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QPREVIEWS The ASQ Supply Chain Management Primer 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). dures. 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 Houston cians how SPC can be applied to non-normal distributions. chain management, but not any analysis or remedies for specific Brian Cocolicchio Statistical Process Control for Real-World Applications New City, NY ing each part of the purchasing process, The purpose of this Process Improvement 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- industrial statisticians ber, $50 list (book). supply chain issues. Basic fundamentals William Levinson, CRC Press, 2010, 272 pp., and a step-by-step system for address- $91.95 (book). 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 process improve- 3. Award the business. (SPC) techniques to ment, struggling to 4. Build and strengthen the relationship. situations in which implement process 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- you're performing aging obsolescence which is a step beyond ters, which cover traditional control charts, process improve- 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. 76 QP * www.qualityprogress.com http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - October 2014

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Perspectives
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Step It Up
Strength in Numbers
Take Care of Your ‘Ugly Baby‘
Getting It Right the First Time
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Quality in the First Person
Standards Outlook
ASQ's Quality Resource Guide
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
Back to Basics

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