The Digital Factory Transformation Process To Reduce / Detect / Eliminate Human Errors In Computer Numerically Controlled Systems: 2019 Spring Mini Ott ASQ NJIT Quality Conference

Organized and presented by Professor Paul G Ranky with invited speaker Robert Hacker, Director of StartUP FIU in Miami, FL, professor of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at Florida International University, and NJIT Makerspace Colleagues and Students. Following this ASQ tradition, this Spring we are pleased to take our attendees to the new NJIT Makerspace, a $11.6 million hi-tech facility. During this event we’ll focus on how companies should focus on their digital quality transformation journey supported by human error prevention, detection and eventual human error elimination principles, methods, tools, technologies and workflows. A very exciting topic, that can save huge amounts for any organization! The advanced, computer controlled manufacturing, 3D printing, additive manufacturing and quality principles, methods, tools and practical examples presented are applicable to almost any factory, organization / business.

In the first half of the program we’ll visit our new hi-tech Makerspace laboratory at NJIT to explain and demonstrate digital factory transformation processes to reduce / detect / eliminate human errors.

The NJIT Makerspace is a new, hi-tech educational and research facility planned to expand to 24,000 sq ft. It serves students in all NJIT majors, with plans to include in its user-audience high school students from NJIT’s vicinity as well as activities for professional workforce training. NJIT’s Makerspace focuses on hi-tech manufacturing and houses an impressive assortment of industrial manufacturing, production, and prototyping equipment. Students and faculty have access to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining centers, computer controlled industrial metrology equipment, 5-axis CNC water jet, wire Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), manual metalworking equipment, electronics assembly equipment, additive manufacturing / 3D printing, laser cutting, and a full complement of hand tools and power tools. In NJIT’s Makerspace, students, faculty members and industrial collaborators have access to an unmatched assortment of state of the art equipment and training resources, which will drive the facility to become a campus hub where students, faculty, and industry gather to collaborate, build, design, innovate, test ideas and create. 

This presentation and tour will take place in the NJIT GITC building, ground floor.

In the second half of the program we’ll join Robert Hacker, Director of StartUP FIU in Miami, FL, in Miami, FL, and professor of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at Florida International University, who will give us a presentation followed by an interactive workshop on The Relationship Between Design and Quality. 

Abstract : The Krebs Creativity Cycle explains the fundamental relationship between Art, Science, Engineering and Design. Many say that the 21st Century will be about the convergence of nature, design and technology. If design is going to have such a prominent role, what are the implications for our understanding of quality and how we think about it.

Short Bio: Robert H. Hacker is the Director of StartUP FIU, a university-wide initiative for innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a professor of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at Florida International University and formerly taught at MIT Sloan School of Management. He also teaches in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Miami and at Babson College. Bob built a billion dollar publicly traded company in Asia and served as the CFO of One Laptop per Child for three years. He is the author of Billion Dollar Company: An entrepreneur’s guide to business models for high growth companies and Scaling Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned at One Laptop per Child. He has blogged at Sophisticated Finance since 2007. (More:

All above fits well into the NJIT ASQ Student Chapter’s mission statement: ‘Create novel quality methods, tools and technologies, that leads us towards zero defect!’

Attendance is free. Pizza and refreshments will be offered. All welcome!


February 12, Tuesday, 6 pm to 9 pm at NJIT, Newark, GITC Bldg., Room: 2305 (Please note, that we’ll meet here at 6 pm, and then tour around labs. too.

Parking is in NJIT parking facilities. Please inform Professor Ranky ( if you need an NJIT visitor’s parking permit for this evening. (Please. note, that parking is limited, therefore let us know your plans ASA.) Professor Ranky will arrange parking for you and then NJIT will let you know which parking lot you can use (there are many…)

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