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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

Quality Digest Live -- April 5, 2019

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This week on Quality Digest Live we look at Inspection Arsenal modular fixturing system from Phillips Precision. If you thought that precision fixturing was out of reach for your shop, watch this.



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By: Teledyne DALSA

(Teledyna DALSA: Montreal) -- Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in machine vision technology, has added to its successful 1D and 2D camera portfolio by introducing its high-accuracy 3D laser profiler series for industrial imaging and factory automation.

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By: Taylor and Francis Group

(Routledge: New York) -- Workforce readiness is an issue that is of great national and societal importance. For the United States and other countries to thrive in a globally interconnected environment of wide-ranging opportunities and threats, the need to develop and maintain a skilled and adaptable workforce is critical.

National investments in job training and schools remain essential in stimulating businesses and employment agencies to collaborate productively with educators who provide both training and vocational guidance.

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(ISO: Geneva) -- While some countries have made great progress toward universal health coverage, half the world’s population are still unable to obtain the health services they need. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working collaboratively to change things.

Good health should be a universal human right, but all too often it is dictated by social and geographical circumstances. Global health and well-being are the preserve of WHO, the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. Created to dispense the advice and knowledge needed for people to lead healthy lives, WHO provides leadership on matters critical to health and engages in partnerships where joint action is needed. This aspiration toward better health for all has been the guiding principle for seven decades and is the impetus behind the organization’s drive toward universal health coverage.

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By: Productivity Press

(Productivity Press: New York) -- How to Coach for Creativity and Service Excellence: A Lean Coaching Workbook, by Karyn Ross (Productivity Press, 2019), is a self-contained workbook, in which the reader completes 21 days of practical exercises and activities focused on creativity, lean, and coaching (one set per day).

The workbook guides the reader through a structured, systematic, easy-to-understand, habit-building approach, and functions as the reader’s coach. As the reader “works” her way through the book, she will reclaim her creativity, learn Ross’s tried-and-true, 15-minutes-a-day coaching approach, and adapt lean principles, practices, and tools to her service organization.

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By: Coordinate Metrology Society CMS

(CMS: Weatherford, TX) -- The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announces registration is open for its annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) held July 22–26, 2019, at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.

This landmark occasion celebrates the conference that has been dedicated to measurement professionals worldwide for 35 years. The CMS will also pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of its popular Measurement Zone, a crowning achievement for the organization.

The CMSC is designed to meet the continuing education needs of the portable and traditional coordinate measuring machine communities. Since 1984, industry experts have presented more than 525 original technical papers at the yearly event. In celebration, the CMS executive committee has special programming in the works for this year’s seminal gathering.

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By: CRC Press

(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- Responsible manufacturing has become an obligation to the environment and to society itself, enforced primarily by customer perspective and governmental regulations on environmental issues. This is mainly driven by the escalating deterioration of the environment, such as diminishing raw material resources, overflowing waste sites, and increasing levels of pollution.

Responsible manufacturing related issues have found a large following in industry and academia, which aim to find solutions to the problems that arise in this newly emerged research area. Problems are widespread, including the ones related to the life cycle of products, disassembly, material recovery, remanufacturing, and pollution prevention.

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By: Q-Mark

(Q-Mark: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) -- Q-Mark is now offering precision diamond styli in nearly any standard thread size and configuration. Diamond styli are an excellent choice for demanding applications. Diamond sphere performance is unmatched when measuring hard, abrasive, or very soft surfaces.

No more cleaning or build-up

Unlike ruby spheres, no substance sticks to diamond spheres, not even the softest aluminum alloys. Diamond spheres retain their high-precision spherical form at all times, thereby preventing additional measuring uncertainties. This saves you time and money because checking, cleaning, and recalibration are theoretically eliminated.

The hardest substance on Earth

Diamond is the hardest known natural material on Earth. Pure diamonds can only be scratched by other diamonds. Diamonds resist breaking under impact and are impervious to strong acids, bases, and chemical solvents. These beneficial properties ensure that your diamond styli will retain their high-quality spherical form indefinitely. There’s no need to inspect them for wear. 

Another advantage of diamond-coated spheres is their high Grade-5 (less than 150 nm) sphericity. They’re available in more sizes,
and they cost less than solid diamonds.

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