Vol. 11, No. 10
October 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.

Little netbook takes on big gage calibration job

New technology will sometimes find itself in unintended but highly useful applications as this firm has discovered. 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 Ellen Cone (Lanxess Corp.); Craig James (FG Wilson); Lyn Martin (Telstra); Paul Smith, (Caterpillar Inc.); and Kristen G. van Bergen-Buteau (Littleton Regional Hospital). 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 October 27 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Flu season is upon us

Who got flu shots last year? This chart shows percentages by age groups. See chart.

Six Sigma and more:
David Schwinn’s thoughts on Ted Kennedy’s death

David reflects on the importance of one person’s influence in making a difference and creating the future. Read more.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • Tools for pride: Apply evidence-based techniques and tools for increasing levels of joy and pride in the health care workforce with this program from IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement). Read more.
  • Send a teacher: Sponsor a teacher’s participation in the National Quality Education Conference this month.
    Read more.
  • Check devices: The FDA has commissioned a study of the premarket clearance process for medical devices. Read more.
  • New features: Updated CHARTrunner 3.6 offers new control charts for overdispersion, industry-specific defaults, and more. Learn about new features.

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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