Quality Progress

October 2017 Issue


Cover Story

In Focus

Apply failure mode and effects analysis—specifically, risk priority numbers—to address ISO 9001: 2015’s new risk-based thinking requirement.

by Jim Breneman, Dan Burrows and Mark Durivage

Open Access


ISO 9001:2015

The Results Are In

ISO 9001: 2015 audits are proving to be more difficult than audits prior to the standard's revision, a new study suggests, and new auditing approaches and competencies may be needed to assess an organization's conformance with the standard's new requirements.

by Luis Fonseca and Pedro Domingues


Visual Aid

A new tool for quality management system auditors converts ISO 9001: 2015 requirements to radar charts, easily showing where there may be gaps in the system and areas to improve.

by Ferhan Bugay

Design of Experiments

Experimental Learning

Learn about the new methods for evaluating experimental plans or experiments embedded in observational data.

by Ron S. Kenett and Nam-Ky Nguyen

ASQTV Voice of the Customer

ASQTV Voice of the Customer:
Smart Manufacturing and the Future of Technology in Manufacturing

In this episode of ASQ TV, we explain what smart manufacturing is and see what role data plays in it. Visit http://videos.asq.org to access the full video library.

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With last year's release of the Federal Aviation Administration's small unmanned aircraft rule, more industries are experimenting with drones. Auditors, for example, are using drones to count the number of vehicles at an automotive manufacturer's plant or to take stock of inventory at a retail organization. Retail giant Amazon is working on launching Amazon Prime Air, which will use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less.

How do you see drones being used in the future? How will they affect your role or be used by your organization?

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