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Impact of ISO standards felt around the world

Reader survey

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Data in everyday life

Six Sigma and more

Bytes and pieces

 
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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:
Impact of ISO standards felt around the world

ISO standards have become almost a household word, since their inception more than 50 years ago. The impact of these standards, which apply to an expanding list of industries and services, has been remarkable.
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Reader survey:
National Ice Cream Month

Here is a question for you to consider this month. Since July is National Ice Cream Month (in the US), what is your favorite ice cream flavor? 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 Greg Yeager (Defiance Stamping); David Martin (Katayama American Co. Inc.); Bridget Hurley (Kaiser Permanente); and Jaap van der Wiel (AkzoNobel Car Refinishes). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Gamebox, submit your response by July 25.
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Data in everyday life:
World Snake Day

This month, the U.S. celebrates Independence Day—not a holiday for our British friends, to be sure. One holiday that is celebrated universally, apparently, is World Snake Day (July 16). While Australia has a reputation for its poisonous snakes, it has surprisingly few fatalities, compared to other places with fewer venomous varieties. What country has the greatest number of fatal snake bites? Mexico? The Amazon? Africa? This CHARTrunner chart tells the story.
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Six Sigma and more: David Schwinn
Education and self-improvement

This month, David Schwinn reflects on the application of Deming’s point number 13 to expanding forms of learning that have become available through technology.
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Bytes and pieces:

  • Product recall information: To check on current recall notices or search by product recalls (listed by month), see this site.
  • Avoiding "project creep:" How to keep assets pulled from one project from being pulled to support the success of a second project, and then a third, and so on.
  • Baldrige or ISO: Beginning with the ISO standard may lead to success with Baldrige criteria as well, as Ron Schulingkamp explains in this Quality Digest article.

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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