Vol. 12, No. 3
March 2010
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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.

TST reduces inspection time
with PQ Systems software

Saving time, as every company knows, means saving money. Thermal Spray Technologies, Inc., which offers innovative engineered coating solutions to a wide variety of industries, has been able to save nearly 50 percent of time spent inspecting product by using SQCpack from PQ Systems. 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 Dan Frederick (Andersen Corporation); Nayna Modi (Sentara Health Systems); Walter Prowse (BAE Systems); Breeda M Worthington (NHS UK); and Donna Yeakel (Greene Tweed Co. 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 March 26 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Average March snowfall

With snow on the ground in every state except Hawaii in February, we’re wondering what March brings. This line chart shows average March snowfall in the ten cities that can expect the most snow.
See chart

Six Sigma and more:
Six Sigma learning from improv

David Schwinn makes a connection between the techniques of improvisational acting and Six Sigma. Read more.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • ASQ Conference: The World Conference on Quality and Improvement will take place May 24-26 in St. Louis. It’s not too early to register. Read more.
  • Grants available: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering a number of grants available on a competitive basis. Read more.
  • Nurses’ role: Maureen Bisognano, executive vice president and COO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) addresses the critical role of nurses in healthcare improvement. Read more.
  • Drowning in data: This article by Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner addresses the challenges of the deluge of data available to automation professionals. 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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