April 2nd, 2013

Continuous Improvement and Process Variations

 WEDNESDAY  April 17, 2013  
6 – 9 pm  

ASQ 702 San Gabriel Valley


Continuous Improvement and Process Variations

Presented by Tarek Elneil

Any manufacturing process has five components sequentially connected in the following order: Supplier, Input, Process, Output, and Customer; in short, called SIPOC. Each component of the process can affect the next one in order. The Supplier can cause a problem in process input, which in results can affect the Customer at the end of the chain. The six components of the process input interact with each other and cause process variations. The process variations can due to common causes or special causes. Continuous Improvement goals are to reduce the common causes and to eliminate the special causes. When the process is under control 99.7% of the product will be within its established specifications, or statistically within + 3 Sigma. Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing are tools to reduce the process non-conformance due to common cause; it can reduce the process non-conformance from 1350 ppm to be 0.001 ppm. Root Cause Analysis and Kepner Tregoe are tools used to reduce the non-conformance due to special causes. The main objective of non-conformance investigation is to select effective solutions and prevent the problem from recurring.

About the Speaker Tarek Elneil

Tarek Elneil is a Quality Consultant with over 14 years of experience as a change agent for Continuous Quality Improvement in the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, and dietary supplement industry; with an extensive experience in problem solving and root cause analysis.

Throughout his career, he has improved the quality systems, reduced the non-conformances and deviation cycle time. He has trained employees on problem solving and root cause analysis, reducing 75% of the non-conformance average cycle time. Tarek has managed process improvement projects, and led CAPA cross-functional teams to investigate quality failures utilizing the Six Sigma tools.

As a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, he has been the guest speaker on Continuous Improvement and Root Cause Analysis at ASQ and APICS events in Southern California. Tarek is an expert in systems analysis and database management with an emphasis on statistical analysis and performance metrics.



  Biosense Webster

15715 Arrow Highway

Irwindale, Ca  


6 – 6:30 dinner/networking

6:30 – 8:30 meeting

8:30 – 9 Section business/raffles  


Subway Sandwiches, chips, cookie, drink

(Registration closes at noon on day of event to allow for ordering of dinner options)


Members $10-, Non-members $15, Students $10 –   


(.3 R.U.s Awarded)


To encourage interaction, seating is limited to the first 40 registrants, so sign up soon!  

For more information or special order, contact:   Event Coordinator – Jean Flores at 909-322-2011


Contact for questions:
Randy Canfield, ASQ 702 Chair at Randy Canfield