Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox are Mike Cocoli (Moeller Manufacturing); Sandy Radford (White Rodgers); James Jenkins (Manufactured Assembles Corporation); and Ian Hutchinson (Ceetak Limited, UK). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Gamebox, submit your response by January 3 to be entered in the drawing.
Reduce special cause variation: Plastic cup manufacturing offers a case study for special cause variation.
Baldrige winners: The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, has announced three winners of this prestigious quality prize.
Yogurt quality: Problems had plagued Chobani yogurt for months before the company recalled its product.
Case studies: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers case studies on its website.
Here is a question for you to consider this month. Which of the following charts do you currently use or have a need for?
Plus, see the results of last month’s poll.
Whoever invented the original concept for the Search & Replace feature in software programs would be delighted to see how far the concept has come. The upcoming version of GAGEpack, scheduled for a second quarter 2014 release, expands on previously available Search & Replace capabilities to make the management of large gage inventories as simple as possible.
David reflects on the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy.
As the U.S. celebrates our annual Thanksgiving holiday, gathered around tables filled with good food and surrounded by good company, PQ Systems takes a moment to think of our own reasons to be grateful:
…for our employees;
…for a recovering economy;
…for the opportunity to serve;
…for a variety of learning opportunities;
…and most of all, for our customers.
To recognize our appreciation for those customers, our traditional company Thanksgiving pot luck luncheon this year was composed of a wide variety of dishes—all of which contained ingredients produced by our customers in the food and beverage sector. You’d be surprised at the ways we utilized dairy products such as yogurt and cream cheese, a wide variety of meats, jams and peanut butter, grains and rice, and a host of other ingredients with our customers’ names on them.
We are indeed grateful not only for the plentiful supply of food that these customers bring to our tables, but also for the fact that they choose our software and training to ensure the quality of their food and beverage products.
Thanks to all, and happy Thanksgiving.
PQ Systems is excited to announce the release of the new GAGEpack® web-based mobile app―GAGEmobile™. The new app provides GAGEpack users access to information from their gage database on both mobile and desktop devices.
“The main advantage of GAGEmobile is the freedom to pull up gage information without having to be at a computer where GAGEpack is installed,” providing flexibility and saving time, says David Shattuck, lead developer of the GAGEpack team. Using GAGEmobile, an organization’s gage database can be accessed by authorized users in a different building or even a different country. “Complete gage records are still maintained with the GAGEpack program itself,” says Shattuck, and GAGEmobile provides the access for mobile users.
Because the app is web-based, GAGEmobile is not limited to a particular operating system and allows users to access their gage database on iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets via the device’s web browser. In addition, the GAGEmobile website interface can also be accessed using a web browser on desktop and laptop computers.
Specific gage information can be accessed simply by browsing the gage list or by entering a gage number in the easy-to-use filter feature. Selecting a specific gage will display the details of that particular gage, including its number, status, and calibration due date.
There can be no doubt that mobile apps are increasingly enhancing efficiency in manufacturing operations, and in this sense, this partnership between GAGEpack and its offspring GAGEmobile will indeed represent a “game-changer” in terms of saving time and maintaining accurate records.
GAGEmobile is available free to all GAGEpack 10.0 users with a current maintenance contract. If you aren’t using the current version of GAGEpack, now is the perfect time to upgrade so you can enjoy the freedom that GAGEmobile provides. Contact us for more information.
Want to see GAGEmobile in action? We’ve set up a demo website with two sample gage databases. To access the demo website, download our short Getting Started Guide that provides an introduction to GAGEmobile and explains how to login.
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Here is a question for you to consider this month. In the early 1900s Vilfredo Pareto created the Pareto diagram, a simple bar chart that ranks related measures in decreasing order of occurrence. Do you use Pareto charts?
Plus, see the results of last month’s poll.
David returns to thinking about steps for designing systems—fundamental to Six Sigma efforts.