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American Society for Quality
Automotive Industry Action Group
Elsmar Cove Discussion Forum
National Society of Professional
Patient Safety Quality Healthcare
Training for Health and Safety (PATHS) Free occupational health and
safety (OHS) webinars
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Available presentation topics
6S (5S + Safety)
Productivity and Lean
Cycle Time; the Value-Adding Bang
Lose the Luddites
Theory of Constraints (TOC)
Learn to See the Waste
Shingo Process Maps
Culture: a Decisive Competitive Advantage
Failure Mode Effects Analysis*
Dynamic Control Plans*
* will be updated per AIAG VDA
SPC, Process Capability, Gage Capability
What to do when it's not a bell curve
Process capability analysis (including non-normal)
Measurement systems analysis (R&R)
Statistical Process Control (including non-normal)
Introduction to Design of Experiments
ANSI/ASQ Z1.4 and Sequential Sampling
Zero Acceptance Number (c-0) Plans
ISO 9001:2015, Easier than you Think
Risk in ISO 9001:2015
ISO 14001 and 50001, and the Bottom Line
Risks of Omission
Make ISO 9001 the Servant, not the Master
Risks and Opportunities in ISO 9001:2015
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Frederick Winslow Taylor told us this in 1911 (Principles of Scientific Management).
|Specializing in Quality
Management Systems, Advanced Industrial Statistics, and Lean
Vision and Mission Statement
Henry Ford believed and proved that industry holds the
solution to most of society's problems. Nothing has happened to change
this; manufacturing, and only manufacturing, can create almost
limitless wealth. Manufacturing is the foundation of the United States'
affluence and national security, and our nation must preserve and
expand its manufacturing base. Industrial methods can also reduce the
cost of services while improving their quality, and this has critical
implications for health care. It is the mission of Levinson
Productivity Systems to help clients achieve this vision through lean
manufacturing, statistical, and quality assurance methods.
What We Do
- Statistical process control and process capability
studies for non-normal
- Design of Experiments (DOE) and acceptance sampling
- ISO 9001:2015 readiness and implementation
- Lean manufacturing
- July 20 2018 "Three
Apple workers hurt walking into glass walls in first month at $5bn HQ."
Unmarked glass doors and
walls in workplaces can be dangerous; people can walk into them the
same way birds can fly into them. Treat as a hiyari hatto
("experience of almost accident situation") to avoid hazardous
- May 3 2018 "How Henry Ford
Saves Men and Money" By Louis Resnick. National Safety News, September 18,
1920. This is in the
public domain due to age (1922 or earlier), and a copy is
available from Google Books, but we have added numerous annotations
that underscore valuable safety principles that are directly applicable
to ISO 45001.
- This article
also underscores a parable related to Sun Tzu's Art of War. Three
became medical doctors long ago. The youngest cured serious diseases,
so he was
known throughout the realm. The second brother cured diseases in their
so his name never went beyond his village. The eldest prevented the
so his name remained unknown. We will never know how many thousands of
workplace injuries and fatalities were prevented by Robert A. Shaw's
it is past time that he got the credit.
- March 23 2018 ISO 9004:2018
(Quality of an organization — Guidance to achieve sustained success)
clause 6.2 includes "Mission, vision, values, and culture." We have
developed a 1-hour presentation on organizational culture as an
overwhelming competitive advantage (as proven from historical
examples). We have also developed one on ISO 9004:2018 itself.
- March 23 2018 ISO
45001 (successor to OHSAS 18001) became available on March 13.
- Dec. 22 2017 Excellent
video by BSI on the transition to ISO 14001:2015. BSI is a highly
regarded organization with a lot of valuable knowledge to offer.
- 3.1 trillion British pounds is a lot of waste (muda) just
waiting to be eliminated and turned into higher profits, higher wages,
and lower prices simultaneously as done by Henry Ford. We recommend,
however, a focus on all material waste as opposed to environmental
aspects. Anything that doet not come out of the process as saleable
product is waste.
by SGS, another highly regarded certification body, on ISO
- Dec. 22 2017 iLearningU
video (first of three, the video links to the others) on how to
respond to ISO 9001 audit findings.
- Audits are NOT adversarial activities! Their purpose is
to find potential problems with your quality management system (an
inanimate object) before they can manifest themselves in ways you and
your relevant interested parties will not like, such as scrap and
customer returns. If you go to the dentist, for example, you want him or her to
find little cavities before they grow up to become big cavities or even
problems that will require crowns or root canals.
- Dec 22 2017 "The
Role of Specification Limits." Excellent explanation of rational
subgroups. If your control charts don't work, incorrect selection of
the rational subgroup might be the issue.
- Dec 22 2017 "Calibration
and Measurement Systems: The Unsung Hero in Quality Efforts"
Excellent article at Quality Magazine
- Dec 22 2017 "Counterfeit
Parts and the 1,000 Risk Priority Number." Our article at Quality Digest.
- Counterfeit parts can have severity ratings of up to 10
(especially in military, automotive, and aerospace), occurrence ratings
of up to 10 because they are introduced deliberately, and detection
ratings of up to 10 because malicious efforts are made to conceal them.
- Dec 22 2017 Process
Capability Analysis book by Dr. Neil Polhemus (StatGraphics),
review at Quality Digest.
- August 2016 EpiPen alternatives
for as little as $10 (a doctor's prescription is required)
- February 2, 2010. We have read several articles
that suggest that long periods of sedentary work (e.g. at a computer)
increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. We therefore offer a free
downloadable recurring alarm that the user can set as a reminder to
stand, stretch, and/or walk around at user defined intervals. Freeware,
no warranties are implied or expressed, but we use it every day. Update
March 6 2017. We are now using a variable-height
desk that provides the option of standing while working. This has
delivered tangible health and productivity benefits.
Levinson Productivity Systems P.C.
6 Lexington Court
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
TheBoss "at" ct-yankee.com
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