Articles by Michelle Bangert

SPC Software at Your Service

Though the concepts haven’t changed, SPC software continues to evolve
By Michelle Bangert
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Evan Miller recalls an experience a few years ago during an auto industry workshop in Detroit.


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Job Satisfaction and New Skills

The quality professionals surveyed said they are happy with their work and looking to improve their skills.
By Michelle Bangert
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Quality professionals like what they do. According to respondents from Quality’s 14th annual State of the Profession Survey, half of respondents said they are highly satisfied with their job and 44% said they are moderately satisfied.


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Management

Take these Steps to Six Sigma Success

Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control your way to results.
By Michelle Bangert
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Perhaps you’ve heard that Six Sigma is fading. In some circles Six Sigma is not the amazing continuous improvement methodology that it was once thought to be.


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How to Get the Most Out of Lean

Focus on continuous improvement—not the vocabulary behind it.
By Michelle Bangert
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Around 1999, Hypertherm Inc. changed the manufacture of one of their products from a “craft style,” in which one person built the entire product from start to finish, to a team approach.


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Mentor, Leader, Teacher, Friend

The 2014 Quality Professional of the Year manages to do it all.
By Michelle Bangert
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Grace Duffy’s career has included excavating the desert canyons of Utah, earning a top secret security clearance to work in the White House, writing ten books and more than 250 articles, and speaking at conferences around the world.


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Meet the 2014 Plant of the Year

Learn more about TRW Automotive’s Fowlerville, MI, plant.
By Michelle Bangert
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Even if cars of the future drive themselves, it takes a lot of people to make those cars safe. The people at TRW Automotive work hard to make cars as safe as possible, no matter what type of car it is, or who is driving it.


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Meet the Quality Leadership 100

Learn more about quality practices at these top companies.
By Michelle Bangert
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There is no one right way to achieve high quality. In fact, there could be 100 different ways to achieve it. To that end, our Quality Leadership 100 survey recognizes dozens of top-performing plants for their dedication to quality.


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Medical Device Manufacturing

By Michelle Bangert
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Whether it’s an insulin pump, respirator or pacemaker, medical devices obviously require extremely high quality.


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The Value of Quality

Investing in quality makes a difference, according to Quality’s 14th Annual Spending Survey
By Michelle Bangert
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If you’ve ever wondered how your company’s spending patterns compare to others, we here at Quality Magazine aim to help.


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Quality 101

Meet the New Microscopes

Today many microscopes can magnify parts in three dimensions, allowing for a more complete view of your part.
By Michelle Bangert
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Adrianus Pijper, in the South African Journal of Science, called the microscope “man’s noblest, supreme, and most far-reaching tool,” according to the Microscopy Society of America. And this was in 1939.


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 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
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Check out the September 2014 edition of Quality Magazine for features!

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