Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Cheers? Quality of champagne is degraded when served in plastic cups, researchers find.

Buggy treat? This Finnish firm has introduced bread and rolls made from flour mixed with crickets.

Examiner openings:  Applications are now being accepted for Baldrige examiners.  Award winners will be recognized at the 30th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference, April 8–11, 2018, in Baltimore.

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

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Shavon Barnett (Environmental Dynamics International of Columbia, MO); Chad Savitz (Grand Valley Manufacturing Co. of Titusville, PA); and James Stevens (Ulterra Drilling Technologies of Ft. Worth, TX). For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by December 31.

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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.