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Hoffmann on Testing

Where Is Your Old School Technology?

By Jacques Hoffmann
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There are times when leak testing experts advocate "going old school."
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Hoffmann on Testing

How Do We Overcome Language Barriers in a Global Marketplace?

By Jacques Hoffmann
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Given the global marketplace, shouldn't manufacturing and test equipment be equipped with user-friendly controls with different language options?


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Why Test Experts are so Important: Lessons from Boeing and Airbus

Simulation is not the same as testing.
By Jacques Hoffmann
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A test-centric assembly process would have helped Boeing and Airbus avoid problems with their new aircraft.


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Hoffman on Testing

Customer Loyalty—To Disney and Beyond!

What would inspire your loyalty to an automation and test supplier?
By Jacques Hoffmann
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A good partnership between customers and suppliers leads to optimal solutions and long-term prosperity all around.


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Reshoring, Jobs and Quality

By Jacques Hoffmann
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Reshoring is a welcome trend, but maintaining product quality will not be a given.


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Hoffmann on Testing: Software for Everything...Really?

If the assumptions are wrong, the conclusions are not likely to be very good.
By Jacques Hoffmann
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Software cannot fix problems caused by product dynamics or defects in tooling.


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Hoffmann on Testing: Why Are We Still Dragging our Feet on the Metric System?

By Jacques Hoffmann
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What’s one thing we have in common with the great nations of Liberia and Burma? We are all clinging to the English imperial system of measurements.
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Hoffmann on Testing: A Hole Diameter Is Not a Leak Rate!

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There are some who contend that a leak can be defined by the diameter of a hole. My goodness, doesn't precision matter?
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Hoffmann on Testing: Beware the Forgotten Spec!

By Jacques Hoffmann
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A “simple” request to add one more test to a test stand or assembly system is not all that simple most of the time.
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Hoffmann on Testing: Cheap Fixtures Cost More in the Long-Run

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It’s ironic that the very things most engineers do to contain costs in test-centric assembly systems are the cause of out-of-control production costs.
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