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Category: Quality Control


Process, Quality Control

Better Data Feeds Productivity

October 6, 2017

Via: Industry Week

Sponsored by Rockwell Automation. How smart manufacturing can help improve productivity, yield and efficiencies in food and beverage operations. The food and beverage industry is complex and rapidly evolving. Markets and tastes are changing. Consumers are more connected, informed and […]


Process, Quality Control

Great Lakes Brewing Company Quenches Increased Demand with Manufacturing Analytics Solution

September 18, 2017

Via: Industry Week

Craft beer is booming business in the United States, and even seasoned breweries are finding themselves looking for creative ways to keep up with thirsty consumers. Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC), an independent craft brewery founded in 1988, recently […]


Process, Quality Control

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Quality Control

August 17, 2017

Via: Quality Magazine

When we were in the city of Danyang, China, we witnessed a real-life paradox. Danyang is best known for its explosive growth in optical lens manufacturing over the last decade, sprouting hundreds of factories with cleanrooms chock-full of gleaming, automated […]


Process, Quality Control

The Role of Process Control Limits

August 1, 2017

Via: Quality Magazine

In my previous column I discussed the role of specification limits in manufacturing, which led to thoughts about process control limits. Walter Shewhart invented the process control chart while working for Western Electric in the 1920s. He created the basis […]


Process, Quality Control

Develop Partnership Agreements to Reduce Conflict and Improve Manufacturing Performance

July 19, 2017

Via: Industry Week

Venom. Ill will. Backstabbing. Vindictiveness. Mistrust. Betrayal. These are some of the most negative aspects of human interaction. And they are present in nearly every manufacturing organization I’ve gotten to know well. At its core, manufacturing combines specialized machinery, specialized […]


Process, Quality Control

ISO and CSIA Certification Emphasize a Robust Quality System

July 11, 2017

Via: Automation World

Optimation has been certified in ISO 9001 since 1996—one of the first service companies to do so. We were also among the early adopters—since 2001—of the best practices established by the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). We have developed processes […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle, Process, Quality Control

Early Warning Signs Of Autonomous Tech Problems Mar Rosy New Vehicle Quality Picture

June 22, 2017

Via: Forbes

It’s good news for both automakers and consumers in the 2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study released today. The quality of new vehicles improved by 8%, the largest increase since 2009. Equally good, for the second consecutive year, non-premium brands had […]


Process, Quality Control

Lockheed’s THAAD Production Was Halted for Four Months Due to Quality Concern

June 13, 2017

Via: Industry Week

Production of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s THAAD — the U.S. missile interceptor that’s spawned an international dispute with its deployment in South Korea — was quietly halted for about four months last year because of a quality problem with a part. […]


Process, Quality Control

China Steel Forges a New Condition Monitoring Approach

June 8, 2017

Via: Automation World

China’s steady economic growth—as opposed to hyper growth—over the past five years has reset expectations and coincides with the country’s transition to more advanced manufacturing in multiple industries. China’s manufacturers are investing in more equipment, such as robotics for their […]


Process, Quality Control

4 Reasons Paperless Operation Improves Manufacturing Quality

May 26, 2017

Via: Industry Week

Frequently, people opt to read on e-readers and purchase paper or hardback copies of only their favorite or rarest books. The perception is that paper represents quality and preserves information better for easier later reference. It seems paradoxical then, that […]