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NY/NJ Metropolitan Section 300 Holiday / Awards Dinner

The NY/NJ Metropolitan Section will be hosting a Holiday/Awards Dinner to recognize and thank those individuals who have worked so hard to plan and implement the Section’s events. This year’s event will be held on 6:30 PM, Saturday, December 05, 2014 at:
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Lean Six Sigma, Ott Quality Conference @ NJIT

NewsDate: October 19, 6-9 pm

Place: GITC2305, NJIT, Newark, NJ 07102

Registration: FREE event, no need to register. The maximum capacity of the venue is 46 people so get there early! If you have any questions please contact Paul Ranky at

Seminar-1: The Relationship Between Visual Factory Management and Ergonomics by Michelle Vollo
Everyday, people interact with machines and/or processes in almost all situations or environments. This interaction between human and technology can be studied as a single system where each component works together to complete a specific goal. This presentation focuses on how humans play a role in this system and how visual aids can be used in the system to achieve usability, efficiency, safety and error-free performance.

Seminar-2: Quality Engineering Management Methods of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): An Interactive Session with Practical Examples by Paul G Ranky
The Industrial Internet of Things means computer controlled, networked sensors, devices, machines, cells, lines and larger systems and able humans working together. More accurately, the convergence of machines and intelligent data generated by humans as well as machines in an integrated system is known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or in other words, the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Seminar-3: Zero Defect by Quality Design: An Interactive Session with Practical Examples by Paul G Ranky and Michelle Vollo
This interactive seminar is about how to achieve zero defect products, processes and systems by quality design. The seminar uses a novel kit and software, designed by Dr Ranky. Format: Interactive Workshop
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Webinar Registration now available for the March Section Event

If you can’t join us in person for the March Section event You can now participate via a live webinar event! Reserve you place below:

Participation information will be provided to registered participants 24 hours before the event. Please be on the look out for an email from eventbright prior to the event.

General Section Meeting and Spouse Night – A Ten Course Chinese Banquet in Chinatown – NYC

Photo Chinese Palace
Chinese Palace

The event will include:

  • Being a part of The Chinese New Year Celebration going on in Chinatown
  • A Ten Course Chinese Banquet
  • BYOB – Each person may bring their own beverage of choice

Seating is limited, so get your reservation in EARLY!
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Economic and Quality Trends in China: Challenges and Opportunities

Section Meeting – January 8th, 2013

I. Presentation overview—Lynn Tang, PhD, Associate Professor, College of New Jersey

China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) offers an important framework for China’s economic and social development. It is also a significant document for China’s partners in the world economy because it presents both opportunities to do business with China and challenges to compete with Chinese companies in the global marketplace. Policy makers should also heed to China’s call for accomplishing the Plan’s goals.

The presentation briefly describes the nature of the Plan and explains the implications of the Plan to US businesses. Emphasis is placed on opportunities in China for companies in the health, technology and environmental sectors over the next 5-10 years.

The presenter will encourage wide audience participation. Several simple questions will be posed to the audience at the beginning of the presentation to engage them in discussion. Participants will benefit from the presentation by learning about the planned direction of the Chinese economy over the next few years, the implications of China’s policies for domestic and international business, and the role that U.S. businesses can play in this new economic environment.

II. Presentation Overview—Irene Wei, PhD, CQA, CEO, CSR Pharma Services, Inc

Since 2001, when China entered the World Trade Organization, to today when China has hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008 and the World Expo in 2010, the country has evolved into the global low-cost Manufacturing powerhouse with a sizeable sovereign wealth of about USD $3 trillion. Beginning a new decade, we see a changing Healthcare and Life Sciences landscape in the 21st Century with China developing and becoming a new Global Epicenter for Life Sciences Research and Innovation. The U.S. may still be the world’s superpower, but China and India are rapidly vying for world dominance in Biopharma by adding more research and innovation to their life sciences industry. There is a growing competition among these three nations for biopharma enterprises and their jobs, as they all look to this industry (pharmaceutical and biotech) for future growth.

The presentation will briefly describe the current market landscape in China and summarize the implications of Quality to US health, technology and environment businesses. Emphasis will be placed on new regulations that may have relevance to other industries. The presenter will discuss challenges and opportunities in China for U.S. companies in this decade.
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Austin S. Lin – Incoming Chair Message 2011-12

Austin Lin“The enemy of great is good.” – Jim Collins

With over 100,000 members in over 129 countries, the American Society for Quality remains the premier global organization for the profession, promoting quality as a rigorous, multi-functional culture of conducting business and fostering customer-driven growth. Improving from good to great is in the profession’s DNA and it is this heritage that the Metropolitan Section’s members strive to hone and enhance.

The NY/NJ Metropolitan Section’s founding members in the 1940s included the seminal thought leaders of the profession with names such as William Edwards Deming, Joseph Juran, Mason Wescott, Harold Dodge, and Walter Shewhart. As the elected Chair of the New York/ New Jersey Metropolitan Section, I am thrilled to be part of this great organization and participate in its storied tradition.

Along with the Metropolitan Executive Leadership Team and associated Committee Chairs, we benefit greatly from having the shoulders of such giants to stand upon, but tradition alone hardly equates with current and future progress. Rather, it will take the collaboration throughout our own talented membership internal to Metropolitan as well as through other organizations external to ASQ in order to diligently maintain a stance of stable, productive growth. We are continually seeking members who are passionate in contributing their personal expertise to the section and ultimately, to the entirety of the quality profession while furthering the section’s legacy into the decades to come.
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Social Darwinism across a Wire: The Criticality of Quality Management from a Distance in the Modern Supply Chain

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Austin Lin
In the expanding markets of the modern era, the connectivity between business units, internal customers, and external supply chains from vendors to consumers are becoming more complex. Supply chains no longer extend exclusively across towns or even cities — distances now range from 30 minute drives down the interstate to 30 days of ocean freight to other continents.

As the market evolves, so does the necessity for supply chain quality management to adapt alongside it. In addition to these complexities, there are now cultural differences affecting the changing business environment, whether regionally within a country or globally between nations.

What hasn’t changed is that the customer still expects products and services to be delivered on time and to specification. How does the evolving company best position itself to deliver these demands?

Attendees will be introduced to three Evolutionary changes needed in order to maintain pace with assuring customer/ consumer quality amidst the challenges of the modern supply chain:

Evolution 1: Data Delivery and Consistency

How One collects data and makes comparisons between manufacturing sites. Is all data created equal? What’s the difference between real time data collection vs. real time SPC? Can a process be “over-standardized”?

Evolution 2: Quality Touch Points

How does a typical 1950s US supply chain compare to a 2008 international supply chain? How do these changes in supply chain complexity make quality controls all the more critical? How does one incorporate logistics and freight forwarders into the quality equation?

Evolution 3: Cultural Convergence

How do companies face the modern challenges of cultural and business practices, both regionally and globally, including language & time zone differences?