December 2003


Vol. 5, No. 12

Easy, easier, easiest: Chart from within Excel with no jumping back and forth
If you already use CHARTrunner, you know how easy it is to create quality improvement charts from your Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. With the upcoming release of CHARTrunner, known as CHARTrunner-XL version 1.7, integration with Excel is even better. Instead of jumping back and forth between CHARTrunner and Excel, you can now get access to CHARTrunner without leaving Excel. Go to

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 Ruth Blackwell (Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas); Debi Kramm (Aerofil Technology, Inc.); Marilee Haynes (DuPont); William Moll (Alcoa CSI); Kenneth Vandegrift (Wright Patterson Air Force Base). Congratulations!

Data in everyday life: One of Australia's largest insurers, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), has released data indicating that from Sept 2002 to August 2003, there were 3,099 vehicle-animal collision claims, with a total repair bill of AU$8.5million (US$6million). This chart shows animal-vehicle collisions in the land of the wallaby and kangaroo. Maybe hitting a squirrel isn’t so dramatic after all. Go to  

Six Sigma and More: Managing knowledge
David Schwinn explores well-known theory of knowledge management to Six Sigma efforts. Go to

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FYI: Current software releases: Do you have the most current release? To determine the most recent version of PQ Systems’ primary software products, check Help/PQ on the web/check for updates on your program (for SQCpack 2000, GAGEpack 2000, and CHARTrunner). To review current maintenance downloads and version numbers for all PQ Systems software, go to:

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