PQ Systems - Quality eLine
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Separate your charting and data analysis tools from your enterprise tools

Reader survey

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Data in everyday life

Six Sigma and more

Bytes and pieces

 
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CHARTrunner Lean

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Quality Gamebox

 
 

Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly summary of blog posts from PQ Systems, developers of software solutions and training services that help customers demonstrate proof of their quality performance.

The PQ Systems blog is your hub for industry quality news, case studies, information about product enhancements, and tips to enhance your software use. Have your say and exchange ideas in this interactive format.

FEATURE STORY:
Separate your charting and data analysis tools from your enterprise tools

Online debate rages about whether potatoes and onions should be stored together, with the "no" side saying they both give off gases that accelerate spoilage, and the "yes" followers asserting that it makes no difference. Whether you agree or disagree, you can follow the underlying concept: some things do need to be separated in order to perform at their best. (Hence the practice of assigning twins to separate classrooms, perhaps.)
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Reader survey:
Validation requirements

What validation requirements do you have for software that you use as part of your quality compliance, quality improvement, or gage management efforts? 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 Rebecca Faix (Innovative Dialysis Systems), Pamela Penley (Shepherd Casters), John Bakuhn (Three D Metals), Naz Rupani (Australian Red Cross Blood Service), and Paul White (Lonza). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Gamebox, submit your response by June 28 to be entered in the drawing.
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Data in everyday life:
Paid vacation

Summer will arrive this month in the northern hemisphere, and workers begin to count the days till vacation. When it comes to paid time off, the US is the only developed country that does not mandate paid vacation time for workers. This chart reflects the top countries for providing vacation time, with the U.S. at the bottom.
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See chart

Six Sigma and more: David Schwinn
Resilience

True grit: David Schwinn reflects on Margaret Wheatley's message related to a theme of "Resilience: Strength through Compassion and Connection," and adds the importance of celebration in the development of strength.
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Bytes and pieces:

  • Peak performance: Register now for the 2013 Quality Summit sponsored by AIAG September 16-17 in Livonia, MI. Conference theme: Peak Performance for Today; Future of Quality for Tomorrow.
  • Big and bigger data: Just as a recipe designed for four may require some changes if it is called upon to serve 4,000, dramatically up-scaling the number of quality metrics being monitored may demand new approaches when deploying SPC. Read the article from PQ's Steve Daum.
  • Patent quality: Legislation introduced in Congress this month will save tech companies billions with a permanent process for reviewing patents.

Current versions of software:

To determine the most recent version of your PQ Systems software products (CHARTrunner Lean, GAGEpack, and SQCpack), 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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