American Society for Quality
 Section 0904 - East Central Indiana
PO Box 3147  Muncie, IN 47307-1147

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September 2004 Membership Meeting
ASQ Section 0904 - East Central Indiana

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
to be held at the
Sirloin Stockade
North West corner of McGalliard and Morrison Roads
Across the street from the Muncie Wal-Mart

4949 W Hessler Rd, Muncie, IN      Phone:(765) 287-9051
Click here for direction to the Sirloin Stockade


6:00 PM    "Taguchi Loss Function" 
Gary Hiner

Dinner 6:30 PM (Pay restaurant cashier) 

Door Prize Drawing
Section Business
Introduction of Speaker



7:30 PM
Speaker: George Strodtbeck
Executive Director - Corporate Quality
Cummins, Inc  Columbus, IN

About the Program:
     The main speaker is George Strodtbeck, who will speak on TRIZ, a problem solving strategy.  TRIZ uses logic and data rather than intuition to accelerate problem solving.

About our Speaker:
      George Strodtbeck is a 1976 graduate of West Point and served 10 years in the US Army.  George spent 6 years as Maintenance and Distribution Areas Manager, Pepsi-Cola, Indianapolis before joining Corporate Quality at Cummins in Columbus, IN 12 years ago.  He created and delivered a continuous improvement approach,  co-led a Baldrige application and Site Visit in 1997 and led the implementation of Six Sigma beginning in 1999.  George is currently leading corporate quality at Cummins.

About the Pre-Clinic: This preclinic will discuss the concept and benefits of running processes that are centered about the specification target. The following subjects will be touched on during the discussion:

  • Loss Function Concept
  • Variation Reduction
  • Defining Critical Characteristics
  • Characteristic Tolerancing

In Don Wheeler’s videotape entitled "Japanese Control Chart", he states, "total conformance to specification is no longer sufficient" and "specifications are a compromise created when we could do no better". These two quotes highlight that companies need to move beyond making parts just to print and to focus on making uniform parts that are on target. This preclinic should provide for some interesting discussion about customer expectations, print specifications and process capability.

About the Speaker: Gary as over 26 years of experience in various aspects of engineering and quality. He currently serves as Manager - Advance Quality Engineering for Delphi E&C. Delphi E&C supplies automotive components worldwide. Gary is an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor, Certified Quality Technician and Certified Mechanical Inspector. Gary also has been certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Shainn Statistical Engineering Journeyman.

Post-Meeting Follow-up:
Twenty-two Quality Professionals attended the September meeting to hear George Strodtbeck and Fabiano DeLuca present an overview of TRIZ (pronounced "trees").  George recommended the web site and the book "Simplified TRIZ" by Ellen Dorn for those who want to know more.

Pat Cook won the "Six-Sigma Handbook" door prize.

Mike McDonald conducts the business meeting while Gary Hiner and George Strodtbeck present.  

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