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Why capability? And how?

Tips and tricks: What if my customer requires Cpk values for our product?

Myron Tribus: A legacy of quality

Quality quiz

Data in everyday life

Quality transformation

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:
Why capability?
And how?

Capability analysis, with its formulas and the confusion around Ppk, Cpk, Cpm, and other indices, is often perceived as far too difficult, complex, and challenging to consider utilizing. Good reasons for undertaking the analysis are sometimes not considered, in the light of this perceived complexity. In fact, good reasons for using capability analysis not only exist, but provide compelling argument for utilizing this statistical tool. And it's really not that hard.
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Tips and tricks:
What if my customer requires Cpk values for our product?

In addition to the perennial need to reduce costs expressed by manufacturers, many need to provide Cpk values to their customers--a process that demands countless hours of calculation, unless they have SQCpack to do the work for them. If your customer is indeed requiring Cpk data, here are some questions to be asked.
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Myron Tribus:
A legacy of quality

Myron Tribus, friend of PQ Systems, died August 31 in Pensacola, FL at the age of 94. Tribus, known as an organizational theorist, was director of the Center for Advanced Engineering Study at MIT, and taught thermodynamics for much of his career. He is best known among quality professionals as a friend, supporter, and interpreter of W. Edwards Deming. For more than 20 years, he shared his expertise at quality conferences and through his prolific writing. For his work with Pensacola in applying Deming's principles, he was awarded the keys to the city, and received innumerable awards from quality professional organizations.

Tribus attended many of PQ Systems' annual conferences, and in 1992 addressed participants as a keynote speaker, where he shared reminiscences about interactions with Deming. I recall a colorful story he shared in his presentation about his first meeting with Deming. This account had a lasting impression on me, as well as on other participants.
>> Read his story

Quality quiz:
And last month's winners!

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Roberta Martinez (F&B Manufacturing, AZ); Surinder Sikand (Siemens Milltronics Process Instruments, ON); and Kimberly Hammond (Gritman Medical Center, ID). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 2, submit your response by September 30.
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Data in everyday life:
Voting

What are the voter turnout percentages in the US? Does the voter turnout process exhibit normal or special cause variation? Let's look at a control chart of voter turnout rates since 1960 (which was the first year that all 50 states were eligible to vote in the presidential election) to find the answers. Does it give any insight to what our 2016 election holds?
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David SchwinnQuality transformation:
A journey toward truth

This month David looks at systems management and using data to evaluate truths.
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Bytes and pieces:

  • Conference registration: The AIAG 2016 Quality Summit will be held September 29-30 in Novi, MI. This year's theme is "Surviving and Thriving Through Industry Transformation."
  • AME conference: The annual conference of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will take place in Dallas, October 24-28. The AME conference is the largest lean and continuous improvement conference in the world.

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To determine the most recent version of your PQ Systems software products, 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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