Category: Quality Control

Top 5: What we know to be true about success in quality

We’ve been following a recent discussion in ASQ’s LinkedIn Group talking about words of wisdom for those entering the quality field.  The majority of these posts have been quite positive and have us thinking about our own lessons learned over the years. With almost three decades of experience, here’s what we know to be true about success in quality: 1) Continuous improvement is mandatory.  It’s a way of life. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” ~Mark Twain 2) Persistance pays.  “Never, never, never give up.” ~Winston Churchill 3) Know your stuff.  In quality, the gurus offer much wisdom and …

Which AQL do you choose?

One of the most frequent questions we receive regarding on-site quality inspections relates to selecting AQLs, or Acceptable Quality Levels.  AQLs represent the maximum percent defective that you consider acceptable. Pro QC’s Assistant Operations Manager in China, Cesar Marsical, address the question below: The selection of AQLs and sampling plan for a given lot size depends on too many factors to permit the issuance of a “pre-selected” standard set of plans for specified lots. Each user should select AQLs and sampling plans that are tailored to best meet their needs.  Pro QC can assist with this process. Some of the …

7 QC Tools in 8 Minutes

Great presentation… Quick and easy way to learn about quality control, the benefits and the primary tools used in the industry. Graphs Check Sheets Pareto Charts Cause & Effect Scatter Diagrams Histograms Control Charts In addition, we discuss the benefits of quality control on our website .  We also talk quality tools in a few older blog posts.  And, we’ve written a few articles in our newsletter as well.

Top 5 Quick & Invaluable Quality Reads for 2013

A thread in the ASQ LinkedIn group piqued our interest a few months back.  It got us thinking about our favorite quality related books and provided some excellent insight into a few we haven’t read yet. We know life is busy, but we all know the importance of continuous improvement   Our list of quick and invaluable quality related “must read” books includes: The Daily Drucker: 365 Days of Insight & Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done (Peter F. Drucker)  – This little gem is a quick and easy way to start the day thinking in a quality mindset.  More than a few …

Incorporating quality tools outside of work

In celebration of World Quality Month, the feature story of November’s Quality Progress is “Off the Clock,” which highlights the passion of quality professionals and their tendencies to incorporate quality into their daily lives.  In fact, Jennifer Stepniowski, Pro QC’s Special Project Manager, is included in the article as she discusses using checklists, brainstorming and affinity diagrams to organize summer fun for her family. For most of us in the industry, quality is a passion.  It’s something we incorporate into our routines seamlessly.  And, it’s something we at Pro QC believe will help raise awareness to those outside of the …