PQ Systems - Quality eLine
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Giant glass company assures accuracy, using GAGEpack

Reader survey

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Data in everyday life

Six Sigma

Bytes and pieces

FYI: Current releases

 
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Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly newsletter from PQ Systems, 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.

FEATURE STORY:
Giant glass company assures accuracy,
using GAGEpack:
'From stone age to space age.'

Kopp Glass has led its industry in manufacturing clear and colored precision molded and blown technical glass for industrial and commercial applications. And working behind the scenes is GAGEpack, gage calibration management software used for its measurement systems analysis.
>> Read more

Reader survey:
Have you had reliability issues with your car?

A recent article on the AP Auto Writers site suggested that quality in autos has improved dramatically. Car owners are less likely to end up with lemons, the article asserted. (See the PQ Systems blog for more). Have you had reliability issues with your car? Plus, see the results of last month's poll.
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Quality Quiz:Professor Cleary
Another quiz from Professor Cleary—
and last month's winners!

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox are Brian Cunningham (Warrnambool Cheese & Butter); Cynthia Field (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia); Linda Gordon (Cardinal Health); Peter Haken (Bespak); and Ray Last (Cadorath Aerospace). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Gamebox, submit your response by March 30 to be entered in the drawing.
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Data in everyday life:
National Pi Day

This month we celebrate National Pi Day (March 14). Making pi chains has become a popular celebration of this holiday, with the record currently held by Masuk High School (Monroe, CT) whose students made a chain to represent 75,000 decimal places of pi. See this Pareto chart for other chain numbers. Send us a data source with your suggestion, and we'll show you how a CHARTrunner chart can clarify information.
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See chart

Six Sigma and more: David Schwinn
Quality and the human spirit

David Schwinn's abrupt awakening from a dream reminded him that layoffs and outsourcing in the name of profits discounts the possibilities for success that human endeavor brings. (What do you dream about?)
>> Read more

Bytes and pieces:

  • New approach to eLine: Watch for new and improved eLine news as part of the PQ Systems blog. Have your say, and exchange ideas with others in this new format.
  • Technology in healthcare: The idea of a clinical visit in a "virtual world" populated by realistic computerized mannequins may seem farfetched, but this presentation at a HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) exhibit shows how avatars can support treatment plans.
  • Shoppers' cards and illness: Outbreaks of salmonella and other foodborne illnesses can be tracked in new technology of shoppers' loyalty cards.

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:
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http://www.pqsystems.com/support/SoftwareUpdates.php

 
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