Cross-industry cause: October is National Quality Month
Twenty-four years may have passed since National Quality Month was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, yet there are still many quality-related issues manufacturers face on a daily basis—food safety, toy recalls, the mortgage industry crisis, and the subsequent current financial turmoil, to name a few.
As a reminder of the critical role that quality can play in solving many cross-industry problems, The American Society for Quality (ASQ) reminds us that October is National Quality Month.
National Quality Month focuses on the strategic importance of quality and continuous improvement. It also strengthens the commitment to quality and performance excellence by organizations across the country. Many organizations have created their own special events, and recognition programs, in an effort to convey the strategic impact of quality on every industry for National Quality Month.
"One only needs to read the headlines we've seen over the past year to understand and acknowledge the critical importance that quality concepts and processes can play in today's business landscape," says Roberto Saco, president of ASQ.
The American Society for Quality is a leading authority on quality and a resource provider for more than 60 years. With more than 90,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.