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By: Gleb Tsipursky

Surveys show that anywhere from two-thirds to three-quarters of all employers intend to have a hybrid workforce after the pandemic as part of their return to office plan. Employees would come in one to three days weekly to work on collaborative tasks with their teams. The rest of the time, they would work on their own tasks remotely. Many of these employers also intend to permit employees to work fully remote if the employees want to and can demonstrate a high level of productivity.

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(Nanoscribe: Karlsruhe, Germany) -- Nanoscribe, a BICO company, announces the launch of the Quantum X shape, a high-precision 3D printer for rapid prototyping and wafer-scale batch production. With the Quantum X shape, high-precision 3D printing becomes significantly more efficient in terms of printing on wafers up to 6 inches in size. This gain in efficiency is particularly important for research lab and industrial manufacturing processes such as in life sciences, material engineering, microfluidics, microoptics, micromechanics, and for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

Alongside Quantum X, the first two-photon grayscale lithography system, which was launched in 2019 and is specialized on surface patterning, the new Quantum X shape offers improved 3D microfabrication capabilities. The Quantum X shape enables high-precision additive manufacturing, where accuracy and speed can be optimally balanced to achieve the highest level of productivity and quality. The industry-proven Quantum X platform provides state-of-the-art microfabrication processes from nano- to meso-sized structures and is suitable for wafer-level batch processing.

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By: William A. Levinson

This article contends that we should replace “quality” with “value” to address an enormous array of previously unaddressed risks and opportunities. Poor quality is only one of the Toyota Production System’s seven wastes, and it is rarely the most costly one because it is also the only waste to draw attention followed by corrective and preventive action. The other wastes can hide in plain view for literally hundreds of years (as proven by brick laying) and are present 100 percent of the time as they are built into the job. Even the Toyota Production System’s seven wastes do not encompass all potential wastes.

It might even be instructive to say “value management” instead of “quality management,” and “value engineering” instead of “quality engineering.” The U.S. General Services Administration already defines value engineering as “... achieving essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost consistent with required performance, quality, reliability, and safety.” Investopedia defines value as the “ratio of function to cost.” This article will define it as the ratio of utility (i.e., what we can do with the product or service) to its overall cost.

Value = Utility/Cost

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(Schreiner ProTech: Blauvelt, NY) – Schreiner ProTech, a Germany-based global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative functional labels with value-added benefits for the automotive and engineering-based industries, will play a key role in a new laser marking system from Primera, a manufacturer of specialty printing equipment. A laser-markable film whose benefits include high durability and emission-free marking, Schreiner ProTech’s Color Laser Film is now being utilized for Primera’s Catalyst Laser Marking Systems series, characterized by its efficient laser marking process, digital die-cutting, and affordable purchase price.

Primera’s Catalyst Laser Marking Systems series will exclusively use Schreiner ProTech’s CLF material, a proven and well-established product in the market due to its high quality, durability and robust scratch resistance.

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By: Jason V. Barger

Did you know that 7.6 million people quit their jobs during the months of April and May of 2021? Reports of loneliness at work are as high as ever. Divorce rates are up 34 percent from last year. To say people have been a little stressed would be an understatement.

Let’s dig a little deeper into what the research is also telling us. Nine out of every 10 employees say they want to work for a more meaningful culture. People want to feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves; they want to feel appreciated, valued, and cared for. In the midst of so much angst, division, and uncertainty in a world that seems out of our control, people need to be reminded about what is within our control.

Teams and companies need a reboot.

Most teams and companies are still figuring out how to help support their people and engage with them remotely, in hybrid settings, and in-person gatherings. With all that people have been navigating—differing modes of communication; the expansion of remote workers; global health; issues of racism, social injustice, and equity; political and economic uncertainty—they are also expected to maximize the experience, product, or service that you are delivering to the marketplace.

Here are six mindsets to help you reboot your team.

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(DMSC: Rochester, NY) -- Software company Elysium has announced support for QIF 3.0 (Quality Information Framework) in the latest product update of its 3DxSUITE EX9, available Aug. 1, 2021. This newest update offers primary support of QIF 3.0 with bi-directional translation and validation of the model-based definition (MBD) portion. Elysium also supports change detection within QIF, as with any supported format.

Elysium’s inquiries for QIF have grown the over the past couple of years and its level of QIF support continues to evolve, responding to increasing customer demand.

“The model-based enterprise (MBE) first-movers are increasing their MBE objectives from MBD visual aides to leveraging more from semantic information to achieve machine-readable workflows, which is where formats like QIF and STEP AP242 can add life cycle value for automation,” explains Annalise Suzuki, vice president of technology and engagement. “Based on the increased demand in this area, we are excited to add support for QIF 3.0 with continued collaboration from our innovative customers.”

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

Like it or not, work-from-home (WFH) is here to stay. This is not just a perk that employers might offer, but a requirement on which many employees, current and future, are demanding. According to several surveys, between 30 and 50 percent of employees surveyed said they would leave their jobs if they could not work remotely.

This pushback against return-to-work has left employers, those who were planning on full return-to-work for their employees, to quickly pivot and reconsider at least hybrid work for their workforce. Fortunately, several studies and employers’ own experience has shown that productivity has not flagged during the past year, and in many cases has soared. Coupled with the ability to get rid of expensive office space and its overhead, even those employers who were at first reluctant can feel a bit more confident with some amount of work-from-home.

But what will this look like as companies switch from “no choice” to “now we’ve got options” when it comes to remote work? According to Mike Morini, CEO of WorkForce Software, “As we transition back to the office, companies must consider how they can support their employees in the new modern workplace, including those they haven’t met yet, and create hybrid work success.”

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By: John Hayes

Read any article on automated warehouse vehicles, and it’s pretty easy to see there is a lot of hype. Although automation in automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)—my specialty—have come a long way, they are not replacing all warehouse workers.

In an interview with editor in chief Dirk Dusharme, host of Quality Digest’s QDL, the conversation extended beyond the automation hype and into how automation and various technologies like AGVs impact workers. Companies that manufacture these increasingly sophisticated equipment must consider the social impacts.

AGVs are getting smarter

AGV technology has advanced since the 1950s. The state of the art is being pushed by sensor technology, such that today’s vehicles do more than simply follow a line on the floor. Technology has advanced to a point where rigid infrastructure is no longer needed to tell the vehicle where it is or understand how to get from point to point. That has advanced, and it continues to advance.

Experience the benefits of closed-loop quality for best-in-class products

Best-in-class products stem from a closed-loop quality solution that enables continuous improvement throughout the entire organization. Manufacturers must be able to meet quality standards, identify possible risks and failures, and mitigate them from the early stages of the product lifecycle. This video explains how manufacturers can synchronize product development, quality planning, and continuous improvement processes and maximize the value of change management.

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