ASQ Recertification Journal

Do you have a certification from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) such as Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), or one of many other certifications ASQ offers? You perhaps would have struggled in past to get re-certified every three years. ASQ requires that every three years you need to submit a Recertification […]

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ISO 9001 Certification in North America

Recently released 2016 survey shows a decline in ISO 9001 certifications in the United States of America. USA and Canada peaked in the number of certifications in the year 2005/2006, and a general declining trend is seen in the number of certificated after that. Mexico has shown a gradual increase in the number of certificates. […]

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Seven Quality Tools – Scatter Plot

Sometime around 1950, Quality Guru Ishikawa proposed seven basic quality tools. One of these seven tools was the Scatter Plot. Scatter plot is used to show the relationship between two variables visually. The simple academic example could be to show the relationship between the outside temperature and the ice cream sale. The scatter plot could […]

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ASQ Certified Supplier Quality Professional – CSQP

ASQ – CSQP Exam Preparation Course American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers a number of certification exams. A new certification exam has recently been added to the list. This certificate is for quality professionals working in the supply chain. To take this exam, you should have a minimum of eight years full-time work experience. However […]

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Seven Quality Management Principles

Seven Quality Management Principles ISO 9001:2015 defines 7 Quality Management Principles (QMPs) as the basis of the standard. QMP 1 – Customer Focus Meet and exceed customer expectations QMP 2 – Leadership Provide purpose, direction and engagement. QMP 3 – Engagement of People Recognition, empowerment and enhancement of skills and knowledge. QMP 4 – Process […]

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5 S

A 5-step process for organizing and standardizing the workplace, summarized by five words or phrases beginning with S: Seiri (Sort) Seiton (Set in order) Seiso (Shine) Seiketsu (Standardize) and Shitsuke (Sustain) It is a methodology for creating a clean, safe, orderly, high performance work environment.

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AOQ – Average Outgoing Quality

Average Outgoing Quality (AOQ): The expected average quality level of an outgoing product for a given value of incoming product quality.AOQ plot represents the relationship between the quality of incoming and outgoing materials. When incoming lots are very good, the outgoing quality will be good.When the incoming lot is very bad, then also the outgoing quality […]

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Average Outgoing Quality Limit AOQL

  ​Average Outgoing Quality (AOQ) plot represents the relationship between the quality of incoming and outgoing materials. When incoming lots are very good, the outgoing quality will be good.When the incoming lot is very bad, then also the outgoing quality will be good because poor lots get reinspected and fixed. See the graph showing the relationship between […]

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10 Top Level Clauses ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001:2015 – 10 Top Level Clauses1. ScopeWhen/why should an organization adopt this standard? 2. Normative referencesUse ISO 9000 for terms and definitions3. Terms and definitionsDefinitions of various terms referred in the standard.4. Context of the organizationDetermine the purpose and the direction of the organization.5. LeadershipCommitment of the top management, quality policy, roles and responsibilities.6. […]

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Minitab 17 Tutorial

When we talk of statistics in Six Sigma, one software which is very well connected with it is Minitab. Minitab is the statistical software which helps in taking out the complexities of statistical calculations. It provides easy to use interface to calculate and draw various graphs. Some of the complex topics such as MSA, Capability […]

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How to Pass Your ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt CSSBB exam

To demonstrate your competency in applying Six Sigma tools, ASQ certificates are well recognized globally. A large number of organizations and universities provide Six Sigma training courses. They issue their own certificates, but when it comes to one certificate which is very well recognized, that is the ASQ (American Society for Quality) CSSBB (Certified Six […]

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How many mandatory documents does ISO 9001-2015 require?

​Did you know that recently release ISO 9001:2015 requires you to maintain five documented information (procedures) and retain 22 documented information (records)? Have a look at these. ​Mandatory DocumentsScope of the Quality Management System (4.3) Scope of the QMS including the products and services covered and the justification of the requirements that can not be applied. Operation […]

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