Vol. 11, No. 5
May 2009
PQ Systems
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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.

Check it out:
Using check sheets to improve data analysis

Specific techniques for data collection, fundamental to accurate analysis, are sometimes overlooked in the need to see outcomes or trends in data. The lowly check sheet represents a critical tool in effective data collection if it is used correctly. Read more.

Quality Quiz:
Another quiz from Professor Cleary—and last
month’s winners!

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of the new Quality Quiz Classics DVD are Stephanie Alexander (ATC Drivetrain, UK); Dawn DeCarlo (Reynolds Packaging Kama, Inc.); James Kovac (Newcrest Mining Ltd., Australia); Lisa Lifer (Schering-Plough Corp.); and Joe Oglesby (Nova Gas Technologies, Inc.) Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of the newly-released collection of Quality Quiz Classics, go to Quality Quiz. Submit your response by May 29 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Average salaries of teachers

As the school year winds down, here’s a chance to look at the average salaries of teachers. See chart.

Six Sigma and more:
If time is money, why is so much of it wasted?

David Schwinn looks at underutilization of employee time as a kind of theft. Read more.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • ASQ conference: The theme of ASQ’s 2009 World Conference on Quality and Improvement is “The Culture of Quality: Serving Customers, Organizations, and Communities.” The May 18-20 conference will take place in Minneapolis. Visit us at booth #807. Read more.
  • Healthcare conference: The 21st annual national conference sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will take place December 6-9 in Orlando. More than 6,000 healthcare professionals are expected to attend. Read more.
  • Metrology writ large: CERN’s particle physics accelerator near Geneva has been featured in recent issues of National Geographic and now, Quality Digest. A fascinating look at the metrology involved in this 27 kilometer Large Hadron Collider loop. Read more.
  • Winds of opportunity: Producing parts for wind turbines and related equipment is a promising alternative to automotive and other traditional manufacturing sectors becalmed by the economic slowdown. 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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