Quality quiz (May 2017)—and April’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Barbara Dockery (Ulbrich Precision Flat Wire of Westminster, SC); Ola Okikiolu (Oratech Inc. of South Jordan, UT); and Tim Bumgarner (UPS of Atlanta, GA). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by May 31.

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Older and fatter: Crash-test dummies need to look like real people to measure injuries in auto accidents — and for Americans these days that means looking older and fatter.

Medical 3-D manufacturing: CT Inspection aids production of 3D-printed medical implants.

British diesel cars: Diesel drivers in England will receive compensation to encourage them to scrap or “retrofit” polluting vehicles under a proposed bill designed to reduce emissions.

More cars and quality: Tesla is struggling with issues related to the quality of its cars.

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Risk management: Liability insurance for directors and officers may be something that companies need (pg. 14).

PQ at conference: Stop by PQ Systems’ booth #212 in the exhibit area to say hello to Jim and Scott, and try out new product releases at ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement May 1-3 in Charlotte, NC.

Food safety and culture: Communications, company vision, and emergency preparedness help to establish a culture of food safety.

Great design: The five best-designed products of all time are reviewed.

Quality quiz (April 2017)—and March’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Kevin Knierim (L & L Machine, Inc. of Edon, OH); James Pickelsimer (Sanmina Corp. of Turtle Lake, WI); and Anna Anderson (Crown Equipment of New Bremen, OH). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by April 28.

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Diesel investigation: Fiat Chrysler has indicated that government agencies are widening their investigation of violations of emissions standards in the manufacturers’ autos.

Remote inspection: RVI (Remote Visual Inspection) can be a valuable tool in examining hard-to-reach internal parts.

Carbon tax: The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association looks at long-term gains from Canada’s approach to reducing emissions.

Buy American? Examining the options when it comes to the choice to buy American-made objects—and to produce goods in this country.

Quality quiz (March 2017)—and February’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Woody Skaggs (Linamar of Florence, KY); Jessica Nelson (Three D Metals of Valley City, OH); and Brian Atkins (Amfine Chemical of Hopkinsville, KY). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by March 31.

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Quality quiz (February 2017)—and January’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Nate Riker (RPM Carbide Die Inc. of Arcadia, OH); Dan Shope (Standard Aero of Cincinnati, OH); and Jill Savoie (Quick Turn Precision Machining of Ogden, UT). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by February 28.

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Data in everyday life: More about telecommuting

Drew Leisen

Last month I wrote about a rising trend in companies across the country: telecommuting, or working from home rather than from an office, plant, shop, etc. The benefits of telecommunication are pretty clear: a more comfortable work environment, less pollution and traffic, and less overhead for company offices. However, just like everything else, nothing is perfect! Today we will be taking a look at some of the less positive consequences of telecommuting.

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Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Collaboration: Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. have agreed to start talks about collaborating in environmentally friendly technologies, safety systems, information technology and the mutual supply of products and components.

Jobs open: Many manufacturing skilled workers are in short supply, with companies scrambling to fill jobs.

Materials in demand: The 3D printing industry market will reach $9 billion in ten years, report says.

2017 Southern Automotive Quality Summit: Presented by AAMA and AIAG, this one-day event will include sessions focused on new industry global quality standards and highlight supplier compliance expectations and timing.