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ASQ1001 in Grand Rapids, Michigan was founded in 1953. It is affiliated with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), an international organization that is helping to create better workplaces and communities, worldwide.

Our local section provides opportunities to increase Knowledge through education and training, workshops and certification. Networking takes place among more than 400 active members through monthly meetings, LinkedIn, and other professional activities. Members benefit from finding employment postings, volunteering for the section and community events, publishing appropriate professional papers and seeking advancement to Senior and Fellow status in ASQ.

ASQ1001 has proudly lead West Michigan companies into the 21st Century and continues to be the “global voice of quality” in West Michigan and beyond.

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Section News Flash

April ASQ Presents – member meeting April 9th 2015 - at The Bluff

We hope you were able to attend our March meeting. Mark Rusco did his usual excellent job. This time he gave a presentation on the Kappa method of attribute gage R&R. As a bonus, those who were there also learned about “the splay button” on Molding machines (you had to be there).

In April we move to the medical field for both the tutorial and main presentation. The main presentation “Root Cause Packaging Failure Analysis and Pharma Packaging” will be given by Lora Keena. Lora will introduce us to a systematic process that enables determination of the cause of packaging failure. While the process has a focus on medical and pharmaceutical packaging, the process she uses can be adapted to a wider range of products and situations. Lora has presented her method internationally. It has been well received by customers as well as packaging manufactures. Continuing with the medical theme, our tutorial will be given by a team from Michigan Blood.

Although we had a great March meeting, we have heard some were disappointed that we were not able to present on the topic of “Updates to the new ISO 9001 standard”. Your Section Leadership Committee is working on an alternative presentation/workshop for this topic. Don Brecken has generously offered to give a 4 hour workshop. We are looking at a cost of $60 for ASQ members, and $75 for non-members. Things have yet to be finalized, but we are looking at Wednesday May 20th from 8 AM to 12 PM at The Bluff. Watch for more information on our website in the next few weeks (but go ahead and pencil in the date in your calendar).

There is still some time to register for our Refresher Courses. The CQE and Green Belt certification refreshers will occur. We would still like to have a few more for a CQA refresher, but this may also occur. Do not waste time. If you have any interest in taking these refresher courses contact us immediately.

I hope to see you April 9th at The Bluff.


Jim Anderson

ASQ Section 1001 Chair


Member Meetings

ASQ Presents!

  • Special speakers, tutorials, networking, dinner buffet
  • Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month September through May (except December)
  • Venue: The Bluff Banquet and Conference Center, located at 2035 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Register online at asq1001.org “Events” page

AGENDA (except December)

  • 5:15 - Doors Open / Registration
  • 5:30 - Networking
  • 5:45 - Tutorial
  • 6:00 - Buffet Begins
  • 7:15 - Speaker Main Topic Presentation
  • 8:15 - Closing remarks, Adjourn (approx.)