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This week brings you some travel deals that are great both vacation, business or visiting family as well. Book now and get business class flights to Australia and the South Pacific with major airlines from $2,679 r/t, taxes included. Note that you must depart by August 31 2015! If you browse a.

Our weekly deal collection bring some great offers you should check out, including cheap domestic flights with the award winning Virgin America from $75 one way. Book right now and travel to major US cities on select dates mainly through the Fall of 2015. Browse a little more and you will find.

Mexico is one of the best possible destinations for US travelers as it is close, affordable and full of beautiful places. Check out the Ixtapa flight from Philadelphia our deal hunters have just found for $374 r/t with taxes included and see that if you book this Delta Airlines airfare deal you.

Africa is a continent full of amazing and very different countries, people and cultures. A part of that is what you can see for yourself if you book the Washington to Lagos flight deal we have just found for $771 r/t with taxes included. Fly in February 2015 with Thy Turkish Airlines and save.

Discover the most beautiful places of Africa next year with the help of the newest pick of our deal hunters. Book this cheap flight from Chicago to Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam) for $891 r/t with taxes and fees included and have the vacation of your lifetime. The Thy Turkish Airlines flight our deal.

The Indian Ocean is full of islands and archipelagos that will take your breath away any time, so if you have been planning a vacation to this area you will love the New York to Seychelles flight for $1,250 r/t with taxes we have just found. Fly with Emirates Airlines and save nearly $200.


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Neutron Music Player #upnp #app #android, #android #music #player #mp3 #ogg


Neutron Music Player

Neutron is the professional music player with a high quality 32/64-bit audio rendering engine which delivers the best possible Hi-Fi grade quality of sound on mobile device.

The reliable, platform independent, native core provides consistent behavior on all devices. Carefully developed DSP effects such as Parametric or Graphic EQ, Compressor, Surround Sound, Crossfeeder, Crossfader, Tempo, Pitch and others, help to tune audio to a desired result.

Neutron can source music files from device or network sources such as SMB/CIFS, UPnP/DLNA, FTP, WebDAV and send audio either to headphones, or directly to USB DAC or to UPnP/DLNA or Chromecast renderer without a format limitation!

Neutron is developed for audiophiles and those who really love and value music. Consider using Hi-Fi/Hi-End audio hardware for the best result.

Get used to Neutron and have full control over your media library and sound!


  • 32/64-bit audio processing (high quality HD audio).
  • OS independent decoding and audio processing.
  • Bit-perfect playback.
  • Audio formats: MP1, MP2, MP3, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC, WMA, WMA Lossless (16-bit), AC3, AAC, M4A, M4B, M4R, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, MOV, ALAC, APE (Monkey’s Audio), WV (WavPack), MPC (MusePack), WAV, AU, AIFF, MPG/MPEG (audio), AVI (audio), iTunes/Windows Media (non DRM), OPUS.
  • DSD decoding (requires fast CPU, minimally DSD64).
  • DOP (DSD over PCM), DXD.
  • Module music formats: MOD, IM, XM, S3M.
  • Voice audio format: SPEEX.
  • Playlists: CUE, M3U, PLS, ASX, RAM, XSPF, WPL.
  • Lyrics (.LRC files, metadata).
  • Streaming audio (plays Internet radio streams).
  • Supports large media libraries.
  • Network music sources:
    • SMB/CIFS network device (NAS or PC, Samba shares);
    • UPnP/DLNA media server;
    • FTP server;
    • WebDAV server.
  • Output to Chromecast (up to 24-bit, 192 kHz).
  • Output to UPnP/DLNA Media Renderer (up to 24-bit, 768 kHz).
  • Direct output to USB DAC (via USB OTG adapter, up to 32-bit, 768 kHz).
  • 32-bit output (IEEE 754, optional).
  • UPnP/DLNA Media Renderer (server).
  • Device local music library management via internal FTP server.
  • DSP effects:
    • Parametric Equalizer (4-30 band, fully configurable: type, frequency, Q, gain);
    • Graphic EQ mode with 21 common presets;
    • Surround Sound (Ambiophonic R.A.C.E.);
    • Crossfeed (better stereo sound perception in headphones);
    • Compressor / Limiter;
    • Time Delay (loudspeaker time alignment);
    • Dithering (minimize quantization);
    • Pitch, Tempo (playback speed and pitch correction).
  • Speaker overload protecting filters: Subsonic, Ultrasonic.
  • Normalization by Peak, RMS (Preamp gain calculation after DSP effects).
  • Replay Gain from metadata.
  • Gapless playback.
  • Hardware and Preamp volume controls.
  • Crossfade.
  • Phase inversion.
  • High quality real-time optional resampling (Quality and Audiophile modes).
  • Real-time Spectrum and RMS analyzers.
  • Balance.
  • Mono mode.
  • Playback modes: shuffle, looped, single track, queue.
  • Playlist management.
  • Media library grouping by: album, artist, composer, genre, year, rating, folder.
  • Artist grouping by ‘Album Artist’ category.
  • Folder mode.
  • Clock mode.
  • Timers: sleep, wake.
  • UI appearance customizable through the settings.
  • Interface languages: Русский, 中文 (繁体), 中文 (简体), 한국어, 日本語, Việt, ไทย, Deutsch, Italiano, Français, Español, ελληνικά, Português, Magyar, Polski, العربية.
  • Platforms: Android 2.1+ (Google Play), iOS 6.0+ (Apple’s App Store), BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0.1+, BlackBerry 10 (BB World), Windows 10 Mobile (Windows Store).
  • Optimized for hardware: ARMv7 VFP/NEON, ARMv8 NEON (ARM64), x86 SSE2.


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Masters in quality assurance #masters #in #quality #assurance, #joseph #moses #juran


Joseph Moses Juran

Joseph Moses Juran is considered to be the father of Quality Control. His Quality Control Handbook is the number one reference for quality practitioners. He lived from 1904 to 2008.

Besides the Quality Control Handbook, Dr. Juran wrote many books and papers. He traveled the world and trained top leaders in quality control concepts. He was a highly paid lecturer and teacher. No matter the industry, no matter your position, he could teach you the quality discipline and how it affected your work.

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Juran’s Trilogy and Legacy

Dr. Juran created a trilogy for managing Quality. The three principles of the trilogy are based on planning. control. and improvement. Managing for quality is now considered to be a science and Dr. Juran is a founding member of this science. From his and other works, one can receive a Masters or a PH.D in Quality Management.

He fathered the idea of applying the pareto principle to reducing defects. The 80-20 rule states that 80% of the problems come from 20% of the causes. Pareto charts are taught in all introductory quality courses. In addition he championed the idea that the number one root cause to almost all problems is “resistance to change”.

Dr. Joseph Moses Juran History

Dr. Juran graduated in 1924 with an electrical engineering degree and started his career in Western Electric in Hawthorn IL. This was the same facility where Dr. Deming also started his career. Upon arrival he was selected to work in the inspection department. Later, he joined the newly formed statistical department. Within Western Electric, he was promoted to manager and then division chief.

During his tenure in Hawthorn he advanced his studies and secured a law degree. With this he moved to the company’s headquarters and worked in corporate engineering.

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When World War II started, The Lend Lease Administration recruited him. Here, he helped procure arms, equipment and supplies for US allies. Joseph Moses Juran was responsible for improving the procuring process and reducing the cycle-time by eliminating government red tape.

After the war Dr. Juran became a teacher at NYU. He taught industrial engineering and later became the department chair. In 1949 he started his own consulting company. The company focused on quality management, statistics and human interaction. He published his first version of the Quality Control Handbook in 1951. During Japan’s reconstruction period of the 1950s he taught Quality Control concepts to Japan.

Total Quality Management And Other Teachers

The Philosophy of Total Quality Management started after 1960, first in Japan and then later spread to the rest of the world.

Quality leading companies realized that quality could not be assured by just a small group of quality control professionals. Instead quality required the active involvement of the whole organization, from management to ordinary employees.

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8 Essential Steps for Doing a Construction Project Quality Audit #construction


Construction Quality Assurance/Quality Control Blog

Your Project Quality Plan is in place. You think all contingencies are covered. You assume inspections are being conducted correctly. You figure your plan is being followed, your customer is happy, and your project is flowing smoothly, right?

That’s why it’s important to conduct a project quality audit. Your audit will show you what’s working and what’s not — so that you can get your project quality on track.

What is a quality audit?

It’s one of the basic elements of an effective quality control plan. A quality audit is a review of how well (if at all) the key areas of your project quality plan are being followed. And, whether it’s effective in getting you the quality results you expect.

It’s basically a fact-finding mission and should be part of your regular monthly routine.

How to conduct a quality audit

In general, you’ll be making field observations, talking to customers and project personnel, and reviewing QA/QC records and reports.

The audit doesn’t only cover your work. Since your quality plan covers all project participants such as subcontractors, suppliers, and other outside services, your audit should include them as well. Keep in mind, many sub-contractors and project owners conduct their own inspections, and they can give you important information for spotting quality issues.

8 Steps to follow to conduct your project quality audit

Here are the steps you should follow as you conduct your audit.

1. Talk to customers

It’s highly likely that your customers are performing their own inspections. Talk to them about their inspection results. Ask them to walk the jobsite with you to do a field quality review. If that’s not possible, you’ll still want to ask your customers a few questions such as:

  • Are there any quality issues that they’ve found
  • Are their expectations being met

2. Walk the jobsite – do your field quality review

You’re probably already walking the job site and observing the way workers do their jobs. For your audit, pay close attention to the following areas:

  • Is their workmanship the quality you expect
  • Are workers following the correct procedures
  • Do they show that they have the skills needed to do the job
  • If you’re dealing with lot controlled materials, do you see the lot identification markings

3. Review quality records and reports

Next, make a trip to the project field office and look at your project QA/QC documents and records. There are two reasons for this part of the audit. First, you want to see if your superintendents and project management personnel are completing and filing all the needed records and reports. Second, you want to check to see that they’ve completed them correctly.

4. Reinspect work tasks

Now, grab a few reports. It’s time to see if your inspectors have been doing a good job inspecting (aka inspector qualification). With your sampling of inspection and nonconformance reports in hand, go out and reinspect the work that’s already been inspected. Compare what you see on the report with your own observations.

  • Is there anything they’ve missed
  • Have the repairs and punch items been reported correctly

5. Talk to field personnel

The next step is to talk to your field personnel to see if they’re properly trained and following the correct procedures. You also want to learn about the standards, specifications, and drawings they’re using (or in some cases, not using).

A good way to conduct this part of the audit is to ask simple open-ended questions such as, “How do you know the right way to install an HVAC air handler?”

Here’s what you want to know:

  • What training have they been given
  • Do they have the necessary certifications if required
  • Do workers have easy access to project standards, specifications, drawings, and change orders
  • Are they using up-to-date standards and specs

6. Follow-up on previous audit action plan items

Follow up to see that progress is being made on previous audit action items. Each month, you should see improvements in your project quality and find fewer deficiencies.

7. Record your findings

Create an audit report and record your findings.

Keeping records will protect your company should future problems arise. It will demonstrate due diligence and your follow up will show that you’re making corrections to issues found.

8. Create an action plan

Finally, create your action plan. In order to figure out how to get better results, you’ll need to understand why your plan isn’t being followed fully. Maybe you need to reinforce the importance of following the plan. Could it be that your construction quality control plan is too complicated to follow? If your quality plan is being followed, are you getting the quality results you’d expected?

Once you know the issues, decide on a course of action and a plan to carry it out.


Auditing your project quality is an ongoing process. Whether you follow a formal, highly structured process or a more casual, less structured approach, you need to regularly audit the implementation and effectiveness of your project quality plan.

In time, all of your projects will get the quality results you expect — and with much less effort need from all project personnel.

About the Author – Ed Caldeira is founder of First Time Quality, LLC, specializing in submittal-ready project-specific quality plans as well as construction quality inspection and punchlist software.

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Air Ambulance by Air Trek, Inc #air #ambulance, #airambulance, #air #ambulance


Air Trek Air Ambulance, one of the Nation s oldest air ambulance services, is a family owned and operated air medical program who has been providing aeromedical transportation service since 1978.

We are dedicated to providing top quality medical transportation service to our patients. We work with registered nurses, paramedics, surgeons, physicians, doctors, respiratory therapists and other medical professionals worldwide to ensure the best Air ambulance charter possible.

All air ambulance professionals are specially trained in flight physiology. This means they are uniquely qualified to handle special situations that arise at altitude.

Whether Air Trek Air Ambulance provides medical air transportation on our own aircraft, repatriation, medevac or scheduled commercial airline medical escort service, you can be assured that our response will be the same: top quality professional care.

Air Trek has our own FAA Air Carrier Certificate (Part 135) allowing us to operate within the entire Western Hemisphere, including Cuba. We are headquartered in Florida, just minutes from Naples, Tampa, Orlando and The Villages outside Ocala FL, but our routine response areas include The United States (USA) Canada; Mexico; the Caribbean; North, Central and South America. Worldwide service is provided through strategic partnerships with air carriers throughout the world.

Our entire fleet of air ambulance aircraft (Citation jets and Cessna pressurized twin-engine propeller aircraft) is fully licensed, inspected, insured and equipped with the most up-to-date medical equipment. All aircraft provide Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). The fleet has the range and flexibility to provide everything from emergency international medical evacuation to a trip home for a critical care patient to see family.

Air Trek Air Ambulance can also coordinate the ground transportation before and after the air ambulance portion of the transport, providing bedside to bedside service.

Air Trek s Mission Statement:

The mission for Air Trek is to provide our patients with high quality, cost effective, domestic and international, aeromedical transportation aboard advanced life support equipped jet and pressurized twin engine aircraft

Your staff in the office were very pleasant to work with, organization, coordination and communication exceptional. Thank you so much for making my job easier and taking some of the worry and stress out of this type of transfer. You guys are great to work with. I will probably not work with anyone else in the future.

Case Manager
Fort Myers, FL

Very, very professional and made transition easy for patient and family in spite of the circumstances.

From the start of the process to get my dad home, the whole organization at Air Trek was superb! Thank You All BIG!!

Family Member
Hartford, CT

Just writing to say thanks. You recently transported my father from Florida to NY. He had advanced aortic stenosis and heart failure. I am a board certified practicing emergency physician and medical director for Vermonts’ largest EMS district. I flew down from Burlington, Vermont to be with my father while he was transported from a hospital in Florida to a higher level of care in NY. Needless to say, I was watching the crew like a hawk, and the report is two thumbs up. The paramedic and respiratory therapist (Chad and David) were professional, competent, and extremely kind to my father. I was glad I did not get to see any of their ACLS skills in action, but I’m sure they would have been on their game if need be. Thank you for the excellent service.

Family Member
New York

As you know from working with us in advance and greeting us the night of flight arrival, one of your flight crews transported an elderly family member from PA to Punta Gorda to avoid the grueling relocation in a handicapped wheelchair accessible minivan. The concept of using your service was recommended to us by close friends although we did not think this service was feasible for our needs.

When you made me aware of the possible flight availability for Friday, August 19, 2011, I initially dismissed it as not possible due to logistics, etc. After thinking about the convenience and less stressed way to move an elderly person that is not mobile, we decided it was a great idea. Although I still did not think it was feasible, your team (ground and aircrew) exceeded any and all of our expectations. Not only did your flight crew arrive on time in Punta Gorda, but your ground staff made all arrangements for non-emergency van transport at source (from PA to WV airport) and from Punta Gorda airport to local care facility. We know that is what you do all the time but your staff did it seamlessly and even worked in a few efficiency increasing modifications as the day of flight unfolded. We want to thank Stephanie Griffith (pre-flight arrangements coordinator) and Joy (gave frequent updates the day of the flight) for their patient assistance. Although we assume they have other responsibilities in their work, it seemed as if they were working for us and us alone.

From our experience with Air Trek, we can highly recommend their service to anyone needing transportation for sick or elderly folks who cannot readily travel easily by care or commercial airlines. Because we know that selection of an air transport firm is not taken lightly, please feel free to use this letter in your list of recommendations for prospective clients wanting a higher comfort level before making a final decision in this area.

Family Member

I thought your service was exceptional! Very professional, don’t change a thing.

Family Member
Chicago, IL

On March 10th 2014, you flew my father back from Sanford FL to Pennridge Airport in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

As a family we wanted to thank you for bringing our father and mother back to PA safely. Personally I want to thank you for all of the support and direction that your people were able to provide to me while working to coordinate Dad’s move. From the very first contact with your company, everyone that I dealt with was highly professional and courteous.

When the day of the move came, the constant updates from you were reassuring and helpful, especially the notifications of inflight progress. Upon landing the flight crew was very courteous and professional as well.

A sincere thank you, for a job well done.

Family Member
Perkasie, PA

Miss Joy was a true blessing. Fantastic – Wonderful peace of mind to know everything was so well planned out. 5 Stars & 2 thumbs up (a third if I had it). First rate. Worth every dollar to know Dad was so well taken care of! Our family was blessed by the Air Trek team! Thank you! An outstanding experince, but I hope we never need to use you again 🙂 If anyone asks, I would highly recommend! Thanks for everything! Peace and Blessings to you all!

Family Member
Peoria, IL

Above and beyond expectations! The quality of service was beyond our expectations. Earl is still telling everyone about his trip and the care & service he received. He can’t belive he is home and we can’t thank you enough for everything!

Family Member
Trenton, NJ

The entire process was flawless. You made a difficult & stressful situation a pleasure right. Rich, Tom, David & Jeremiah were great! Thank you so much!

Family Member
Pittsburgh, PA

Both medical attendants were outstanding and very knowledgeable. They made the flight go faster.

Louisville, KY


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Henna Art #henna, #art, #edmonton, #alberta, #canada, #henna #tattoo, #how #to




Henna Art, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is a professional company devoted to providing you a truly unique and creative experience! We take pride in our artists and the ancient art of henna, also known as mehndi. We only use the best quality fresh ingredients to give you the best stain. Our henna powders and natural hair care products are imported directly from India, Pakistan and Morocco. Using our fresh ingredients, we always create safe and natural henna paste, and offer natural henna products for all of our clients. We provide superior services to our clients and promise an amazing henna experience! Whether you are having a party, or want to learn henna–from consultations to bridal henna applications, we promise you a true henna experience!

Henna is also known as the art of mehndi or mehndhi. We are passionate about the art of henna and practice unique styles that display elegance and sheer beauty. Our innovative style blends tradition and modernity. We provide you with our modern and fun glitter and stone accents, which are popular at parties and look gorgeous with bridal henna. Using only the best quality, and fresh henna powders from India, Pakistan and Morocco, we create our henna paste using our special blend of quality essential oils. Since we love what we do, we always put positive energy and love with our services and products.

Our professional approach to the art of henna/mehndi makes us an excellent choice for your events! Currently serving the Edmonton area, our artists are accomplished in traditional methods, as well as modern application techniques, and glitter and stone accents.

In addition to our wide range of services, we express the tradition and splendor of henna in individually crafted pieces, do-it-yourself kits, and application products, perfect for anyone! Packed with positive energy and attention to detail, all of our products are guaranteed fresh! We only use natural ingredients, so you can be sure to have a safe and fun henna experience!

Our vision is to provide you with superior services and an EXCEPTIONAL experience! The ancient art of henna is a natural and safe alternative to temporary tattoos, natural hair care, healthy hair, and modern body art. While the origins of henna body art are unknown, it is practiced in India, Pakistan, Morocco, and other areas of Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. The art of henna passes all borders and is a celebrated form of art that thrives today!

Enjoy your true henna experience at a private party, corporate events, classes, bridal henna, workshops or sessions in the Edmonton, and surrounding area. Or shop our exclusive line of products, prepared in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and shipped WORLDWIDE.


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QIT CAPA Software #capa #software,corrective #action #software,8d,quality #software,root #cause #analysis


CAPA Software | Corrective Action Software

Web-based CAPA Software/Corrective Action Software with built-in root cause analysis, cost analysis and risk analysis tools

  • Web-based corrective action database
  • 8D corrective action process
  • Root cause analysis, COPQ and risk management
  • Complying with ISO, QS, TS 16949 and Part 11
  • English, Chinese, Spanish, French and Arabic
  • Recognized and used by certification body

Key Benefits

Convert traditional corrective action process to a web-based corrective action management system

  • For Manufacturing, Automotive, OEM/ODM, Food and Drug, and Service industries
  • Built-in internal corrective action template and supplier corrective action form
  • 8D problem solving process with built-in 4W1H and 5-Why root cause analysis
  • Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) and risk management
  • Collaborating suppliers, departments, and divisions in global scale
  • CAPA, SCAR, Customer Complaints, Nonconformance/NCR, Project Management, Audit Management and Reject/Deviation modules are available

Improve Productivity and Reduce Cost

  • Improving productivity by 78%, and reducing operating cost by 18% in the first year and 64% thereafter (comparing to a manual system. Details please refer to ROI Analysis )
  • Discovering millions dollars cost saving opportunities
  • No increase in system administrative staff

Customizable and Easy to Implement

  • Complying with ISO9000/QS9000, ISO/TS 16949, ISO14000, and 21 CFR Part 11
  • Providing a clear and neat picture of your quality system to ISO auditors
  • Closing the loop of the quality improvement cycle
  • Cross-browser IE8+, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari
  • Tablets support iPad, Nexus, Kindle and more
  • Hosting on your own server or on QIT s secured server (SaaS)
  • Multi-language user interface (English, Chinese, Spanish, French and Arabic)
  • We will work with each new client to customize forms and reports
  • Business process driven, intuitive and easy to learn
  • Highly configurable and can be customized to meet the needs of any organization in any industry
  • Can be easily tailored to fit customer s particular needs
  • No additional software purchase and installation required
  • Flexible Licensing package available
  • Applicable industries:
    ISO9000 registered companies
    OEM Supplier
    Medical Device
    Government Service
    Direct Marketing
  • Managing ALL types of CAR and track progress online
  • Independent supplier SCAR tracking and reporting
  • Action effectiveness review and verification
  • 4W1H and 5-why root cause analysis form
  • In-depth CAR/SCAR Status Report, Department Performance Report, and Quality Cost Reports and trending
  • Supplier Performance Reports
  • Exporting reports to Excel
  • Email alert for coming due and/or overdue items
  • Managing attachments
  • Free CAR/SCAR form

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We are confident to provide best quality software products that will bring you value more than you paid for it. If however, you are not satisfied for any reason, just contact us within 60 days of purchase, and we will refund to you the full value of the purchase. No questions asked.

“I don’t believe the Cost of Quality and RPN [Risk and Priority Number] appeared on it before unless I’m mistaken. I’m very pleased with the reporting features of the program. ” Gary

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Cost of Quality and Lean Six Sigma Projects #lean #six #sigma,cost


Cost of Quality and Lean Six Sigma Projects

Cost of Quality and Lean Six Sigma projects should have a relationship. The concept Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) is usually included in Lean Six Sigma training; however, COPQ is typically considered to make up a small proportion of the costs that a company experiences relative to Cost of Quality (COQ).

Organizations benefit when a potential or completed Lean Six Sigma project considers all cost implications. Neither COPQ nor COQ addresses all costs that a business might incur relative to process waste. To illustrate this point, consider how COPQ and COQ do not consider WIP (work in process or work in progress) costs, which could have a very large organizational benefit if there were a reduction in its magnitude, with no other negative impact to the process.

With a Business Process Management (BPM), Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) approach for implementing Lean Six Sigma. preference is given to use of the term Cost of Doing nothing Differently (CODND) in lieu of COPQ. CODND considers all costs related to a process, whether that be determining the potential gain for a new project or determining the achieved profit from an actual project.

Organizations benefit if they use a CODND approach when addressing the financial benefits from Lean Six Sigma projects. A CODND approach would include the following COQ considerations.

Cost of Quality and Lean Six Sigma Projects: Deployment s Measurement of Success

The measure of an organization s Lean Six Sigma deployment success is typically the amount of achieved savings from process improvement efforts. One of the following two problems can occur from these calculations:

1. $100 million dollars was reported in savings, for example, but no one can find the money.
2. Hidden costs to an organization are not addressed in the calculation.

The first point addresses improvement project selection. With this issue, improvement efforts are not focusing on making strategic enhancements to an organization so that the enterprise as a whole financially benefits. How to overcome this issue with Lean Six Sigma project selection is addressed in the article Project Selection with Whole Enterprise Benefit .

This article will focus on the second point, where within a Lean Six Sigma deployment, hidden costs to an organization are not addressed in the calculation.

Costs of Quality (COQ) can have many hidden costs to an organization, as illustrated in the figure:

From Integrated Enterprise Excellence Volume III Improvement Project Execution: A Management and Black Belt Guide for Going Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard

Essentially, the quality cost to an organization is heightened each time work needs to be redone. Whether it is the re-manufacturing of items, tools, service or retesting systems, the cost of quality will always be affected in a negative way. Thus, it is the cost that could have been saved only when the item or service quality was flawless. As an organization enhances quality, the good costs are incurred while reducing the cost of bad quality.

To lessen or eradicate low quality, organizations may implement performance measures to enhance poor quality. For instance, a car company should spend more time in detecting, preventing and handling defects than using the finest quality metal or leather. Taking a closer look at the four types of quality costs will be beneficial in gaining better understanding. They include the following: prevention costs. appraisal costs. internal failure costs and external failure costs .

Cost of Quality: 1. Prevention Costs

Avoiding any defect to take place is the most proven way to handle the cost of quality. This is what prevention cost is all about. Preventing issues and defects from happening is more cost effective than finding solutions once these took place. In short, prevention costs relate to all activities that are meant to trim down or eliminate defects.

Cost of Quality: 2. Appraisal Costs

All defects in the products or services must be detected in an early time frame throughout the process of production. This is where appraisal costs will enter the picture. Also known as inspection cost , it is used to spot defects prior to the delivery to customers. However, performing such activities does not guarantee that defects will not take place. This leads to the fact that even the use of many inspectors cannot lead to 100 percent quality. Plus, this approach in quality cost is expensive and ineffective in that defects can be overlooked.

To resolve this, most current organizations realize the importance of quality control on the part of their employees. All employees should be accountable for quality control. This measure, along with improving the design and easy manufacturing of products, contributes to better quality control, rather than relying solely on human inspection.

Cost of Quality: 3. Internal Failure Costs

Failure costs exist every time products fall short to the specified design. Internal failure costs are generated from detecting defects prior to shipping. This type of cost may involve rejected and scrap products, fixing defective items as well as downtime brought by problems in quality. In some cases, this type of quality cost also includes review of materials, material downgrades and re-testing.

An organization with a more efficient appraisal approach has a better chance of identifying issues internally. This also means improved internal failure costs. With a better internal failure cost strategy in place, gigantic costs of external failure can be prevented.

Cost of Quality: 4. External Failure Costs

External failure cost occurs when defective items are shipped to customers. This may cover costs like product recalls, warranty repairs, product replacements, and legal issues, as well as lost profits brought about by poor reputation. These costs can be devastating to an organization s revenues; thus, these are the costs that are acquired once the products have already been shipped.

In the pasr, managers tended to rely on warranty evaluations too much when it came to handling problems with products. Shipping items to customers without dwelling much on quality control measures resulted in great external failure costs, as well as a decline in profits and market share and customers ill spirits.

Reducing Total Quality Costs and Improving Organizational Financials

The sum of the four above Cost of Quality categories account for total quality costs. Organizations might be spending as much as 20 percent on the cost of quality. But then, many state that it is possible to reduce this cost to 3 percent to 5 percent range.

A challenge for today s organizations to reduce overall quality cost. One approach to accomplish this is to improve the integration of Cost of Quality with Lean Six Sigma project selection; however, these costs are often not in plain view in an organization.

An IEE value chain. which can offer automatic predictive metrics updates, provides a means for highlighting not only COQ and COPQ costs on an on-going basis but highlighting other organizational expenses relative to CODND as well. When this is done, more significant organizational improvement opportunities can readily be identified through the nine-step IEE business-management system. The result: Lean Six Sigma and other process improvement projects are identified and executed so that there is an enhanced, direct linkage to making a positive impact on financials. This is done by reducing the magnitude of CODND predictive metrics, which can be monitored in organizational-value-chain scorecards at the 30,000-foot-level .

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Quality Data Management #data #quality #improvement


Quality Data Management, Inc. (QDM) is a leader in delivering quality and process improvement systems to the healthcare industry. Through cost-efficient data collection, integration, computation, and presentation technology, QDM provides a balanced set of measures to improve healthcare outcomes.

QDM’s Integrated Value Compass (IVC) integrates and presents data on cost, clinical outcomes, biological outcomes, patient satisfaction, team and physician satisfaction, patient health status, and safety. The Integrated Value Compass presents critical data about your hospital in an easily accessible, highly visual, and user-friendly way to support the entire healthcare team’s quality improvement work.

Client-specific results are continuously updated and displayed online, giving managers immediate access to all data sets through histograms, control charts, Boolean searches, drill downs, patient verbatims, and comparative benchmarking analyses.

QDM is dedicated to providing system solutions that enable customers to deliver the highest quality of care at the lowest possible price.

Value Compass Thinking:
The Basis of What QDM Does

QDM’s products and technology are built to support Value Compass� thinking. The Value Compass approach recognizes that effectively managing and ensuring quality and value on a variety of dimensions requires multiple integrated measures.

The concept of Value Compass thinking was developed more than a decade ago and has been enhanced through use in healthcare settings across the United States.
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To read more about QDM’s approach to performance improvement, download the “Microsystems in Healthcare” series from the publications link on this site.


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WebFOCUS Overview: Business Intelligence for Everyone #webfocus,7,seven,8,eight,business #intelligence,information #delivery,web #reporting,software,tools,self-service,real-time,analytics,olap,decision #support,business

WebFOCUS Platform Capabilities

WebFOCUS is a strategic enterprise business intelligence (BI) and analytics platform that enables any executive, manager, analyst, employee, partner, or customer to execute smarter business from trusted data. The platform itself is packed with cutting-edge capabilities that provide organizations with everything they need to turn data into insight, and insight into impact.

WebFOCUS provides one-stop BI shopping via an integrated portfolio of centralized and decentralized capabilities, including data management, visual discovery, predictive analytics, and operational intelligence in a single platform, coupled with an exceptional user experience.

There are multiple core competencies of WebFOCUS that enable it to be a modern, holistic, and strategic BI and analytics technology. Here is a Top Ten overview:

Pervasiveness. A single, enterprise-grade platform able to deliver a broad range of intelligence and analytics to any type of user, whether through sophisticated authoring, self-service tools for non-technical users, guided and ad hoc InfoApps™. advanced analytics such as predictive. and a variety of user-friendly interactive outputs .

Scalability. Perhaps the most scalable platform architecture in existence, able to deploy highly secure applications to thousands, even millions of users, often outside the corporate firewall.

Governance. Comprehensive governance to enable metadata -driven delivery of trusted information and content, available at the data. analytical, and user levels.

IT Friendliness. A highly IT-friendly platform, providing powerful provisioning and deployment of trusted applications and self-service environments from any combination of data sources .

Operational Capabilities. The ability to extend support beyond management and analysts, by operationalizing intelligence for line-of-business employees where the impact is closest to the business.

Business Friendliness. A highly business-user friendly platform, providing a wealth of functionality to support non-technical users from analytical rookies to data savvy analysts.

Self-service capabilities. The ability to support self-service deployments for far more types of users than other products, offering advanced reporting, collaboration, portals, dashboards, and visual data discovery in a single web-based interface that can be used by tech-savvy business users, non-technical users, and developers alike.

Self-service progression. Consumers become authors, support their own needs, and then operationalize and embed findings to benefit the whole enterprise.

Adoption accelerator. Deliver content, apps, and self-service to all user types, on their terms (e.g. mobile ), with relevant and intuitive analytics based on their skills and needs.

Feature and Function. A comprehensive portfolio of analytical capabilities that enable the authoring, support, and delivery of a wide range of needs:

WebFOCUS Capabilities:

When it comes to information delivery, flexibility is imperative.

To give everyone the power to make better decisions, it makes sense to give the right tool – or the right app – to the right user. Information specialists and developers need easy to use and powerful tools to manage, package, and deliver information to their internal and external users. Information consumers such as executives, managers, and front-line employees – even suppliers and customers – need InfoApps that will give them easy and instant access to the information they need.

Only Information Builders provides one flexible, scalable, and easy-to-use business intelligence and analytics platform that offers the right information delivery approach – for every kind of user.

Here is a sampling of outputs from WebFOCUS:


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Lice Removal & Treatment Services #quality #lice #removal, #treatment, #lice #place,


Welcome to The Lice Place

If you or a family member are unfortunate enough to come down with head lice, you may want to think twice before reaching for the customary bottle of lice shampoo or prescription treatment from the drug store. According to the latest research the tiny blood-sucking parasites are becoming increasingly resistant to traditional methods of treatment.

The problem is that the over-the-counter shampoos have used the same few chemicals since they came on the market in the mid-1980s. They worked well at first, but over time, the lice developed widespread resistance to them. In fact, 99% of lice in a recent study were found to be immune to the effects of insecticides. Pharmaceutical prescription treatments, per their own clinical studies, only show a 70% to 80% efficacy rate.

In addition to being ineffective and having some possible medical risks, the shampoos and prescription treatments are costly and only delay the suffering. At The Lice Place,we get rid of lice safely, effectively, and efficiently in just one treatment – without the use of pesticides. Furthermore, the head lice education and information you will receive at any of our clinics is based upon research, clinical studies and our own 11+ years of experience. No other lice treatment company is more professional and successful in defeating head lice than The Lice Place.

Why The Lice Place is the safe, smart and effective choice:

  • The Lice Place is owned and operated by a Registered Nurse.
  • As a Registered Nurse, Penny Warner and The Lice Place team are bound by certain guidelines and practices that protect your family from potential harm.
  • During her more than 18 years as a Registered Nurse, Penny worked as a critical care nurse, as well as Director of Patient Safety, Risk Management, Healthcare Improvement, Education, Infection Control and Accreditation Coordinator. She brings all that knowledge and experience to her lice removal business.
  • The Lice Place started in 2006 when there were fewer than 5 lice removal companies in the US. You won’t find another service with more experience than The Lice Place.
  • Every family that comes to one of The Lice Place clinics will have their own private treatment room (at no extra charge) – We understand that your privacy is important.
  • The Lice Place has infection control policies in place, which ensures you will not get head lice after coming into any of our offices.
  • Utilizing The Warner Method – a safe, non-toxic, pesticide-free method of combing and manual removal – The Lice Place has the highest publicized success rate in the country – 99.6 percent, which is backed by our hassle-free 30-day guarantee!
  • At The Lice Place, we start AND finish the treatment. The burden is never placed on the client to “finish” the treatment at home. After all, isn’t that why you came to The Lice Place?
  • At The Lice Place, no one plays up the “panic” mode of head lice or preys upon a person’s vulnerability during this trying time. As members of the NALTP, you can be assured we will treat your family ethically in all aspects – from treatment to billing to honoring our guarantee.
  • No pesticides, no gimmicks, no copycats! We are THE lice removal company other companies try to duplicate. There is no need to go anywhere else but to the original – The Lice Place!

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After my daughter got lice from her classmates, we tried getting rid of it on our own. Unfortunately we couldn’t get rid of the lice and after 3 treatments, I was very thankful to find The Lice Place. They removed the lice in one treatment and we haven’t seen any lice since then! Thanks again for all your help.

When I called yesterday and talked to April I was frantic. I was half way around the world working in Iraq, and was not there to help my daughter, when she needed it. April was so calm and collected and made Chloe an appointment for the same day, which her dad had to take her to. I thought between him, his mother, the school and of course ME freaking out, there is no way we can get this handled last minute in one day. Thanks to April it happened. I really appreciate all of your help during this time of need and will never forget it. Believe it or not it means more to some people than others, the every day work you do. I thought it was hard doing what I do. LOL I heard it took 2 hours on my daughters hair and my husband was so impressed and informed when he left. We can’t thank you enough. GREAT JOB. I will definitely recommend your services in the future.

The minute I walked in here, I knew I had come to the right place.

I brought my four kids in today after a fierce battle with head lice over the weekend (I realize some people battle this for months. I can’t even imagine the horror!). Your facility is a GODSEND. I actually have felt my pulse and blood pressure return to normal after visiting today. I will feel 100% better after our follow-up check later this week, but I just wanted to thank you and your staff for saving a mom from the brink of insanity. And my sweet kiddos from more torture as we frantically attacked their heads! It will be wonderful to think about something other than lice! God bless!

I just wanted to email to let you know how much my family and I appreciate Nina at your Dallas location. We made an appointment today and she and one of her employees worked through myself and my 3 daughters. All have long hair and 2 had quite a few nits. This was our first exposure to lice- so we count ourselves lucky to have it hit the first time when the girls were 16 and 12. The office was extremely busy – but Nina treated us very well. She patiently, pleasantly and diligently worked through our heads to insure we were lice free when we left. Hopefully we won’t be repeat customers in the future – but I will have no hesitation in referring The Lice Place to any family that may be experiencing a lice issue.

OK, I cannot tell you and your staff enough THANK YOU’S. You saved my daughter and family. We were able to get in and out within 24 hours so my daughter could get back to camp. Just imagine 13 years old at camp and sent home. Penny was able to schedule us on Monday at 9am to get in. We were thrilled about the service. She was cleaned and she went back to camp the same day. She only missed 1 day. More driving to and from camp than anything. I cannot thank you and your staff enough for help, professionalism and overall kindness. The information given by your staff is up to date and very informative. The truth about Lice comes out and it is not that scary. When you and your staff explain things in a not panic frantic way, it all works out. Again I cannot thank you and your staff enough. A client and referral for life, (longer than a lice life).

have literally spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on products that don’t work. If I had come here when this first started, I would have saved myself a lot of money and a lot of frustration.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for running a wonderful company that is truly a Godsend. Unfortunately, despite being super cautious, I ended up getting lice from one of my 6 year old students, which I discovered yesterday. I frantically searched the internet for treatment options and came across your website. I called as soon as the clinic opened this morning, and I was able to get in by 11:30. Your staff took care of me, and what an amazing job they did. They helped calm my stress level and put me at ease with everything. Within an hour and a half, I was out the door and feeling much better about the situation. Thank you again for everything! I will definitely recommend you in the future!

I was thrilled with the service we received. Thank you so much for starting this business and for employing such kind and professional individuals.

After our family had an outbreak of lice, we were happy to find The Lice Place. They were professional and worked very quickly to get rid of the lice issue. They also gave us some great tips for removing lice from our home altogether, which worked perfectly.


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Light Commercial – Mobile – Bard HVAC #wall-mount,wall-mounts,wall-mount #air #conditioners,a/c, #wall-mount


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Why cut a hole in the roof when you can put a smart Bard wall-mount unit on the side of your commercial building instead? Bard s vertical package wall-mount systems feature more enhancements than typical rooftop units, including patented features such as factory or field-installed ventilation options and control modules. Our vertical wall-mount units operate in the normal ambient environment, meaning much higher energy savings and a significant increase in economizer hours.

The Bard way is the smarter way to cool your building. Our wall-mount units operate in a much softer environment than 130 rooftops, which means greater efficiency, increased economizer operating hours and significantly longer life-spans. Plus, unlike most rooftop units, Bard offers active dehumidification sequence which is incredibly valuable to you when adding fresh-air ventilation to comply with building codes.

Just like the mobile structures you design, Bard mobile-unit HVAC system have durability and reliability as their cornerstones. Our systems are made to operate at temperatures ranging from
-30 F to +130 F and switch automatically from 50Hz to 60Hz. Bard systems are designed and tested to ensure they can take a beating on the road and still perform like champs.

Why put an HVAC unit on the roofs where they are hard to service, cause leaks and are subjected to severe and extreme heat? Bard wall-mount units offer everything a rooftop unit does, but in a much smarter and more efficient manner. Taking your air conditioner off of your roof can save you money and significantly increase equipment lifespan of your equipment.

Bard units are known industry-wide to be among the most reliable and easiest to maintain HVAC systems available. Bard engineers always design our units with the HVAC pros in mind, making accessibility and diagnosis one of our top design goals. When it comes to matching today’s highest efficiency requirements with yesterday’s durability, no one does it better than Bard.


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Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools – Informatica Is


2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools

“We believe that for Informatica to have been a leader for a full decade in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools reports means that Informatica continues to innovate and customers continue to rely on Informatica for their most demanding data quality and governance challenges, both in the cloud and on-premise.” said Amit Walia, executive vice president and chief product officer, Informatica. “Informatica’s data quality management approach ensures that all key initiatives and processes are fueled with the most relevant, timely and trustworthy data to drive superior business performance supporting on-premise, cloud and big data requirements. These customer challenges span from attracting and retaining customers, to more effectively managing risk and compliance, to uncovering new markets and outperforming the competition.”

We believe Informatica Data Quality can help ensure your organization’s key initiatives and processes are fueled with relevant, timely and trustworthy data:

  • For your business: Allowing business users to rapidly develop business rules without relying on IT
  • At the scale of your business: Applying rules at any point in your application or process – at data entry, in motion, at target and scale to cleanse billions of rows of data
  • At the speed of your business: Employing out-of-the-box business rules and accelerators with role-based, self-service tools for discovery, profiling, prepping and cleansing

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools is the perfect resource to find the right partner to improve your data quality today.

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

1 Gartner, 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools. 23 November 2016.


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European Travel with Affordable Quality #sugama #travels

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European Travel with Affordable Quality

The magical city of Florence

A wise man and dear friend of mine once said to me, “If you have a heart and a shirt, sell your shirt and go to Europe”.  We at European Travel Advisors share this sentiment wholeheartedly.  Europe has been our inspiration for over 35 years and advising travelers on how best to visit Europe and take home from it the unique cultures, the ancient history and the experience of the European life style has been our passion.  We are featuring on this website Italy, Switzerland, France and Austria because we believe these countries, all have so much to offer the discerning traveler from their magnificent scenery, unique culture, history and their warm and gracious people.

European Travel Advisors wants you to visit Italy, Switzerland, France and Austria, your way, at your pace, with a budget that is comfortable for you. Therefore we have made some suggestions of ways you may want to visit these countries but we also specialize in custom designed tours to meet your requirements. You’ll find a “build your own tour ” menu so that you can refine your choices and we can price and prepare a tour program just for you. It is not as expensive as you might think.

In these challenging times that we are living through, it is imperative that we take time to vacation and to travel in order to replenish our souls. Let the professional staff at European Travel Advisors with their years of experience in this field help you to plan your next European vacation.

We’ve known the world… let us help you discover it.


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Cheapest Flights. Best Quality Airline Tickets #airline #tickets #cheapest

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Enjoy the most beautiful destinations and choose the cheapest flights from our site. We present all the most famous travel agencies, compare and choose for you the best offer on the Internet for cheapest flights.

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This week brings you some travel deals that are great both vacation, business or visiting family as well. Book now and get business class flights to Australia and the South Pacific with major airlines from $2,679 r/t, taxes included. Note that you must depart by August 31 2015! If you browse a.

Our weekly deal collection bring some great offers you should check out, including cheap domestic flights with the award winning Virgin America from $75 one way. Book right now and travel to major US cities on select dates mainly through the Fall of 2015. Browse a little more and you will find.

Mexico is one of the best possible destinations for US travelers as it is close, affordable and full of beautiful places. Check out the Ixtapa flight from Philadelphia our deal hunters have just found for $374 r/t with taxes included and see that if you book this Delta Airlines airfare deal you.

Africa is a continent full of amazing and very different countries, people and cultures. A part of that is what you can see for yourself if you book the Washington to Lagos flight deal we have just found for $771 r/t with taxes included. Fly in February 2015 with Thy Turkish Airlines and save.

Discover the most beautiful places of Africa next year with the help of the newest pick of our deal hunters. Book this cheap flight from Chicago to Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam) for $891 r/t with taxes and fees included and have the vacation of your lifetime. The Thy Turkish Airlines flight our deal.

The Indian Ocean is full of islands and archipelagos that will take your breath away any time, so if you have been planning a vacation to this area you will love the New York to Seychelles flight for $1,250 r/t with taxes we have just found. Fly with Emirates Airlines and save nearly $200.


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