Vol. 10, No. 1

January 2008

PQ Systems

When Excel isn't enough

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.

When Excel isn’t enough:
Charting your data

Why does one need a software program to generate charts, when spread sheet software itself can produce a variety of chart formats? Indeed, this is a question that quality professionals explore frequently, summoning appropriate rationale to convince purchasing agents or supervisors that the expenditure is justified by the results. 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 Anthony Brown (General Motors Corporation); Wade Dickens (Wellman, Inc.); Nancy Hoople (Baystate health System); Tony Lipsky (Comerica Bank); and Kim Riehman (Pentair Electronic Packaging 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 January 25 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Record snowfalls

December brought record snowfall to some parts of the U.S. What January has produced in the way of records is shown in this chart. Just imagine 45 inches of the white stuff…in just one month. See chart.

Six Sigma and more:
Going green and Six Sigma

This month, Dave learns from student projects about the possibilities for addressing challenges to the environment and making money—at the same time. Read More.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • Ford’s four-point approach: Ford Motor Company is researching next-generation, four-point safety belt technologies to reduce injuries. Read more.
  • Innovation winners: Winners of the Innovation Challenge: Medication Reconciliation offered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have been announced. Read 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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