Section Meeting

Wednesday February 21, 2018


Managing the Complexity of Global Supply Chain Partnerships
Have you ever heard someone say that their company offshored to country X and the quality was terrible, or that when the product was moved to country Y and the costs went up, or that country Z rips off our IP.  Is this done to us or do we allow it to be done unto us?

Supply Chain Management has become a global playing field in recent years.  The common view point is that there has been a race to the lowest common denominator, offshoring technology and intellectual property to Asia and moving us the consumers farther and farther away from the centre of the supply chain.  The concept of supply and demand are universal, the definition of quality and service are universal – providing the correct products at the correct price at the correct quality on time every time.  Our local needs and expectations may change however and we need to be able to reflect this cultural shift in our supply chains.  Add in to this ethical supply chains and our task of managing a complex supply chain becomes even more complex.

In this webinar we will address the central questions of (a) is globalisation a necessary constituent of modern supply chains and (b) what alternatives are necessary. We will look at the premise of ‘glocalisation’ in the supply chain environment – how can we apply the concepts of global supply chain management in a local environment.  Finally we will review tools and techniques for building complex supply partnerships and why partnerships whereby all elements of the supply chain are working in unison for the customers customer and everyone is s
haring the good fortune along the way

John Perigaut

John is an ASQ Fellow and CQE, CQA, CMQ/OE, and CBA.  His other certifications include:  Massachusetts Quality Award Examiner, Lean Certificate Degree, and Certified Train-the-Trainer from Motorola University.  He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance.  Currently, John is the QMS Manager at Philips Health Systems in Andover, MA.  John is also an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College.

In the course of his career, John has implemented ISO 9001 and Lean Manufacturing at various companies in various industries Worldwide.  He speaks on Quality and Change Management at World and Local ASQ Conferences.  John has also cerved as Chair for ASQMV.

Location (see map)
Holiday Inn Tewksbury –Andover
4 Highwood Dr
Tewksbury, MA 01876


5:30 - 6:00 Registration

6:00 - 7:00 Presentation

7:00 - 7:30 Dinner


American Society for Quality
Merrimack Valley Sec. 0102
PO Box 275
North Andover,  MA 01845-0275

ASQ Special Event!

Thursday June 7, 2018       6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

​Sign In: 6-6:30p.m - Talk Begins at 6:30p.m.

MIT Haystack Observatory Tour

This month, we have a special event for ASQMV Members: a tour of MIT’s Haystack Observatory in Westford, MA.  The MIT Haystack Observatory has been in operation for more than 50 years and has contributed significantly to Astronomy, Geodesy and Geophysics, and Atmospheric Sciences.

The facility is part of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and operates on about 1,300 acres of forested land in Groton and Tyngsboro, MA.  In the 1960’s the Observatory conducted radar mapping of the lunar surface.  It enabled long baseline interferometry in the 1980’s which permitted imaging activity at the black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.  The Observatory continues to advance understanding of the Universe and its beginnings through a major role in Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), which interconnects signals from facilities around the globe.

We will begin the event with a presentation by Dr. Philip Erickson, Assistant Director of the Observatory.  Following Dr. Erickson’s talk, we will then visit the radome housing the facility’s 37-meter antenna.


  • There is NO Dinner provided at this meeting.  You will need to make your own arrangements.
  • Attendance is strictly limited to 35 Attendees.  Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • You must provide your e-mail when registering to receive entry instructions to the facility.

Speaker: Philip J. Erickson, PhD. – Assistant Director, MIT Haystack Observatory

In addition to serving as Assistant Director of the Observatory, Dr. Erickson is Leader of the Atmospheric Sciences Group and an MIT Principal Research Scientist.  He is Lead Principal Investigator for the Millstone Hill Geospace Facility and Co-Director of the MIT Haystack Education and Public Outreach Programs.

Dr. Erickson holds a BSEE and a PhD in Space Plasma Physics from Cornell.  His research interests include, among others:

  • Geospace System Science and Analysis
  • Radio wave based remote sensing of the ionosphere and thermosphere
  • Software architectures for large scale radio wave based remote sensing
  • Innovative methods for enhancing K-12 and undergraduate science curricula
  • Telescience methods for remote data distribution and interpretation

Call for Speakers

ASQMV is looking for subject matter experts!

Have you ever thought about giving a presentation on something you do well?  Do you have a case study that would be of interest to our colleagues?  Do you know someone who would be a great speaker? Think about joining me to be part of our innovative programs planning for the upcoming year.  Any ideas or interests please contact ASQMV Programs Chair at, or just discuss your thoughts at one of our upcoming meetings.