July, 2010 Newsletter Articles

4th Edition of MSA

Jul 10, 2010 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) Reference Manual, 4th Edition is now available. It was jointly developed by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Company to provide guidance to their automotive suppliers. The purpose of the document is to present guidelines for assessing the quality of a measurement system. The manual is not intended to be a compendium of analyses for all measurement systems. Its primary focus is measurement systems where the readings can be replicated on each part. Customer approval is required for...

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Software Standards

Jul 10, 2010 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The list below groups the ISO software and systems engineering standards into categories of life cycle, governance, foundation, body of knowledge and professionalism, process implementation, assessment and certification, product characteristics, and tools and methods. You can see a description of each standard at the ISO website. Life Cycle Software Engineering ISO 12207, ISO 90003, ISO 15271 Systems Engineering ISO 15288, ISO/TR 19760, ISO 26702, ISO/TR 90005 vLife Cycle Management ISO/DIS TR 24748 (Part 1), ISO/DTR 24748 (Parts 2-3) Very...

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This is a Nonconformity

Jul 10, 2010 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Auditors are trained on how to ask interview questions, but they may not be as well trained on how to let someone know about a nonconforming situation. Let’s look at some examples. 1. “You’re nonconforming. I’m going to have to write you up.” Well, the person isn’t nonconforming. This statement sounds like the person is defective and may need to be scrapped. It is the process that is nonconforming, not the person. And, don’t make it personal by saying you will write the person up. You are fact...

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Plan for Emergencies

Jul 3, 2010 in Newsletter | 0 comments

A recent article in the HR Daily Advisor says you may not be able to predict emergencies, but you have to be prepared for them. Recent tragic disasters have certainly made it clear that no company, no matter how large or small and no matter the location, is safe from unexpected disaster. Terrorism, fire, tsunami, hurricane, or flood-the list seems endless, and no one is invulnerable. Some disasters are predictable. For example, if you have a facility in a flood-prone area, you should be prepared for a flood. Some disasters are not so...

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