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(Zontec: Cincinnati)-- Zontec Inc., a worldwide leader in statistical process control (SPC) software that improves manufacturing quality, has announced the availability of Synergy 1000 and Synergy 1000+ v. 10.0.

The Synergy 1000 and Synergy 1000+ products are part of an entire suite of Zontec SPC software solutions that give visibility to real-time quality data to improve manufacturing process efficiency, quality, and profits. Instantly see quality data in straightforward color-coded charts full of actionable metrics. Quickly recognize sources of process variation allowing users to decide if an undesirable shift in the numbers needs attention to avoid producing defective parts that result in scrap and rework. Shop-floor operators, supervisors, quality engineers, and management can focus their attention on monitoring and analyzing production parts for improved quality using the SynergySPC suite of real-time software products.

“Zontec has provided the most powerful and easy-to-use SPC software solutions to manufacturers for over 35 years,” says Zontec president Warren Ha. “We take time to understand the demands placed on manufacturing quality teams. We focus our efforts on developing features that help our customers improve manufacturing quality, cut costs and save time.” 

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement and process monitoring technologies, has announced the availability of its HeTech helium technology nondestructive leak testing machines for battery systems used in electric vehicles. These machines help identify the presence of leaks in cooling tubes, hoses, and plates; prismatic battery cells and modules, as well as battery pack assemblies. These systems enable parts to be checked for defects without being transferred to a measurement lab, eliminating the need to reload and reposition the part for any necessary reworking, improving the process and optimizing cycle time.

Using helium-charged vacuum technology the part is placed into a chamber where a vacuum is created. The part is then pressurized with helium and any leakage is measured through a mass spectrometer. These helium-charged systems feature two vacuum chambers with manual opening and closing. The chambers alternate so that while one chamber is closed and running the test cycle, the other chamber is open for loading/unloading.

The machine is designed to inspect complete cells prior to electrolyte filling and sealing. The detectable leak range goes from 5.0 × 10–3 mbar*L/s to 5.0 × 10–8 mbar*L/s.

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By: Exact Metrology

(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- On March 28, 2019, Exact Metrology was among several companies who came to Latonia Elementary Career Day. This event was meant to introduce students to a variety of careers in health, law, manufacturing, engineering, technology, and other fields.

Fifth-grade students spent three weeks researching different careers that interested them. They learned information concerning future salary, education, and job skills. Then, students had the opportunity to speak with professionals in their chosen fields and ask questions.

Chris Lafferty, a specialist in Artec 3D's, professional-grade handheld 3D scanners and software, attended on behalf of Exact Metrology. Together with Jason Kleinhenz, marketing manager at Exact Metrology, they met with students to teach them about metrology using the Artec Leo and Geomagic Design X.

Artec Leo is the first 3D scanner to offer onboard automatic processing with an integrated touch panel viewer. This frees users from being tied to a computer for data capture. Users can scan the object and see the 3D replica being built in real time on the screen. The 3D model can be rotated to check that all areas have been captured. The final 3D model can be directly exported to Geomagic Design X.

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By: Vision Engineering Ltd.

(Vision Engineering: Woking, UK) -- Vision Engineering will today unveil a revolutionary, globally patented, digital 3D stereoscopic display technology at the Control trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany.

Vision Engineering’s Deep Reality Viewer (DRV) creates stereo, high-definition 3D images without using a monitor, or requiring operators to wear headsets or specialist glasses. Instead, images “float” in front of a mirror.

DRV offers users the well-known Vision Engineering advantages of ergonomics and optimized user interfaces, while ensuring full interaction with other local or remote users and other tools, PCs, and complementary analytical equipment.

Vision Engineering anticipates that this unique, first-to-market device will be particularly valuable to organizations that model and test components in 3D, as well as facilitating improvements in manufacturing processes such as PCB inspection and reworking. DRV has the particular advantage for multisite companies of offering real-time, full HD 3D stereo images to multiple users in different locations at the same time (commonly known as “daisy chaining”).

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By: TPAC

(TPAC: West Chester, OH) -- The Phased Array Company (TPAC), experts in the field of ultrasonic nondestructive testing solutions, introduces the Pioneer, its new, powerful, and compact acquisition unit providing innovative phased array and advanced FMC/TFM technologies.

In order to respond to the growing need for faster and more accurate detection of material defects, TPAC has focused its strengths and high-level experience to exploit the best features of the latest ultrasonic technologies. In particular, total focusing methods (TFM) easily exceed conventional imaging by optimally focusing at each point of the reconstruction zone and therefore providing far superior image quality.

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By: GageList

(GageList: Houston, TX) -- GageList, the world’s fastest-growing calibration management software, announces the release of GageList Mobile for iOS and Android. The app went live in the App Store and Google Play on March 8, 2019, and was introduced to the quality management industry at the 27th Annual ISO 9000 World Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on March 11, 2019.

There are hundreds of industries and millions of organizations across the globe where calibration data is critical to quality management. The calibration management system space is dominated by complex desktop platforms that charge expensive seat licenses and require extensive training to operate. GageList identified an opportunity to bring calibration management into the 21st century by offering a simple cloud-based SaaS platform with a user-friendly cost structure. GageList Mobile extends the GageList service model and allows easy, real-time gauge management with or without internet access.

While other platforms charge on a per-user basis, creating workflow bottlenecks, reinforcing silos, and forcing users to adapt their calibration programs to fit their systems, GageList allows unlimited users and customizable permissions on all accounts, so multiple users—including auditors—can collaborate on a single gauge list in real time.

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By: Nikon Metrology NV

(Nikon Metrology, Leuven, Belgium) -- Nikon Metrology has announced that Canadian-based 7D Kinematic Metrology Inc, has acquired Nikon Metrology’s iGPS dynamic tracking business.

iGPS is a modular large scale, high-accuracy dynamic tracking solution that transforms large facilities into an accurate tracking-enabled workspace. Within the facility, the movement of an unlimited number of devices like large assembly parts, tools, and automated guided vehicles equipped with iGPS sensors, can be tracked concurrently. As such iGPS technology enables advanced manufacturing and assembly of large-scale products such as aircraft or aerospace components. The iGPS technology is also used during the development process of automotive active safety and autonomous driving systems.

7D Kinematic Metrology is part of Amrikart Ultraprecision group. Specializing in real-time assisted assembly solutions, 7D Kinematic Metrology is today a world leader in the implementation of the revolutionary iGPS system. 7D Kinematic Metrology has extensive expertise in dimensional measurement, the company is a strategic partner for any manufacturer of large-scale products requiring high-precision measurements.

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By: Visual Workplace Inc.

(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. has introduced color-coded cleaning tools to help create order and discipline in facilities. Color coding work spaces is a simple way to eliminate searching by making it faster and easier to find and return cleaning tools to their proper places, which also reduces the need to replace missing tools.

Color-coded cleaning tools help to reduce cross-contamination between work spaces and establish standard work. All of these benefits support companies as they try to achieve 5S/lean objectives.

Just-in-time expert Hiroyuki Hirano introduced the 5S System: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain, in his book, 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace (Productivity Press, 1995). Today the word “straighten” is often used for “set in order,” and the word “sweep” is used for “shine,” making 5S: sort, straighten, sweep, standardize and sustain.

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By: David L. Chandler

A team of engineers has built and tested a radically new kind of airplane wing, assembled from hundreds of tiny identical pieces. The wing can change shape to control the plane’s flight, and could provide a significant boost in aircraft production, flight, and maintenance efficiency, the researchers say.

The new approach to wing construction could afford greater flexibility in the design and manufacturing of future aircraft. The new wing design was tested in a NASA wind tunnel and is described today in a paper in the journal Smart Materials and Structures, co-authored by research engineer Nicholas Cramer at NASA Ames in California; MIT alumnus Kenneth Cheung, now at NASA Ames; Benjamin Jenett, a graduate student in MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms; and eight others.

Instead of requiring separate movable surfaces such as ailerons to control the roll and pitch of the plane, as conventional wings do, the new assembly system makes it possible to deform the whole wing, or parts of it, by incorporating a mix of stiff and flexible components in its structure. The tiny subassemblies, which are bolted together to form an open, lightweight lattice framework, are then covered with a thin layer of similar polymer material as the framework.

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By: Association for Manufacturing Excellence

(Association for Manufacturing Excellence: Rolling Meadows, IL) -- Learn about the historic and cultural roots behind the people-development concepts and principles underlying the Toyota Way at the “Isao Yoshino seminar on lean leadership and the Toyota Way” to be held April 25, 2019, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the University of California San Francisco.

Isao Yoshino will lead you through a morning of learning and discussion about the role of leaders and managers in a lean operating environment. Yoshino will share stories from his experiences including:
• Leading the Toyota Management Development Program (Kan-Pro) for all managers in Toyota’s headquarters to learn hoshin kanri and A3 thinking
• Developing John Shook, author of the book, Managing to Learn (Lean Enterprises Institute Inc., 2008), as his first manager in Japan
• Managing the Japan training program for the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) managers to learn the Toyota Way

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