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The ASQ Supply Chain
repeated in the book's glossary. Making up
tions at the end of each chapter for those
for that shortcoming, the authors provide
who want to use the book for self-study.
ASQ Customer Supplier Division and J.P.
numerous checklists and tools upon which
Russell, ed., ASQ Quality Press, 2013, 128
to base purchasing methods and proce-
the use of MS Excel, or have a philosophical
pp., $18 member, $30 list (book).
disagreement with the use of Ppk measure-
A primer is "a book
Anyone who desires to start, standard-
There will be those who disagree with
ments and the need to modify SPC limits
providing a basic
ize or review purchasing or procurement
for non-normal distributions. However, the
introduction to a sub-
practices would benefit from reading this
book accomplishes its intended purpose,
ject." This book truly is
book and referring to it often.
which is to show engineers and statisti-
a primer. It provides a
Marc A. Feldman
foundation for supply
cians how SPC can be applied to non-normal distributions.
but not any analysis or
remedies for specific
Statistical Process Control for
New City, NY
ing each part of the purchasing process,
The purpose of this
Simplified: A How-To Book for
Success in Any Organization
whether for goods or services, are covered.
book is to show
James King, Francis King and Michael Davis,
quality engineers and
ASQ Quality Press, 2014, 192 pp., $30 mem-
ber, $50 list (book).
supply chain issues. Basic fundamentals
William Levinson, CRC Press, 2010, 272 pp.,
and a step-by-step system for address-
The authors have described the purchasing and procurement process as follows:
1. Define your requirements.
how to apply statisti-
Are you new to
2. Select a supplier.
cal process control
3. Award the business.
(SPC) techniques to
ment, struggling to
4. Build and strengthen the relationship.
situations in which
5. Monitor the performance.
the data is not nor-
changes or think
Additionally they added a step on man-
mally distributed. The book has seven chap-
aging obsolescence which is a step beyond
ters, which cover traditional control charts,
the fundamentals. The supply chain in this
non-normal distributions, range charts for
ments but aren't
model includes suppliers, manufacturers,
non-normal distributions, nested normal
distributors, system integrators, service
distributions, Ppk measurements, gauge
authors share their secrets in this how-
providers and value-adding retailers.
capability and multivariate systems.
to book. It describes the application and
Each step in the sequence is thoroughly
The book gives detailed explanations,
seeing results? The
implementation of the authors' simplified
examined and further subdivided as neces-
complete with maximum likelihood deriva-
sary. Concepts and achievements required
tions, of how to go about deriving control
to complete the subprocess are provided
limits for mean and range charts for the
improvement is not just simply a qual-
along with the requisite documentation.
gamma, Weibull and lognormal distribu-
ity improvement tool. It is a systematic,
Where alternatives are possible, they are
tions. That said, the procedure could be
six-phase approach primarily focused on
presented simply and the potential ramifi-
used for any distribution. This is done for
improving yield and throughput. Once a
cations of each choice are discussed.
both MS Excel and MathCAD functions.
critical process is identified, it is measured,
One of the downfalls in this book is that
approach to improving processes.
King, King and Davis claim that process
There is also a CD-ROM with programs to
redesigned, tested and institutionalized.
there are excellent definitions provided
assist implementing procedures. In addi-
Then, the six-phase approach is applied to
within a particular chapter that are not
tion, there are exercises given with solu-
the next critical process.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - October 2014
Mr. Pareto Head
Step It Up
Strength in Numbers
Take Care of Your ‘Ugly Baby‘
Getting It Right the First Time
Quality in the First Person
ASQ's Quality Resource Guide
Back to Basics
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