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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.

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Food recall: Nestle has recalled DiGiorno Pizza as well as Lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s frozen dinners after glass fragments were discovered.

Best hospitals named: Healthgrades has announced its list of America’s 50 and 100 Best Hospitals for 2016.

Quality conference: The 2016 World Conference on Quality and Improvement, sponsored by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) will take place May 16-18 in Milwaukee. Register here.

Learning events: Training seminars and webinars, including those offered by PQ Systems, are listed by date on isixsigma.com.

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GAGEpack 12 is ready! A handy dashboard, enhanced color coding for columns, and a timesaving archive system are among features of the newest version of this bestselling software solution, released this month.

3-D printing: Assuring quality in 3-D metal output is a quest at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

New ISO standards: ISO 9001:2015 has been published—the first major revision of the standard for quality management since 2000.

Food safety grant: The FDA will provide funding for training and technical assistance in implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act through regional centers.

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Recalls: January consumer product recalls ranged from bodysuits to bikes and hoverboards. Safety is a primary concern, though product quality is called into question as well. Check on recalled products.

Conference in southwest: ASQ’s annual two-day Lean and Six Sigma Conference will open in Phoenix on February 29. Registration is open now for the event.

Healthcare conference: It’s not too early to register for the May 11-12 National Quality Summit, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).

Quality management: This document from ISO outlines eight principles of quality management that are listed in ISO 9000:2005, Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary.

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Statistics you can use: Know the difference between tolerance intervals and confidence interval? Donald Wheeler explains.

Egg quality: Wendy’s has committed to 100 percent use of cage-free eggs by 2020.

Learning opportunities: PQ Systems will host seminars in Dayton and Waukesha, WI in upcoming months, as well as webinars to support use of PQ Systems software solutions.

Future of quality study: Every three years, ASQ publishes a study on the future of quality that offers a series of essays, many from experts outside the field of quality.

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Winner! The winner of our November National Quality Month promotion is Chris Galloway of Micro Metals (Jamestown, TN). He will receive a PQ Systems prize package with our congratulations.

ISO revisions: Download a copy of ISO9001:2015 for a comparison to ISO 9001:2008.

Baldrige examiners needed: Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2016 award cycle. Application forms are available online and will be accepted until January 7, 2016.

Healthcare rankings: Mayo Clinic is at the top of the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25, which recognizes companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving patient care and lowering costs.

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Standards conference: The International Conference on Quality Standards, with a theme of Enhancing Customer Experience Through Standards Implementation, takes place November 9-10 in Indianapolis.

Surveying cable quality: American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) of communications industries ranks cable providers.

Worst companies: Consumerist ranks the companies that are at the bottom of the quality and service index.

Quality and transparency: Could a quality management system’s transparency have prevented Volkswagen’s disaster?

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Lean for patient care? Researchers at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital conducted a study applying lean technology to streamline healthcare and reduce the numbers of patients that must be turned away.

Upcoming opportunities: PQ Systems will be exhibiting at AMTS (Advance Manufacturing Technology Show) October 21-22 at the Dayton Airport Expo Center in Dayton, OH. Please stop by and visit us at booth #505. The Quality Show will take place October 27-29 in Rosemont, IL. We invite you to visit PQ Systems at booth #716. You can register as our guest using the FREE code VIP716 through October 16.

Big data and statistics: Cool ideas in applied statistics that are really relevant for big data analysis.

Quality failures in supply chain: An investigation into the warehouse operation by means of an audit might very well have mitigated, or even prevented, the effects of the explosions at Tianjin, China.