Vol. 11, No. 6
June 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.

Going green—and a whole lot more
with document management

"Going green" has acquired a new meaning in the face of energy costs, concern for the environment, and tightening of budgets throughout industry, and its most visible manifestation often seems to lie in saving paper. Here’s software to help. 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 Quality Quiz Classics DVD are Joseph Clerx (Borealis Polymers N.V.); Jean Crep (Fairview University Medical Center); Chris Gray (The Hartford); Tom Hobday (Rosebank Engineering); Heidi Kappa (Delta Flexible Products, 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 June 26 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Flag Day invites this chart about U.S. flags imported from China

This data from the Flag Manufacturers of America shows an overall increase in purchase of flags made in China, leveling off in 2006.
See chart.

Six Sigma and more:
Goal setting and innovation

David Schwinn reflects on approaches to goal setting and distinguishes these from innovative practices. Read more.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • Service quality conference: ASQ will sponsor a conference in October related to issues of quality in service industries.
    Read more
  • Pre-school quality: Research shows that achievement gaps among children can be narrowed with improvements in preschool education. Read more.
  • Vocabulary of metrology: The Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (JCGM) has made International Vocabulary of Metrology available. Read more.
  • Reliable map: This IHI guide to exceptional hospital care shows the route to improvement. 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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