Vol. 11, No. 12
December 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.

An improved improvement chart:
Minding the straight and narrow

When it comes to control limits that are too narrow to be of value, consider a positive approach to your data with these charts.
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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 Bob Fullenkamp (American Honda); Cyndi Lee (Mayo Clinic); Neil Melbourne (Edscha AG); Sandra Morris (GlobalMed Inc.); and Ryan Punch (Australian Springs). 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 December 31 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Christmas trees

Although artificial Christmas trees are more convenient, “real” trees are better for the environment, according to the National Association of Christmas Tree Growers. These charts show preferences since 2002. See chart.

Six Sigma and more:

David Schwinn is on leave this month, but his column will return in January.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • Improvement conference: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will offer a seminar, “The Science of Improvement: Accelerating Your Capacity for Change,” next month in Boston. Read more.
  • Events listed: To learn about upcoming conferences, seminars, and workshops related to quality, go to the iSixSigma calendar. Read more.
  • CNC machines protocol: A communications protocol for CNC machines and other equipment supports effective monitoring systems. 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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