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Do you have a positive and productive workforce?
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  • Positive culture
  • Leadership
  • Vibrant Workforce
  • Inspired Employees
Positive culture: ensure your organizations values are lived daily

Leadership: Ensure your leaders encourage employees to take initiative and be leaders themselves.

Vibrant workforce: Look at how jobs are designed and how relationships are supported so they can do their jobs effectively.

Inspired Employees: An engaged employee is fully involved and enthuistatic about his/her work to further the orgnizations interest.

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Only one week to register: FREE manufacturing webinar from Microsoft



Manufacturing opportunity through
software best practices

Only one week to register! With all the opportunities on the world stage, Canadian manufacturers must be at the forefront of innovation — both in the front office and on the shop floor. And with rising costs, businesses can’t get there on disparate software systems of the past.

Join Microsoft’s Henrik Gutle, as well as representatives from Western Computer, and Dr. Jayson Myers, President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, to discuss best practices for leveraging technology to eliminate manual processes and streamline manufacturing operations.

Date: Thursday, May, 19, 2011

Time: 1 – 2 p.m. EST

Register online at:

Participants will learn how to:

  • Improve operational efficiency by having sales, planning, forecasting, production, supply chain, quality control and customer service all powered by workflow
  • Increase agility with user role-tailored interface experience
  • Collaborate with global customers through web portals
  • Empower direct and indirect sales forces with an integrated product configurator
  • Gain better insight into your operations with business intelligence key performance indicators and dashboards

Co-hosted by Microsoft Canada, Western Computer and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. Register today and become a more dynamic business.

For more information, please contact Derek Lothian at 613-238-8888 (ext. 4228) or e-mail derek.lothian.


100% inspection and measurement error ++ Automating quality

MAY 3, 2011 — This issue sponsored by TechnorazziLIVE featuring Zeiss
Today’s Top Story

comingtompicspacer100% Inspection and Measurement Error
How to handle the problem of misclassified product
by Donald J. Wheeler

One-hundred-percent inspection is commonly used to avoid shipping nonconforming product. Each of the items produced is measured and judged to be either conforming or nonconforming. The conforming items get shipped, and the nonconforming items get set aside for use as factory-authorized replacement parts or some other equally ignominious fate. It all seems quite simple until you do the math. The purpose of this article is to show what happens when a product stream is subjected to 100-percent screening inspection with less-than-perfect measurement systems. [full story]

Featured Video:
Minitab Quality
Companion: Value
Stream Mapping

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Live Video Event
Quality Digest Live
April 29, 2011

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  1. Root Cause Analysis, Part 2: Critical Success Factors
  2. Root Cause Analysis, Part 1: Technique
  3. Your Process Lies
  4. What Did Deming Really Say?
  5. De-Stress for Success




Try thinking outside the QC glossary. Take a quality term and then add, subtract, or change one letter of it. (You may only make one of those changes per word.) Give it a new definition. Send your terms to qdcontest1. We’ll publish the three best definitions next month and ask you to vote on the winner. The winner will receive a TomTom GPS. Contest ends May 25.

Here are some examples to get you started. Good luck!

1. Stadistical: Inflicting complicated equations on a captive audience

2. Root clause analysis: Trying to figure out which section of a standard is the most confusing.

3. Dimention: A particularly brainless suggestion made at a meeting.




Need a break from serious number-crunching? Since sociologists have determined that humans work best in on-off cycles, we’re offering some weekly downtime along with our daily quality news. Check it out—you may become more productive.

1. Points of Order: Deming’s 14
2. Bionic Arm Design Challenge




News bits for the water-cooler crowd

Danish tech company is revolutionizing pitching data

But it ain’t over till the fat lady weighs in.

Learning science through gaming
Why didn’t they teach us like this back in the day?




Nocturnal Aye Aye lemurs are famous for their thin, spidery middle fingers, which they use to detect hidden prey like beetle grubs. The finger is packed with sensitive nerve endings so it uses a lot of energy, and like any delicate device, it is best turned off when not in use. This thermal image shows substantial temperature differences in a Duke Lemur Center Aye Aye’s right middle finger (near its nose), which is warming to probe a treat it has been offered.

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comingtompicspacerAre You a Sheet or Shelf Thinker?
How you think will govern organizational performance
by Tripp Babbitt

My first job was in industrial distribution, and with distribution came learning to count inventory. An annual inventory tax was levied, so an accurate count was important. I was given a computer list of items to count. An important lesson I learned was that to get an accurate count, there was a right and wrong method. [full story]


Join us for a Live one-hour video presentation on May 4 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
by TechnorazziLIVE featuring Zeiss

1:00-1:30 p.m.—See the benefits of using MCC to manage your measuring systems, including machines, programs, and results.

1:30-2:00 p.m.—Get a live demo of out ACCTee software on the high-accuracy integrated Surface 2000 texture and contour measuring system.


comingtompicspacerAutomating That Quality Job
Robots are finding their way into consumer manufacturing, including quality assurance
by Robotics Industries Association

As robots and their control systems become more powerful and flexible, robotics are moving from heavy industrial applications into producing consumer products we all use in our daily lives. Fickle consumers demand products in new forms, which plays to the strength of robotics’ inherent flexibility to change while keeping production local. Vision-enabled robots are also used in warehouse distribution systems and to test consumer goods for quality control. [full story]


News — Products — Events


Highlighted Event

Free Leadership E-book From ASQ

ASQ, the leading community of people passionate about quality, is offering you an exclusive e-book. In this book, Finding the Leader in You, you will discover the leadership skills within to become an effective leader in today’s rapidly changing world of business. Get more tools and resources as an ASQ member. If you are looking for the most up-to-date training, certifications, publications, and knowledge on topics such as Six Sigma, lean, process improvement, and social responsibility, ASQ is your resource. Click here to download and learn how ASQ can give you a strong competitive advantage. Demonstrate your commitment to quality to help you take your career and organization to the next level and continue to raise the voice of quality worldwide.


Coming Tomorrow

comingtompicspacerAn Interview with Donald J. Wheeler
The statistician talks about Deming, quality issues, and his own interesting career
by Dirk Dusharme

Donald J. Wheeler has been awarded the Deming Medal by the American Society for Quality for "the propagation of Dr. Deming’s ideas throughout the world through his numerous books and seminars on quality management and statistical quality improvement." Here he answers some questions for Quality Digest Daily.

Rapid Prototyping News – May 3 2011

InPA Systems and the Dini Group Partner to Provide Rapid Prototyping Solutions
Business Wire (press release)
InPA is an innovator in FPGA-based rapid prototyping bring up and debug. The company integrates RTL simulation with FPGA prototype hardware and provides at-speed Active Debug™ technology and a zoom in/out methodology into the multi-FPGA prototype to
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Stratasys – Dimension 3D Printers, Rapid Prototyping Systems
Contact CAPINC for information on Dimension 3D printers, from your New England Stratasys reseller serving CT | MA | ME | NH | RI | VT.
InPA Systems and the Dini Group Partner to Provide Rapid
InPA is an innovator in FPGA-based rapid prototyping bring up and debug. The company integrates RTL simulation with FPGA prototype hardware and provides…/InPA-Systems-and-the-Dini-bw-2198…

3D Printing NEWS

Strandbeest now available on 3D printers
Coolest Gadgets
They sound very difficult to make, but what if it is possible to make these Strandbeests from something as simple as a 3D printer? Of course, I don’t see anything simple about 3D printing, and it’s not like all of us have a 3D printer like we have a 2D
See all stories on this topic »
Coolest Gadgets
The 3D Printing Revolution in SoCal
Neon Tommy
“Sometimes it doesn’t work,” said Gilmer of 3D printing, the manufacturing trend that’s becoming wildly popular with tech hobbyists and designers. “But when it works, you have the time of your life.” Crash Space represents only a tiny microcosm of the
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Mcor Announces First US Office
TCT Magazine
We see this as an important step in forging ahead with the Matrix Revolution and providing accessible 3D printing for everyone,” explained Dr MacCormack. The Matrix 300 3D printer is now available in Europe and will be launched in the US in Q3 2011.
See all stories on this topic »
TCT Magazine
Lokmat introduces 3D issue to commemorate Maharashtra Divas
afaqs (press release)
Commenting on the successful venture Mr. Jwalant Swaroop, Director- Advertising, commented "3D printing is indeed impactful. I am glad we were able to sell the concept to clients of Consumer electronics, Automobile, Real Estate and Financial services
See all stories on this topic »
Strandbeests birthed from 3D printer pop out ready to walk (video
By Christopher Trout
While designer Theo Jansen’s dreams of a race of independently multiplying Strandbeests is more than just a little bit out there, it seems he has.
Engadget –
Blog « MakerBot Industries
He will scan you in his 3D Photo Booth, then print you using the MakerBot. There are no end of very practical applications for 3D printing,
3D Printing Systems | Facebook
3D Printing Systems added 12 new photos to the album 3D Prints from our 3d printer. 3D Printed Model Gallery « 3D Printing Systems Australia New Zealand
how to 3d print? – Largest Machinist Community on
Hi everyone, my username says it all… I’m a newb at this. I’m an architecture student and have building renderings from rhino, is there anyway I.…/127296-how_3d_print.html

Infringement Ruling Against Envisiontec

3D Systems Announces Infringement Ruling Against Envisiontec

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – March 24, 2011 – 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC) announced today that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, has entered a judgment of patent infringement in its favor against Envisiontec, Inc., Envisiontec GmbH and SIBCO, Inc. (collectively, “Envisiontec”) in a case brought by the company.

The Court ruled that Envisiontec’s Perfactory® systems infringe a claim of the company’s U.S. Patent Number 5,630,981 and that Envisiontec’s Vanquish systems (currently sold under the PerfactoryXede® and PerfactoryXtreme® names) infringe a claim of each of the company’s U.S. Patent Numbers 5,630,981 and 5,651,934. Both of these patents relate to the company’s stereolithography technology.

“We are very pleased with this decision,” said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “The District Court’s ruling confirms our long-held belief that Envisiontec has been violating 3D Systems’ intellectual property rights.”

3D Systems has commercialized the patents found to be infringed by Envisiontec, as well as other patented inventions, in its ViperTM and iPro™ SLA® production printers, among others.

Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements made in this release that are not statements of historical or current facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the 3D Systems News Release Page 2

actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements in the conditional or future tenses or that include terms such as “believes,” “belief,” “expects,” “estimates,” “intends,” “anticipates” or “plans” to be uncertain and forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may include comments as to the company’s beliefs and expectations as to future events and trends affecting its business and are necessarily subject to uncertainties, many of which are outside the control of the company. The factors described under the headings “Forward-Looking Statements,” “Cautionary Statements and Risk Factors,” and “Risk Factors” in the company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as other factors, could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected or predicted in forward-looking statements.

Design Tip: Colorant and Color Matching

What Color is Your Prototype?

Injection molded parts, for all their many shapes and sizes, all start out pretty much the same—as small plastic pellets. The base colors of those pellets vary somewhat depending on the resin, but they all fall somewhere on a monochromatic scale from clear through various shades of natural to black (see Figure 1). Turning those dull little pellets into the rainbow of colors that comes out of molding presses requires the addition of colorant, which can be a fairly simple or fairly involved process. The complexity depends on how picky you are about your color.

Figure 1: Base color resins in their original pellet form. Left to right: acrylic (clear), ABS (natural), and glass-fiber nylon (natural).

If all you want, for example, is “red,” Protomold can add a stocked colorant to your base resin at no charge (see Figure 2). In fact, you can have your choice of Cherry Red, Flame Red, or Transparent Red, among others, though the exact color you end up with may depend somewhat on the shade of the base resin. If you want to see all the choices we offer, go to Protomold stocked colorants. Of course, how closely the final color resembles the color you see on your screen may depend on the screen itself, but it will certainly be red. If, on the other hand, you want a very specific color, say the blue of your corporate logo or the color-matched cap of a spray-paint can, the process becomes more complicated.

Figure 2: Adding Protomold stocked cherry red colorant to natural ABS created this plaque sample.

There are basically two ways to get colored injection molded parts. The simplest is to mix dye pellets into a batch of base resin pellets (see Figure 3). As the pellets are heated and compressed for injection into the mold, the base resin and dye pellets melt and mix together before being injected into the mold.

Figure 3: Typically colorant is mixed into base resin at 3% concentration to create colored parts. This photo shows a 3% colorant mix.

The other way is to order pre-compounded pellets in the exact color you want; for example, a standard PMS color or match to a sample swatch (see Figure 4).

Figure 4: Pre-compounded blue PC is supplied by a customer to Protomold for exact color parts.

There are several things you should keep in mind if you choose to have Protomold add the colorant.
1. As stated above, Protomold does not match specific colors.
2. The effect of base resin shade on final color is greater on light colors. In a pre-compounded color, this can be adjusted for in the compounding process, but may be noticeable when you use Protomold’s stock colors.
3. Because dye pellets are mixed with base resin pellets in a “salt and pepper” mix, there is a chance of "swirling” in the resulting parts (see Figure 5). The degree of swirling depends on a number of factors. “Hot” colorants—red, orange, yellow—tend to exhibit a higher swirling risk than cool colors like blue and green. Also, large parts, because they use more of the contents of the chamber in which resin pellets are melted and mixed, are less likely to show swirling than small parts.

Figure 5: Sample of swirling effect from a nylon material with yellow colorant. Choosing a pre-compounded resin would have helped the customer avoid this issue.

4. Unless you use pre-compounded colored resins, there is a risk of inconsistency from lot to lot and from part to part. This is one of the reasons that we recommend our standard ratio of three percent (3%) colorant (see Figure 6).

Figure 6: Colorant mixed with resin at 1, 2, and 3 percent ratios. With fewer dye pellets in the salt-and-pepper mix, the chance of uneven distribution goes up.

5. Certain base resins “don’t play well with others” when it comes to colorants. For these—high-temperature nylon and polycarbonate, for example—Protomold stocks a limited variety of resin-specific colorants. These allow you to achieve color but further limit your choice of hue.
6. Finally, certain resin characteristics—UV protection, flame retardant, and medical or food compatibility—can be affected by the choice of colorant. Protomold does not stock colorants specifically made to maintain these characteristics.

All of these problems have a solution: the use of pre-compounded resins purchased from specialized vendors. Pre-compounding consists of mixing colorant with base resin, melting and extruding the resin, re-pelletizing the resulting mix, and then repeating the process until a thorough mix is achieved. If necessary, the mix can be adjusted during the process to match the customer’s exact specifications. Vendors like RTP Plastics, PolyOne, Accek Color, Chase Plastic, and Compounding Solutions can match virtually any color in a wide variety of resins, and can preserve critical resin characteristics in the process (see full contact list below). Because the color is evenly distributed among the pellets, there are no issues of swirling or part-to-part inconsistency. Protomold can use these pre-compounded resins to produce parts, delivering all the benefits of rapid injection molding along with the exact color and characteristics you need.