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By: Mark Schissel

Increasingly, consumers, investors, and other stakeholders are looking to companies big and small to do what’s right for people and our planet. To meet the demands of these stakeholders, transparency is key. In fact, an Innova Consumer Survey in 2020 revealed that six in 10 global consumers are interested in learning about where their food comes from and its impact, including on human and animal welfare, supply chain transparency, plant-powered nutrition, and sustainable sourcing.

The environmental and social governance (ESG) movement has given companies a platform, a common language, and key metrics to articulate their strategies and their progress, making it easier for stakeholders to make purchase and investment decisions. What’s really exciting is how this is fundamentally changing the way companies think about and operate throughout the supply chain. It is now incumbent on research and development, sourcing, manufacturing, planning, distribution, and other functions to consider factors that impact ESG in key investment decisions and day-to-day operations.

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By: Jason V. Barger

We’re experiencing rapid change, political and economic uncertainty, employee shifts and a war for talent, and the still-evolving “future of work.” A lot seems out of our control. However, even in the midst of all that is swirling around us, there is so much that every leader, team, and organization has right in front of them that is fully within their control.

Most teams and companies just need to step back and acknowledge it. In fact, one of the greatest mental exercises for all of us these days is to recognize and name all the things that are within our control. When we can’t control the weather, the economy, or the latest media scandal, we still have a decision about what we will choose to give our energy to. There’s always a response or action that is within our control. Every time we shift our thinking—from reactionary finger-pointing, excuse making, or feeling sorry for ourselves—and direct our focus and energy to solutions, gratitude, and ownership of our next actions, positive ripples are felt by all around us. It models a different spirit for the path forward.

The best leaders and teams on the planet understand their role is to help positively influence the mindsets of their people in ways that give energy, hope, and clarity to the path forward.

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(Michigan Metrology: Livonia, MI) -- The long-standing “Surface Texture and Tribology” short course, presented by Don Cohen, Ph.D. of Michigan Metrology, is now available as individual modules on the udemy.com learning website. The online format allows students to choose the course segments that are pertinent to their work and to learn at their own pace and schedule.

“This online, modular format makes learning about surface roughness, finish, friction, and wear more affordable and accessible,” says Cohen, who presents the course. “The material goes beyond equations and instead focuses on how texture relates to component functions, such as friction, sealing, durability, and appearance. It’s designed for technicians, engineers, and scientists who address surface finish issues daily, but because it’s modular it is approachable for anyone who wants to understand surface interactions.”

The course modules range in length from 45 minutes to 2 hours, including material covering:

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(LMA Consulting Group: Claremont, CA) -- Manufacturing and supply chain expert, Lisa Anderson, president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., predicts that supply chain disruption will continue well beyond 2024. LMA Consulting Group works with manufacturers and distributors on strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation to maximize the customer experience and enable profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth.

“The supply chain disruption is real and will last for quite some time,” says Anderson. Every supply chain is a complex set of connections that spans from the supplier’s suppliers to product or service accessibility for the end user.

“Let’s look at the ‘why’ of the disruption,” she continues. “If you remove industry nuances, there are three main causes of the disruption. The first cause is labor. The pandemic exacerbated the ongoing drain of skilled ‘boomer’ workers, many of whom took early retirement. The pandemic also caused workers to reassess their priorities. That resulted in people deciding that they didn’t like their industry or job or their boss. This has manifested into what many are calling the Great Resignation.”

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(Mahr Inc: Providence, RI) -- Mahr Inc., a global manufacturer of precision measurement equipment used for dimensional metrology, is launching a new, updated version of its Marameter 844 K family of inside diameter measuring probes. This system is used to make comparative measurements of very small bores ranging from 1 mm to 20 mm. When multiple diameters are measured in the bore, the probes can identify form errors such as ovality and taper.

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By: Geert Elie

Many industrial products must be leak-tight. For example, food, cosmetics, or pharmaceutical packaging, but also products such as lights in the automotive industry, electronics, or plastic components. But how can manufacturers test the leak-tightness of their products?

The entry-level solution is to test in a water bath. This is a simple yet effective method. The test specimen is held under water, and the tester watches for rising air bubbles. Very intuitive. In principle, it’s much like patching a bicycle tube, except that the product is not inflated but tested in a vacuum chamber. The product inflates itself, and bubbles escape from leaks. The important thing is that you not only know that the packaging is leaking, but you also immediately recognize where. This allows weak points in the process to be detected and eliminated. The LEAK-MASTER EASY makes this process economical and uncomplicated.

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(Olympus: Waltham, MA) -- The Olympus DSX1000 digital microscope has earned a reputation for exceptional image quality and ease of use. New DSX1000 software adds powerful measurement capabilities and usability upgrades to the digital microscope, making it a faster, more comprehensive inspection solution.

Complex measurements made easy

The DSX1000 digital microscope offers a series of simple to use advanced measurement functions that make the system even more powerful. Automatic edge detection is available on in-plane and profile measurements, enabling users to more easily measure features and defects during QA/QC inspections. Other new functions include measuring the difference between two data points, analysis templates that enable users to automate analysis tasks, stitched images with a wider field of view and higher resolution and time-lapse imaging. When the analysis is complete, the new software enables users to export data to third-party software, such as CAD programs as well as display the measurement results with image and surface profile data in custom reports tailored to the application.

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By: Cameron Shaheen

With the holidays fast approaching, manufacturers, distribution centers, and e-commerce providers are working to meet growing customer demand, while also navigating severe supply-chain disruptions and mounting labor shortages. At this point, we all had hoped to have the devastating effects of the pandemic behind us. Yet the transportation delays, rising prices, component shortages, and labor challenges facing suppliers and retailers are even worse than last year. And that’s saying a lot.

This year, with retail stores reopened and online shopping in full swing, holiday sales are projected to hit a record high. According to Deloitte’s annual forecast, e-commerce holiday sales are projected to grow 11–15 percent, and retail sales are predicted to increase 7–9 percent this year. To meet this demand, manufacturers of everything from electronics to bicycles and dolls have been ramping up production to accelerate output and prepare for the inevitable onslaught of returns after the holidays.

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(Sunnen: St. Louis) -- Sunnen’s PG-700/800 Series bore gages are ideal for fast, simple, economical process control in lean manufacturing environments, combining accuracy with a shop-hardened, all-mechanical design. And Sunnen’s Gage Leasing Program allows shops of all sizes and production runs to have precision in-line measurement for parts that are honed, ground, bored, reamed, or drilled.

The lease program includes maintenance and provides replacement gages, if needed. The popular PG-400 and PG-500 setting fixtures can also be leased to complement the PG gages. The lease renews each year and if the gage is no longer needed at the shop, it is simply returned to Sunnen. If a gage needs to be repaired during the lease, it is quickly swapped out for another unit. This is an easy, economical way for job shops to get in-line precision part inspection, increasing shop capabilities, and opening new avenues of business.

The PG-Series gages bring reliable ID gaging to the manufacturing floor with no need for electrical or air connections, making them immune to fluctuations in line voltage or air pressure. A single PG gage can measure a wide range of part diameters, offering greater versatility at a lower cost than dedicated devices, such as air gages.

Update on ISO QMS standards
We talk to Mike McLean, a member of ISO/TC 176, about some future concepts being discussed for ISO 9001 and other QMS standards.