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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PC satisfaction: After a three-year slide, customer satisfaction with computers has rebounded.

Focus on supply chain quality: This company utilizes the work of the quality department to assure efficient performance in its supply chain.

Reducing wait time: Steps to reduce hospital wait time or delivery of baggage at airport may not immediately affect customer satisfaction.

Product recalls: Information about product recalls is available from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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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.

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PQ Systems will be exhibiting at IMPACT Manufacturing Summit, October 23-25, 2016 in Chicago. Register today and receive a complimentary VIP pass.

Tomorrow’s leaders: Young manufacturing leaders are recognized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Recalled products: Information about all product recalls and alerts, from food to boats is available from government agencies.

Recycling  packages: Consumers increasingly consider the environmental impact of food and drink packaging.

Ethical companies: The Ethisphere Institute’s list of World’s Most Ethical Companies includes Baldrige winners.

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Are fakes better quality? Many Chinese-made counterfeit products are now of “better quality” than the genuine article, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba has said.

American car quality: Domestic automotive manufacturers have won more Total Quality Awards than their foreign competitors.

Keys to selecting gage software: See Steve Daum’s article listing keys to selecting the right gage management product in the June issue of Quality.

Uses of charts: Donald J. Wheeler discusses the ways in which process behavior charts are used as “report cards.”

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Registration is open: The annual International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago on September 12-17.

3-D printing in manufacturing: HASCO has developed a method to produce low volumes of injection molded prototypes with Stratasys 3-D printing.

Manufacturing employment up: Manufacturing employment rose in April after lower rates in March.

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Safe food transport: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final, protecting foods from farm to table by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation.

3-D printing saves production costs: Company has halved production costs for direct manufacturing customers in automotive and aerospace with 3D production.

Five “Whys” still apply: Asking the right questions is important; these might include “What?” as well as “Why?”

Deming interview: Check out this rare 1984 full-length interview with W. Edwards Deming, part of the “Transformation of American Industry” project developed by Michael J. Cleary, Ph.D., and David and Carole Schwinn.

PQ at ASQ conference: Stop by the PQ Systems booth #716 in the exhibit area during the World Conference on Quality and Improvement, May 16-18 in Milwaukee.