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Happy New Year one and all!

In case you missed it, our first 2017 episode of Quality Digest Live contained some great articles and discussion between myself and my co-host, Quality Digest editor in chief Dirk Dusharme. In the show, we covered:

“Drop in LED Prices Drives Manufacturers Away”

LED lightbulbs are a benefit for consumers, but also create an economic hit for manufacturers such as GE.

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Before I dive into this column, a quick programming note: You may have noticed some formatting changes in today’s issue of Quality Digest. Starting today, on each Thursday we will present a special edition of our newsletter, with a pair of particularly thought-provoking articles from our library of contributed content and an exclusive piece of editorial written by one of us on the QD staff.

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In the quality profession today, the term “guru” tends to be thrown around with reckless abandon, more often than not self-referentially by the “guru” him- or herself. Don’t get me wrong; there are many outstanding people now working in our field, with interesting and perhaps even revolutionary ideas about how to improve processes, reduce waste, and add weight to the bottom line. Several of them, I humbly submit, regularly contribute to Quality Digest.

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My colleague and buddy, Christopher Martin, is an unsung hero here at Quality Digest. Few of our readers know him, but all our advertisers do, because he’s the guy who keeps them happy.

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Hard as it may be to believe, a close analysis of our extensive trove of behavioral data on the Quality Digest user group indicates that more than a handful of you don’t regularly watch our regular weekly web TV show, Quality Digest Live, which broadcasts from our studio in Northern California every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific.

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Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have said, in reference to 13 separate American colonies then in rebellion against England, “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang apart.” After the Revolutionary War, and following the conclusion of the endless debates that eventually lead to the formation of this nation’s political system, Franklin was asked by a young woman what sort of government the delegates had created for the citizens of the new United States. “A republic, madam,” he replied. “If you can keep it.”

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Of all the tools in the lean toolkit, 5S is the one that has proven to be the most effective—and also the most elusive. It’s effective because the actions needed to sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain mirror the deeper, critically important philosophy of thinking about value, waste, and flow with a “big picture” mindset. Once an organization has adapted lean thinking and initiated 5S projects, improvement begins to accelerate in all operational phases.

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The 31st annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC), which concluded on July 23rd, delivered some fantastic career-enhancing opportunities for metrologists from 13 nations, representing leading research institutions as well as industries such as aerospace, space hardware, antenna, automotive, shipbuilding, power generation, general engineering, and more. This year’s event occurred at the plush Diplomat Hotel right on the white, sandy beaches of Hollywood, Florida.

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Editor's note: This week, Quality Digest Daily will be looking at some of the key technologies on display at the Coordinate Metrology Society's annual conference (CMSC). The CMSC, taking place this year July 20–24 in Hollywood, Florida, is the gathering place for users, service providers, and original equipment manufacturers of close tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals.

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3D printing. The Internet of Things. Big data. Outsourcing. Reshoring. A graying workforce. The skills gap. The wage gap. For manufacturers, these factors and countless others are creating a revolution, albeit a quiet one, whose effects are still not fully understood. They will, however, be felt for decades to come.