Shimadzu began production of its first material testing machine in 1917, and has continued to provide testing machines that are vital to product development. We currently offer a comprehensive range of materials testers and accessories to address an array of QA/ QC and R&D applications. Setting new standards for quality, reliability, productivity and affordability, they’re the best way to ensure the safety and dependability of your products. INSTRUMENTS INCLUDE: • High-precision Universal Testers (Floor and Tabletop) • Fatigue/Endurance Testing Machines • Hardness Testers • Particle Size Analyzers • Rheometer/Viscometers • Thermal Analyzers • X-ray Spectrometers • Balances The newest solution is the AGS-X series of tabletop precision universal testers, which are ideally suited for QA testing of materials that require a large number of test cycles. With best-in-class accuracy and functionality, these low-cost, easy-to-use testers meet diverse testing requirements by offering a wide test force measurement range, expanded test speed range, high test force accuracy (±0.5% indicated value), and greater operator safety. Our dedication to satisfying the rigorous demands of customers over the past 90+ years has earned us a reputation as the world’s top manufacturer of testing machines. Moving forward, Shimadzu remains committed to challenging ourselves to innovate and develop new evaluation technologies to satisfy the world’s increasing demands for safety and reliability. IBS America, Inc. IBS has been providing enterprise quality management software solutions to help companies improve their processes and achieve sustained adherence to quality regulations and standards for over twenty-five years. Our software is running in over four thousand sites in more than fifty countries around the world, across multiple industries including automotive, medical devices, packaging, electronics, chemical, plastics and metals manufacturing. IBS offers a “total systems approach” to quality management that provides a solid foundation for those companies seeking to continuously improve their quality processes throughout all phases of the product life cycle. Our systems foster the pooling of engineering, manufacturing and quality data in order to reduce the cost of quality and eliminate disjointed processes and duplicated efforts. We simplify change management to ensure problems are identified and turned into corrective action requests that can be quickly contained and resolved. CARs may initiate ECRs or initiate changes to specifications, manufacturing processes or inspection plans. Automatic alarms and alerts remind users of impending deadlines.Automatic escalation messages notify management of missed deadlines, ensuring that changes move rapidly through the system. Our web based solution is centrally administered and easy to deploy across multiple geographic locations while true multilingual capability allows users to access the system in their preferred language. We also offer extensive configuration and workflow options that enable users to easily adapt our software to their most complex processes. Give us an opportunity to demonstrate how we can help you meet your quality management goals and reduce your cost of quality. Industry Leading SPC Software In June, InfinityQS released ProFicient 4 to further expand users’ ability to integrate the industry leading Statistical Process Control (SPC) software with enterprise manufacturing systems via automated data transfer.Among the many new features in ProFicient 4 is the ability to incorporate workflow capabilities to individual workstations and prompt data collection in the necessary intervals with a real-time dynamic scheduler. InfinityQS’ relational database structure gives users the ability to manage thousands of products using just a few “projects” – compared to the hundreds or thousands of data files that other systems require users to configure and manage.This database structure, which is unique to InfinityQS, allows users to conduct comparative analysis of any product running across any process in the enterprise with just a few mouse clicks. Ensure Your Product’s Quality Microscopy is an important analytical tool in all aspects of manufacturing.From analyzing raw materials to quality control to product-package compatibility, microscopy and advanced microanalytical techniques help manufacturers uncover imperfections, contaminants and defects not visible to the naked eye. Successful problem solving through microanalytical testing, however, requires specialized technical skills and often sophisticated analytical instrumentation that inhouse laboratories typically do not possess. In these cases, many manufacturers look toward outsourcing and consult with microscopy/material analysis experts like McCrone Associates. McCrone Associates‘ team of scientists is comprised of experts from a wide range of industries with a broad understanding of materials and manufacturing demands. YOUR PROBLEM, OUR WORKFLOW All projects begin with a discussion of the materials in question and the resulting problems. A visual inspection of your sample is first performed, followed by an examination using a stereomicroscope.This first look provides vital information about the sample. In many cases it can lead to a quick determination of the appropriate analysis protocol and, sometimes, even to a solution of the problem. Once the initial analyses are completed, we present the results to you and determine whether to investigate further with other, more advanced analytical techniques such as infrared (micro-FTIR) or RAMAN spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM/ EDS), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) or transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Founded in 1956, McCrone Associates has over 50 years of materials analysis experience and has refined analytical processes utilizing state-of-theart techniques and instrumentation to solve problems in materials or manufactured products. Quality Companion 3 Quality Companion Adds VSM Minitab Inc. recently released Quality Companion 3.2, an update to its software for managing and executing quality improvement projects, which has been embraced by organizations as diverse as Xerox, the U.S. Postal Service and BHP Billiton. Quality Companion by Minitab® is an all-in-one software package designed to manage improvement projects from start to finish. The update is free to registered users of Quality Companion 3. A free, 30-day trial version is available at www.QualityCompanion.com. This update introduces new functionality, including a powerful tool for Value Stream Mapping (VSM), a primary technique used in Lean Six Sigma initiatives. VSM helps businesses define the steps required to produce a product or service that meets customer expectations, find improvement opportunities and pinpoint sources of waste. Quality Companion’s VSM tool makes it easy to track important variables such as inventory, takt time, and cycle time, among others, to help improve manufacturing, supply chain, servicerelated, healthcare, software development, or product development processes. Quality Companion’s Project Roadmap™ helps plot a clear course of action to execute quality improvement projects. Adding Companion’s built-in “soft” tools, such as process mapping, brainstorming and reporting, creates a detailed plan for the entire project—and the means to complete each step. Quality Companion also includes more than 100 form templates, including C&E Matrix, FMEA and Project Charter, all of which are easily customized to fit any organization.Quality Companion even offers on-demand guidance, with built-in Coaches that give expert advice from experienced Lean Six Sigma professionals. When a project ends, Companion maintains the entire project in one easy-to-manage file, making it simple to archive and review in the future. Quality Companion 3.2 also integrates with latest release of the Quality Companion Dashboard, a utility that aggregates and displays details of all projects in a single view to help you evaluate your progress and success, and can serve as a launch pad for projects. The Dashboard is free, so executives and others who don’t use Quality Companion can use it to monitor the progress of their organization’s entire improvement program. Colleagues who don’t use Companion can also review projects with the free Quality Companion Viewer, which provides read-only access to project files. About Minitab: Minitab Inc. is one of the world’s leading developers of statistical and process improvement software.Thousands of distinguished companies use Minitab software, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Minitab Statistical Software has been used in virtually every major Six Sigma initiative around the world, and is used to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities. Quality Companion® is used worldwide to plan and execute Six Sigma projects. Both products are backed by outstanding services, including training, e-learning opportunities, and free technical support. Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom, France and Australia and has additional representatives throughout the world. New Multi-Sensor Systems The new Starrett Metrology Solutions Catalog introduces the Large Format Premier Series and the Galileo Plus Series – vision systems specifically built for multi-sensor configuration. LARGE FORMAT PREMIER SERIES The new Large Format Premier Series includes five vision systems with X/Y work envelopes ranging from 12" x 12" (300 x 300mm) to 50" x 36" (1275 x 915mm). All systems have 8"/200mm of Z clearance. Our largest capacity vision systems, the LF has a massive granite base, bridge and air-bearing ways for superior machine stability and precision.Transports are driven by hi-speed (up to 30" per second), zero maintenance, balanced linear motors, which are closelooped to precision hi-resolution scales on all three axes. These mechanical features combine to provide an exceptionally stable, highly accurate system. The ergonomic LF workstation includes a compact control panel, keyboard, and a large flat panel LCD video display.Powerful Metronics QC5300 metrology software is standard with all systems. LF systems can be configured for a variety of applications. Options include a Renishaw contact probe, a laser scanner, a touch probe spotter camera for viewing critical placement of probe points and a probe changing rack. Large Format Premier Systems are equally at home in QC labs, research, engineering and manufacturing environments – wherever large scale, reliable high precision measurement is needed. GALILEO PLUS SERIES The new Galileo Plus Series are exceptional precise mid-size systems with extra space and enhanced support for multisensor attachments. They are configured with CNC and QC5300 Metrology Software for automated operation. The AV300+ utilizes a precision granite base and a servo driven motion platform for accurate, repeatable measuring.It has a 12" x 6" (300 x 150mm) X/Y measuring range and an 8" (200mm) extended travel Z column. The system includes a 12:1 zoom lens, hi-resolution digital color camera and your choice of fiber optic or LED Illumination. The AV350+ has the same features and performance as the AV300+ with a larger measurement envelope – 14" x 14" x 8" (350 x 350 x 200mm). The generous Y travel and Z clearance provides flexibility that far exceeds other products with a similar footprint. The AV230+ is a motorized, highly accurate system built on a precision granite base with a robust granite Z column structure. It offers a 9" x 6" x 7" (225 x 150 x 175mm) X/Y/Z measuring range. Structurally the same as the AV230+, the AV230micro is equipped with high-magnification microscope optics. The rigid, precision granite superstructure of the AV230micro allows for applications that require high magnification levels and specialized microscopy illumination. MULTI-SENSOR MEASURING SOLUTIONS LF Premier and Galileo Plus products and their broad range of options provide an excellent starting point for building a multi-sensor system. However, these complex, often unique applications usually require significant customization. Starrett engineers provide broad knowledge, experience, and a willingness to work with your staff that adds tremendous value to our hardware and software. As a result, we design, configure and build the best possible solution for your application. Micro-Vu Corporation Precision Measurements Systems Micro-Vu Corporation is a world-class manufacturer of multisensor, video, and optical measurements systems.With nearly 50 years of measurement experience, Micro-Vu has established a reputation of dependable, high precision machines with excellent support and pricing. Micro-Vu systems range from 150x150x150mm to the largest production models of vision machines in the world, their 2500x1600x200mm and 2000x1250x200mm capacity machines. Smaller systems are used to measure small parts such as stent delivery systems and watch components. Large systems accommodate parts such as 102” LCD panels and jet engine thrust deflectors. The advanced lighting on Micro-Vu vision systems provides the flexibility to measure a wide range of applications. Micro-Vu continues to expand the power of its InSpec Metrology Software. Free software updates continue to increase the value of Micro-Vu systems long after systems have been purchased. InSpec V2.80 includes GD&T tolerances, advanced vision tools, new CAD import tools, additional reporting options, whisker charting of data, and customizable overlays. InSpec’s point and click interface continues to set the standard for ease of programming and editing. InSpec’s automated calibrations collects thousands of data points from glass calibration grids and optical targets, then creates nonlinear compensation for the stage and optics. Glass grids are calibrated in Micro-Vu’s ISO 17025 accredited calibration lab. Thousands of manufactures worldwide rely on Micro-Vu systems to improve the quality of their products. Contact Micro-Vu at email@example.com to arrange a hands-on demonstration and learn how you can reduce inspection time and increase productivity. Carbide Probes Inc. Carbide Probes, Inc. in Dayton Ohio is expanding by adding over 2000 square feet to their existing manufacturing facility.The new addition will contain four new offices, a large conference room, and a data center to house the mainframe and computers as well as a training room where employees can further their education online.Carbide Probes, Inc., the worlds leader in replacement contact points and surface contracers markets their products in the United States and throughout the world. Established in 1963 by Earl Jacobs, the company is now led by Dan Shellabarger (pictured) with his children Cheryl Mullikan (Pictured) and Greg Shellabarger. Marketing Director, Rick Hudgell, credits the success of the business with its integrity and quality which is widely considered the best in the world. “Our employees are proud to work at Carbide Probes and proud of the product we offer to our customers.Thanks to implementing LEAN principles we have not had a price increase for over five years and our quality is the best in the business” Hudgell said. “Our return rate is less than 1% and they are usually attributed to ordering the wrong part. We are dedicated to not only providing the best product in the industry, but also to developing relationships with our customers.Many of our customers have been with us for over 40 years and I believe that says something about our customer service and our products.” Replacement contact points for Renishaw, Mitutoyo, Zeiss, Faro, and most all the top gage manufacturers are in stock and ready to be shipped.custom manufactured parts are expediently processed and usually ship within 4 to 6 weeks. Visit them on the web at www.carbideprobes.com or call 1-800-347-4980. Carbide Probes…In Touch With Precision…In Touch With You. S-T Industries Inc. S-T Industries, Inc. began manufacturing precision measuring tools in St. James, Minnesota, in 1942. S-T is still known worldwide for its lightweight tubular frame micrometers with standard models available up to 96 inches.S-T also manufactures a complete line of solid frame micrometers, specialty micrometers, inside and depth micrometers and has a complete line of measuring tools available. S-T has manufactured thousands of modified and special measuring tools over the past 66 years and welcomes your inquiries for specials.S-T also manufactures a complete range of optical comparators, horizontal and vertical types in screen diameters of 14”, 16”, 24” and 30”. All models feature Acu-Rite TM precision glass scales with a resolution of .00005”/.001MM and a choice of Quadra-Chek TM digital readout systems including the QC-100, QC-200, QC-300 and QC-5000 series.The 24” and 30” models include standard motorized joystick controls in the X and Y axis travel and are available with fully automatic CNC controls. Smaller units are also available with motor controls and fully automatic CNC controls.Special inquiries are also welcome. S-T has supplied units with extended vertical travel, special long focal length lens and X-axis travel up to 30 inches. S-T also manufactures a series of video inspection systems with stage travels of 4”X8”, 4”X12”, 6”X8”, 6”X12” and 12”X12”, with larger sizes available on request. All video systems feature 30X-180X zoom lenses, high resolution color cameras and flat screen LCD monitors, LED lighting, Acu-Rite TM high precision glass scales with .00005”/.001MM resolution, a choice of all Quadra-Chek digital readout systems are available for manual operation, motorized X, Y and Z motions or with fully automatic CNC controls. All S-T optical comparators and video inspection systems include factory installation, training, certification to NIST and a two-year warranty on parts and labor at no extra charge and are manufactured in the U.S.A. at our factory in St. James, Minnesota. For more information call us at 8001326-2039, FAX 5071375-4503, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web site at www.stindustries.com Optical Gaging Products, Inc. (OGP®) With more than 60 years experience, Optical Gaging Products (OGP®) is an innovator in non-contact and multisensor dimensional measurement systems, optical comparators, and laser surface scanners for manufacturing quality control. Its extensive product line accommodates the measuring needs of a broad range of manufacturers worldwide. SMARTSCOPE FLASH 302 COMPACT BENCHTOP MULTISENSOR MEASUREMENT SYSTEM SmartScope® Flash™ 302 is a distinctive multisensor metrology system offering large 300x300x250 mm XYZ travel on a benchtop machine. The part moves only in one axis while the system’s patented twin-Z elevating X-axis bridge ensures metrological stability. Its numerous patented technologies give SmartScope Flash 302 extensive capabilities. 12:1 AccuCentric® autocalibrating motorized zoom lens, LED SmartRing™ light for programmable oblique illumination, tracking green LED bar backlight, as well as coaxial TTL surface illumination and industry-leading image processing, give it superb video measurement performance.As a multisensor machine, the available through-the-lens (TTL) laser provides accurate non-contact surface contour measurements while touch probes measure hard-to-image parts; and Feather Probe™ microprobes measure MEMS and other micro-parts. (www.ogpnet.com/flash302) SMARTSCOPE FLASH 500 HIGHCAPACITY FLOOR MODEL MULTISENSOR MEASUREMENT SYSTEM SmartScope Flash 500 is a small-footprint floor stand automatic dimensional measurement system with an expansive 500x450x200 mm XYZ measurement volume. Optionally, Flash 500 offers up to 400 mm Z and 600 mm Y travels for even greater part and fixture versatility.Its stable bridge design ensures metrological repeatability while making part access easy. Since it’s an OGP SmartScope, the Flash 500 excels at video measurement, and it provides multisensor versatility with optional sensors. Its large measurement volume comfortably accommodates the range of available rotary indexer options to present features to the measuring sensors for more thorough, completely automatic measurements. Known for its ease of use, OGP metrology software for Flash systems provides complete 3D functionality to take full advantage of an integrated multisensing environment. Capabilities may be enhanced with software options that include form fitting, SPC, 3D CAD analysis, and custom report writing. (www.ogpnet.com/flash500) NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND NEW OPTICAL COMPARATOR MODELS OGP is known for technology innovations for all its product lines. Its newest innovation is a world first for optical comparators — TruLight™ all-LED illumination. The new 14” Focus™ and Focus Lite, and the 16” Focus Advance and Focus5 are the first optical comparators with brightlight, variable-intensity LED illuminators, including the unique-forcomparators white LED TruLight ring light. TruLight LEDs are long-lived, providing years of consistent service, and consume a fraction of the energy required by tungsten illuminators. New eCAD™ is an electronic overlay package consisting of comparator software/hardware that allows a CAD model to display a “virtual chart” on the comparator screen. The operator lines up the virtual chart and the part image visually, or with optional Projectron™ automatic edge detection.ECAD then displays CAD-defined multiple tolerance zones to show whether the part is in- or out-of-tolerance via the use of color bands. Unlike traditional charts, the eCAD virtual chart image moves when the worktable moves. This not only allows inspection of critical areas across an entire part to determine if they are within tolerance, but the virtual chart automatically scales to any magnification change. Besides creating virtual charts from CAD, eCAD includes several popular standard charts in convenient electronic format. ECAD is available for specially configured OGP Contour Projectors®. (www.ogpnet.com/trulight) (www.ogpnet.com/ecad)
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