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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

March ASQ Presents – member Meeting March 12th 2015

We hope you were able to attend our February member meeting and learn about the world of chocolate. Juan Loera did a fine job filling in with the Powerpoint presentation, including chocolate trivia questions. We were also happy to still have Brian Daily, the owner of Kilwin’s Chocolate Factory in Traverse City, call in to answer questions. Product sampling of a chocolate covered strawberry also added to the experience.

Traditionally in March we plan to transition back to a more technical presentation. Our original plan was to have an update on the new ISO 9001 standard revision (which is planned to be released this fall). Due to a scheduling conflict we are not able to do this. However, we are pleased to still have an outstanding speaker for March. Mark Rusco, a professor at Ferris State University, and one of the section’s most popular speakers, will give a presentation on the Kappa Method for Attribute Gauge R&R.

The 4th edition of the AIAG Measurement System Analysis book includes a couple of updated methods for evaluating an Attribute Gauging system.  These methods are more comprehensive and more complicated than the method outlined in the 3rd edition and earlier.  This presentation will be an in-depth look into the details, assumptions, and shortcomings of the Kappa method.

Now, before some of you think this topic is out of you league, be assured it is not. No previous experience using this method is assumed for the presentation, just a basic understanding of attribute measurements (go/no go gauging, visual inspections, etc.) and a basic understanding of the principles of testing a measuring system. In my experience, Mark’s ability to explain any topic is both fun and rewarding.

Reminder - if you have ever thought about obtaining an ASQ certification a new round of refresher courses is coming up. Please look for the complete training matrix under the miscellaneous section of our web site.

By the way, we still recognize that there is interest in learning about updates to the ISO 9001 standard. We are working on a way to get this information out to our group in the May timeframe. Stay tuned.

Thanks for your interest in ASQ (the global voice of quality). I hope to see you March 12th 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.)