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QDM WEB Now Available on Mobile Devices, Bringing Industry Leading SPC Tools to the Palm of Your Hand

Dimensional Control Systems has brought the QDM WEB System into the world of mobile by upgrading it with a responsive design, instantly changing the interface based on the user’s device.

Dimensional Control Systems’ (DCS) in partnership with E7 Solutions, is releasing QDM WEB for Mobile, a new responsive design for the QDM WEB System. This adaptive design unlocks QDM WEB for all mobile devices, instantly adapting the system to deliver SPC reports, dashboards and real-time analytics to your phone or tablet.  

Topics: SPC QDM

New Product - CAD Based Inspection Plans Integrated in CATIA

3DCS Inspection Planner Integrates Inspection Plan Creation into CATIA CAD Software

With this new product from DCS, manufacturers can instantly turn their models into inspeciton plans and measurement plans for the plant floor. 

CAD models are now ubiquitous with manufacturing. However, once the model is done, and converted to 2D prints, it is often forgotten. Why? It is hard to correlate plant data with the CAD model and continue to use it. This is why, when design is done, the model is often shelfed until needed for a future design product. With 3DCS Inspection Planner, creating inspection plans to correlate the data makes it easy to bring inspection and measurement data back into your CAD model to solve design problems and build issues. 

Topics: CATIA 3DCS SPC CATIA V6

Automate Measurement Plans from CATIA Data with 3DCS Inspection Planner

3DCS Inspection Planner Add-on Converts CATIA and 3DCS Points into Inspection and Measurement Plans

Users of CATIA V5 and CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE can convert their CATIA models into Measurement Plans, correlating CMM programs and measurements with the same points in their CAD model. 

The Add-on module 3DCS Inspection Planner gives engineers the ability to quickly generate inspection and measurement plans from CATIA and 3DCS points. Built on the QDM ANALYST engine, the integrated tool takes points from CAD, and creates report templates for measurement data, as well as full inspection plans to be used on the shop floor. 

Topics: CATIA 3DCS SPC QDM

See Tolerance Analysis and SPC Solutions at IMTS 2016 in Chicago, IL

Join DCS at the 2016 IMTS - International Manufacturing Technology Show - September 12 - 17 in Chicago Illionois

The DCS team will be showcasing 3DCS and QDM applications at the 2016 IMTS show at booth E3009 in the East Building. 

[reference: https://www.imts.com/show/factsheet.html, https://www.imts.com/visitor/attend.html] 

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis SPC QDM

Cost of Quality - How Do You Reduce the Impact of Quality on Your Manufacturing Costs?

Cost of Quality - How Do You Reduce the Impact of Quality on Your Manufacturing Costs?

The Cost of Quality isn't the cost to manufacture a good product, it is the cost associated with reworking parts and products that didn't meet engineering specifications. 

What is the Cost of Quality (CoQ):

Many definitions and models define CoQ. The most straightforward is the one identified by the American Society of Quality (ASQ), as follows:

An organization’s CoQ is actually the cost of NOT creating a quality product or service.

Every time work is redone, the cost of quality increases. Obvious examples include:

  • The reworking of a manufactured item.
  • The retesting of a fastening or assembly.
  • The rebuilding of a tool.

As stated by Jim Smith in the June issue of Quality Magazine, "Quality is measured by the price of nonconformance (PONC)." 

In short, any cost that would not have been expended if quality were perfect (zero defects) contributes to the cost of quality.

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis SPC

Improving Fuel Efficiency in Aircraft Using Dimensional Management on Gap and Step Conditions - Presented at Aerodef 2016

Improving Fuel Efficiency in Aircraft Using Dimensional Management on Gap and Step Conditions

Presented at Aerodef 2016 by Donald Jasurda, Vice President Sales, DCS

Topics: CATIA 3DCS SPC FEA

SME Ch 69 Event January 13th - Quality Management Across the Product Lifecycle

Quality Management Across the Product Lifecycle Presentation at DCS

An after work eat and learn experience with SME Chapter 69 in Oakland/Macomb area, Michigan

Wednesday January 13th, 5:30 - 8:00 PM 

Topics: 3DCS SPC

Going to AeroTech 2015? DCS to Present Paper on Aerospace Quality Assurance Using Process Capability Analysis

Total Quality Assurance of Aerospace Components Applying Process Capability Analysis

Dimensional Control Systems, Inc. (that's our full name, really. We're just going to use DCS if that's ok), will be presenting at this year's SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Seattle, Washington September 22nd to the 24th.

Hosted by The Boeing Company, this year's event will feature keynote speakers from Boeing, Airbus, NASA and the United States Air Force. It is the perfect opportunity to network with key actors in the aerospace industry as well as get up to speed on the latest innovations and developments from aerospace OEM's, customers and suppliers. 

Topics: 3DCS Tolerance Analysis SPC QDM

DCS Presenting SPC Software Release at BIG M Manufacturing Convergeance

DCS to Present Latest Version of Quality Data Management SPC System at BIG M Manufacturing Conference

DCS will be presenting their plant level solution of QDM SPC Software at booth 334 at the BIG Manufacturing Convergeance June 2nd through the 4th at Cobo Center, Detroit, MI, USA. 

Will you be in Detroit this June? If so, you should come to Cobo Center and found out today's manufacturers address the issues of global manufacturing enterprises and reduced cycle times. 

From SME's BIG M Event Page:

Topics: SPC QDM

What is SPC and How Is It Applied Today?

State of the Part, Today's SPC Environment

To the uninitiated, Statistical Process Control enthusiasts can seem like wild-haired mad scientists, ever in search of new targets for their methods as they carry on amid a storm of charts and graphs.

Fittingly, it was a doctor of physics working for a company known for its lab work -- Bell Telephone Laboratories -- who is credited with first using SPC techniques. But SPC concepts aren't on the fringe. In fact, they've been in use ever since Dr. Shewhart first developed his control charts at Bell Labs nearly 100 years ago.

SPC now is a definitive feature of the modern factory and is used far and wide across the spectrum of manufacturing settings.

What is SPC?

Topics: 3DCS SPC QDM