Quality quiz (November 2017)—and October’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Freddie Engelbert (A.O. Smith Water Products of McBee, SC); Gary Manion (Technical Engineering, LLC of Manchester, CT); and Barry Vojensky (Power Solutions International of Wood Dale, IL). For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by November 30.

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Data in everyday life: Holiday closings

The holidays are approaching, and many of us will receive well-deserved paid time off to celebrate. The Federal government recognizes ten holidays annually in which all non-essential government offices are closed. Private businesses and individual states aren’t required to observe Federal holidays, and many remain open in order to meet customer demands. Which holidays are most popular for businesses to observe? And what happens when a holiday falls on the weekend, as New Year’s Day did in 2017? This SQCpack charts shows us the most popular days for January 1, 2017 through January 1, 2018. How does your organization compare?

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Bytes and pieces: News you can use

World quality: November has been designated as World Quality Month. Which president established this designation by proclamation in 1984? And what about National Quality Month?

Manufacturing milestone: Honda’s Ohio Engine Plant celebrated the 25 millionth engine produced since the facility opened in 1985.

More data, more security required: Cybersecurity has become increasingly important as supplier networks expand.

Industrial scanning: A new high-energy industrial CT scanner will support the growing world of additive manufacturing and inspection of 3-D printed parts.

Data in everyday life: For the love of candy and costumes

Derek BensonAs Americans, we love a good scare. We love dressing our children up as their favorite super heroes, villains, and princesses and parading them around the neighborhood during trick-or-treat. We’ve developed quite a figurative sweet-tooth for everything that has to do with Halloween. The corn mazes, haunted houses, elaborate decorations and undeniable joy we get from torturing our dogs and cats with their own costumes add to the magic of 21st century Halloween celebrations… but at what cost?

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Bytes and pieces: News you can use

User Community launched: Visit the new PQ User Community, an online meeting place to connect with industry peers, access support resources, and learn tips for improvement.

Lobster quality: Nova Scotia government initiatives raise the quality of live lobster products.

Recall list available: Consumer Affairs has released its listing of product recalls for September.

Driverless car safety: Researchers test car safety by “pretending not to be there,” masking as car seats.

Quality quiz (October 2017)—and September’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are George Lukaschunis (Bluewater Thermal Solutions of Saint Marys, PA); Kim Riehman (KLR Group, Inc. of Schaumburg, IL); and Larry Litke (Grand River Rubber & Plastics of Ashtabula, OH). For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by October 31.

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Quality quiz (September 2017)—and August’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Johanna Sanders (UC Davis Medical Center of Sacramento, CA); Kevin Clyne (HN Precision of Rochester, NY); and Tyler Sobers (Erdman Machine Co. of Whitehall, MI). For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by September 29.

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