Indy ASQ 2017 November Event: Improve Decision Making in Manufacturing

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Meeting Date/Time: Tue, November 14, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Switzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227
Fee: Pre-Pay – $20, Pay at Door – $25

Topic: Use of First Principles based analysis to improve decision making in manufacturingIn this talk the idea of using First Principles analysis to improve decision making in manufacturing will be explored. In manufacturing, as in other areas of an organization, making good decisions is a key part of creating operational excellence. Good decisions can only be made if we have the ability to accurately predict the performance of a system for any proposed configuration. First Principles analysis can provide an effective and efficient way to predict this performance. This talk will cover:

  1. a. The three phases of manufacturing.
  2. b. Why good decision making is key.
  3. c. Good decisions can only be made if we have the ability to accurately predict the performance of a system for any proposed configuration.
  4. d. What are First Principles?
  5. e. When does First Principles analysis make sense?
  6. f. How do we implement a First Principles analysis?
  7. g. Some examples from Lilly manufacturing.

Speakers: Bernard McGarvey, Ph.D., Engineering Fellow, Jason Marlin, Sr. Consultant Engineer – Eli Lilly and Company

Meeting Agenda:
5:30pm Check-in
5:45pm Workshop
6:00pm Dinner and Networking
7:00pm Presentation

Indy ASQ 2017 Oct: Building Assurance

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Meeting Date/Time: Tue, October 10, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: MCL Restaurant and Bakery Township Line (In the “North Room” – turn right upon entry) 2370 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Fee: Pre-Pay – $20, Pay at Door – $25

Topic: Building Assurance: Building Quality into Capital Projects
It is projected that total global capital spend between 2014 and 2025 will be nearly $78 trillion. Worldwide spending for 2025 alone is projected to total $9 trillion. This significant increase in capital spending has and will continue to created significant stress in the construction industry. The construction industry is facing serious short falls in skilled labor to meet this demand and with a less skilled work force quality challenges continue to increase.

Capital projects by nature can be quite complex involving multiple engineering disciplines, contractors, vendors and key stakeholders. With these many groups involved in a project, managing quality can be very challenging and requires a disciplined approach by everyone involved. Owners often mistakenly assume expectations; specifications and drawings are being follow precisely by the contractors and vendors when actual practice has shown that contractor’s performance can be highly variable. The result can be delays in delivery or cost overruns or the owner gets a poorly constructed facility that simply does not perform as intended or the facility has hidden faults, which will ultimately result in increased maintenance for the owner. None of these impacts are positive for the owner.

Eli Lilly and Anova Technical Services partnered together a number of years ago to apply quality principles to the construction phase of Lilly’s capital projects. The intent was to improve the quality of the delivered facilities, reduce rework and bring projects in on schedule and on budget. This was done by partnering with contractors to apply quality practices, methods and tools throughout the construction phase of the projects. This approach was called Construction Quality Assurance, CQA.

This presentation will share the story of how Lilly and Anova applied a Construction Quality Assurance program to a $90 million pharmaceutical project in Indianapolis. Bruce Beck and Tim Isle will share approaches, methods and learning points gained from this project as well as other projects that have used the CQA approach.
Anyone who is involved in a capital project for their company needs to ask this simply question, ““How is the project team implementing quality principles to ensure quality output?” The answer can be quite telling regarding the probability of project success.

Speakers: Bruce Beck and Tim Isle
Bruce Beck served as a Director of Engineering for Eli Lilly and Company. During his 34-year career at Lilly he had roles in Technical Services, Manufacturing, Environmental Health and Safety and Engineering. In his last role at Lilly, he led a corporate group responsible for developing the Lilly Commissioning and Qualification program. This group also led the implementation of this program throughout the world for all new Lilly facilities. During this time, he also created the Lilly approach to Construction Quality Assurance (CQA), as well as an extensive project information management (PIM) program used on all new Lilly facility projects.

He has a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Asbury University. He has authored articles on Construction Quality Assurance in magazines such as Pharmaceutical Engineering, The Chemical Engineer Today, and Quality Progress.

Today he is the president and founder of The Essentials Group, LLC ( that provides consulting for a variety of organizations. He is passionate about helping leaders reach their potential both individually and as a team. He has written a book, The Essentials of Leadership, that will be published in the fall of 2017.

Tim Isle is president of Anova Technical Services in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Indiana State University and completed Advanced Project Management training at the University of Texas in Austin, TX. He has more than 30 years of experience in construction and as a construction consultant and has Managed some of the largest capital programs in the state of Indiana.

Meeting Agenda:
5:30pm Check-in
5:45pm Workshop
6:00pm Dinner and Networking
7:00pm Presentation

Indy ASQ 2017 Sept: Palladium Tour

Meeting Date: Sept 12, 2017 6-7PM
The Indianapolis ASQ Section and the Center for the Performing Arts invite you to attend a guided tour of the Palladium.

Event Information:
Come tour the inner workings of the Center for the Performing Arts biggest venue, the Palladium. Experience the Palladium’s unique design and artistry on a guided tour through this state of the art facility. From the raised colonnaded entryway and the City Center Village Green to the acoustical canopy system and impeccable acoustics, this concert hall ranks among the world’s greatest music venues. To learn more, please visit our website at

One Center Green
Carmel, IN 46032

The Center’s campus provides a parking garage free of charge directly south of the Palladium (right across the center green).

Meeting Agenda:
5:50 PM Arrive and check-in.
6:00 PM Tour begins
7:00 PM tour concludes

Fee: Free
Attendance will be limited to first 30 attendees to register. Please register here.

Special Instructions:
Please meet in the Box Office of the Palladium on the West side of the building at 5:50pm. It is suggested that you bring a light jacket, as the Palladium can get chilly.

Indy ASQ 2017 Aug: Why MSA?

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Date/Time: Tue, August 8, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Location: MCL Restaurant and Bakery Township Line (In the “North Room” – turn to the right upon entry) 2370 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Topic: Why do MSA Studies?
Many can relate to the stress associated with an upcoming MSA study. Will the results be acceptable? What if something is wrong with my measurement system(s)? Am I even doing this right?

Far too common is the practice of going through the motions just to meet a checkbox or get a customer off our back. Yet, taking a step back and considering why we do these studies can help bring added value to the exercise. These studies are tools to help you discover critical information regarding your measurement systems. This presentation is designed to review the basic study goals and their impact on any quality organization. Open discussion and participation welcome!

Speaker: Eric Gasper brings a rich background of technical and business analysis, web development, consulting, and team leadership to his role as product development specialist for PQ Systems. Experience in laboratory and office environments has given him a unique perspective on a variety of technical problems as well as insight into customers’ unique challenges. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Dayton, where he garnered experience with the university’s famed Research Institute prior to entering the work force as a business analyst and development specialist in pharmaceuticals for a major consulting company. In his role at PQ Systems, he has led regularly-scheduled technical seminars, offered gage R&R / MSA workshops at the 2013, 2014, and 2016 Inspection Division Conference sponsored by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and presented a session on “Better Gage Management” at the 2013 Quality EXPO. Recent consultancy clients include Harley Davidson, Alcoa Howmet, DANA Corporation, Crown Cork & Seal, Eaton, Carpenter Technology, Spraying Systems, and Whirlpool.

Schedule: 5:30pm Checkin, 5:45pm Workshop, 6:00pm Dinner and Networking, 7:00pm Presentation

Indy ASQ 2017 Webinar: Statistical Process Control Fundamentals

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Date/Time: Wed, July 26, 2017, 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. EDT

Location: NA – This is a webinar. You will be sent a log in link and instructions the night before the event.

Description: Statistical Process Control Fundamentals

Have you heard of Statistical Process Control (SPC) but have no idea of how it works or what it does? Would you like to get a basic introduction without investing several hours in a full blown SPC course? Are you just interested in seeing how to use the tool, not being immersed in the theory behind it? If so, this webinar is for you.

Statistical Process Control is one of the “Basic Seven” quality tools. It is sometimes referred to as “Control Charts”, or even “Shewhart Charts”, after Walter Shewhart who initially described the technique while working at Western Electric Company. While SPC depends on statistical theory for its operation, it can be, and frequently is, applied with nothing more sophisticated than a piece of graph paper and a four-function calculator. This 90 minute webinar, “Statistical Process Control Fundamentals” provides a brief, painless and uncomplicated introduction to how SPC works and how it is used to improve processes. No statistical theory. No advanced math. Just the bare essentials.

Speaker: Harry Rowe

Harry Rowe spent almost forty years working for a Fortune 100 manufacturing company, with assignments in Engineering and Construction, Computer Systems, R&D, Quality, and Product Development in businesses ranging from alumina refining and aluminum smelting to aluminum and plastic packaging to custom engineer-to-order machinery. After retiring, he founded Rowe Quality Services, hoping to help small and medium businesses improve their bottom lines by improving product and service quality and process performance. He has served as the Voice of the Customer Chair for ASQ Section 0903 in Indianapolis since 2011. He was a member of ASQ’s Voice of the Customer Committee from January 2013 and its Chair from January 2015 until stepping down from the Committee in August 2016. He is an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. Harry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife Susie.

June 22, 2017 – IndyASQ Social Event

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Date/Time: Thu, June 22, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Location: Murat Shrine Temple
510 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 (map)

Description: Join us for an ASQ social at Murat Shrine’s Oasis Bar and Grill!

If you have ever visited Old National Center you may have wondered about the building. The Murat Shriners built it as a social and community space starting in 1910 with additions through the following 55 years. We will be in the newest section at the far north of the building in the private Oasis. Enter through the doors facing North St. under the portico. Be on the lookout for parking instructions via email.

Appetizers will be provided.

Drinks and dinner will be available for purchase.

June 13, 2017 Dinner Event – FDA Inspection Prep and Execution

Register Here – Please register by Friday, June 9th

Date/Time: Tue, June 13, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

***Location: Please note new location for this event
MCL Restaurant and Bakery – Township Line
2370 W 86th St
Indianapolis, in 46260 (map)

Topic: FDA Inspection Prep and Execution

Speaker Biography: Joseph (Joe) Wesling II is currently a Supplier Quality Engineer at Cook Medical in Bloomington, Indiana. He has more than 35 years experience in Quality Control and Quality Assurance, and has worked for over 30 years in the Medical Device Industry.

Joe earned a BS in management from Indiana Wesleyan University, is the immediate Past Chair of the ASQ Inspection Division and the Past Exam Committee Chair for the Certified Quality Inspector exam. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Inspector (CQI), Quality Technician (CQT), Quality Auditor (CQA), and Quality Process Analyst (CQPA), and is a lead auditor for the medical device industry.

5:30pm Checkin
5:45pm Workshop
6:00pm Dinner and Networking
7:00pm Presentation

Student Branch of ASQ

Did you graduate from an Indiana University? Are you interested in helping the next generation of Quality professionals? Would you be interesting in working with the Indy section to sponsor a student branch of ASQ? Believe it or not – there is not one student branch in the entire state of Indiana!

From ASQ’s Friday’s Fast Facts:

College and university students represent the future of quality, and geographic community member leaders are encouraged to consider sponsoring a student branch. A new ASQ Student Branch Counselors LinkedIn group has also been created. View the policy and current list of all student branches.

If you are interested send us an Email – we would love to hear from you

2016 IndyASQ Section Awards

The Indianapolis ASQ section would like to recognize the service of members that volunteered their time to supporting our local section last year. The following awards were given at our December 2016 event:

Claude E. Adair Award
Daniel Dickinson
Louis Ripberger

William C. Vissing Citation
Sharon Adams

John R. Murphy Award
JD Pickett
Luke Stark

Golden Anniversary Award
Harry Rowe

Robert C. Edwards Award
Sarah Rainey
Rick Van Doel
David Tebbe

Chairperson Award
Joelene Smith-Drake

A big thank you to all who helped make 2016 a success! Please use the contact form here if you would like to inquire about volunteer opportunities with our local section.

Recertification Changes

In today’s issue of Friday Fast Facts, ASQ shared recent changes in recertification point totals.  The full article is available here, but to read the article requires login to the ASQ National site.

In summary:

Based on member feedback, ASQ has increased the recertification unit (RU) point thresholds significantly, rewarding section and division activities. These changes were approved by the ASQ Certification Board in September 2016 and went into effect on January 1, 2017. Specifically, the points increased are in the following categories:

A. Points change, Section E/Meetings, from 9.0 to 10.8.

B. Points change, Section F/Committees, from 6.0 to 8.0.