Vol. 8, No. 12

December 2006

PQ Systems

GAGEpack at Honeywell

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Six Sigma

Data in everyday life

Bytes and pieces

FYI: Current releases


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Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly newsletter from PQ Systems, Inc., developers of software products and training services that help organizations improve their processes and products and achieve compliance to standards. This newsletter gives you industry news, case studies, and information about product enhancements and tips to enhance your software use.

Keeping track of 2,000 gages:
All in a day's work for GAGEpack

With sales of $9 billion and employment of 40,000 people in 97 worldwide manufacturing and service sites, everything is “writ large” at Honeywell Aerospace. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell’s Propulsion Systems Enterprise (PSE) has more than 4,000 employees. Its Waterford facility alone uses more than 2,000 gauges, each requiring regular calibration, with accurate records of those calibrations maintained. In addition, gage links must be made to alignment procedures, operating instructions, and B/P information. GAGEpack is up to the task for Honeywell.
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Quality Quiz:
Another quiz from Professor Cleary--and last month's winners!

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox were Anthony Foley (United Technologies/Prat & Whitney Div.); David Kiefer (Gates Corp.); Michael LaKous (Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation); Gary Shafer (Panasonic Battery Corp.); and Bert Spencer (Kohler Co.). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of the popular Quality Gamebox program, go to Quality Quiz. Submit your response by December 20 to be entered in the drawing.

Six Sigma and more:
David Schwinn addresses mutual benefits of planning, sharing

Strategic planning and helping non-profits go together in serendipitous, mutually beneficial relationships.
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Data in everyday life:
Real or fake? Christmas tree sales show trends

More than 100,000 are employed in the Christmas tree industry, with trees planted on nearly a half million acres in the U.S. How do sales of real trees compare to those for artificial trees?
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Bytes and Pieces:
Quick exchange tooling; quality in the service sector; dependability data for luxury and non-luxury cars

• The contributions of Shigeo Shingo and Taiichi Ohno to quick exchange tooling are discussed.
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• Quality management in the service sector: ASQ offers March conference in Texas.
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• Dependability data for luxury and non-luxury cars shows that gap is diminishing. (More information about vehicle dependability is available at www.jdpower.com)
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Current versions of software:

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, GAGEpack, and CHARTrunner). To review current maintenance downloads and version numbers for all PQ Systems software, go to: http://www.pqsystems.com/support/SoftwareUpdates.php


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