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.

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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Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Deming training: Aileron will offer training this month on the management approach of W. Edwards Deming for anyone who manages people or who holds executive responsibility.

High-quality news: This Forbes article lists eight ways to subscribe to respected news outlets without spending a fortune.

Risk management: Mike Richman discusses risk management and redundancy in the wake of the Houston “disaster of biblical proportions.”

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

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Mark Wooten (Elite Medical, LLC of Bartlett, TN); Chris Fitts (Grass USA of Kernersville, NC); and Lynette Hansen (Molina Healthcare of Midvale, UT). For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by August 31.

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