This is part four of an ongoing series of posts from Mohan Ponnudurai as he attends and speaks at quality shows and conferences across the globe.
I attended the annual American Society for Quality’s World Congress, which was held this year at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. It was attended by quality professionals in all facets of life, industries and positions. ASQ promotes quality not only in manufacturing sector, but also in government, services and education. The event is made up of sessions that include training, presentations and product demos.
The exhibition section was primarily made up of solution vendors, consulting companies and ASQ divisions. Visitors who attended our booth were varied, in terms of type and profile. Many were from discrete manufacturing industries such as automotive, marine and industrial manufacturing. There were a great number of companies that visited our booth looking to move to a structured and automated QMS from paper-based systems. Plus, we had a few visitors from the Life Sciences industries, many of whom use or are familiar with Sparta Systems/TrackWise.
Delegate attendance was about 2,000, which seemed fewer than past years. But sessions seemed well attended, particularly those presenting as finalists for this year’s International Team Excellence Award.
One ASQ award finalist, I’m proud to say, is a Sparta Systems customer – Bucher Emhart Glass. Bucher Emhart Glass’ submission related to disruptive and transformation of their NCC (non-contractual concession) process, which leverages Sparta’s TrackWise EQMS solution. The Bucher Emhart team, led by David Brown, Director of Quality Management and Health & Safety, posted their submission poster as well as made a verbal presentation to a team of six judges. The cost of NCC went from €1.67M to €900K within the first year, a 46% cost reduction. This not only yielded great monetary savings, but also allowed Emhart to instill a culture of quality and accountability as part of these concessions. Sparta is proud of Emhart’s recognition, and wish them continued success!
Stay tuned for part five of “Where in the World is Mohan Ponnudurai” coming soon.