Using Defect Mapping as a Problem Solving Tool

Tuesday, Sept 15, 2015

Defect Mapping is a problem solving tool used to visually identify and track physical locations and types of defects on a product. As a defect occurs during a process on a product, the location of the defect is identified on a map.

The Defect Map provides information on the physical location of the defect on the product and additional pertinent information as well. The more visual you can capture issues, the easier it is to move forward to defining root cause and corrective action.


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Reliability Engineering Explained

John PaschkewitzTuesday, Sept 15, 2015

An introduction to the basics of reliability engineering that clarifies the definition of reliability and shows how it differs from many other quality functions. Key concepts, primary tools, and the impact of reliability are highlighted.

Examples from several products and industries are used to illustrate the role of reliability engineering. The presentation concludes with a description of the ASQ Reliability Division and the services it provides.

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Value Stream Mapping workshop

ASQ Section 1304 St. Louis Proudly presents

Value Stream Mapping Workshop

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A 4-hour hands on workshop conducted by Amy Slovacek, a value stream mapping expert from Lutheran Senior Services. This workshop is designed to help you learn techniques and enhance your skills using the Lean value stream mapping tool.

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12th Annual ASQ Lean-Sigma Conference at SIUC


will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015 on the 2nd floor of the S.I.U.C. campus Student Center, 1225 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL.
Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., sessions start at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Language to Engage: Shifting our Questions from Why to What

Dawn M. Newman

Dawn M. Newman, Ph.D.

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

Language to Engage: Shifting our Questions from Why to What

We are Quality. We lead. We strive for excellence.

How might our quest for perfection get in our way? What might we stop doing to lead more effectively?

This session will highlight lessons learned and discoveries from a 20-year Quality professional.

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“Project Ioverhaul”, how global demand for Optiray surged unexpectedly

Mallinckrodt Log0Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

Mallinckrodt  St. Louis ASQ International Team Excellence

This presentation will explore “Project Ioverhaul”, the story of how global demand for Optiray contrast agent surged unexpectedly, and an immediate response was needed. Classic quality tools were used to reduce lab delays beyond expectations yielding reduced backorders, cost-avoidance, improved customer relations, and support of Mallinckrodt’s zero-defect culture!

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St. Louis Supply Chain Mixer

Networking Happy Hour Hosted by

APICS | American Society for Quality | Institute for Supply Management | Transportation Club

April 30, 2015
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Kick off springtime with great food and great conversation at the St. Louis Supply Chain Mixer co-hosted by 4 premier professional organizations. Here’s a great opportunity to reach beyond your current professional circle and make new connections. Bring your colleagues, your boss and your significant other for a festive night out in good company.

The program will include 4 “Table Talk” mini-seminars. Participate in all four 20-minute sessions to be entered for your chance to win fabulous prizes!

Hot and cold plates provided. Cash bar available.

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Using Lean, Six Sigma and Human Factors to prevent patients from falling

Laurie WolfTuesday, May 19, 2015

This presentation will discuss how Lean, Six Sigma and Human Factors Engineering were used to prevent falls for oncology patients. Highlights from three case studies conducted as part of research for PhD requirements will be reviewed. Advantages and disadvantages of the three different mythologies will be compared as they were used to prevent patients from falling while in the hospital.

Case Study #1 used Lean techniques such as standard work to improve fall risk assessment and intervention selection.

Case Study #2 used Six Sigma tools to investigate root causes of falls. An intervention called “Patient Partnering” was developed to encourage patients to call for help and participate in preventing their own falls. There were no falls with serious injury for over 12 months.

Case Study #3 was a qualitative study based on Human Factors principles to understand patient’s perception of fall risk. It was found that patients did not think they would fall and felt particularly safe and protected while in hospital.

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Amy Slovacek Tuesday, May 19, 2015

There are many tools in the Lean toolbox. Value Stream Mapping is one of the most powerful yet underutilized tools.

This presentation will walk through an example of creating the Current State, Ideal State, and Future State Value Stream Maps. A case study discussion of the “value” provided by value stream mapping will be focused on during this presentation.


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ASQ St. Louis Supports the St. Louis YMCA Book Fair

St. Louis YMCA Book Fair

Do you love books? If you do, you can have fun and help your St. Louis Section of ASQ support the YMCA’s annual book fair. Each year, hundreds of thousands of books are donated to the Y. This allows the Y to offer a large selection of new and quality used books at reasonable prices. Our goal is donate 100 hours to the Book Fair effort in the name of ASQ St. Louis.

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