Welcome to the ASQ Middle Tennessee
Section 1118 website!

We are excited to provide this website as a valuable resource to not only our members, but also to the community at large. 

We also have a LinkedIn Group (click on the logo above); participation is encouraged, but not a requirement to be a member of Section 1118.

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Next Meeting Summary

We plan to continue to deliver interesting, informative, and useful topics as a service to our membership.  In order to do so, your suggestions for topics and/or speakers would be very helpful.  Please contact the Programs Chair at Programs@ASQ-MiddleTN.org with your valued input.  Keep in mind that your suggestions may not be able to be implemented until the following year since the plan for this year may be completed.

Membership Meetings &Tours 
Membership meetings and tours are regularly scheduled for the months of January through May - and - September through December of the following year.  The membership meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month except for May and December when we usually conduct tours of interesting businesses within the section. 

The LOCATION of Membership Meetings is at the Hermitage location of the Golden Corral Restaurant  at 315 Old Lebanon Dirt Rd., Hermitage TN, 37076.  For a map & directions to the Golden Corral Restaurant, click here.

The membership meetings are divided into two portions: the Clinic and the Main Presentation.  Dinner begins at 5:15 pm, the Clinic begins at 6:00 pm, dessert and coffee are at 6:45 pm and the Main presentation begins at 7:00 pm.  The cost of the dinner, paid at the door, at the Golden Corral is about $14 for each member with ASQ Section 1118 paying the gratuity.

New members to Section 1118, students, and professors are invited to attend their first meeting as a compliment of our section.  For a Complimentary ASQ Meeting gift certificate, click here.

Please contact our Reservations Chair if you plan to attend this meeting.  Reservations@ASQ-MiddleTN.org 

Next Clinic

Date:  10/13/2016, 6:00 pm

Presenter:  Paul Kidd

Topic:  What it's like to be a TNCPE Examiner



Paul Kidd has over 30 years in various manufacturing roles.  His experience includes process improvement, production management and quality management. Throughout his career, he has utilized employee involvement techniques to engage employees at all organizational levels in continuous improvement. This includes teaching teams to use the basic quality tools such as brainstorming, fish bone diagrams, histograms, Pareto charts, scatter charts, checklists, and control charts. He has supervised production areas and quality laboratories and had responsibility for development and implementation of quality management systems as well as health, safety, and environmental management systems. His industrial background is in fiber production, glass production and furniture assembly operations.

In addition, as a consultant Paul has trained a multi-plant lead and zinc smelting operation in the development of an integrated process management system, marketed and installed statistical process control software, and worked with several health care, municipal, private, and non-profit organizations on the utilization of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria as a holistic, organizational continuous improvement process. Currently, Paul consults mostly as a 3rd party contractor through the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services providing continuous improvement and quality management services to small and mid-size manufacturing companies.


Paul is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Master Examiner for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (the state version of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award). He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Next Main Presentation

Date:  10/13/2016, 7:00 pm

Presenter:  Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

Topic:  Airport Update


This Year's Meetings or Tours


2016 Meeting Dates and Topics – 2nd Thursday of the Month


Clinic Presentations

Main Presentations



Applications of Reliability Engineering (Sinan Meric-Sinan.Meric@schneider-electric.com)

Risk Mitigation (Robert Martin-robert.martin@schneider-electric.com)



Statistical Inference (Scott Guess)

Food Fraud (Bob Thrash-rwthrash@bellsouth.net)



 ASQ in 2020 (Rita Miller)

Rewards of having Great Manufacturing Work Insructions (Barry Lucas-blucas@sequencesoftware.com - www.sequencesoftware.com)



 Preparing for the Unexpected in Careers - Before and After (Susie Peace)

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Tour - Long Hollow Winery

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation (optional) with Reservations Chair (Reservations@ASQ-MiddleTN.org)

665 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072  Directions:  I-65, exit 97, east of I-65, about a mile, on right

Cracker Barrel (optional), 235 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072  Directions:  I-65, exit 97, east of I-65 (Rita Miller)



Strategic Planning (David Licon) 

Accountable Care Organizations-Lowering Costs and Increasing the Quality of Healthcare (John Hennessey-jhennessey@kepro.com)



What's It Like to be a TNCPE Examiner (Paul Kidd)

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority  



Correct SPC – Non-Shewhart SPC for Precision Machining: The Basics(Bob Doering-bob44050@yahoo.com)

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Tour – U.S. Smokeless Tobacco

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation (optional) with Reservations Chair (Reservations@ASQ-MiddleTN.org)

 (Elicia Lambert)



 ISO 2015 (David Licon)

 TS 2016 (Rita Miller)











Tour – 

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation with Reservations Chair (Reservations@ASQ-MiddleTN.org)












Tour – 

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation with Reservations Chair (Reservations@ASQ-MiddleTN.org)



New Members



Take advantage of what ASQ Section 1118 has to offer!

Browse our Section's site and be sure to visit www.ASQ.org often!

Print this page and bring it to your first dinner meeting
and dinner is on us!


Reliability News

Welcome to the Middle Tennessee ASQ's "Reliability News" for Section 1118.  We will post links, news, and other reliability resources available for the members.