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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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By: L.S. Starrett Co.

(L.S. Starrett: Athol, MA) -- The L.S. Starrett Co. has introduced a range of digital electronic indicators conforming to true American Gage Design (AGD) Group 1 dimensions, providing the ability to replace traditional mechanical indicating applications in the smallest AGD size specification class. Starrett 2700 Electronic Indicators are the first digital gages to match true AGD Group 1 dimensions (1.70 in./ 43 mm diameter).

Starrett 2700 Indicators feature a 1.70-in. diameter, 270-degree rotating bezel, which allows different user-viewing preferences. The gages are available in two displays‒a single LCD numeric IQ model (the largest of its class) with low-battery warning and programmable ratios; or a numeric/analog AD model showing the two displays simultaneously.

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By: marcus evans

(marcus evans: Chicago) -- marcus evans will host the Tech4 Innovation: Partnerships & Scouting Conference on Oct. 24–25, 2018 in Boston. This conference will bring together leaders in R&D, technology innovation, tech scouting and acquisition, external innovation, and partnerships to address challenges to maximizing collaborations to achieve growth, align innovation initiatives, and ultimately solidify competitive advantage.

Key topics to be discussed:
• Develop tangible tools to enhance technology innovation strategies
• Streamline technology scouting strategies through continuous improvements to filtering and integration
• Collaborate with internal teams to improve project, market, enterprise, and competitive performance
Establish and manage mutually beneficial partnerships to ensure ROI
• Identify channels for company growth by evaluating needs and capabilities

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By: Wiley

(Wiley: Hoboken, NJ) -- Our world is changing faster than our ability to adapt. Ambushed by speed and complexity, we face uncertainty with fear and mistrust. Organizations are not adapting well either. Seventy percent of change efforts fail; obsession with short-term results undermine long-term success. Inside communities there’s diminishing trust in our institutions and a growing inability to solve our social problems. The primary culprit for these maladies is our lack of awareness.

Conscious, by Bob Rosen and Emma-Kate Swann (Wiley, 2018), is your personal road map through transformation—helping you adapt, to be aware and accountable. Being conscious helps us think deeper, learn faster, and collaborate better. Why not be the one with your head lights on while others are driving in the dark?

Inside this book are ideas drawn from psychology, biology, management, leadership, neuroscience, and behavioral economics. It also goes beyond emotional intelligence to examine the broader capabilities needed to survive and thrive.

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By: Prime Technologies

(Prime Technologies: West Chester, PA) -- Prime Technologies, developer of ProCalV5 calibration management software, has released DeviceSync, a web-enabled application designed to provide a rapid and secure method for data transfer with documenting calibrators. Calibration assignments and results move back and forth via a cloud connection, enabling robust and effective workflows for remote technicians with any internet connection, while preserving usability in completely offline environments. This allows more of an organization’s calibration workforce to take advantage of efficiency-doubling documenting calibrator devices.

“We’ve had hosted applications in the cloud for almost a decade now and have worked with documenting calibrators like the Fluke 754 for even longer,” says Prime Technologies’ product manager Mike McClain. “The challenge with growth in the cloud-based application deployment market is that local hardware connectivity can be a huge challenge. So, we decided to create a new path for these connections and offer a new product to follow it.”

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