Trade show season is finally here! See where you can find PQ Systems

On your mark, get ready… the 2014 trade show season is finally here and PQ Systems will be in attendance at several of the shows. Will we see you at these events, too? If so, look for us on the show floor!

IMTS 2014

Leave your calendar open September 8-13 for IMTS 2014. As the largest manufacturing show in the Western hemisphere, this event is a must-attend.

The show provides a quality platform to discuss manufacturing technologies and solutions for the automotive industry. You will find plenty to interest you here as common manufacturing issues are discussed. It’s also a valuable opportunity to network with key people in the industry.

There is a range of exhibits to browse, with in-booth events and conference sessions to attend. The IMTS show takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago, where it is held every two years. Registration is available through the event’s website or on-site any day of the event. Make new business contacts and learn about today’s newest technologies at the IMTS 2014 show. Be sure to visit us at booth #5255, in the East hall.

NAHQ Annual Conference

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Learn about control charts at the NAHQ Conference

Another event where you will find PQ Systems is the NAHQ conference on September 7-10 in Nashville, TN. As the healthcare system is changing so quickly, this exciting trade show is a great place to stay up to date on trends, as well as best practices.

Enjoy a range of exhibits and educational sessions during the three-day event. Regardless of whether you are a manager or a front-line worker in the healthcare industry, there’s much to gain from attending the show. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the session “What Makes Control Charts Work” which will be presented by PQ’s own Dr. Michael Cleary, Ph.D. and then network with leading players in the industry.

You can also browse exhibits that specialize in publications, software, accreditation, data analysis and more. Stop by and see us at booth #300.

AIAG Quality Summit

The AIAG Quality Summit provides a wealth of information as a trade show designed for automotive industry professionals. The conference is a popular one for suppliers, customers and manufacturers in the automotive field.

This year’s event runs from Sept 24-25 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, and bears the title “Quality for Emerging Technologies.” As technologies for automobiles are constantly in flux, this event promises to provide valuable insights into new designs and also into related issues with technologies. As with the majority of trade shows, the AIAG conference is a great opportunity to converse with experts in the field. We’ll be at booth #13.

Come out and join PQ Systems at these exciting events as we learn about the best practices, newest technologies and up-and-coming trends in a range of industries. The 2014 trade show season is here, and it is one you won’t want to miss!

PQ Systems Celebrates Our 30th Anniversary!

PQ Systems friends & family enjoy our 30th anniversary picnic

PQ Systems friends & family enjoy our 30th anniversary picnic

For over three decades, PQ Systems has been a company dedicated to providing our customers with quality control software and training to help those in the manufacturing, healthcare, government and service industries.

To celebrate our company’s 30th anniversary, we held a picnic at the Magic Castle in Dayton on Friday, June 6th. Employees, family, and friends celebrated with a barbeque lunch and various activities. Fun was had by all and it proved to be a joyous occasion for our entire company.

PQ Systems has evolved significantly since our inception in 1984. We continue to offer software solutions for statistical process control, gage calibration and management, and quality systems, and are always looking for ways to improve our product lines.

In addition to our software solutions, we also host public and in-house trainings to ensure that each product is being used to its full potential. We have the ability to accommodate our customers’ growing needs and can bring the training to you with webinars and seminar-style sessions.

Over the years, our company has also grown substantially to reach a global audience. While our headquarters are in Dayton, Ohio, we have regional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. Our distributors are located in various areas throughout the world such as Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. Because we are a company with a strong global reach, we are prepared to meet our customers’ various needs as technology and software solutions evolve. We look forward to the next 30 years as your trusted partner in quality!

PQ Systems Recognized Among the 2014 Best Places to Work

Dayton Best Places to Work, Top 25 Best Places to Work

Mike Cleary, owner of PQ Systems shows off our Top 25 Best Places to Work Award

This past spring, PQ Systems was recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Best Places to Work. The program culminated with an awards ceremony on April 24th, in which all of the winners were formally recognized. Mike Cleary, owner of PQ Systems was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the company.

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The PQ Systems team embraced the pep rally theme

The event took place at the Benjamin and Marion Schuster Performing Arts Center and featured a pep rally theme to show off the participants’ team spirit. PQ Systems brought 16 employees in total to the event, all decked-out with branded PQ baseball caps and jerseys. We always maintain a high level of enthusiasm, so it was no surprise when we walked away with a trophy for Best Cheer by the end of the night.

The main purpose of the Best Places to Work Awards is to recognize companies that truly grasp the value of their employees. At PQ Systems, we appreciate all of the hard work put across by each member of the team, and understand that it is thanks to their dedication that we have experienced so much success. We are proud to be among the Best Places to Work Award winners, and extend a special “Thank You” to our team members who have brought us this far.

As we continue to help our customers maintain a high level of quality in their business processes, we’re thrilled to see our own company receiving recognition. To view the full list of 2014 Best Places to Work, see the slideshow put together by the Dayton Business Journal.

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A great night was had by all in attendance. Thank you Dayton Business Journal!

For more information about PQ Systems, visit our website or call 1-800-777-3020.

Our Connection to W. Edwards Deming and How it Benefits Our Customers

Dr. W. Edwards Deming is a household name for those of us in the business of quality. His 14 Points on Quality Management are at the heart of what we do on a daily basis. He is most notably credited for the growth of Japanese industry following the Second World War, as well as re-invigorating the American auto industry, with Ford taking second place in global sales in 1992. His commitment to continuous improvement meant that he was never satisfied with the status quo – instead looking for ways to progress everything around him.

At PQ Systems, our goal is always to ensure quality among our customers. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Michael J. Cleary, PhD, founding president of PQ Systems learned much of what he knows today from Dr. Deming himself.

Dr. Cleary met Dr. Deming through his association with Ford Motor Company, where Deming led a quality improvement initiative for the company and its suppliers. Dr. Deming invited Dr. Cleary to participate in some of his sessions with the company.

As a professor of business statistics, Dr. Cleary wanted to bring the concept of quality in industry to undergraduate and MBA classrooms, and was able to arrange meetings with Dr. Deming to discuss mutual interests and approaches.  Together, they worked on a twelve-part video training initiative, The Transformation of American Industry that Dr. Cleary developed along with Carole and David Schwinn for community college training sessions. Over the course of a decade, the sessions attracted hundreds of quality professionals.

Deming’s philosophy also formed the fundamental basis for PQ Systems, which Cleary started in order to help organizations demonstrate proof of the quality of their products and services . Today, as always, we maintain our commitment to quality and are proud of our close association with Dr. Deming. In everything we do, we strive to continuously improve while helping our customers to do the same.

To learn more about our services, including statistical process control (SPC), gage management, quality audit tracking, and more, please feel free to contact us online and/or follow us on Twitter.


5 Things to Know About PQ Systems’ History and Offerings

  1. PQ Systems has been around for more than 30 years, getting our start in 1984 with our first software product, SQCpack statistical process control software.  We’ve never stopped improving SQCpack and the statistical process control (SPC) software has since been installed in more than 60 countries.
  2. We have been named one of the 2014 Top 25 Best Places to Work by the Dayton Business Journal. The official rankings won’t be revealed until the awards event on April 24th, 2014, but we’re excited and proud to have been recognized by this esteemed publication.
  3. We are a local company with a global reach. PQ Systems is headquartered in Dayton Ohio, with regional offices in the UK and Australia. This is in addition to our distributors located throughout South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. This allows us to work with companies in all areas of the globe.
  4. We offer a wide array of software solutions for statistical process control, gage calibration and management, and quality systems. These tools all allow for process optimizing in diverse industries. We serve manufacturing plants, automakers, aerospace industry professionals, healthcare, and government agencies and contractors. We have a number of success stories coming from each industry.
  5. Not only does PQ Systems offer unmatched quality management software solutions, we also host public and in-house trainings to ensure that each product is being used to its full potential. If you can’t make it to one of our public seminars, we’ll bring the training to you. We offer a wide range of both webinar- and seminar-style sessions to accommodate our customers. We also have training books and videos  available to order. No matter your learning style, we’ll work with you to ensure you have a firm grasp on quality management solutions.

Worth a look: IHI founder, Don Berwick, picked to head Medicare and Medicaid

Mike ClearyPresident Barack Obama has picked Donald M. Berwick, MD to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. A champion for hospital quality improvement and safety in medical care, he founded the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in 1991 and has been challenging doctors since then to provide better services at lower cost. Heading this important agency is considered by some to be “the second most powerful [healthcare] position in Washington, next to the secretary of health and human services.” The agency has been without a head for four years.  (http://allgov.com/)

Will Berwick be able to change the focus of the programs he leads to one of quality improvement? His background as a dynamic innovator in the healthcare industry promises this—but will he be able to sustain the focus on quality in the highly bureaucratic agency?

Have you had experiences that reflect Berwick’s mark on healthcare through IHI? What thoughts do you have about his potential success in leading this giant agency?

Worth a look: A funding opportunity for healthcare quality measurement development

Mike ClearyLooking for funding for children’s health improvement projects? One of our Quality eLine readers has generously offered a suggestion for possible grant funding opportunities under the newest healthcare legislation, passed in April.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers information about grant funding through CHIPRA (Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act). CHIPRA Pediatric Healthcare Quality Measures Program Centers of Excellence (U18) anticipates making seven to nine awards that total $55 million over a 4-year period. The maximum annual award is $2 million. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Because the proposed research will vary across applications, it is anticipated that awards will vary in size and duration.

Application deadline is June 30, with letters of intent to be submitted by June 1. For more information: http://www.ahrq.gov/chip/chipraact.htm#Grants.

Worth a look: Let your control charts tell a story

Matt SavageI found this article in the May issue of Continuous Improvement, put together by IHI. What was most enlightening about the following article, by Bob Lloyd, is that your background may affect how you choose to evaluate data and thus how you respond to data.

I have been exposed to control charts for nearly 30 years and I see a use for most process data to be displayed in control chart form. We are all routinely exposed to data in binary form: the stock market went up compared to yesterday, the temperature is cooler today than on this date last year, our company had x% growth over last year, etc. The numbers are interesting, but control charts tell a story.

Helping Leaders “Blink” Correctly

In the first of two articles, IHI’s Bob Lloyd describes two of four core skills health care leaders need to use data appropriately in decision making: understanding the messiness of improving health care, and determining why you are measuring. Without these capacities, Dr. Lloyd argues, we run the risk of going off in the wrong direction in the “blink of an eye.”

Read the article in Healthcare Executive