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8 SMT007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2020 Nolan's Notes by Nolan Johnson, I-CONNECT007 Test and Inspection in the Kitchen I enjoy cooking. Not everybody does, but I do. For me, kitchen time is most enjoyable when it's a social event, like making a meal with friends or family together. I took teaching my children how to cook and feed themselves pretty seriously. Both of them know their way around the kitchen and can follow a recipe. What I am not, however, is a gifted baker. After a few spectacular failures that went undetected until they tried to actually eat what I'd baked, my children became my inspectors. They would monitor my endeavors with extra care, including recipe checks and taste tests. They saw too many handmade loaves of bread come out of the oven inedible. In particular, one bread loaf was so hard that I dared them to use it as a door stop; it lasted a good three months in that role! With their help to keep my baking on track, many of my baking projects were edible, though maybe I wouldn't call them delicious. Eventually, I gave up on hand-making bread loaves and started using a bread machine. For me, automation was the answer to the skill and talent shortage from which I clearly suffered. The use of test and inspection on the man- ufacturing floor isn't all that different. Tradi- tionally viewed as a final step with a pass/ fail result, test and inspection have grown in

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