Chair’s Message Fall 2006

Happy Holidays to all:

photo: Dak Murthy
Dak Murthy

If you missed our annual September 58th Ott conference this year at Rutgers Newark, you missed an exciting meeting with great topics and great speakers. I also got a chance to meet and greet many of you.

We also held our October general meeting recently Bud gave a great presentation on "Force Field Analysis".

I look forward meeting all of you for our November 14th General meeting.  Dr. William Latzko will give his presentation on “Control Charts: What They Are”. He is a great speaker and recognized for his presentations throughout the industry.  I look forward meeting all of you.

In keeping with our objectives, the Deming Conference (December Atlantic City) is already set for 2007. The program details are complete. We set the Conference for the week of December 4 through December 8, 2006, returning to the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. Those of you that attended in 2005, I am sure will agree this is a first class location and one of the most educational Conferences offered anywhere in the world. This conference is the lifeblood of this section.

Check our Web site (http://www.metro-asq.org/) for more details.

We are already working on the 2007 Annual Metropolitan (59th OTT) Section Conference.  We are looking for volunteers to work on mailing lists, publicity, registration, and arrangements. If you would like to work on the committee please let me know.

You can reach me at Chair@Metro-ASQ.org. Anyone
wishing to present or exhibit at the 2007 Annual Metropolitan Section should also let me know.

Remember you are also welcome to attend an executive board meeting, check the schedule and register by contacting:

Mr. William I. Martin
Registrar
Customized Management Systems, Ltd.
18-65 211 St Suite 2F
Bayside, NY 11360-1814
By Phone/Fax:
(718) 631-2375

We have submitted our business plan for the 2006/2007-year. We have set many goals and we will strive to achieve with your support. I have the privilege to serve as chair of the Metro section. Without your support or input, we may not be addressing your concerns or needs as members. So feel free to contact any board member, or me, we need your input.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Dak Murthy P.E.; CQE; C.Q.M.
Chair 2006 – 2007

Past Chair’s Message

Hello Fellow members:

Photo: Joe Borden
Joe Borden

The time has come to pass the torch, so to speak, to the new Chair. Check the Web site for the slate of officers for the 2006 – 2007 year.

The 2005 – 2006 ASQ calendar year is over. I look back and wonder where the time went; we held one of our most successful Deming Conferences ever this year. We also had some success on the local level, but it never ceases to amaze me as to why the regular section meetings are so poorly attended.

At the executive board level we continue to excel, attendance is great and the board meetings are always a challenge. Our latest Section Award brings us the Silver Level. I hope that next years Chair can announce that we achieved the Gold level.

The new slate of officers is ready to take over and our planning sessions for events for the next year are almost complete. I hope as you get to read this; the 2006 – 2007 events calendar will be up and running.

The 2006 Deming Conference (December Atlantic City) is set. The Conference will be held the week of December 4 through December 8, 2006 at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City.

Please remember, if you are interested in any of our committees we are always open to new executive board members and need your support. 

The 58th Annual Metropolitan (OTT) Section Conference and returned to the Rutgers Campus in Newark New Jersey for the 2006 conference. We are looking for volunteers to work on mailing lists, publicity, registration, and arrangements for the 2007 Conference. If you would like to work on the committee please let us know. You can reach us at Chair@Metro-asq.org. Anyone wishing to present or exhibit at the 2007 Annual Metropolitan Section should also let us know.

Remember you are also welcome to attend an executive board meeting, check the schedule and register with:

Mr. William I. Martin
Registrar
Customized Management Systems, Ltd.
18-65 211 St Suite 2F
Bayside, NY 11360-1814
By Phone/Fax:
(718) 631-2375

It has been a privilege to serve as Chair of the Metro section.

Joe Borden P.E.; CQA
Metro Section Chair 2005 – 2006

Sustainability and Quality

Photo: W. J. Latzko, Ph.D.
W. J. Latzko, Ph.D.
The concept of sustainability has been around for some decades. The recent Conference in New York on Global Initiative saw several billion dollars pledged, much of which helps to achieve sustainability. So what is sustainability?

The Bruntland Report (The UN World Commission on Environment and Development) developed a definition in 1987 that read: “Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Or, as Professor James Weldon of Fordham University put it, “Sustainability is having a seat when the music stops.”

For many years, the use of natural resources without replenishment was the norm in the Industrial revolution. The resources were so plentiful that no one thought that we could deplete them. Unlike nature, that recycles, we have great areas of waste. Environmental Standards such as ISO 14000 attempt to address this issue. But, the problem goes further. Sustainability goes beyond environmental issues. As Hitchcock and Willard (2006) stated, “Sustainability is different from the environmental movement in that it recognizes the need for a healthy economy. Nature does have certain limits that we must learn to live within or suffer the consequence.” They concluded, “We need to get better, not bigger”.

Of the roughly six billion people on Earth one billion lives well. (That is us.) About two billion get by. The other three billion have trouble surviving. This division is a source of conflict. Sustainability can help bring all this population to a level of living that we wish for.

So where does quality come in. There are certain aspects where we, as quality professionals, have already done much good. Our profession helps in the reduction of waste and the efficient use of our resources.

We can do more.

We can help in the design for environment. When our organizations plan new products and services, we can use our specialized knowledge to make sure that they plan on the replenishment of resources.

We can help them with Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing. (This reminds me of Deming’s, “Don’t buy on Price Tag Alone”).

We can help in getting rid of harmful products in creating added value and help make sure that at the end of its useful life the residual of the products do not cause harm. We should ask if the materials we plan to use are or will become one of five classes: carcinogens, teratogens (cause birth defects), endocrine disruptors, mutagens (cause mutation of genetic code), or persistent bioaccumulative toxins ( PBT- harmful chemicals that accumulate in the body).

Deming showed us that our profession can help in another aspect of sustainability: the creation of jobs. He said that if we improve quality → costs decrease because of less rework, fewer mistakes, fewer delays, snags → productivity improves → capture the market with better quality and price → stay in business → provide jobs and more jobs!

Clearly, quality plays a big role in sustainability.

Reference List

Hitchcock, D. E. & Willard, M. L. (2006). The Business Guide to Sustainability: Parctical Strategies and Tools for Organizations. London: Earthscan.