July Greetings from Chair Donna Horton

Dear ASQ-0704 Members,

Have you noticed the feeds from ASQ Influential Voices bloggers on our website?  As part of its continuing series of Roundtable discussions among the “Influential Voices of Quality” participants, ASQ asks, “As Industry 4.0 continues to evolve, what can quality professionals do to ensure they will be an integral asset throughout this industrial revolution?” ‘Quality Bob’ Mitchell, who will be presenting at the November 2017 section meeting, has a new post: The Role of Quality in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Wikipedia defines Industry 4.0 as “the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing.

This topic is of great interest to many of us as we head into what Bob calls the age of cyber physical systems.  He assures us that “Opportunities exist for the Quality professional to make significant, innovative contributions in areas of software quality assurance, reliability, process validation, environmental life testing and accelerated stress testing, Real Time Process Monitoring, multivariate statistics, 1st Principles and transfer functions, advanced calibration and big data analytics.”


Learn more about the ASQ Influential Voices at http://asq.org/voice-of-quality/

Section news: We are heading into 2018, and it is time to think about joining the Section Leadership Team.

We will have openings for elected officers — Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary — and you will earn 2.0 RUs per year of service as an elected officer. Also, there will be many vital committees to join or lead in the coming year.  Consider how ASQ Phoenix Programs Chair would look on your resume… and how 1.5 RU per year/per committee would contribute to your Recertification plans.  Taking on Ad Hoc responsibilities is another way to contribute, plus earn 0.2 RU per event/activity, for total of 0.6 RU per year; 1.8 RUs is MAX for ad hoc service.

Here’s wishing you a great July, and hoping to see you at the July 13 meeting when Vic Nanda presents a case study on Conflict Resolution & Improved Collaboration Using Quality Tools.

Donna Horton – Chair, ASQ 0704, Valley of the Sun