Quality control is a quickly changing field. Major trends, such as those trends recently on display at IMTS, are sweeping the manufacturing industry, forcing quality control experts to keep up.
That means it’s more important than ever that quality professionals keep themselves up-to-date on the latest news and information available.
Below are 5 resources quality control experts can count on for quality coverage of the industry.
1. Quality Progress Magazine | www.asq.org/qualityprogress Quality Progress Magazine, published by the American Society for Quality, provides timely information on quality principles, tools, and techniques. The articles serve to stimulate discussion on achieving performance excellence and deliver information individuals, organizations and society can use to improve.
2. Quality Magazine | www.qualitymag.com Quality Magazine is a monthly publication with information on quality assurance and process improvement. It focuses on sound metrology methods, statistical analysis and process improvement techniques that significantly improve quality on the shop floor and in manufacturing planning.
A recent article worth reading: Sample Sizes: How Many Do I Need? Process validation, especially of products that can only be assured by destructive testing (sterilized products, tensile strength of a forged part, etc.), is of significant importance. This article discusses how to perform process validations and addresses the frequently asked question, “How many do I need?”
3. Machine Design | www.machinedesign.com Machine Design is written for the multi-disciplined design engineer, including content on everything from the basics of engineering and product information to in-depth technical information, community resources and educational learning opportunities.
A recent article worth reading: Paperless manufacturing: This time, not a false alarm. Mid- and large-sized manufacturers are increasingly looking to be able to move operations to any factory location, increasing adoption of product lifecycle management (PLM), a manufacturing information technology. Driven by the globalization of manufacturing, this has lead to new increases in efficiency. This editorial shares key statistics and information about how leading manufacturers are using PLM and why they’re taking the plunge.
Modern Machine Shop covers the latest developments in the application of machining technology and is primarily devoted to the application of machining technology and the manufacture of discrete parts produced on machine tools.
A recent article worth reading: What it takes to be a top shop Starting in 2011, each year Modern Machine Shop surveys shop owners and managers to establish industry benchmarks that others can use to compare their operations’ practices and performance with those of industry leaders. This piece shares the takeaways from this year’s survey.
5. Quality Digest | www.qualitydigest.com A web-based magazine, Quality Digest works to bring news and information on cutting-edge management, tools, and innovation in the field to quality professionals through new media, including live streaming video content and training curriculum.
A recent article worth reading: New Frontiers in Quality Management Quality management has been and continues to be irrevocably changed by technology, moving first from lab notebooks to written documents and now to automated quality systems. This article looks at some of the latest trends that help keep data systems consistent by using a single system rather than duplicating the same information across multiple systems.