part one looked at the innovative possibilities inherent in 3D printing; here we consider some of its shortcomings and the solutions that companies are finding.

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By: M. Mitchell Waldrop

Since May 2015, in a section of its WorldPort distribution center in Louisville, Kentucky, United Parcel Service (UPS) has been operating a spare parts warehouse with no spare parts. Instead, the facility is stocked with ultrafast 3D printers that can build up almost any plastic part that’s required, layer by layer by layer—and have it ready for UPS to deliver anywhere in the United States by morning.

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