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 Dinner Meeting

Thursday September 6, 2018       6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Untapped Potential of Process Maps

As Summer begins to yield to Autumn, we go through a number of different processes.  There’s the preparation for a new academic year, for our children…or ourselves.  And, let’s not forget moving our sons or daughters back in to the dormitory, or into a dorm for the first time.  Nature goes through processes, the more colorful of which we are quite familiar with in New England.

So, in keeping with this theme of movement and process, our speaker this month, Bob Wallner, will be talking about Process Mapping.  And, more than that, Bob will show us how to wring more utility and information out of this quality tool.

Process maps are a great visual tool for understanding how a process flows, but too often, that’s where they stop.  Once created, process maps can serve many additional purposes beyond simply becoming a piece of wallpaper.

Bob will provide a brief review of process mapping, pointing out areas requiring special attention.  He will then show how process maps can play key roles in data capture, productivity improvement, waste elimination, and Six Sigma Project definition.

Bob Wallner

Bob Wallner has spent his career to date in manufacturing for various industries.  For the first half of his career, Bob worked in Supply Chain Management in the injection molding arena.  For the last twelve years, he has worked in a Continuous Improvement role in metal grinding and fabrication.  Currently, Bob is the Production Supervisor for Hitchiner Manufacturing’s Gas Turbine Operations.  There he gets to use his Lean, TOC, and Six Sigma training on the shop floor.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Westfield State University, is Lean Bronze Certified, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Bob is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Lean Manufacturing from Kettering University.

Call for Speakers

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