SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION This Case Studies Special Advertising Section features manufacturing companies with real-world challenges using quality equipment, software and services to solve their problems and improve their processes. These problem-solving stories describe myriad manufacturing challenges and how the correct application of a supplier’s product or service made the difference, providing quantitative benefits to quality and manufacturing issues. The suppliers in this special section present these real-world problems and solutions to help Quality Magazine subscribers who may have similar experiences. Video Extensometer Enables More Accurate, Efficient Measurements Displacement is an important value in the context of universal testing machines, specifically for tensile tests that measure the strength of materials. Extensometers are used to perform high-accuracy displacement measurements. Offering precision, high-accuracy measurements, the TRViewX enables non-contact measurements of elongation and width utilizing a video camera, and is applicable for testing a variety of materials, including metals, plastics, rubbers and films. This machine can measure not only the elongation of a specimen but also the transverse strain, with a high level of accuracy. In addition, the smart, easy-to-use TRViewX can record videos of a specimen during testing for synchronized playback with drawing charts. Image files of a specified point (e.g. a break point) can be created from the recorded video sequence, and the images can be easily inserted into test reports for printing. TRViewX operates easily with TRAPEZIUMX software. Users simply select testing conditions to automatically set the measurement mode. The software synchronizes to the beginning and end of testing, and makes it possible to measure the actual gauge length when testing starts. By incorporating these and other functions, this system provides significantly more accurate measurements. And with the ability to simultaneously measure elongation and width, it enables more efficient testing and analysis. Give everyone in your organization the power to improve it. Minitab® 16 is the leading statistical software for quality improvement and statistics education worldwide. Minitab 16 features more than 70 new enhancements, including the Assistant that guides you through your analysis step-by-step, new regression tools, splitplot designs and more. Minitab’s powerful capabilities, ease of use, comprehensive methods, and compelling graphics help quality professionals target the best opportunities for business improvement. Draw valuable insights from your data and easily illustrate and interpret your analyses. Quality Companion by Minitab® provides everything you need to manage your improvement projects in one application. With project Roadmaps, integrated tools, and expert guidance at every step, Quality Companion helps you attain the maximum benefit from your quality improvement program. Quality Trainer by Minitab™ provides easy access to quality statistics expertise whenever you need it. This subscription-based e-learning service lets you learn or refresh your knowledge anytime. Interactive lessons based on real problems make concepts easy to retain. Quality Trainer helps you use Minitab to apply statistics properly. Distinguished companies that rely on Minitab software, training and services to help them achieve world-class quality include Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and the leading Six Sigma Consultants. To learn more, visit www.minitab.com
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