ASQ Tucson Old Pueblo Section (TOPS)

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has been the leading quality improvement organization in the United States for more than 70 years. Its members have initiated most of the quality methods used throughout the world, including statistical process control, quality cost measurement and control, total quality management, failure analysis, and zero defects.

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Upcoming Events

Section Leadership Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

ASQ Section 0707 Leadership Committee Meeting meeting to discuss business and planning for local section.

Virtual meeting details to be provided in a separate email.

Section Member Meeting @ TBD
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Topic: TBD

Presenter: TBD

Location: TBD

Date: December 8th, 2021

Time/Agenda: 6-6:30pm – Social/Networking, 6:30-8pm – Presentation


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About the speaker: John Lindland has 35 years of applied experience in failure mode and effects analysis, quality methods, applied statistics, and root cause analysis.  ASQ has awarded John with two Cecile C Craig Awards.  The first was for The Dynamic Cost of Quality Model.  The second was for defining Error-proofing and Mistake-proofing.  Error-proofing/mistake-proofing became the basis for The Seven Failure Modes 7FM which was his first book (2007).  John worked at Ford Motor Company.  He was a Director of Quality over a multi-facility plastics supplier to the OEM.  Then he spent 21 years as an international consultant with Ford, GM, Chrysler, Samsung, Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, the US Army, The National Science Foundation, The FAA, and a large number of the other top companies as his clients.  John returned to industry to by joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as a Master Black Belt and the Global DFMEA lead.  7FM became their global approach.  Their first full vehicle that went through 7FM was the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.  It launched in 3 year (concept to validation) at a 60% lower problem rate than any competitor.  The launch included the electrified PHEV powertrain.  It is the most award winning vehicle in its class four years since it launched.  John was on FCA’s Functional Safety Steering committee and working group for four years.  He was a senior principle quality engineer with Raytheon, a Director of Functional Safety and Quality with TuSimple (Level 4 Autonomy).  He currently returned to consulting and is proud to be the VOC chair with the Phoenix ASQ chapter.

This 7FMEA topic was an applied systems level design and covered:

  • The hierarchy of functions (super system, system, assembly, component)
  • Categories of physical functions
  • Categories of micro controller functions
  • The physics of the function
  • The 7FM Functional Block Diagram: How to model the system
  • The seven failure modes
  • The Temporal Fault State Map: Adding the failure modes to the 7FM Functional Block Diagram
  • A brief overview of
    • Prevention-Cause,
    • Failure Mode-Fault Detection,
    • Effects, and Detection
  • A brief overview of Severity, Occurrence, and Detection
  • An overview of Matrix FMEA
    • Inputs
    • Design Elements
    • Causes and Degradation Factors
    • Functions – Intended Outputs
    • Primary Failure Modes
    • Effects – Unintended Outputs
    • How to prioritize the design
    • How to prioritize function-based testing, fault injection testing, and failure-based testing
    • How to prioritize design changes
    • Matrix FMEA as a living document

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Section 0707 virtual meetings have been previously held on WebEx. The platform will be switching to Zoom, which has similar features. Meeting links will still be sent out via email. Be sure you’ve opted in to section 0707 communication on your account on to receive the meeting invitation emails.

At the October meeting, the discussion topic was Ishikawa (Fishbone) Diagrams, a type of cause and effect diagram. Common areas of focus include:

  • Human Factors or People
  • Methods or Processes
  • Environment
  • Measurement
  • Materials
  • Machines/Tools and Maintenance

Discussion included how leadership, policy, and biases play a role as causes. Have you ever used an Ishikawa Diagram to prevent a problem rather than react to a problem?

At the February 2020 meeting, Faribault Foods welcomed ASQ Section 0707 members to their Tucson facility with a company presentation, discussion, and tour to demonstrate how they apply quality principles to manufacture canned food. Discussion topics included SAP, quality standards, and statistical process control.

Faribault Foods is a company with a vision “to be a leading, high-quality food company that provides the greatest customer satisfaction through products and services based on the development of highly skilled, committed personnel and the use of cutting edge technology to create new products.” (

ASQ Section 0707 thanks Faribault Foods with special thanks to Omid Arani for guiding the tour and Alfonso Abad for giving the presentation.

Join us in March to advance your skills in quality!

ASQ Section 0707 February 2020 Meeting Attendees

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ASQ Section 0707 Leadership Committee