Vol. 10, No. 12

December 2008

PQ Systems

Am I dreaming?

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.

Am I dreaming?
24-hour tech support, concurrent license with SQCpack

PQ Systems’ legendary technical support is extended to a 24-hour live online chat feature that will answer questions about SQCpack faster and easier. Concurrent licensing and chart ‘cloning’ are also features. 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: Cyrus Burroughs (Fruit of the Loom); Joyce Smith (Hutchinson Public Schools); Margie Wheeler (United Healthcare); Scott Snyder (Lauren Mfg.); Barbara Valenti (MedTech Automation). 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 22 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Monster truck sizes

If you’re dreaming about the monster truck that may appear under your Christmas tree, think again. This chart suggests how big these trucks really are. See chart.

Six Sigma and more:
Hope may not be enough, Wheatley says

David Schwinn reflects on the times that lie ahead even as the present crisis consumes our interest. Read more.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • IHI’s Web&ACTION programs begin February 12 with “Using Practical Tools and Methods to Create an Efficient Office Practice.” Read more.
  • Long way to go: A Commonwealth Fund study says that hospitals often fall short in quality. Read more.
  • Root cause analysis and the supply chain: Analysis can reduce defects and improve product. Read more.
  • Turning to Six Sigma: In a tough economy, certification in Six Sigma methods goes up. Read more.

Current versions of software:

To determine the most recent version of PQ Systems' primary software products, check Help > PQ Systems 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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