The Hamilton Section of the American Society for Quality



April 2008

Editor -
Adam Kossowski


Plant Tour - Namasco Blanking Centre

Includes Presentation on
An  Electronic Approach To Implementing TS 16949 
in a Small Facility

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


546 Elgin Street, Brantford

(See map below)

Topic Description:

Namasco Blanking Centre (NBC) is a small blanking facility, started in 1988, which provides a unique service to the local automotive industry. As a processor of light gauge steel, NBC serves as a service provider by offering to its customers a facility that acts like an extension of their own facility, by taking on the customer’s own material and tooling and returning product as feed stock to their facility/equipment. NBC provides other services to its customers, such as Inventory Management, Material Management, and Tooling Maintenance. NBC is also an industry leader in stamped door skins for the residential steel door market, and ships this product globally.

NBC’s approach to TS 16949 certification was to simplify the TS 16949 standard into layman terms and concepts and empower Process Owners to manage their processes effectively. By utilizing electronic hyperlinks extensively within its Business Operating System (BOS), NBC was able to link all their process maps together in addition to having all required documents being links to each process map, for ease of use. This provides all employees an understanding of their related process requirements (inputs, outputs, etc.) and required tools, and provides them insight into how they fit into NBC’s BOS.


7:00 – 8:00 pm     Overview of NBC’s BOS

8:00 – 8:15 pm     Q&A plus refreshments

8:15 – 8:45 pm                           Plant Tour 

The Section will be charging $20 per person for this tour.

As there is no group size limit, pre-registration will NOT be required. 
Fees will be collected on the day of the tour, prior to the 7:00 pm Overview session.

Join us on April 22 to learn more about NBC’s unique approach to TS16949 implementation, and enjoy an evening networking with your quality colleagues. 

Safety Note: Safety glasses & hearing protection are mandatory (available on site). Please bring your own personal protection if you have them. Safety footwear is also required, although leather or fully covered footwear is acceptable (for aisle tours only). No high heels or open-toed shoes will be allowed within the plant, no exceptions.

Presenter – Brian Hoekstra, Quality Assurance Manager

Brian Hoekstra has worked in various areas of Quality over the past 13 years, and has implemented a QMS (QS9000/TS 16949) in four different facilities. Brian has developed and is teaching several Quality Assurance courses for Fanshawe College in London Ontario as part of their Quality Assurance Certificate program. Brian has been a member of ASQ since 1997 and a 
Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) since 2000

For any further information about this tour, contact Olga Delvecchio at



Location of Namasco Blanking Centre, 546 Elgin Street, Brantford


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Other Upcoming Events


Location Date Details:

Creating Value through the Audit Process - BSI

Hilton Garden Inn, Toronto

April 9, 2008

ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement

Houston, Texas

May 5 - 7, 2008

Click on link on sidebar

How Not to Design an Experiment - Jock MacKay, University of Waterloo

Foo Ho Chinese Cuisine, Burlington

May 22, 2008

Hamilton Section May Newsletter


Hamilton Section Officers for 2008 / 2010

At the March 18, 2008 membership meeting, nominations were presented for the positions of Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer for the 2008 / 2010 section executive. 

With no additional nominations received, and with the current Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect moving to the Chair position, the Section officers for 2008 / 2010 will be:

                                                   Chair:                                   Jeff Race
                                                   Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:    Jane Devries
                                                   Secretary:                           Carl Weidhaas
                                                   Treasurer:                           Joseph Drozdz

Congratulations to the officers of the new executive, which takes over effective July 1, 2008.

Advance Notice of Winery Tour - June 18, 2008 

Join us on June 18, 2008 at Vineland Estates Winery for a wine tour and tasting event at 6:00 p.m. 
The tour will last approximately one hour and we will learn about the vineyard, the presses, cellars and production. 

Afterwards we will enjoy a tasting of three award winning premium wines which will be accompanied by 
a selection of four Canadian farm cheeses and Estate made breads. 

Spouses/partners are encouraged to join us for this last of the year meeting and social. 

Fee for this event is $20.

To register for this event, please notify Jeff Race at
by June 9.

Hope to see you there

Location of Vineland Estates Winery, 
3620 Moyer Road, Vineland

Web-based CQE Practice Exams

 The Hamilton ASQ section recently launched a complimentary web-based e-learning solution for candidates wishing to become ASQ-Certified Quality Engineers (CQE). For further details, click here.

Certification Study Materials Available for Loan

The Hamilton Section Executive is pleased to make Certification Examination preparation materials available to our membership.  Section members can sign-out these resources, free of charge. Resources include study materials for:  CQT, CQM, CQA, CQIA, CRE, CMI, and CSQ.  These are not the ASQ's latest versions of the certification body of knowledge, but they will serve to give a good overview of the material and help members determine the scope and focus of each certification.  (Members are encouraged to obtain the latest versions prior to completing their studies in order to ensure that they are completely up-to-date.)

To borrow these materials, please contact Jane Devries  The materials will be available for 3-month loans on a first come, first served basis, and can be picked up at section meetings.

If you have materials that you would like to offer for the Section library, please also contact Jane.


Each One Reach One Program

Through the Each One Reach One program, ASQ members network with their peers and build their quality communities. After you join, tell your colleagues about ASQ and the benefits of membership. 
Let them know about the value they will find through ASQ membership. 
Each new member is another person to network with – another person to learn from. 
For every ASQ Member you refer that joins, you'll earn ASQ Bucks (5 ASQ Bucks = $5)

  • Individual member referral: 5 ASQ Bucks

  • Sustaining member referral: 120 ASQ Bucks

  • NEW! Organizational member referral: 1000 ASQ Bucks

Your Input Requested for Section Activities Next Year

Do you have ideas for presentations or activities for next year? Perhaps you would like to share some of your organization’s successful quality or lean initiatives or can arrange a tour of your organization or facility. 
We’re actively planning for next year and our programs rely on your input and good ideas. 

If you have suggestions please contact Judi Mansfield-Jones: 

The ASQ Hamilton Section Newsletter is posted online about six times per year
to announce upcoming Section meetings, plant tours and other events of interest to members.

The newsletter will also be sent electronically only to those members who have agreed
to receive Section information by e-mail. The newsletter will no longer be distributed by regular mail.

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