Past Events

ASQ Members Welcome at CofC Supply Chain Management Club Meeting

Date: Wednesday November 1 2017
Location: Beatty Center for the School of Business, 5 Liberty St, Charleston, SC 29401
Room 115 (Wells Fargo Auditorium)
Time:  5:30pm
RSVP: Please reply to supplychainmanagementclubcofc@gmail.com
Speaker: Glenn Mazur

College of Charleston’s Supply Chain Management Club has invited ASQ members to attend their meeting on Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30pm.  Glenn Mazur, ASQ member and expert in quality will be speaking.

The presentation will be located in the Beatty Center (CofC’s business center) on Liberty street in room 115, which is the Wells Fargo Auditorium.

Hope to see you all there!


Service Project: Lowcountry Food Bank

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by October 30th to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

On Saturday, November 4th, ASQ Charleston is hosting a volunteer event at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com by October 30th so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Please note that children age 13 and above are welcome with a parent, and closed-toe shoes must be worn.

Lowcountry Manufacturing & Quality Expo

2017 LMQE LogoDates: October 3-4, 2017
Location: Lowcountry Graduate Center, 3800 Paramount Dr, North Charleston, SC 29405
Keynote Speakers:

  • Michael Balke – President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans
  • Vincent Halma – President and CEO of KION North America

Please visit our LM&QE page for more information!!

Registration Link: Click here to purchase tickets!


October 24 2017 – General Membership Meeting 
Location: TBD
Time: 5:30-7:30pm


ASQ Members Invited to SME Event

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location:  TriMech, 146 Fairchild St., Suite 180 Charleston, SC 29492
Contact: Chris Duchaine
RSVP: Please click here to register for the event

Michael Gwyn – NoRedesign.com
Author of the web-streaming Casting Design & Manufacturing Engineering ‘Knowledge System

There are important differences… that affect Total, Final Assembled Component Cost… between manufacturing engineering of a metalcasting and the engineering disciplines of design, durability analysis, materials, and QA.  Little known is the fact that different metal alloys have widely different “likes” and “dislikes” about the geometry of mold cavities that they flow into.   Manufacturing engineering can and should play an important role in adapting the functional or structural geometry of a design to a particular alloy’s “geometry preferences.”   That role is the hub of OEM in-house engineering collaboration as well as with responding metalcasting supplier teams.  Join us for an overview of the principles behind manufacturing engineering’s role as the “hub.”

Here is the schedule for August 24th:
5:30pm: Meet & Greet
6:00pm: Tour begins
7:00pm: Q&A Session

If you need further information regarding this event, please contact SME’s Chair, Dick Tiano, at dick.tiano@ati.org.  For more information about SME, visit their website at http://i.sme.org/c430.


Engineer’s Day at the Ball Park

www.riverdogs.com

The ASCE SC Eastern Branch and the SAME Charleston Post are hosting our annual outing at The Joe. You are invited for this fun, family friendly event. Let your hair down and come enjoy some time with family, friends, and business associates in a casual atmosphere. What a great way to end the summer and celebrate back-to-school!!

When: Wednesday, August 16th
Food and social will begin at 5:30pm and game time starts at 7:05pm.

Where: Joe Riley Stadium
Food will be served on Doby’s Deck and seating will be in Section 208.
The Charleston Riverdogs will be playing the Greenville Drive.

Cost: $30 (includes game ticket, food, drinks, and beer).

Registration: You can register online here. Password is “engineer.”

Early registration is appreciated so we can get an accurate head count.

Proceeds will go towards SAME and ASCE scholarship funds.
You can read more about this event by checking out our flyer.

We hope to see you there!


Be a Mentor!

Lowcountry Students Need You!

This year the Charleston County School District would like to secure at least 40 mentors to work with some of our “high potential” students who are struggling to stay in school.  There is a two hour orientation (August 10 @11:30 a.m. or August 16 at 3 p.m.), and we ask for a weekly commitment with the “mentee.”  If you are interested, please contact:

Pam McDonald
pamela_mcdonald@charleston.k12.sc.us
Department of Alternative Programs
4720 Jenkins Avenue
North Charleston, SC  29405
Phone: 843-746-2271

Service Project: Lowcountry Food Bank

Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by July 31st to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

On Saturday, August 5th, ASQ Charleston is hosting a volunteer event at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com by July 31st so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Please note that children age 13 and above are welcome with a parent, and closed-toe shoes must be worn.


May 18th Meeting – Partnership with Society of Manufacturing Engineers

What: SME May Meeting/Tour
Where: Patriot’s Point Museum
When: Thursday, May 18 2017 at 5:30pm
RSVP: Please sign up at SME’s Event Registration Page so that an accurate headcount can be provided

This month we will be partnering with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to join them in a very special tour of the USS Yorktown’s and USS Laffey’s engine rooms at the Patriot’s Point Museum.

Please arrive by 5:30pm to be assembled in time for the 6:00pm tour.  The tour will be followed by a Q&A session at 7:00pm.

This is an incredible opportunity, and we are grateful to SME for allowing us to join them on this tour.

Please note that there will not be a separate ASQ meeting on May 23rd.


SME Golf Outing 

What:  7th annual SME chapter 430 Golf Outing

Where:  Wescott Golf Club, North Charleston

When:  Saturday, May 13th, 2017 @ 9am

SME provides scholarships to local college-bound students, and this golf tournament is their major fundraiser to support this cause.  ASQ Charleston is a proud sponsor of the SME Golf Outing, scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017.


Service Project: Lowcountry Food Bank

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by May 4th using EventBrite or emailing ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

On Saturday, May 6th, ASQ Charleston is hosting a volunteer event at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP using EventBrite or emailing ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com by May 4th so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Please note that children age 13 and above are welcome with a parent, and closed-toe shoes must be worn.


April 25th 2017 – General Membership Meeting 

Location: Cummins Turbo Technologies, 9051 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Ladson SC 29456
Speaker: Ken Skiles
Topic: Global Lean and Leadership
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

RSVP by Monday, April 24th: EventBrite or email ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com.

Ken Skiles is the Global Director of Lincoln Electric’s Corporate Operational Response Team (COR Team). He has over 35 years of manufacturing experience, in multiple companies and industries, leading Lean Transformations and creating Cultural Change. Working Globally for Corporations: Dana, Mahle, ITT, and Lincoln Electric, has provided him the unique experience of traveling to some of the most challenging and exciting cultures in Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, Central America, and North America. He has worked with manufacturing plants in 25 different countries at all different levels of Lean implementation from no start at all to World Class. He started his career as an Electronics Technician and progressed through Plant Engineering, Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, General Manager, and Corporate Operational Excellence positions. His diverse industrial background covers Tier I Automotive, Off-Highway, Industrial Products, and Service industries. With a strong passion for Operational Excellence, Lean Management, and Six Sigma he considers them the key foundations which allowed him to cross so many boundaries and Lead Change.

Ken Skiles is going to present examples of what effective and non-effective Lean Programs look like, and the common threads that he has witnessed that create both results, no matter where in the World you are located. His presentation will be a mixture of examples and dialogue on Lean and Leading Change.

When you arrive at Cummins, you will sign in at the front desk and a greeter will escort you to the meeting room. Pizza & soft drinks will be served at no charge. Bring friends or colleagues and introduce them to the world of ASQ Charleston!

RSVP by emailing ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com, or registering at EventBrite.


Breaking News: ASQ Charleston Receives ASQ’s PAR Silver Award Recognition!

We are pleased to announce that the Charleston Section, 1122 has received the Silver award recognition for 2016. This level was achieved by meeting the good standing requirements as well as meeting or exceeding the Member Leader Engagement, Member Value, and an increase in growth % metrics.

This makes the 3rd consecutive year that this section has been a PAR award recipient, remaining in Good Standing; well done!


March 28 2017 – General Membership Meeting 

Location: ManTech International, LLC – 1141 Remount Rd Suite 800, North Charleston SC 29406
Speaker: Rick Bickerstaff
Topic:  Strategy Made Simple
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

RSVP: EventBrite or ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

How important do you feel planning is to remain competitive?  Do companies normally or routinely take time to plan?  Typically…no.  It is far more exciting to be reactive – to be the hero that solves the problem at the time of crisis.  Many people get an adrenaline rush from this, but this is a poor way to stay competitive.  Many of your competitors ARE planning, which puts you at a distinct disadvantage.  However, some are not adequately planning, or implementing their plan, so applying this discipline can give you the competitive advantage over others.

Even if you plan, historically 70% of strategic plans embarked upon are viewed by management as less than successful, and sometimes considered complete failures.  Deployment or implementation is the hardest part.  Why do these failures occur time and time again? There are four primary reasons this occurs: (1) poor leadership, (2) misalignment and loss of focus, (3) organizational architecture that does not support plan implementation, and (4) communication.

This discussion will address the keys to success with strategic planning AND implementation.  Topics to be discussed are:

  • Leadership, teamwork, expectations and responsibilities
  • Learning
  • Environmental scanning
  • SWOT analyses
  • MVV
  • Strategy development
  • Measurement
  • Matrix-designed organizational structure/Accountability framework
  • Implementation planning
    • Strategic implementation plan
    • Communication plan
    • Training plan
    • Change management plan
    • Stakeholder management plan

Rick Bickerstaff Headshot, 2014Rick Bickerstaff is the President, CEO, and founder of Competitive Edge Performance Solutions. Rick has over 30 years of experience in management, and over 20 years of training experience. Rick has developed highly effective training materials and models in many disciplines, and has taught these sessions all over the United States.  Rick specializes in leadership, teamwork, management systems, systematic process improvement, strategy, continuous improvement, project management, performance management, innovation, re-engineering, organizational development, auditing strategies, risk management, executive coaching, human resources management, etc. Rick has been involved in the writing of many national guidance manuals associated with organizational management, environmental management, Lean Six Sigma, continuous improvement, etc. Rick is also an adjunct professor at a Charleston college. As a professor he teaches management, strategy, communication, quality, auditing, and human resource management courses.


SME Community Service Event – March 18th
Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County

Location: 135 George Street, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Date: Saturday, March 18th 2017
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Registration Link: SME Habitat for Humanity

Come join our partner SME (Society for Manufacturing Engineers) at the Berkeley Habitat Moncks Corner neighborhood for a day of giving back to the community! Work typically involves all types of construction, including roofing, framing, drywall, appliances, and painting.  There’s something for everyone!  Snacks and water will be provided.

For more information, contact dick.tiano@ati.org

Click here to register: SME Habitat for Humanity Registration


Sign Up to be a Girl Day Role Model
Saturday February 23 2017

Girl Day is a worldwide campaign to introduce girls to the fascinating world of engineering. Thousands of people–engineers, teachers and others–act as Role Models and educate girls about how engineers change our world. This simple act has turned many girls on to engineering & technology careers.

Visit the Girl Day website for more information about the event, and how to sign-up as a volunteer!


February Membership Meeting: Joint Event with Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 5:30pm
Topic: Woodland High School Robotics Team Presentation – Iron Wolverines
Location: SCRA, 315 Sigma Drive Summerville, SC 29486
RSVP by clicking here

The Iron Wolverines were founded in 2011 by Mr. Sylvester Rolack II. In that year, they participated in FRC where the team won the North Carolina Regional Rookie All-Star Award, North Carolina Regional Finalists, Washington DC Regional Highest Rookie Seed, Washington DC Regional Rookie Inspiration Award, and the Palmetto Regional Rookie Inspiration Award. Along with these accomplishments, the Iron Wolverines are the first high school robotics team in the country to participate in the Global Space Balloon Challenge, successfully retrieving photos of earth from the atmosphere. This past summer, they traveled to Washington D.C. to talk about their impact on the surrounding community through this STEM-related school with the senators of South Carolina.

On February 16th, the Iron Wolverines will present their accomplishments to date, current projects, and future plans.

Schedule:
5:30 pm – Meet & Greet
6:00 pm – Presentation
7:00 pm – Q&A Session


CEJC Annual Engineer’s Week Banquet

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Charleston Engineers Joint Council Annual Engineer’s Week Banquet
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2106
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: The Citadel – Mark Clark Hall, Buyer Auditorium, 2nd Flr Avenue of Remembrance Charleston, SC

 

A longtime partner of ASQ Charleston, CEJC, hopes you and your colleagues will consider joining the banquet this year to celebrate Engineer’s Week and the accomplishments of the local engineering & technical community. The award for Engineer of the Year award will also be presented at this time.  All are welcome!

Attendees will enjoy a buffet dinner with open bar (beer & wine), the Lee H. Clippard Jr. Memorial Scholarship presentation, an awards ceremony, and a rousing keynote speaker from our local Mercedes-Benz Vans Manufacturing facility.

Agenda:
5:30 Networking/Bar Opens
6:00 Opening Remarks/Posting of Colors
6:15 Buffet Line Opens
6:30 Awards & Recognitions
7:15 Keynote Speaker

Cost:
$40 for professionals/adults thru Feb 5th*
$45 for professionals/adults after Feb 5th*
$25 for full time students

*ASQ Charleston will contribute $20 towards the cost of attending the banquet for each ASQ Member who purchases a ticket to attend.

To reserve your seat please visit CECJ’s Banquet webpage: http://www.charlestonejc.org/eweek-banquet/


Service Project: Lowcountry Food Bank

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by January 30th on EventBrite or email ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

On Saturday, February 4th, ASQ Charleston is hosting a volunteer event at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP on EventBrite or email ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com by January 30th so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Please note that children age 13 and above are welcome with a parent, and closed-toe shoes must be worn.


CEJC Night at the Stingrays

 
Date: 
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Game Time: 7:05pm
Location: North Charleston Coliseum
Purchase Tickets Here!

Join the Charleston Engineers Joint Council for a night out with the South Carolina Stingrays. The Stingrays will take on the Florida Everblades starting at 7:05pm. All tickets purchased will help raise money for the CEJC scholarship fund that provides local high school senior with scholarship money to attend in state schools. The first 1,500 fans (14 and under) will receive a Youth Hockey Jersey giveaway courtesy of iHeartMedia and McDonald’s, so don’t be late! To continue the fun, after the game the Stingrays will be auctioning off their specialty worn jerseys, with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Tickets will be available for pick-up at Will Call starting at7:05pm on January 28th.


January 24 2017 – General Membership Meeting 

Location: Cummins Turbo Technologies, 9051 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Ladson SC 29456
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Topic: Layered Process Audits
Speaker: Rich Budzinski, BQS, LLC

RSVP by Monday, January 23rd: EventBrite or email ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com.

rich-budzinskiRich is the President of BQS, LLC, an organization helping companies improve performance by use of key quality concepts; Structured Problem Solving, Hoshin Planning / Goal Deployment Process, Quality Management Systems Implementation / Auditing, Visual Work Instructions, and Control Plans.  Rich was named as Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2016.

Rich has worked in a variety of manufacturing settings; Military Electronics (printed circuit boards, assembly, test), Locomotive and Mining Products (stamping, heat treat, machining, assembly), Aerospace (precision machining), Nuclear (foundry, machining, fabrication), and finally in Oil & Gas manufacturing.  His job assignments included Lean Coordinator, Quality Manager, Director of Quality / Lean Manufacturing and as a Director of Quality and Operational Excellence for several large corporations where he was responsible for Quality Systems with an emphasis on Six Sigma and Lean improvements.  His last assignment prior to going into business for himself was at GE Power & Water, Waukesha Gas Engines where he served as the Director of Quality and Operational Excellence / Technical Regulations & Standards.

Rich has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership & Quality from Marian University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Systems from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

When you arrive at Cummins, you will sign in at the front desk and a greeter will escort you to the meeting room.  Pizza & soft drinks will be served at no charge. Bring friends or colleagues and introduce them to the world of ASQ Charleston!

RSVP by emailing ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com, or registering at EventBrite.


SME Community Service Event – November 19th
Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County

Location: 135 George Street, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Date: Saturday, November 19 2016
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Registration Link: SME Habitat for Humanity

Come join our partner SME (Society for Manufacturing Engineers) at the Berkeley Habitat Moncks Corner neighborhood for a day of giving back to the community! Work typically involves all types of construction, including roofing, framing, drywall, appliances, and painting.  There’s something for everyone!  Snacks and water will be provided.

For more information, contact Adam Cho at madacho@gmail.com.

Click here for more information: SME Habitat for Humanity Info
Click here to register: ME Habitat for Humanity Registration


FIRST Lego League – Volunteers Needed!

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is in full swing. This is a great opportunity for elementary and middle school students to get interested in robotics and engineering. Several competitions are coming up during the next two months. These events rely on many volunteers to succeed. Please consider getting involved. It’s a wonderful way to spend a Saturday or two. They need judges and referees, among other roles, filled.

Here are the local events:
Oct 29 – Scrimmage @ Hanahan Recreation Center
Nov 12 – Berkeley County Regional @ Cane Bay High School
Nov 19 – Colleton County Regional @ Colleton Middle School
Dec  3 – Charleston County Regional @ Summerville High School
Dec 10 – Dorchester County Regional @ White Oak Middle School

For more information about FLL, visit: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll

If you can volunteer, please contact Kevin Crafton or go directly to the volunteer website:  https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_login.aspx

Sign up to be a volunteer today, or contact  Kevin Crafton for more information.


Service Project: Lowcountry Food Bank

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by November 28th to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

On Saturday, December 3rd, ASQ Charleston is hosting a volunteer event at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com by November 28th so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Please note that children age 13 and above are welcome with a parent, and closed-toe shoes must be worn.


November 15th Meeting & Holiday Kick-Off
RSVP by November 13th!

Location: Mellow Mushroom, 4855 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Topic: ASQ Section Business and Networking
Cost: $15 per person

Join us on November 15th for our last meeting of 2016.  We will briefly cover ASQ Charleston Section business, and then enjoy appetizers, pizza, and soda/tea as we enjoy each other’s company.  An overview of the past year for the Section will be given, plus introduction of new officers for 2017.  This will be our way to kick off the holiday season as well, and one lucky guest will win an Amazon Kindle Fire.  Members are encouraged to bring one guest each.

The cost of this final meeting is $15 per person, and tickets can be purchased through EventBrite.  Please purchase your tickets prior to November 13th so we can give an accurate headcount to Mellow Mushroom.  The Section Business presentation will start at 530pm, and at 6pm dinner will be served.

Click this Link to purchase tickets: ASQ Charleston – November Meeting Tickets


Charleston APICS and The Citadel Supply Chain Club Poster Session

Date: October 13, 2016

Time: 5:30pm

Location: The Citadel, Riverview Room **Limited street parking blocked by orange cones is reserved for attendees.**

Cost: $20 APICS Members and Guests; $10 Students (no charge for new members)

Students in The Citadel School of Business (BADM 410) Operations Management classes will be presenting research papers and posters pertaining to Operations and Supply Chain topics. You will have a chance to critique and encourage students, enjoy a good meal, and meet highly motivated potential employees.

  • Some of the topics to be presented:
  • Ethics violations (Enron, VW, Mattel)
  • Forecasting (by three local companies and how they differ)
  • Hazmat Communications (SDS and NFTA)
  • Project Management
  • Six Sigma Overview
  • Transportation Modes

Professionals attending will be invited to judge the presentations, talk to students, and help form the next generation of young professionals. Students have been taught using the APICS body of knowledge. If you are looking for entry level employee or just want to visit The Citadel, this is a great opportunity.

To RSVP, please email ASQ Charleston’s Education Chair – Carl Betterton


MUSC Lean Six Sigma Symposium

Date: October 14, 2016
Location: Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406

On October 14th, MUSC is hosting a Lean Six Sigma Symposium at Trident Tech in North Charleston.  Registration is now open through September 30th.  This symposium is targeting the Healthcare industry, but the workshops are applicable to all organizations striving for operational excellence.

Please visit their website for more information, and to submit your registration.

MUSC Lean Six Sigma Symposium website


ASQ Charleston to Sponsor Rohming Robots

Rohming Robots is a 4-H project club focused on the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition. They have 11 team members from the 8th-12th grade, who happen to all be homeschool students. They love learning about science and math, and FIRST robotics gives them an amazing opportunity to learn more and demonstrate their knowledge. FTC teams build robots with metal pieces and use sensors and Android devices to program. They are required to keep an engineering notebook to document discoveries.

ASQ Charleston has pledged to match any donations made by ASQ Members up to $250 towards helping this group compete in the 2016-2017 season.

Please read this letter from Gray Stewart, Rohming Robots’ Outreach Division Leader for more information about this organization.  You may also review their Business Plan to learn about their organization, past accomplishments, and future vision. You may visit their website for more information as well.

If you choose to make a donation, please send a check payable to “Rohming Robots” to our Treasurer, who will then collect all donations and submit them to Rohming Robots along with the matching check from ASQ Charleston (up to $250). Our deadline to provide our contribution to Rohming Robots is October 25 2016.

ASQ Charleston – Section 1122
PO Box 60644
North Charleston, SC 29419

Thank you for your support – please email ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Lowcountry Manufacturing & Quality Expo

PrintDates: October 4-5, 2016
Location: Lowcountry Graduate Center, 3800 Paramount Dr, North Charleston, SC 29405
Keynote Speakers:

  • Ted Pitts – SC Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Balke – CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans

Please visit our LM&QE page for more information!!

Registration Link: Click here to purchase tickets!


September 27th – General Membership Meeting

Topic: Malcolm Baldrige Award

Speakers: 

  • Bridget Dewees, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness Claflin University, Orangeburg SC
  • Rick Bickerstaff, President and CEO, Competitive Edge Performance Solutions

Location: Lowcountry Graduate Center, 3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston SC 29405
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Join us on September 27th as we come back from our summer break with an engaging topic on the Malcolm Baldrige Award.  We will also cover important section business including nominations for next year’s Section Leadership Committee.

Please RSVP using EventBrite or by emailing ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com.

Speaker Bios:

Bridget DeweesBridget Dewees is an award winning Quality Practitioner with more than 25 years of professional experience in Business, Finance, Organizational Development and Higher Education Administration. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and an adjunct instructor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. She is responsible for managing a comprehensive university-wide assessment program to include assessment and institutional research. Bridget is a SC Champion for Excellence award recipient, Chair of the SC Quality Forum and recently served as a Commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Bridget has a PhD in Management, Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University. She has a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

Rick Bickerstaff Headshot, 2014Rick Bickerstaff is the President, CEO, and founder of Competitive Edge Performance Solutions. Rick has over 30 years of experience in management, and over 20 years of training experience. Rick has developed highly effective training materials and models in many disciplines, and has taught these sessions all over the United States.  Rick specializes in leadership, teamwork, management systems, systematic process improvement, strategy, continuous improvement, project management, performance management, innovation, re-engineering, organizational development, auditing strategies, risk management, executive coaching, human resources management, etc. Rick has been involved in the writing of many national guidance manuals associated with organizational management, environmental management, Lean Six Sigma, continuous improvement, etc. Rick is also an adjunct professor at a Charleston college. As a professor he teaches management, strategy, communication, quality, auditing, and human resource management courses.


Service Project: Lowcountry Food Bank

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by September 12th using EventBrite or email ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

On Saturday, September 17th, ASQ Charleston is hosting a volunteer event at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP by September 12th so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Please note that children age 13 and above are welcome with a parent, and closed-toe shoes must be worn.


July 14 2016: Engineers Day at the Riverdogs

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Location: Charleston Riverdogs Joe Riley Stadium, Murray Mezzanine

Cost: $25 + $1 transaction fee (includes ticket to the game, non-alcoholic drinks, and food)

Time: Thursday July 14 2016, 5:30pm – Dinner and Networking, game starts at 7:05pm

Click here for tickets: 
Password: ASCE

Engineers Day - July 14 - Sponsors


May 24th – General Membership Meeting

Speaker: David W. Stamps, Statistical Engineering Consultant, Q-DAS, Inc.
Location: Cummins Turbo Technologies, 9051 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Ladson SC 29456
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

TOPIC: Improving Process Capability – the QUANTILE Method

Process Capability has been defined as the ability of a process to satisfy customer expectations.  All processes have some level of variation.  The Process Capability study is a standard statistical method for evaluating the ability of a manufacturing operation to create a given part feature within its designed tolerance prior to release for production.

Historically, the measure of process variation has been the standard deviation of the sample measurements.  This assumes that the probability distribution for the feature follows a Normal (bell-shaped) curve, e.g. Test 2, below.   In fact, many processes are highly skewed or otherwise not “bell-shaped,” e.g. Tests 4, 5 & 8.     Under these conditions, the standard deviation metric often fails to give reliable CP results.  For highly “non-Normal” distributions, there is a significant risk that the traditional method will give a passing grade to a truly poor process and vice versa.

The QUANTILE (or PERCENTILE) method uses a geometric approach to determine the Process Variation factor of the CP equation. It is universally applicable to any distribution shape.  This method has been known for several decades, but only in recent years has the required computational power been available for practical use on the factory floor.  It was formally publicized by ISO standard 21747, in 2006.

This presentation outlines process capability study methods and application of the QUANTILE calculation procedure.  It discusses why this should be the preferred method for process capability evaluations.

Speaker Bio:

David W. Stamps is a Statistical Engineering Consultant with Q-DAS, Inc. an
industrial statistical software provider. Dave has over 40 years of experience in
quality engineering, systems acquisition and project management. He retired from
Robert Bosch, LLC, after 20 years in the Quality Department at the Charleston, SC
plant. As Principal Engineer, Statistical Engineering, he trained engineers in
statistics-based problem-solving methods and coached projects. Concurrently, he
managed the plant-wide SPC system and coordinated standardization of statistical
procedures for QS-9000 and ISO/TS-16949 at Bosch’s U.S. facilities. Dave was a
member of the revision committee for the AIAG SPC Manual, 2nd Edition, 2005. Prior
to joining Bosch, he served 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy.
A graduate of the University of Michigan (BSE-EE), Dave later earned Masters
degrees in EE and Systems Acquisition from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MBA
at The Citadel, and, in 2003, a Master of Industrial Statistics degree at the University
of South Carolina. He is an ASQ Senior Member and held certifications as a Shainin
Red X® Master, ASQ Quality Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt and Reliability Engineer,
and Professional Engineer in South Carolina. He currently serves as the ASQ 1122
Audit Chair.

Please RSVP to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com.


SME Golf Outing

  • What:  6th annual SME chapter 430 Golf Outing
  • Where:  Wescott Golf Club, North Charleston
  • When:  Saturday, May 14th, 2016 @ 9am

SME provides scholarships to local college-bound students, and this golf tournament is their major fundraiser to support this cause.  ASQ Charleston is a proud sponsor of the SME Golf Outing, scheduled for Saturday, May 14 2016.

As a sponsor, we can send a team from ASQ to participate.  If you are interested in a playing a round of golf for a good cause, please email ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com.

SME 2016 Golf Outing


 ASQ Charleston and SME – Service Project Opportunity

Lowcountry Food Bank

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Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by April 30th to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

On Saturday, May 7th, ASQ Charleston and SME will partner for a volunteer event at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com by April 30th so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank.


April Event – SME extends invitation to ASQ for Facility Tour 

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Date: April 21, 2016 (Thursday)
Schedule:
5:30 pm – Meet & Greet
6:00 pm – Introduction / Plant Tour
6:45 pm – Q&A Session
Location: Stryker 1950 Hanahan Rd  Charleston, SC 29406
Contact: Dick Tiano, 843-509-6010 (Mobile)

The Greater Charleston Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) invites you to attend a plant tour of Stryker located in Hanahan, SC.

Space is limited, so please register soon – first come, first served!

Due to attendance limitations, only ASQ members are invited to attend – no guests please.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Presented by: Stryker Manufacturing
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes.
April 15 2014 Stryker acquires Berchtold Holding AG (Berchtold located in Tuttlingen Germany and Charleston SC), a provider of customer-centric healthcare equipment for over 90 years. Berchtold’s product portfolio includes surgical tables, equipment booms, and surgical lighting systems geared towards maximizing efficiency and safety in operating rooms and ICUs.

If you have any questions, please email ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com

For more upcoming events and news, check out ASQCharleston.org!


Charleston Engineering Joint Council Night with the South Carolina Stingrays

Saturday, April 2 2016 at 7:05pm

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Join the Stingrays as they host the Orlando Solar Bears on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:05pm for Fan Appreciation Night with Free Parking!

Tickets are $12.00 – 2 & Under are FREE! (will add 10% processing fee)

Join the Stingrays as they host the Orlando Solar Bears on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:05pm for Fan Appreciation Night with Free Parking!

Questions? Contact Dick Tiano at 843-509-6010 Stingrays Representative: Amanda Marchione at 843-744-2248 ext 1208 or by email at amarchione@stingrayshockey.com

A portion of each ticket goes back to CEJC scholarship fund To order tickets visit: www.groupmatics.events and enter the code CEJC


March 29th – General Membership Meeting

Speaker: Steve Hodlin, Senior Director of Operational Excellence – Blackbaud
Topic: Implementing a Quality Program at a Software and Services Company
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: 2000 Daniel Island Dr, Charleston (Daniel Island), 29492

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Join Steve Hodlin, Senior Director of Operational Excellence at Blackbaud to learn more about implementing a corporate level quality program in a software and services company. Steve will address the approaches, deployment strategies, learnings, and integration of the implementation. Starting at the systems thinking level, Steve will describe the integrated quality system approach being used at Blackbaud to deploy a quality process throughout the organization. Topics include quality approaches to software development and the resource groups that support the value stream.

About the Presenter: Steven Hodlin is Senior Director of Operational Excellence for Blackbaud, Inc. where he is responsible for leading the quality transformation and quality improvement initiatives. Previously, he served as Vice President of Performance Excellence for Video Gaming Technologies, Inc. Through his leadership, VGT was recognized by the state of Oklahoma with the Excellence Award, based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria. VGT also received a Performance Excellence Award from the state of Tennessee. His experience includes Vice President of Business Excellence at DST Output, where he was responsible for leading the enterprise’s business excellence and lean six sigma initiatives. DST Output was a three-time recipient of Industry Week’s Top Ten Best Plants in North America. Steve has led quality and process improvements in numerous industries including financial services, semiconductor equipment, data communications and internetworking, cutting tools, electronics, and defense. He has led three organizations to state quality awards, based upon the Baldrige performance excellence criteria, six organizations to ISO 9001 registration, and he led an organization to the U.S. Senate Productivity Award.
Steve is certified by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Software Quality Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, and Quality Auditor. He is also certified as an executive coach, career coach, business coach, and balanced scorecard professional. He has been an edit reviewer for ASQ Quality Press since 2004.
Steve has served as a senior examiner and alumni examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1994. He was a senior examiner for the Maryland U.S. Senate Productivity Award, training the Maryland state examiners in this process.
Steve has also served as a senior judge, an examiner trainer, and as a member of the board of directors for MassExcellence (Massachusetts Quality Award). He has developed several national training modules related to the Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria, as chartered by a grant from the Department of Commerce.
Steve holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts, an MBA from Babson College, and is currently working on his PhD in Management from Walden University, specializing in Leadership and Organizational Change. He has testified in U.S. Congress as a quality expert, is a frequent speaker at conferences, and has had some of his work published.
About Blackbaud
Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software and services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passions of approximately 35,000 clients, including nonprofits, K-12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Blackbaud’s portfolio of software and services support nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com

Please RSVP to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com – indicate if you are bringing a guest as well.


SAVE THE DATE   |   Registration begins March 2016!
April 18-20: Pre-Conference ASQ CQM/OE Prep Course
April 21: Conference Workshops (2 tracks) & Guided VIP Tour
April 22: LQC 2016 Conference

Sponsors:

Location: Crown Plaza Charleston Airport | 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd | North Charleston, SC 29418

ASQ Charleston (American Society of Quality) invites you to the 2016 Lowcountry Quality Conference. The 2016 conference features quality and process improvement workshops, talks by a dozen subject matter experts, multiple VIP tours and a poolside social networking happy hour. Attendees can choose to attend one or all events, with an all-inclusive cost for 2 days of events at under $200! Conference news, speaker status, agenda and other details will be posted on our website at http://asqcharleston.org.

 

April 18-20: Pre-Conference ASQ CQM/OE Prep Course

  • Location: College of Charleston North Campus, 3800 Paramount Dr, North Charleston SC 29405
  • Sponsored by: College of Charleston Supply Chain and Information Management Department
  • Course Description
  • Register Now! (Select the North Charleston class)

April 21: Conference Workshops (2 tracks) & Guided VIP Tour
April 22: LQC 2016 Conference

Speaking Opportunities
Thursday, April 21st – Pre-conference seminars/workshops & Tour
Friday, April 22nd – Keynote Speaker, Technical Programming, Vendors & Exhibitors

Submit papers or questions to with:  Jim Thompson at jim.thompson@cmsicharleston.com

Call for Papers and Presentations

  • Presentations and seminars should provide information and examples that attendees can immediately apply at conference end.  What will the participants know and/or be able to do?  There should be three to five practical takeaways, such as forms, templates, lists, timelines, etc.
  • Handouts to support information provided in presentations and tutorials are highly recommended
  • Sessions should be high energy and include attendee participation
  • Program sessions will be limited to either 60 or 90-minute increments, including time allowed for general question and answer activities
  • Pre-conference Seminars/workshops should plan for 8:30am to 4:00pm

Technical Program Overview

  • Technical papers and panels should be practitioner-oriented
  • Technical papers and panels may be based on research of interest or on experiences relating to the topic
  • One complimentary admission will be provided for each technical paper or presentation selected by the Conference Committee for inclusion in the conference program
  • Travel and other expenses are the responsibility of each speaker unless otherwise approved by the Conference Committee

Pre-Conference Seminar/Workshop Overview

  • Seminars/Workshops should be practitioner-oriented
  • Seminars/Workshops may be based on research of interest or on experiences relating to the topic
  • One complimentary admission will be provided for each technical paper or presentation selected by the Conference Committee for inclusion in the conference program
  • Any seminar/workshop speaker fees, travel and other expenses will be documented in a formal contract upon time of acceptance and approved by the Conference Committee

Paper and Presentation Submissions

  • Brochure-ready abstracts (200 words maximum), the speaker’s biography/title/certifications (50 words maximum), and a speaker photo (digital) are required by Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 5pm EST.
  • Refrain from any direct marketing of products, services, software or other commercial ventures for any presentation.
  • Please email Call for Paper submissions to Kevin Beers –kevinrbeers@gmail.com.
  • Notifications of acceptance and speaker requirements will be communicated via email and/or website update by Friday, February 20th.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

  • To request information on Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities contact Ana Bailey at abailey@leancor.com.

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LODGING: Coming in from out of town? We have a discounted rate for our guests at the Crowne Plaza, North Charleston here: American Society for Quality at Crowne Plaza CharlestonThe rate is $129 with a cut off date of 4/1/16!


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 February 23rd – General Membership Meeting

Speaker: John Surak, PhD
Topic: Food Safety – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – Will recalls ever end?
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Cummins Turbo Technologies, 9051 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Ladson SC 29456

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Food is a something that is near and dear to all of us. In 2015, there have been a number of high profile recalls that have centered on a pathogenic bacterium known as Listeria monocytogenes.   A search of the CDC web site for food safety yielded some interesting results.  The center of the web page focused on raw milk (a high risk food product) and Ebola (the CDC does not consider Ebola to be a food safety hazard).  Next, a quick review was conducted on the number of multistate food borne disease outbreaks or large outbreaks.  During the first half of 2015, there were two outbreaks.  However, there were 14 large multi-state outbreaks in 2014 and 11 multi-state outbreaks in 2013.
One of the most disturbing small outbreaks occurred in a day care facility in Greenwood.  There was an outbreak of a pathogenic,  E. coli.The actual cause has not been identified.  However, the probable cause was cross-contamination problems that occurred within the day care facility. This incident resulted in eleven cases of illness and one death.
On February 23rd, we will take a journey through the annals of food safety.  There will be a stop at statistical trends, a stop at recent outbreaks, a stop at the courtroom to discuss the cost of producing unsafe food.  The final stop will discuss what you can do to minimize your risk of contracting a foodborne disease.

About the Presenter: John Surak is principal of John Surak & Associates, a full service food safety and quality consulting service. He works with the food processing industry in developing food safety and quality management systems, designing and implementing process control systems, and implementing Six Sigma and business analytics systems. John has more than 30 years of experience. He works with industry and governmental agencies in applying the principles of quality and food safety management. In addition, he held industrial positions including managing nutritional process and product development for Wyeth Laboratories and serving as vice president of quality and food safety for the Brooks Food Group. John is a professor emeritus of applied economics and statistics at Clemson University.

Please RSVP to ASQCharleston1122@gmail.com – indicate if you are bringing a guest as well.


ASQ Charleston/PMI Charleston

Service Project Opportunity Lowcountry Food Bank

Date: Saturday, February 20 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank 2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by February 13th to Jennifer Leak at Jen.Leak@yahoo.com

Starting in 2016, ASQ Charleston will be adding community service opportunities to our calendar as a way to bring quality professionals out to support our community.

On Saturday, February 20th, we are partnering with PMI Charleston and ask that you join us at the Lowcountry Food Bank for a volunteer event.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.  Please RSVP by February 13th so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank and indicate if you are a member of ASQ Charleston or PMI Charleston.

Please note that children age 13 and above are welcome with a parent, and closed-toe shoes must be worn.