Businesswoman examining graphs with other working people on backgroundAn upcoming course offered by Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) will help you understand the process of obtaining measurements to ensure you have good data for analysis. MSA is a tool that can be used in many quality management systems and a component of Six Sigma. The course will be held on September 13, 2016 from 8:00am-4:00pm at the Community Education Center in St Marys, PA.

In the course, you will learn about 1) the components of measurement systems; 2) the different types of measurement error; 3) how to design and run a variable Gage R&R and an attribute Gage R&R; 4) how to interpret the output; and 5) how to use that information to improve your measurement system.

During the course, participants will apply the concepts taught on various measurement systems and use their results to improve those systems. At least one attendee from each company should have a laptop with the trial version of Minitab. MiniTab is a statistics application developed by the Pennsylvania State University by researchers Barbara F. Ryan, Thomas A. Ryan, Jr., and Brian L. Joiner in 1972. More information about Minitab can be found at

Instructor for the course is Sara Goncus, Director of Training and Development, Operations Strategy Consulting. Goncus holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and an RABQSA certified QMS internal auditor and a certified AIAG ISO/TS 16949 auditor. Prior to joining Operations Strategy, Sara worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer for Lockheed Martin at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

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