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By: L.S. Starrett Co.

(Starrett: Athol, MA) -- The L.S. Starrett Co., a global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gauges, metrology systems, and more, introduces its DFC and DFG Series of handheld Digital Force Gages.

Depending on the series, advanced automatic testing can be attained with the DFC Force Gage controlling a Starrett FMM Digital Force Tester, or basic testing can be performed using the DFG gage.

The Starrett DFC and DFG Digital Force Gages are part of the new Starrett L1 line of entry-level digital force measurement solutions. Optimized for production and quality control testing, the versatile, innovative architecture of the Starrett L1 system is designed for fast, easy-to-use, reliable, and repeatable operation. Click here to view a video and request a brochure.

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By: FARO

(FARO: Lake Mary, FL) -- FARO, trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, product design, construction BIM, and public safety forensics, announces the release of the next generation of FARO Laser Trackers, the 6DoF Vantage product family with 6Probe.

In 2015, FARO disrupted the large coordinate measuring machine (CMM) market with the powerful Super 6DoF TrackArm solution that integrated the FARO Vantage tracker and the FaroArm. This patented, comprehensive solution is capable of measuring or scanning over tens of meters with no loss in accuracy, no line-of-sight issues, and simultaneous measurement by many operators.

Today, FARO is proud to introduce the 6Probe, a fully integrated handheld probe for easily probing hidden, hard-to-reach features in hard-to-reach locations. Together, the Super 6DoF TrackArm and the 6Probe offer the most complete solution portfolio at an unbeatable price for every measurement need, large and small. This new functionality addresses a wide range of large scale metrology applications across a variety of manufacturing-focused industries including automotive, aerospace, construction, heavy equipment, and shipbuilding

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By: MIT News

(MIT News: Cambridge, MA) -- It’s not hard to understand why some of the world’s largest corporations have made huge investments in metal 3D printing recently. Manufacturing metal parts at scale currently requires companies to navigate complex global supply chains that take an unavoidable chunk out of the bottom line.

However, the cost, complexity, and time associated with metal 3D printing has ensured the technology’s mark on the multi-trillion-dollar manufacturing industry remains minimal.

Desktop Metal is working to change that. Later this year, the company will begin shipping early versions of its production system, a 3D printer that can produce up to 100,000 metal parts at a cost and speed competitive with traditional manufacturing methods. The company’s first product, the Studio System, improved the safety, speed, and price point of 3D printing prototypes and small batches of metal parts.

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By: Phillips Precision Inc.

(Phillips Precision: Boylston, MA) -- Phillips Precision’s Products Division announces its new 3-Legged Spider Clamp as part of the Inspection Arsenal LEAN, Quick-Swap inspection fixture system. Not only does Phillips Precision offer the only quick-swap standard fixture systems, but it provides quick, creative fixture design and quick shipping of your orders. Inspection Arsenal tooling will help optimize your inspection process and uncover hidden profits.

This unique vise is specifically designed to hold delicate round parts without distortion and allow maximum back lighting for vision inspection (also works well for CMM inspection). Designed to replace bulky, traditional three-jaw chucks that limit access and can distort parts. The Spider Vise is designed to hold parts from 1.18 in. to 6 in. in diameter. Each leg has adjustable pins with o-rings to provide grip when part is in place. Spider-Vise is black anodized aluminum sitting on a ¾ in. x 2 in. steel stand-off secured by a flathead screw. Add taller stand-offs to gain more height when necessary. Available with ¼-20 and M6 mounting thread.

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By: American National Standards Institute ANSI

(ANSI: Washington, D.C.) -- The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a recognized accreditation body under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), encourages relevant stakeholders to utilize the FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) application portal that opened on Oct. 1, 2018. The FDA opened the VQIP application portal early to allow importers to submit their Notice of Intent to Participate and complete their VQIP applications in time for the Fiscal Year 2020 benefit period.

VQIP is a voluntary fee-based program established under the FSMA that provides expedited review and importation of human and animal foods into the United States for approved applicants who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains.

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By: Mike Richman

To all of you out there who are fans of our live video programming, note that in lieu of our regularly scheduled episode of Quality Digest Live this Friday, we’re instead bringing you a two-hour special broadcast, our second annual Virtual Test and Measurement Expo. The date is important, because this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, is Manufacturing Day across the United States. Thus, it’s the perfect time to look at brand-new metrology equipment, chat with industry thought leaders, and consider the key issues facing manufacturers today.

Here’s a look at last year’s event.

Register here to join the fun this time around!

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By: Verisurf Software Inc.

(Verisurf Software: Anaheim, CA) -- Verisurf Software, Inc. announced today its commitment to provide Universal compatibility between legacy CMMs and its popular measurement software for automated quality inspection, reporting, scanning, reverse engineering, tool building and assembly guidance. Universal CMM software allows shops to use Verisurf across the enterprise, which reduces training and maintenance cost while increasing overall productivity.

Universal CMM is a software-only solution that enables seamless communication between Verisurf AUTOMATE and popular CMM and head controllers, eliminating the need to maintain different metrology software for each proprietary CMM. With Universal CMM all CMMs, fixed, portable or programmable can be operated using Verisurf Software.

Because it is a software-only solution, Universal CMM eliminates the need for costly and disruptive controller and probing system hardware upgrades or retrofits. Installing and configuring Universal CMM software is all that is required to start using Verisurf; this allows customers to continue using their legacy software and inspection programs if necessary to avoid productivity interruptions during training and migration to Verisurf.

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By: CRC Press

(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- In the book, Health Care in the Next Curve (CRC Press, 2018), author John Abendshien takes an objective and sometimes scathing look at the current industry structure: a silo-driven culture and entrenchment that is driven by self-interest, as well as the complicity of government in preserving the status quo through regulation, licensure, and payment systems. Abendshien provides a fresh perspective unencumbered by current state realities. He deals with major pieces of the puzzle and doesn’t get bogged down by technical or arcane analysis.

Healthcare in the United States is at a critical juncture. We face a sharp upward rise in the number of people with chronic diseases and disabilities. As demands on our current health system grow, so will costs. But as a society we are approaching the upper limit of how much we are willing (or able) to spend on healthcare. Healthcare policy makers know this. That is why major health reform measures are focused on population health and value-based care. These are the so-called second curve objectives. But these initiatives are doomed to failure. We are asking a system to do things that it was not designed to do.

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By: ISO

(ISO: Geneva) -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced its intention to use ISO 13485 as the basis for its quality system legislation.

The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) international standard, ISO 13485: Medical devices—Quality management systems—Requirements for regulatory purposes, is designed to work with other management systems in a way that is efficient and transparent. The standard, which is now in its third edition, received strong support from the FDA, in line with its drive for global convergence of medical device regulatory processes.

The announcement by the FDA that it will use ISO 13485 in replacing its current quality system regulation, is an important next step in the recognition this standard has already gained globally.

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By: MachineMetrics

(MachineMetrics: Northampton, MA) -- As part of a global initiative to ensure the continued success of its customers, SECO Tools is expanding its customer service capabilities through a partnership with MachineMetrics, whose manufacturing analytics engine will provide SECO and its customers with a technological resource for advancement into Industry 4.0.

“SECO has always been committed to providing our customers with the best products and services available,” says Ben Alexander, business manager of online services at SECO Tools. “Partnering with MachineMetrics will allow us to not only continue to help our customers learn about themselves but will also transform our ability to help them improve their machine tool utilization and production capacity.”

SECO plans to use MachineMetrics’ industrial IoT platform and its manufacturing analytics applications as a cornerstone in its expansion into new technology services. With data provided by MachineMetrics, SECO can apply its extensive experience and engineering capabilities to the continuous improvement of its customers by helping them make data-driven decisions to improve their efficiency and bottom lines.

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