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.

Bytes and pieces: News you can use

World quality focus: November is World Quality Month. Celebrate by entering to win a collection of PQ Systems tools and gear.

Customers as “small data:” Making connections with customers may represent a growing trend.

Food recall: Tyson has recalled 5-pound bags of chicken nuggets sold at Costco.

UK quality experts recognized: Automotive and aerospace industry quality management specialist G&P has been named as one of Britain’s fastest growing companies achieved through international sales growth.

Quality quiz (October 2016)—and September’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 2 are Ray Last (Essential Turbines, Quebec); Sharon Kelly (Toyota Compressor Parts, GA); and Michael Hinojosa (TRW, MI). 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 October 31.

Continue reading

Quality quiz (September 2016)—and August’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Roberta Martinez (F&B Manufacturing, AZ); Surinder Sikand (Siemens Milltronics Process Instruments, ON); and Kimberly Hammond (Gritman Medical Center, ID). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 2, submit your response by September 30.

Continue reading

Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Conference registration: The AIAG 2016 Quality Summit will be held September 29-30 in Novi, MI. This year’s theme is “Surviving and Thriving Through Industry Transformation.”

Takata airbag recall: Choosing a supplier on the basis of price alone has created the world’s largest recall effort.

AME conference:  The annual conference of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will take place in Dallas, October 24-28. The AME conference is the largest lean and continuous improvement conference in the world.

Food quality: Antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria has been found in one in every four chicken samples collected from the UK’s largest supermarkets.

Quality quiz (August 2016)—and July’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Adam Haviland (Burr Oak Tool & Gauge Co, MI); Joe Sheline (Swihart Industries, OH); and Steve Black (QEP, TN). 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 August 31.

Continue reading

Data in everyday life: Olympics

Drew LeisenFriday marked the beginning of the 31st Summer Olympic Games. More than 11,000 athletes from 204 nations will compete in 302 events to prove that they are the best in the world at their sports and to represent their nations on the world stage. Though every country has its strengths, only a handful of countries are repeatedly on top of the medal count boards. The countries that have dominated medal counts over the past five Summer Games (and almost all others) are: The United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, and France. We charted the total percent of medals won by each of these countries over the last five Summer Games to see just how these perennial powerhouses have done.

China, Russia, and the United States are consistently in the top three in all categories. These countries combined accounted for 38 percent of medals earned at the 2012 games, a whopping 369 out of 961 medals!  Great Britain has shown constant improvement over the past five games, earning 5 percent more medals in 2012 than in 1996. Another thing to note is how well the host countries do. The United States hosted the games in 1996 and not only led in total medals earned, but also led in bronze, silver, and gold medals won. China hosted the 2008 games and won about 17 percent of gold medals, leading by a large margin. In 2012 Great Britain continued a steady improvement in medals earned after hosting the games in London. The home court advantage still seems to apply, even during the Olympics!

Drew Leisen is a technical support intern at PQ Systems. He is a senior at Wright State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in MIS.