November, 2013 Newsletter Articles

3-D Printing

Nov 1, 2013 in Newsletter | Comments Off on 3-D Printing

According to an Industry Week article, additive manufacturing could make our complicated global supply chain obsolete within the next decade, replacing it with a new economy based on a high-tech system of local, connected suppliers. Additive manufacturing techniques like select laser sintering (SLS) can build complex 3-D parts directly from powdered metal, turning globally distributed production efforts into in-house jobs. Note: SLS involves the use of a high power laser to fuse small particles of plastic, metal, ceramic, or glass powders into...

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Webinar on Audit Interviews

Nov 1, 2013 in Newsletter | Comments Off on Webinar on Audit Interviews

Larry Whittington will present a one hour “Audit Interviews” webinar at 1:00 PM ET on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. He recently presented this session at the 2013 ASQ Audit Conference in Tucson, AZ. You can register for the webinar at this web page. Webinar Description Audit interviews are one of four ways to gather information during an audit, the others being to review documents, observe operations, and examine records. Conducting efficient and effective interviews will be the key to a successful audit. During interviews, we...

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ISO 9001:2015 Highway: The Revolution

Nov 1, 2013 in Newsletter | Comments Off on ISO 9001:2015 Highway: The Revolution

J.P. Russell provided a handout at the 2013 ASQ Audit Conference titled the “ISO 9001:2015 Highway: The Revolution”. With his permission, I am reproducing the handout for our newsletter readers: There are major events taking place in the standards community that may change the ISO 9001 worldwide community forever.  It is as if we have all been traveling down this super highway and suddenly signs popped up indicating that the road ahead has changed. So, now we will need to assess the situation and make some decisions on how we are...

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Free OSHA Consulting

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has an On-site Consultation Program that offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in every state, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. In the past fiscal year, the On-site Consultation Program conducted about 30,000 visits to small business worksites covering over 1.5 million workers across the nation. The On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. The program is state-run but federally...

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