Quality quiz (February 2017)—and January’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Nate Riker (RPM Carbide Die Inc. of Arcadia, OH); Dan Shope (Standard Aero of Cincinnati, OH); and Jill Savoie (Quick Turn Precision Machining of Ogden, UT). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by February 28.

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Data in everyday life: More about telecommuting

Drew Leisen

Last month I wrote about a rising trend in companies across the country: telecommuting, or working from home rather than from an office, plant, shop, etc. The benefits of telecommunication are pretty clear: a more comfortable work environment, less pollution and traffic, and less overhead for company offices. However, just like everything else, nothing is perfect! Today we will be taking a look at some of the less positive consequences of telecommuting.

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Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Collaboration: Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. have agreed to start talks about collaborating in environmentally friendly technologies, safety systems, information technology and the mutual supply of products and components.

Jobs open: Many manufacturing skilled workers are in short supply, with companies scrambling to fill jobs.

Materials in demand: The 3D printing industry market will reach $9 billion in ten years, report says.

2017 Southern Automotive Quality Summit: Presented by AAMA and AIAG, this one-day event will include sessions focused on new industry global quality standards and highlight supplier compliance expectations and timing.

Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Millennials and manufacturing: As a career choice, manufacturing comes in seventh in a list of preferences for millennials. This may be because they have misconceptions about the manufacturing industry.

Food recall: Tyson has recalled bags of chicken nuggets sold at Costco nationwide after customers found small pieces of plastic in contents.

Motivation, Maslow, and Deming: Demotivating forces in the workplace correspond to Deming’s Seven Deadly Diseases of Management, this article asserts.

Common mistakes in Measurement System Analysis: These two common errors can be avoided to improve accuracy in measurement systems.

Data in everyday life: Telecommuting

Drew LeisenWhen many of us are rushing to get ready for work, a small but growing number of workers are still in bed, sleeping soundly. While most of us are trekking through the morning commute, these well-rested few are still donning pajamas in the comfort of their own homes. Both of these groups of people are going through typical morning routines. However, the latter is taking advantage of the growing trend of telecommuting.

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Data in everyday life: Online sales – Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

Drew LeisenFollowing a day of family, football, and food, many Americans shrug off their turkey-induced comas to prepare for America’s second favorite pastime – Christmas shopping! Some shoppers avoid the long lines and late nights often found at brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday and choose to shop online or participate in a mega-event the following week, coined Cyber Monday. Online Christmas shopping has more than tripled over the past six years as this means of shopping is more accessible and convenient and comes with a far reduced risk of being trampled by the stampede of shoppers racing to get their hands on the latest craze!

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Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Our World Quality Month promotion winner is Gene Barnard (Heath Manufacturing Co., Michigan). He will receive a package of PQ products, with our congratulations!

Conference themes announced: The 2017 World Conference on Quality and Improvement, with focus areas of risk and change, customer experience, and the competitive advantage of quality are among themes for the May 1-3 conference in Charlotte, NC.

Global food recalls: International companies have been notified of food recalls related to bacterial contamination and other issues.

Culture of quality: Here are signs that indicate that a culture of quality improvement is not in place in an organization.

Coordinating back and front: Preventing silos in company processes demands harmony between front and back office operations.