January  2003

Vol. 5, No. 1

Here's this month's issue of Quality eLine, a newsletter from PQ Systems, Inc. that provides industry news, case studies, quality tips, and information about software products and training services.

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Developing 'data mentality:' Waste treatment facility adopts new approach
While "finger-to-the-wind" calculations may be useful to a sailor deciding which way to tack, such approximations have long ago given way in most industries to decision-making based on data. To learn more about how a large waste treatment district uses data, go to data.htm

Quality Quiz: Another quiz from Professor Cleary—and last month's winners!
Winners of last month's quiz (and a copy of Quality Gamebox) are Robert Miller (Unical Chicago Carbon Co.); Glen Peoples (GE); Jim Ruth (Kleen Test Products); Elizabeth Green Taquechel (Miami Children's Hospital); and Paul Wieland (Falcon Plastics, Inc.) Congratulations! For January's quiz question, and a chance to win a copy of this fun, interactive teaching tool, go to Quality_Quiz.htm

Data in everyday life:  Who's made it to the Super Bowl most?
For data, nothing beats sports. And professional football has many statistics that can be analyzed. These CHARTrunner charts show Super Bowl winners and teams that made the most number of trips to the Big Game. Who has had the most trips to the Super Bowl? How many Super Bowls has your team won? Don't bet on that without checking this chart. Go to chartsyoucanuse.htm

Six Sigma and more:  Beyond profit: David Schwinn shows how waste is reduced by service organizations.
Six Sigma’s popularity has come from its ability to positively impact profit - the bottom line for business. But non-profit services can benefit from the approach, since Six Sigma enhances profit by reducing waste. For David Schwinn’s discussion, go to sixsigmaandmore.htm

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