Vol. 9, No. 11

November 2007

PQ Systems

Pick the right chart in three easy steps

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Data in everyday life

Six Sigma

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.

Pick the right chart in three easy steps

Selecting the right chart is fundamental to control chart accuracy. If the wrong control chart is selected, control limits will not be correct for the data. Knowing this, facing the possibility of an array of control charts may engender confusion, if not panic. Should I create charts, charts, np-charts, n-charts, p-charts, c-charts, or u-charts? Who’s to know? Read more.

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 Scott Berman (Dell, Inc.); Mark Davis (Centra Health, Inc.); Mike Ho (Arvin Meritor); Gwen Myers (Rio Tinto Minerals); and Paul Smith (Caterpillar, Inc.). 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 November 29 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Ten worst commuter cities

This CHARTrunner chart shows two trends in cities that represent the ten worst, with respect to commuter times. One line represents the percentage of people who use public transit, and the other, those who drive alone (not in carpools). See chart.

Six Sigma and more:
David Schwinn ponders ‘The Smartest Guys in the Room’ and the ways in which a culture works

The film explores the ways in which Enron’s culture of “thinking big” eventually led to its downfall. Every organization has a “culture:” here’s an opportunity to examine yours. Read More.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • Toy quality: About a fifth of the 1,800 toy manufacturers in China have enrolled in training courses to improve quality, sponsored by the Chinese government. Learn more.
  • Preventing errors: The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a nonprofit organization educating the healthcare community and consumers about safe medication practices. Learn more.
  • Small time: NIST researchers have demonstrated a miniature atomic clock with inner workings about the size of a grain of rice and potential applications in atomically precise timekeeping in portable, battery-powered devices for secure wireless communications, navigation, and other applications, according to this article in Cal Lab, the International Journal of Metrology. Learn more.

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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