Dinner Meeting – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) for Medical Devices

Doug Robertson, CSSBB, CQM/OE, CQE, CQA, CBA – Sr. Quality Engineer, Depuy-Synthes

Abstract:   Additive manufacturing (ie. 3D printing technology) is becoming more and more prevalent in the manufacturing world.  This presentation will cover some of the different additive manufacturing techniques and some of the particular challenges the process presents to implanted medical devices.

Speaker Bio:   Doug has 38 years’ experience in quality assurance and manufacturing environments.  He holds ASQ certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Manager/Operations Excellence, Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, and Biomedical Auditor.   He has completed the Johnson & Johnson Certified Quality Engineer Program and is certified as a subject matter expert on Test Method Validations and Additive Manufacturing.  His experience includes wood products, aerospace, tier 1 automotive supplier, air-conditioning, and turbines.  Doug’s latest responsibilities focus on the medical device industry as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer for responsible for new product launches and innovation projects.  Currently is the Section’s Leadership Chair.

Please join us Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Tags, 3037 State Route 352, Big Flats, NY‎  ***New Date to avoid conflicts with Valentine’s Day and School Districts’ Winter Breaks***

Registration:              5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner:                       6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Speaker:                     7:00 p.m.

Cost:  $30.00 for members and for non-members
All forms of payment accepted – cash, check and credit cards.
Make checks payable to ASQ Section 0202.  All major credit cards accepted.

Reservations:  Two ways to register no later than Thursday, February 21 at 5:00pm 

  1. PreferredOnline registration with credit card payment.  If registering for more than 1 person, please add additional names to notes on payment page.
  2. E-mail asq.ce.section202@gmail.com and pay at the door.

Payment can be refunded, if notification is given 48 hours before the event to asq.ce.section202@gmail.com.  All others, cancellations later than 48 hours before the event can be invoiced.

** Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend **

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Dinner Meeting – Thursday, January 10, 2019

5 Why – A Fresh Look

Penelope Schoonmaker, CSSBB Master Black Belt and Independent Consultant

Abstract:  Root Cause Analysis and specifically 5 Why’s is a tool that many groups ask about but isn’t always elaborated on in text or training materials.  In many cases, 5 Why’s is just mentioned as a method of drilling down to the root cause of a problem by stating the problem and asking “Why” many times.  This presentation will review key components to effectively complete a 5 Why analysis including importance of being progressive, the rule of thumb and common pitfalls of 5 Why.

Speaker Bio:   Penelope (Penny) Schoonmaker is an award-winning Master Black Belt in the Performance Excellence Process’s LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies, with over 21 years of manufacturing and project experience as an independent consultant and at Corning Incorporated and International Paper.   Penny’s experience includes project leadership, project and belt coaching, project portfolio management and Lean tool implementation in manufacturing, non-profit and services organizations.  She’s earned her ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and has received Corning’s President’s Outstanding Belt award and Outstanding Achievement in Performance Excellence award.  Her skills also included being a trained problem solving and project facilitator.  Penny has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.  Currently, she is an independent consultant working with local companies and service providers to teach and implement Continuous Improvement projects and systems.

Please join us Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Tags, 3037 State Route 352, Big Flats, NY

Registration:              5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner:                       6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Speaker:                     7:00 p.m.

Cost:  $30.00 for members and for non-members
All forms of payment accepted – cash, check and credit cards.
Make checks payable to ASQ Section 0202.  All major credit cards accepted.

Reservations:  Two ways to register no later than Thursday, January 3 at 5:00pm 

  1. PreferredOnline registration with credit card payment.  If registering for more than 1 person, please add additional names to notes on payment page.
  2. E-mail asq.ce.section202@gmail.com and pay at the door.

Payment can be refunded, if notification is given 48 hours before the event to asq.ce.section202@gmail.com.  All others, cancellations later than 48 hours before the event can be invoiced.

** Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend **

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Holiday Greetings and 2019 Dinner Meeting Fee Increase

Dear ASQ Section 0202 Member or Friend:

Season’s Greetings from the Section Leadership Committee.  Beginning in 2019, we will be raising the cost of the Dinner Meetings from $25 to $30 for both members and non-members (friends).  The reasons for this are twofold:

1.  Tag’s is now charging a room fee for the use of their facility.  Previously, they have allowed us to use the banquet room for free as we are a non-profit organization.  Tag’s has been very cooperative with us over the years but has had to institute this increase to cover their costs.

We have researched other facilities and venues within the boundaries of our general membership and have not found any that are both convenient to all of our members or are as competitively priced as Tag’s.

Through bench-marking with other area professional societies, we have found they either do not offer a meal with their presentation or have a selection of pizza/ submarine sandwiches delivered to the meeting.  Changing to this option was discussed however the Section Leadership Committee (SLC) felt the higher quality meal was important based on our dinner meeting results. Also, other meeting venues would still charge us a fee, plus the Section would be responsible for set-up, presenting, and cleaning up after the dinner meeting, and currently we do not have the SLC staffing/resources to take on this level of involvement. 

2.  As our section membership decreases and the attendance at the dinner meetings decreases, the margin for “breaking even” disappears.  Our current business plan allows for a very minimal loss for each dinner meeting, which is made up by  the ASQ membership allotment to our section and the revenue generated by our annual education day event.  We are a non-profit organization so the SLC tries hard to balance running the section with  financial viability.

The price increase and the use of Tag’s facility appears to be the best choice moving forward.  If anyone knows of any alternatives, please contact any SLC member and we would welcome the discussion.

The schedule for the first quarter of 2019 Dinner Meetings is as follows:

January 10         5 Why’s                                                              Penelope Schoonmaker

February 14       Additive Manufacture of Medical Devices              Doug Robertson

March 14           How to be Prosocial                                             Hadassah Mativetsky

April 11             Open

May 9                Clean Room Design                                                                 Ralph Kraft

We very much appreciate your support and participation in our section events and look forward to seeing you next year.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Doug Robertson

Section Chair, Section 0202

drobertson@stny.rr.com or asq.ce.section202@gmail.com

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Christmas Charity Event – Wednesday, December 5, 2018

We wanted to let everyone know that we will be picking up 30 Angel Tree tags from the Salvation Army (10 children, 3 gifts each = 30 total) and the Section Leadership Committee (SLC) members are planning to meet at Target onWednesday, December 5th at 6:00pm to shop.  Depending on requests, we may divide and conquer to Sears/JC Penney’s and Kohls.

Please email if you plan to join in the shopping, so we can plan to include you!

 

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2018 State of the Section Letter from the Chair

Dear ASQ Section 0202 Member or Friend,

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our planned November Section Dinner Meeting:  Quality Leader Panel Discussion. We were not able to gain commitments from a diverse enough panel to truly reflect the different quality experiences represented within our section. Most regrets from the panelist were due to conflicts with the meeting date/time. We hope to reschedule this event at some point in the future.

With this cancellation, this brings us to discuss the health of the Section:

Membership:

Our current section membership consists of 88 active members and this represents a 17% loss compared to two years ago. Part of the operating funds our section has to work with comes from ASQ as an allotment for each member. As the membership decreases we have less money to work with to provide our programs and events. Even if you do not participate in the events, your membership in ASQ does help support the section activity. If your organization will support your membership within ASQ, it would greatly help stabilize our finances. For 2019, our current business plan shows a surplus of $43 if everything goes as plan.

Programs and Participation:

Our section’s mission is to provide meaningful programs and educational events to our section members and anyone interested in Quality Techniques and Methods. We have had some highly rated events where we are moving away from the typical “manufacturing” programs and presentations. This change has been possible due to the increased interest and participation from members outside the historically manufacturing based members. The Section Leadership Committee (SLC) considers this a huge benefit as these tools are applicable to any organization. One of the more challenging tasks of the SLC is to identify and arrange for the speakers and topics. If you have a quality technique, project success or idea that might be of interest please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you.

Section Leadership Committee:

Our current SLC is comprised of a few members who have been very active and supportive of the Section for many years. Several of the key causes for a Section to dissolve are the inability to rotate Member Leader positions set forth by ASQ (ie. Chair and Treasurer can only hold position for 2 years) and Member Leaders leaving with no replacement after multiple years of service. The 2019 SLC members volunteering for the next year places our section at the bare minimum ASQ will allow. I would encourage you to think about participating on our Section Leadership Committee. New members and new ideas can only improve our section’s programs and outreach to more organizations. The time commitment by position varies but is rarely over 4 – 5 hours per month.

In summary our section is on the threshold of no longer being viable from a membership, program, and leadership standpoint. The SLC appreciates the support and participation you have shown through the years; however any ideas you have on programs, new members, or SLC participation would be greatly appreciated.

Doug Robertson

Section Chair, Section 0202

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2018 ASQ Central NY Quality Conference

Set for 3 November 2018, the 10th Annual American Society for Quality (ASQ) CNY Conference at SUNY Onondaga Community College is a joint annual conference that has been held since 2008.

The goal is to provide practical knowledge that you can use right away with participating ASQ sections (Syracuse, Binghamton, Corning-Elmira and Central Mohawk) Valley) presenting valuable and informative presentations.

This is a great opportunity for quality professionals from all over the region to meet, network, and learn from each other. This conference is a joint effort of the Central New York ASQ Sections.

Please register here.

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2019 Proposed Section Leadership Slate Accepted by Local Membership

As of close of business on Monday, 10/15/2018, there have been no additional nominations for our section officers, so our slate has been accepted.

Congratulations to our incoming officers for 2019!
Chair – Doug Robertson
Secretary – Dottie Sempolinski
Treasurer – Penny Schoonmaker
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