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Excluding the unwanted: Data that doesn't belong

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:
Excluding the unwanted:
Data that doesn't belong

Do you have data that's an anomaly or special cause that you want to exclude from your analysis? Do you want the ability to temporarily exclude certain data from your data set analysis? Special causes and outlying data can occur in any data collection process, learn how to easily handle these situations.
>> Read more

Reader survey:
SPC charts on the job

Here is a question for you to consider this month. In the past week, have you looked at an SPC chart as part of your job? Plus, see the results of last month's poll.
>> Take the poll

Quality Quiz:Professor Cleary
A classic quiz from Professor Cleary— and last month's winners!

To celebrate the life and work of Professor Cleary, we are featuring a classic quiz from our archives.

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox are Mike Doke (Foam Molders Inc.); Debbie Hobbs (MAHLE Filter Systems); and Michael Moran (Digalog Systems). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Gamebox, submit your response by October 31.
>> Take the quiz

Data in everyday life:
World Pasta Day

World Pasta Day was established as an annual event at the first World Pasta Congress held on October 25, 1995 in Rome, Italy. It is promoted by pasta manufacturers around the world. This CHARTrunner chart shows the countries that produce the most pasta.
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See chart

Six Sigma and more: David Schwinn
Michael J. Cleary

David Schwinn recalls his long professional and personal association with Mike Cleary, who died very suddenly last month.
>> Read more

Bytes and pieces:

  • Ready to celebrate: November is World Quality Month, sponsored by The American Society for Quality (ASQ). View materials related to recognizing and celebrating this event.
  • Readmissions: Kaiser Health News reports that 2,610 hospitals have been fined by Medicare for unacceptable rates of readmission of patients after discharge.
  • Registration: The 26th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care will take place in Orlando in December. Learn more and register.

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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