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It’s the “R” word that makes manufacturers cringe – recall. The cost is only part of the expense –...

Scigenuity Blog Posts

Joe Ventimiglio - Director of Sales; Powertrain; Automotive Industrial
Integrators working with manufacturers face the same recurring challenge – developing and delivering a system that meets spec, on time and on budget. But nine times of 10, when they put equipment on the customer’s floor, they’re already behind schedule, overbudget, or both. It doesn’t matter if they procure the bits and pieces for a project from third party...
February 09, 2017 | View Article...
Scigenuity Staff
Reduced production costs and improved quality isn’t an oxymoron … really. It’s only to be expected that engineering and process staff might have a rocky relationship with the big promise of Industry 4.0. Achieving the goal of the connected factory where every piece of equipment digitally connects with another and every unit in production is traceable can...
January 30, 2017 | View Article...
Scigenuity Staff
Should the focus of a discrete manufacturer be on overall yield/output, or on first time yield? Before we address the question, let’s define the difference. Overall yield is the total final output of a manufacturing line. It includes any units that had to be reworked in a repair bay due to defects or errors but did end up earning the stamp of approval....
January 26, 2017 | View Article...
Patrick Chabot - Senior Software Specialist, QualityWorX
Most people in the manufacturing industry are acquainted with the idea of an inline repair process. Parts with problems get pulled from the assembly line, are diagnosed and repaired by technicians and then put back into the assembly process. This work is typically done in repair bays. On the modern manufacturing line, repair bay operations must be viewed as...
January 12, 2017 | View Article...
Steve White - Sciemetric's Test Engineering Manager
We’ve written before about what to consider when choosing a leak test system. Today, we’re adding another element to this discussion – internal diagnostics. In the previous post, we talked about three considerations when choosing a leak tester: your desired gage R&R (repeatability and reproducibility), the cycle time required for the leak test to keep...
December 29, 2016 | View Article...
Ron Pawulski – Executive Account Director at Sciemetric
In a follow-up to our “How to conduct a leak test trial you can stake your job on” post, the topic today is one of the most overlooked causes of poor repeatability in leak test results. Achieving leak rate repeatability is a common challenge with leak testing. Changes in test results can cause a customer to mistrust their leak test and even lead an operator...
December 21, 2016 | View Article...
Rob Plumridge - Leak Applications Engineer
Manufacturers are increasingly aware of the need to have long-term accountability to their customers and stakeholders – “we built a good part and have the data record to prove it.” With waveform signature analysis, they have the data trail they need to quickly find the root cause of a problem, determine its scope, and carry out a targeted recall of only the...
November 29, 2016 | View Article...
Ron Pawulski - Director of Sales
Let me tell you a story:There was once a manufacturer of off-highway equipment, a premium brand with a strong reputation in the market for reliability and prompt customer service. But they were having a problem – leaks in the transmissions for one of its flagship vehicles. This was leading to a lot of warranty claims and returns that were proving costly and...
November 08, 2016 | View Article...
Leak Testing
Rob Plumridge - Leak Applications Engineer
When you’re in the market for a new leak test system, it’s a purchase decision that could be worth hundreds of thousands/millions of dollars to your plant. That means your job could rest on the choice you and or your team makes.The best approach is to pit your top vendors against each other in a head-to-head trial. But first, you need to step back and...
October 27, 2016 | View Article...
Leak Testing
Joe Ventimiglio - Director of Sales; Powertrain; Automotive Industrial
There is defect on your line you just can’t catch. Maybe it’s showing up in a first-time yield rate that refuses to improve, or in the number of warranty repairs that are coming in. No matter what your people do, it just can’t be pinned down. They blame it on the limitations of your quality assurance process. That leaves you wondering if the hardware and...
August 30, 2016 | View Article...