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The Next Level of Quality

December 13, 2018

LNS Research, a research and advisory firm, coined the term Quality 4.0.1. Quality 4.0 is a method for using technology to show that quality should really be a company-wide strategy with the executives at the helm driving performance. Quality 4.0 does not replace traditional quality…

Materials Driving Lightweighting Change

December 11, 2018

Lightweighting is a concept in the automotive industry referring to building cars and trucks that are less heavy as a way to achieve fuel efficiency and handling. “Once you reach a certain horsepower level, it gets very expensive to add more power, whereas to take…

Metal vs. Plastic

December 07, 2018

Plastics.  They are everywhere from packaging to automotive body parts. It is no wonder that according to a research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. that the automotive plastics market size is set to surpass 50 billion by 2024. Anything plastic can be made by plastic…

Give Joy

December 05, 2018

The Angel Tree program is a Salvation Army Christmas Assistance program for families needing help providing gifts and basic needs to their children at Christmas. Families are registered in October, and children and seniors are placed for adoption on the Angel Tree in November. The Sustained Quality…

How to Decode a VIN

December 03, 2018

There are 17 numbers and letters (17 positions) in a vehicle identification number  (VIN) and you can divide them into three groups: World Manufacturer Identifier, Vehicle Descriptor Section, and Vehicle Identifier Section. Typically, the VIN is stamped into a plate that may be located in…

Not Your Average Holiday Travel Tips

November 28, 2018

There are many holiday travel tips. Book early. Prepare for bad weather. Get the airport two hours prior to departure. The travel tips below promise to be different and are great for travel year around. First for the facts. According to AAA, 107.3 million traveled…

Vehicle-to-Everything Communication

November 26, 2018

Vehicles today are connected more than ever, even older vehicles can be connected. We are also connecting vehicles to smartphones. Connecting vehicles with smart cities is next. Needless to say, automotive communication technology will be even more important in the future. The below terms will…

The True Story of Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018

In the words of Jay Mattern, CEO, Peoplelink Group, parent company of Sustained Quality Group: The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century … The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did…

Benefits of Virtual Prototyping

November 19, 2018

Virtual reality is not as new as one may think. In 1935, Stanley Weinbaum released Pygmalion’s Spectacles – a science fiction story. The story’s main character wears a pair of goggles which transports him to a fictional world which stimulates his senses aptly and features…

Was 2008 Automotive Bailout Worth it?

November 15, 2018

It is hard to believe it has been 10 years. In late 2008, global financial markets were panicking, U.S. employers were laying off hundreds of thousands of workers every month and consumer spending and the stock market were plummeting. In the waning days of the…