March  2003

Vol. 5, No. 3

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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'Beyond Excel: Easy SPC charting' goes cross country with new features
As the creation of charts from existing data becomes increasingly critical to organizations, interest in PQ Systems' “Beyond Excel: Easy SPC charting” seminar has increased. The seminar has been offered in sites from San Francisco to Philadelphia (including King of Prussia and Pittsburgh in March), making it easy to get away from one's office for a half day to learn, using new features in CHARTrunner software. To learn more, go to beyondexcel.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 Sally Brown (University of Connecticut Health Center); Sarah Dickerson (Defiance Metal Products); Bob Dulan (Ultralife Batteries); Bill Potrikus (Tropicana Products); and Bruce Watson (General Mills Bakeries and Foodservice). Congratulations! For March'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: Weather you like it or not...this pattern repeats throughout the country.
Temperature patterns follow essentially the same parallel curve throughout the year, as this CHARTrunner chart shows. The difference is not in the curve, but in the location: It has a different effect in Fairbanks than in say, Kansas City or Miami. Go to chartsyoucanuse.htm

Six Sigma and more:  'It's not your job to think about these things...'
David's column discusses employee initiative and how Six Sigma managers can benefit from Deming's Point #8. sixsigmaandmore.htm

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