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Remote auditing for today's digital workplace
Companies are looking for digital solutions to help with risk assessment, management, and compliance. What are certification bodies doing to meet those needs? We talk to Paul Butcher, CEO of LRQA.

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

How should organizations—including their quality departments—reshape office space to maximize productivity in the future of work? What will the new workspace—from the office to homes—look like in the future? We know it will be different. But to survive and thrive in the post-Covid world, you need to adopt best practices on returning to the office.

Our hybrid future

Surveys say two-thirds to three-quarters of employers plan to operate on a mainly hybrid schedule after the pandemic. Some big corporations even transitioned to having all of their employees work from home permanently.

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(Princeton Infrared Technologies: Monmouth Junction, NJ) -- Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc. (PIRT), specialists in indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) imaging technology and affordable shortwave-infrared (SWIR) linescan cameras, visible-SWIR science cameras, and 1- and 2-D imaging arrays, announces a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the Office of The Secretary of Defense to fund the development of a Megapixel high resolution seeker with extended wavelength detection capability covering the entire SWIR range.

The camera will have a high pixel operability with a digital output at greater than industry standard frame rate at full resolution. The imager will be manufactured on InP substrates using the InGaAs/GaAsSb system allowing for low cost and the ability to utilize modern III-V semiconductor processing. Additionally, the imager will be manufactured and hybridized at wafer scale to minimize cost.

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By: Emily Newton

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular. The consumers interested in buying them generally want to know answers to questions such as: Is the car’s battery an explosion or fire risk? Will its useful life match or exceed the vehicle’s? Will the battery charge as fast as promised? Can it consistently perform within the stated range?

EV battery tests can determine those things and more, giving potential purchasers and current owners more peace of mind. However, researchers, engineering professionals, and manufacturers must continually develop better battery tests. Here are some specific reasons why.

Better battery tests could bring standardization

Lithium-ion battery usage spans far beyond electric cars. It extends to products ranging from power tools to laptops and many other familiar products. When researchers examine a battery’s electrochemical performance, they usually focus on three parameters:

Open-circuit voltage: The battery’s maximum voltage with no current flow
Resistance: How much a battery’s materials interfere with the current flow, causing voltage drops
Capacity: The total charge a battery stores

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Labor demand is continuing to outstrip labor supply by a wider margin despite record job openings. The hospitality industry is just one industry taking hard hits, with some restaurants reporting temporarily closing or cutting hours due to the labor shortage. But just as restaurants look to robotics, apps, and digital tools to fill the voids in the frontline workforce, consumers are pressing pause, expressing their desire for more human experiences.

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(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous technologies, and ETQ, a leading quality management system (QMS) provider, have announced a partnership to assure quality from concept to customer, enabling improved data-driven decision-making throughout the entire process, producing better, more consistent products in less time and with less resources, and enabling progressive smart manufacturing strategies.

The partnership connects Hexagon’s vendor-agnostic inspection and measurement solutions with ETQ’s stakeholder-connecting QMS to produce a rich digital thread that automatically captures quality control and assurance processes that are currently performed manually. By applying machine learning and artificial intelligence throughout design, production, customer service and support, the cloud platform also helps users to rapidly identify and analyze issues by producing actionable insights.

Making very large, very precise parts
We look at how Janicki Industries uses Hexagon's Absolute Scanner AS1 and the Leica Absolute Tracker AT 960 as part of their large-volume precision machining processes.

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By: Jill Johnson

People who achieve career success often talk about having had a mentor who guided their career. Whether the mentoring relationship evolves naturally or is a planned relationship, it provides a sustained link between the two individuals.

Everyone needs help learning new skills and imagining things they could have never conceived of on their own. Yet there are three other types of people who can have a profound impact on your ability to achieve success besides someone who is actively mentoring you. The key difference is that the level of their involvement in your life or career often differs significantly from that of a mentor. Knowing that you can benefit from a wider range of advisors will allow virtually everyone you meet to inspire and guide you.

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(Emuge-Franken N.A.: West Boylston, MA) -- Emuge-Franken N.A., a leading manufacturer of high-performance taps, thread mills, drills, end mills, and other rotary tools, has expanded its thread gaging solutions to include a new line of thread ring gages to complement its thread gage offering. The new line comprises UNC and UNF Go and No-Go ring gages, in addition to metric and metric fine Go and No-Go ring gages, a total of 152 new gages.

“Our expanded line of accurate, high-quality gaging solutions is ideal for addressing today’s challenging thread gaging applications,” says Bob Adamiak, thread gages product manager, Emuge-Franken N.A. The new EMUGE ring gages accompany the comprehensive line of EMUGE fixed-limit thread gages, consisting of Go/No-Go plug gages and thread-depth plug gages that inspect the pitch diameter and functional thread for internal-threaded components.

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By: Steve Moore

In this year’s April issue of the Bridge Bulletin, the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) unveiled a new logo as part of a rebranding campaign to promote the beloved game of bridge to a wider audience. Included in the new logo is the tagline “Dealing Infinite Possibilities.” It is this tagline that prompted me to write this article after several years of performing probability calculations applicable to bridge.

My background is engineering, probability, and statistics. I spent much of my career in the pulp and paper industry leading projects that required statistical design of experiments, statistical process control, data mining, and neural network analysis. So you can imagine that the ACBL tagline piqued my interest.