November 2016 Newsletter

 

 Our next meeting is November 17, 2016

The November membership meeting is at Dover Straits, 890 South Lake Street. Mundelein. Reserve your spot using the Eventbrite link below.

Members and non-members are always welcomed.

There is no charge for people who wish to listen to the speakers and forego dinner.

Although walk-ins are welcome, we strongly urge you to pre-register.

Pre-meeting starts at 5:00 PM followed by Dinner and Networking at 6:00 PM

Pre-Meeting Presentation 5:30 – 6:00 pm Navigating ASQ Section 1212 Website.

Dinner, Networking           6:00-7:00 pm

Main Presentation             7:00 – 8:00 pm  Gemba Walks

Door prizes of wine, books and other great gifts are given out every month.

 

Register for the November Meeting by using the Eventbrite button below or on the website.

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ASQ 1212 Section Meeting November 17, 2016

The November membership meeting is at Dover Straits, 890 South Lake Street. Mundelein. Pre-Meeting Presentation 5:30 – 6:00 pm Navigating the Section Website. Dinner, Networking           6:00-7:00 pm  Main Presentation             7:00 – 8:00 pm  Reserve your spot using the Eventbrite link below. Pre-Meeting Presentation:  ASQ1212.org website Adela Crandell Durkee, our webmaster, will walk us through features of the ASQ1212.org website. Bring your …

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Quality Engineer opening at Ameda, Inc.

Ameda, Inc. 485 E Half Day Rd., Suite 320 Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 HR Manager: Lois Lloyd. 847-964-2627 Lois.lloyd@ameda.com Job Title:  Quality Engineer – Supplier Management We are seeking an experienced, high caliber, Quality Engineer – Supplier Management responsible as the key liaison between operations, engineering, quality, suppliers and the customer.  This position is responsible to ensure the overall specifications, …

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Meeting Schedule for 2016-2017

Tickets for our Section meetings are on sale now through EventBrite. Just click on the ticket button for the meeting you’d like to attend. Not sure whether you’re ready to commit?  Register for the newsletter or the website updates and you’ll get notified when the details of each meeting are published.   Date Pre-Clinic 5:30-6:00 PM Main Presentation 7:00-8:00 …Read more.

Your Section Leadership

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ASQ 1212 Section Meeting November 17, 2016

 

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The November membership meeting is at Dover Straits, 890 South Lake Street. Mundelein.

Pre-Meeting Presentation 5:30 – 6:00 pm Navigating the Section Website.

Dinner, Networking           6:00-7:00 pm 

Main Presentation             7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Reserve your spot using the Eventbrite link below.


Pre-Meeting Presentation:  ASQ1212.org websiteadela-headshot-cropped-1

Adela Crandell Durkee, our webmaster, will walk us through features of the ASQ1212.org website. Bring your smart-phones or tablet.  This will be an interactive section. Also bring along ideas for improvements and questions or frustrations you experience with the site.

Adela is a senior member of ASQ.  After 30 years in FDA regulated industries, Adela launched her career in a new direction.  She is a free-lance writer, consultant, and author of two indie published books.  Her debut novel A Ship of Pearl is available on Amazon and is upon request in your local bookstores. Adela hopes to have some books available for sale at the meeting.  She donates 10% of her profits to help the hungry and the homeless. Adela partners with local charities to help them raise funds. This time of the year is a good time to think about giving back and to begin holiday preparations.

 

Main meeting Topic: Gemba Walks

allan-glasbyGemba is a Japanese word that means the “real place.” In business it applies to where the work is done, where value is created. Gemba Walks are an activity that takes you there to see first-hand what is really happening, rather than assuming what is happening.  By engaging employees, Gemba Walks allow the line workers to communicate with managers and lets them share their point of view, which could lead to creative ideas that would help boost productivity, change processes, improve product quality and satisfy customers better. Gemba Walks are an opportunity to reinforce to employees their value and the importance of their work to the company.

Our Main Presentation by Allan Glasby will give us an opportunity to earn the value of Gemba Walks. Allan will explain how to plan and conduct them to find your own improvement opportunities.

Allan is the Quality Director at Seda North America, a $1billion global packaging company with operations in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. He has a strong manufacturing background in consumer packaged goods, implementing company-wide quality management systems and directing continuous improvement initiatives.

He has previously held Director level positions leading organization-wide initiatives for Process Development, Operational Excellence, Process Improvement, Process Engineering and Corporate Quality at Fortune 500 companies.

Allan has served as an examiner for the State of Maryland’s Malcolm Baldrige award and is a senior member of ASQ. He is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Quality Manager/Organizational Excellence, Certified Quality Engineer, Agile Scrum Master, Project Manager Professional and holds a Lean Knowledge Certificate from the Shingo Institute.

October 2016 Newsletter

Our next meeting is October 20, 2016

ATTENTION:  We will be accepting nominations and the members can nominate themselves. You will get a chance to nominate someone, or volunteer to run. Member must be a full member and be in good standing.

This October meeting is free to all attendees.

Members and non-members are always welcomed.

There is no charge for people who wish to listen to the speakers and forego dinner.

Although walk-ins are welcome, we strongly urge you to pre-register.

Pre-meeting starts at 5:00 PM followed by Dinner and Networking at 6:00 PM

Door prizes of wine, books and other great gifts are given out every month.

 

Register for the October Meeting by using the Eventbrite button below or on the website.

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Membership Meeting October 20, 2016: State of the section, Elections and Focus Group

October is our annual free meeting. Dinner is on us! Members and non-members are always welcomed. Pre-Meeting Presentation 5:30 – 6:00 pm Outcome from the Strategic Planning Meeting, state of the section / Elections Dinner, Networking           6:00-7:00 pm  Main Presentation             7:00 – 8:00 pm Focus Group The annual free meeting is election night (Chair Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer) …

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Message from the Chair, October 2016

Hello fellow ASQers!  The summer has drawn to a close, and the first days of autumn are nigh.  This is when we really start to dig into the ASQ season, with all of its educational programs and offerings to our members.  This is also a time when people settle into their routines with work and school, and life becomes more …

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Quality Engineer opening at Ameda, Inc.

Ameda, Inc. 485 E Half Day Rd., Suite 320 Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 HR Manager: Lois Lloyd. 847-964-2627 Lois.lloyd@ameda.com Job Title:  Quality Engineer – Supplier Management We are seeking an experienced, high caliber, Quality Engineer – Supplier Management responsible as the key liaison between operations, engineering, quality, suppliers and the customer.  This position is responsible to ensure the overall specifications, …

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Membership Meeting October 20, 2016: State of the section, Elections and Focus Group

October is our annual free meeting. Dinner is on us!

Members and non-members are always welcomed.

Pre-Meeting Presentation 5:30 – 6:00 pm Outcome from the Strategic Planning Meeting, state of the section / Elections

Dinner, Networking           6:00-7:00 pm 

Main Presentation             7:00 – 8:00 pm Focus Group

Eventbrite - ASQ Section 1212 October 20 Meeting and Dinner

The annual free meeting is election night (Chair Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer) and a chance to give YOUR FEEDBACK. Among other things, we will discuss venue preferences, how we can meet our section goals and how we can best serve our members. We will ponder the following four questions, and, with your help, identify the best answers:

  • What can we do to attract young talent?
  • What topics do you want to cover at quality forums and study groups?
  • What incentives can our section offer to get more people involved?
  • What other ideas do you have to improve the section?

We all want our Section 1212 to be a more vibrant section and a section that serves your needs. Please help us help you.

As a token of our appreciation, Section 1212 offers a free meal to all individuals who participate in the duration of the program.

Together we can create a vibrant section that utilizes the talents and imagination of all its members.  Bring your ideas to improve the section, ways to encourage greater participation, and feedback on what the section is doing well, so we stay on the right track.

The purpose of the section is to serve its members.  Your opinions matter to us, and we want to know what’s on your mind.   Section 1212 can truly live the values of Quality that it espouses.

Message from the Chair, October 2016

DSC05510.jpgHello fellow ASQers!  The summer has drawn to a close, and the first days of autumn are nigh.  This is when we really start to dig into the ASQ season, with all of its educational programs and offerings to our members.  This is also a time when people settle into their routines with work and school, and life becomes more predictable.

It is this very predictability that may give us a few hours, here and there, to volunteer ourselves to the section.  In September’s meeting, I underscored the importance of people getting involved to make this a vibrant, healthy section.  I discussed the benefits, and I discussed the roles we are seeking to fill (Online Meeting Assistant and Development Chair).

The October meeting is a free meeting, but we in exchange, we  want your feedback and effort to brainstorm new ideas to add even more value to our section.  We will ponder the following four questions, and, with your help, identify the best answers:

  • What can we do to attract young talent?
  • What topics do you want to cover at quality forums and study groups?
  • What incentives can our section offer to get more people involved?
  • What other ideas do you have to improve the section?

We want Section 1212 to be a place where you feel supported in your quality career.  Please help us to help you.

 

Regina

Quality Engineer opening at Ameda, Inc.

Ameda, Inc.

485 E Half Day Rd., Suite 320

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

HR Manager: Lois Lloyd. 847-964-2627

Job Title:  Quality Engineer – Supplier Management

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber, Quality Engineer – Supplier Management responsible as the key liaison between operations, engineering, quality, suppliers and the customer.  This position is responsible to ensure the overall specifications, processes, quality/regulatory requirements and expectations are met for all purchased product.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for ensuring that the supplier quality management system is compliant with FDA regulations and ISO 13485.
  • Writing/updating procedures as required to ensure the supplier quality management system is compliant with FDA regulations and ISO 13485.
  • Responsible to ensure product qualification (IQ/OQ/PQ) and evaluation activities resulting in acceptable and consistent supply.
  • Ability to perform supplier quality audits and track findings to closure.
  • Responsible for leading, monitoring, and tracking to closure the supplier corrective action process.
  • Facilitate reporting and notifying suppliers of cost-recovery requirements resulting from the need to contain, segregate or handle non-conforming parts.
  • Complaint investigation
  • Travel required up to 20%.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Medical device experience required.
  • Contract Manufacturing / Manufacturing Plant experience required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, or equivalent quality engineering work experience (5 to 8 years).
  • Experience in medical device manufacturing operations.
  • Validation experience.
  • Regulatory cGMP, QSR and ISO knowledge base as related to the medical device industry.
  • SCAR and/or CAPA experience.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (emphasis on Excel), Internet based tracking systems
  • Auditor Certification and experience is required.
  • Knowledge of Ethylene Oxide and Gamma Irradiation Sterility Assurance validation and maintenance is desired.
  • ASQ Certification a plus.

 

Required Behavioral Competencies

  • Quality Orientation – Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checks processes and tasks; is watchful over a period of time.
  • Builds Strategic Working Relationships – Develops and uses collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Facilitates Change – Encourages others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.
  • Manages Work – Effectively manages one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Decision Making – Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; compares data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Initiates Action – Takes prompt action to accomplish objectives; takes action to achieve goals beyond what is required; is proactive.
  • Contributes to Team Success – Actively participates as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals.

In Remembrance Deborah Anne Schrier-Blosser by Frances Blosser

 

Deborah Anne Schrier-Blosser

Jan 19, 1980-Aug 9, 2016

annMost knew her as Anne.  Some knew her as Kitty.  She “found” her interest in a Quality career while working in Michigan for a Die Casting company.  Like many Quality professionals, a career wasn’t her goal when she took that inspection job but she liked the work and aspired to become a Quality professional.

Anne moved to Illinois a few years ago and came as a guest to an ASQ 1212 meeting. She was amazed by the variety of Quality specialties she found in ASQ’s membership. She volunteered for a short time with the section.  Anne found work at Zebra Technologies in Vernon Hills as a Quality Technician and later at Allied Plastics as a Quality Inspector where she studied to be an Internal Auditor.  She was also studying to pass the CQPA Certified Quality Process Analyst) exam.

This spring she suffered a stroke.  No cause was found despite extensive testing.  She seemed to recover quickly and made steady strides in rehab. Her goal remained fixed on passing the CQPA in December.  Her respiratory system did not seem to recover so quickly and pneumonia put her in the hospital in July.  Antibiotics, nebulizer, and inhalers occupied much of her time but she continued her stroke rehab and her CQPA studies.

On August 7, she felt ill and collapsed from respiratory difficulty. She was taken to the hospital but died on August 9, 2016. She was a wife, mother, daughter, student, singer, and an artist.  She had a zest for life.  She was loved. She will be missed by her husband, her daughter, all her family, and her friends.

But this is not where the story ends because from a small child Anne made it clear if she died we were to give her organs to save others.  So now she lives on in at least 2 others, and more will be helped with tissues and research.  Her generous love for others goes on.

ASQ 1212 Membership Meeting: September 15, 2016

Come join us for Dinner and two great speakers. Just click the link below to register for the event at Dover Straits in Mundelein.

Eventbrite - ASQ Section 1212 September Meeting and Dinner

 

 Pre-Dinner Speaker:  Danny O’Rourke Learn from me, why you likely need to spend at least a little more time maintaining your career.

If you purchased a new $20,000 car to find out that the manufacturer and the service company didn’t have a list of preventive maintenance that one should get performed, ehat would you think?  Would you think.
, what kind of idiot is in charge of this?

How about the CEO of your career?  What kind of preventive maintenance list did he or she have for you?

Maybe that list comprises of:

  1.  Do as good of a job as you can today, without killing somebody, and hope your manage never forgets and always rewards you for it.
  2.    Repeat
Well, guess what?  You are the CEO of your career and if the above is your list, you maybe in for a period of rough waters at some point in your career.

Danny O’Rourke is going to talk about some lists he started for his past self that you can benefit from.  Every credential he has doesn’t make him qualified to give this talk.  Here are some things that did help this talk come to be:

Laid-off in Jan. 2016.

  1.  Found that going from employed to unemployed-but-ready was far harder than imagined – thought all this time was available.
  2. Spent a fair amount of time around others in a similar situation.
  3. Listened to what my outplacement company had to say.

So you can be ready for Danny’s talk, he provided his slide ahead of time. Just click the link below.

Danny OrourkePreparing for Career Transition, v5

Danny O’Rourke has been in and around Quality for 23 years with an ASQ membership spanning 10 years.  During this 23-year timeframe he has achieved his Master Black Belt, Black Belt, and Green Belt at Motorola & Motorola Solutions.  He also has previously held the certifications of ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Manager, and Certified Quality Auditor.  His recent activities have focused more on internal business processes and service processes, mixing in Project Management roles as well.

Across the 23 years, Danny has had the opportunity to mix his Quality knowledge with R&D, customer application testing, marketing, domestic and international suppliers, NPD projects, proto-type manufacturing, call-center operations, and field service.

Danny has remained a curious learner and seeks out various information sources about innovation, business success, and personal success.  Despite an industry attachment like Quality, Danny has dabbled in a few non-adjacent areas like writing comedy, doing stand-up, and starting his own business.

Post-Dinner Speaker: Find out how the Section is serving members.  We’ll also nominate people for Leadership (Officers),  and talk about Awards.

Railroad Tracks – A Historic Story of Standards  by Frances Blosser                                                

The historic facts of this story arrived in my email just as I was looking for an article for the ASQ drawing from an egyptian relief, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)1212 newsletter.  Be sure to read the final paragraph, though your understanding of the story will depend on the earlier content.  This is something to think about as we Quality Professionals live our professional lives “by the standards.”  You may have seen MOST of this before, but it should still garner a smile.  We should remember that humor is necessary for survival.

The next time you have to explain 5 Why or Root Cause Analysis to someone, try this example.  They may “get” it.

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

  1. Why was that gauge used? Because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates built the US railroads.
  2. Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.
  3. Why did “they” use that gauge then?  Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing. 
  4. Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?  Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England.
  5. Why?  Because that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?

Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (and England) for their legions.  The roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads?

1) Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.  Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.

Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.

Bureaucracies live forever.  So the next time you are handed a Specification/ Procedure/ Process and wonder “What horse’s ass came up with that?”  you may be exactly right.

2) Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses’ asses.)

Now, the twist to the story:  When you saw a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there were two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.  These were solid rocket boosters, or SRBs.  The SRBs were made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah.

  • The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter,
  • But the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.
  • The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains.
  • And the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel.
  • The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass.

And you thought being a horse’s ass wasn’t important?

Ancient horse’s asses control almost everything.

What’s controlling YOUR current processes?!!

FrancisFrances is an active member of ASQ Section 1212.  She attended Cleveland Institute of Technology and has over 25 years of experience in the quality field, as, among other positions, she’s acted as a Quality Engineer, a Manager, and an Auditor. Frances’s career portfolio includes Zebra Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Cole-Palmer. She opened her own consulting firm, Blosser Consulting L.L.C., and seeking new opportunities. Of ASQ certification, Blosser says, “the certifications are priceless.”

June 2016 Message from the Chair

Ahh….. June.

School is out, and we’re planning our family vacations.

Before you go on that road trip, please join us for our last Section meeting before our summer hiatus.  Section 1212 has the time-honored tradition of hosting a putting contest, followed by buffet dinner and a Main Presentation on the topic of Statistics.

This June, back by popular demand, we are hosting Dr. Wayne Taylor, who will give us some pointers on Statistical Process Control.

Oh, and did I tell you we always have fun at our June meetings?  You don’t have to be a golfer to take part.  In fact, past statistics show that novices do just as well as some of our more seasoned golfers!

Dress casual and be ready for a fun picnic-type dinner.

We have prizes too!

If you have golf clubs, remember to bring your putter.

After that, enjoy the summer.

  We won’t meet again until September!

See you on the green!

golf ball

Come on, no tees on the green!

Regina