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.
In this issue you will find:
- Analyze wear trend, customize icons in GAGEpack release
- Quality Quiz: Another quiz from Professor Cleary--and last month’s winners! Plus, watch a video to support the quiz.
- Data in everyday life: Charting trends in gas prices
- Bytes and pieces: Quality Expo; Events calendar; 5 million lives initiative
- MSA with Jackie Graham: Measuring your measurement system
- FYI: How to check current version numbers and maintenance releases.
Analyze wear trend, customize icons in GAGEpack release
Measurement systems analysis has come a long way since the days of manual records on 3 X 5 cards, and new features in GAGEpack provide a clear example of the ways in which this is true. Based on changing customer needs, these features render analysis easy and accurate in ways that earlier systems could never do.
Another quiz from Professor Cleary—and last month’s winners!
Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox were Greg Boos (St. John Macomb Hospital); Peter Dominic (SPS Inc.); Bob Fullenkamp (American Honda Corp.); Tracie Morris (Michigan Precision—MPS); and Matt Winkler (Fujipoly Corp.). 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 February 19 to be entered in the drawing.
MSA with Jackie Graham:
Measuring your measurement system with performance curves
Excessive variation in measurement systems, can cause product to be produced that is out of specification. Graham addresses ways to diminish variation.
Data in everyday life:
Charting trends in gas prices
This chart shows trends in retail gas prices (regular gas) and inflation rates from 1999-2006.
Bytes and Pieces:
An “Essentials for Excellence” conference, sponsored March 1-2 by the American Association for Quality, emphasizes awareness of quality management systems in the service sector. http://www.asq.org/conferences/quality-management/index.html
Quality Expo; Events calendar; 5 million lives initiative
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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