Vol. 12, No. 6
June 2010
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 customers demonstrate proof of their quality performance. This newsletter gives you industry news, case studies, and information about product enhancements and tips to enhance your software use.

Fun challenge with a great iPod Touch prize:
Just make a chart with this dataMake a chart and you could win an iPod Touch

Like contests and challenges? You can put away your online copy of crosswords or sudoku. Here’s one you can do from your desk without feeling guilty about wasting company time... 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 Benjamin Ayers (Bridgestone); Dr. Sofica Bistriceanu (EGPRN, NAPCRG); Diane Dixon (Future Electronics); Andrew McDonald (Davey Water Products); and Debbie Meeks (Sentara Healthcare). 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 28 to be entered in the drawing.

Data in everyday life:
Oil imports

Looking at the oil the US imports each year, this chart shows a trend that may be reversing. See chart.

Six Sigma and more:
The meaning of life

David Schwinn reflects on the meaning of life, and decides that it comes down to—parties? Advocating celebrations of every sort, he reminds us to celebrate accomplishments as well as failures.
Read more.

Bytes and Pieces:

  • Don Berwick, MD, president and CEO of IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) has been nominated to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services (CMS). Read more.
  • The next few months will offer a number of training opportunities related to using GAGEpack (July 28-29), SQCpack (August 10, 11, 12) and CHARTrunner (September 23).
    Read more
  • ‘Flash crash’ reviewed: The May 6 sudden drop in stock prices and a decline of 1000 points in the Dow Jones average has experts trying to come up with rules to avoid future market plunges, turning from blame, to prevention efforts. Read more.

Current versions of software:

To determine the most recent version of your PQ Systems software products (SQCpack, GAGEpack, and CHARTrunner), call us at: (800) 777-5060. A customer care specialist will be pleased to help you. If there are later, more up-to-date versions, we will be able to get you up to speed immediately. You can also go to our website to check version updates at: http://www.pqsystems.com/support/SoftwareUpdates.php


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