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American Society for Quality (ASQ) & Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) have partnered to bring the
under privileged and needy a better Christmas and Holiday Season.
Thank you to everyone who brought joy to kids at an orphanage in Port Huron.
Three sets of slides provided by Cherie L. Reiche from the April 22, 2017 ASQ Detroit Seminar at the Venetian Club:
Thank you to Cherie for sharing with us.
Click on the links above.
ASQ now provides its members with web based recertification journal and electronic submission for recertification. This means that you won’t have to keep track of RU papers and documentation for 3 yrs and then spend a couple hours rushing around to copy them, fill out the forms, collate and package them, and pay the postage to get your recertification
packet submitted. To use this you must create a login to the national ASQ website, asq. org. Once you sign in, select the “My Recertification Journal” on the menu along the right side of the home page.
That will land you on a page with an outline of the paper recertification journal, with each of the categories down
You will need to scan or take a photo of each of your RU documents before hand, making sure the information is legible. Hit the “Edit” button next the category to which you are going apply the event. The system asks you to identify the activity described in the document and upload the document. You can upload and document each event as it occurs, but be sure to keep the original documents in case of a snafu, or you can upload them all at once at your recertification time.
The system tallies your credits as you go and when you have enough credits allows you to pay by credit card and submit them with a push of a button. The website will send you an email confirmation immediately, so you don’t have the stress of worrying whether your packet arrived safely or not. Since the website is always up to date, you don’t have to worry that any of the rules or fees have changed since you received you recertification journal three years ago. This is not only a nice time saver for each of the ASQ members that recertify, but also lessens the burden on the local section recertification chairs that spend a great deal of time verifying documentation and interacting with members who submit incomplete documentation, unqualified events, or pay the wrong amount. I encourage all our members to take advantage of this time saving service and make suggestions to ASQ for any improvements that might make this even better, as ASQ continues to practice what they preach, using lean and quality techniques to improve their own organization.
Mary Hones Burr was presented with the annual Distinguished Service Award for her exemplary contributions to the Greater Detroit Section. This honor was presented at the ESD Gold Award Banquet, March 16, 2016. She presently serves as Secretary, and in the past has served as Vice-Chair and Treasurer.
Mary has been a member of the Detroit Section since 1998. She holds two ASQ certifications; Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), and Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.
Another Successful NOAA Tour
Approximately 25 people attended the recent NOAA tour this Fall. NOAA is an agency that reaches from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as they work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. The primary goal is to warn the public of hazardous weather conditions before they occur. The sole responsibility is to issue watches, warnings & forecasts for protection of life and property. Each National Weather Service (NWS) office is staffed 24/7, 365 days/yr. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting edge research and high tech instrumentation. NOAA’s roots date back to 1807 when the nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established.
NOAA is part of the Federal Government, and falls under the Dept. of Commerce. There are 122 Weather Forecast Offices in the U.S. The White Lake Twp. location is one of the largest offices, with 10 staffed meteorologists, and is responsible for 17 counties in SE Michigan.
Twice a day, at approximately 7am & 7pm a weather balloon is launched into the atmosphere. This balloon measures various types of weather as it travels through the atmosphere, including humidity, wind speed, etc. It has GPS coordinates. It rises 1000 feet/minute. Approximately 90 balloons are released across the country; 900 across the world. Timing is coordinated across the globe by means of Greenwich Meantime.
MFC Netform Tour A Success – tour combined with hands-on auditing opportunity!
Recently, approximately 20 members enjoyed both a family plant tour of MFC Netform, as well as an opportunity to audit on the shop floor. Located in Shelby Township, this facility is the MFC center for flow forming and machining operations. The facility is focused on high volume powertrain component manufacture; secondary processes include milling, broaching, turning, drilling, staking and de burring. Established in 2003, the facility is relatively new, and has recently expanded to 56,000 sq. ft. Three major machining and forming lines were installed in 2012. There is a high focus on 5S within the plant.
All attendees enjoyed a chance to participate in Layered Process Audits (LPAs) on their shop floor using their paperless PLEX Quality & Manufacturing System. ASQ members did find some minor non-conformances, which will help MFC put corrective actions in place within their lean processes.
Breaking news! – Effectively immediately, starting with the next CQE exam to be held on June 6, 2015, the location for all exams has been just very recently been relocated to Lawrence Technological University (LTU), located at 21000 Ten Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075. Examinees are to report to Engineering Bldg., E99, where they will be assigned a room.
With the long awaited arrival of spring, NOAA (National Atmospheric Administration) tours will soon be scheduled again, on a seasonal basis. This is fun filled, free, educational activity for the family, as well as an opportunity for ASQ Certified members to earn recertification units, and network at the same time. At the end of the 2 hour event, a weather balloon is launched! Stay tuned to the weekly Tuesday email for details.
The 2014 Gold Award Banquet, sponsored by the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and its Affiliate Council is an opportunity for societies to honor their outstanding members. Hundreds of professionals representing 95 ESD Affiliated Technical Societies come together to recognize outstanding members for contributions to the betterment of our future and for leaving their mark on their respective industries. The event demonstrates that Michigan will continue to be the engine that powers the balance of the nation through a determined, dedicated and talented technical workforce. The event was held Thursday March 6, 2014, at the Troy Marriott. It included the 2014 Gold Award, Affiliate Society Awards and the Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony. The 1st place winner of Future City, St. John Lutheran School in Rochester was also featured.