Quality Features

Anthony D. Burns's picture
Anthony D. Burns
Augmented reality (AR) means adding objects, animations, or information, that don’t really exist, to the real world. The idea is that the real world is augmented (or overlaid) with computer-generated...
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Bahar Aliakbarian
The two major U.S. developers of the early Covid-19 vaccines are Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. They both developed mRNA vaccines, a relatively new type of vaccine. A major supply-chain issue is the...
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Julie Winkle Giulioni
T his year is clearly one that no one planned for. The ink was barely dry on annual goals, objectives, and expectations for 2020 when many organizations were upended by Covid-19. Many leaders...
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Thomas Malnight
The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted different responses from company CEOs seeking to ensure their businesses survive. Keeping their employees safe has been the first priority, but beyond that, their...
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Gleb Tsipursky
Have you changed your views about Covid-19 months into this pandemic? Or are you anchoring to the same views you held last spring? For example, many people still believe the false claim spread by...
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Craig Tomita
Industrial robots have been in existence and commercially available for more than 65 years. Factory automation, a more all-encompassing term, has been in existence in one form or another for...
Innovating Service With Chip Bell's picture
Innovating Service With Chip Bell
Ever notice how some people always get the best table, the upgraded room, or the best cut of meat at the market? Great customer service is not an accident. Those who are served well follow a recipe...
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Tim Waldo
If you are like many small and medium-sized manufacturers, finding good help has been a pain point for many years, and it has become even more difficult during the Covid-19 pandemic. The market...
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Phanish Puranam
Covid-19 has dealt most businesses a heavy blow, but the pandemic has at least one under-acknowledged upside. By moving organizations from the office into the virtual space, the pandemic has cracked...
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Jeffrey Phillips
First, a slight diatribe. Why is it that company leaders think their people can do successful innovation when they don’t share a common language? In this article’s title I’ve used the word “...
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M. Mitchell Waldrop
If you were to contact a group of recycling professionals, as one recent survey did, and ask them to list all the ways that consumer product manufacturers drive them crazy, you’d probably...
Ryan E. Day's picture
Ryan E. Day
If you are a quality engineer or maybe even the quality manager of a manufacturing company, investing in quality improvements may be a no-brainer. Defects are inherently undesirable, right? Well, yes...
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Ken Voytek
During the past few years, I have written more than a few blogs and papers looking at manufacturing productivity across the 50 states. I wanted to update some of these analyses to reflect...
Peter Dizikes's picture
Peter Dizikes
The American workforce is at a crossroads. Digitization and automation have replaced millions of middle-class jobs, while wages have stagnated for many who remain employed. A lot of labor has become...
Mark Schmit's picture
Mark Schmit
As a kid I used to be confused by the so-called curse, “May you live in interesting times.” Wouldn’t interesting times be... good? Why would I not want to be interested? Then I got a little older,...
Natalie Weber's picture
Natalie Weber
Unlike Covid-19, remote audits aren’t unprecedented. Remote audits didn’t start with the pandemic, although it has forced more companies to use them than previously. At MasterControl, we’ve been...
Steven Stein's picture
Steven Stein
Recently there have been a number of articles whose authors discuss conducting assessments remotely because of the pandemic. This article will discuss my experience with an actual assessment...
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Sanjay Mishra
As the weather cools, the number of infections of the Covid-19 pandemic are rising sharply. Hamstrung by pandemic fatigue, economic constraints, and political discord, public health officials have...
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Donald J. Wheeler
The first statistical test was a test for outliers. The problem of what to do about outliers has been around from the beginnings of data analysis. Part one will compare four tests for outliers. Next...
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Joerg Niessing
A new digital era of business-to-business (B2B) sales and marketing is upon us. It’s driven by corporate customer demand for online access to their suppliers’ offerings and expertise. Taking...