APQP Software - Not Just for Document Creation
Gregory F. Gruska, President, The Third Generation, Inc. and Donald Cherry, Director
Marketing, Omnex Systems
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About the authors
Mr. Gruska, a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), is presently the
President of The Third Generation, Inc., the COO of Omnex Systems and a principal
consultant in performance excellence and Six Sigma Master Blackbelt for Omnex Engineering
and Management, Inc.
Mr. Gruska had been associated with Dr. W. E. Deming and has assisted in the Transformation
of Management since 1981. He has personally assisted large and small companies in
North America and Europe in this transformation including the development and implementation
of strategy, benchmarking, process control planning, and customer satisfaction.
Further, he has worked with companies in the preparation of internal or external
assessment utilizing criteria such as QS-9000, ISO/TS 16949, Total Quality Excellence,
and MBNQA and has helped organizations using Six Sigma performance improvement strategies.
He directed and was the primary resource for the development and initial implementations
of Comprehensive Process Control Planning ((CP)2). This approach provides a structure
for the logical determination and implementation of process controls within an environment
of continuous improvement. Following the precepts taught by Dr W. E. Deming, (CP)2
enables an organization to establish what is needed to control its processes and
then integrate these plans within the normal operations. The Ford Motor Company,
Transmission and Chassis Division, pioneered its use with the launch of the transaxle
used in the Taurus/Sable vehicles. This structure enabled the plant to achieve Best-In-Class
status for this transmission within the first year of production and subsequently
to continue to improve its quality and productivity.
Prior to joining Omnex, Mr. Gruska managed the Quality Engineering Activity at Chevrolet.
This group provided benchmarking, quality engineering and statistical support to
all divisional and corporate activities and their suppliers. Besides the application
of statistics within the design, manufacturing, and support environments, this group
was active in the development of new technologies and training in these areas. Mr.
Gruska additional served as a Divisional and Corporate consultant in Statistical
Engineering and Management. He has traveled extensively in assisting engineering,
financial, and support staffs and manufacturing plants in the investigation and
solution of problems affecting quality and customer satisfaction.
Mr. Gruska has been involved in the development of theory and software and authored
many papers in the areas of non-normal and multivariate sampling and data analysis,
quality management, measurement systems analysis, inspector effectiveness and statistical
process control. He is the author of Theory D which discusses the teachings of Dr.
W. Edwards Deming and is the editor and principal author of Comprehensive Process
Control Planning -(CP)2. He is also the co-author of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
Award The Yardstick for Quality Growth, available through Addison-Wesley.
Mr. Gruska is also an active/writing member of the QS-MSA and QS-SPC Manual subcommittees
of the American Automotive industrys Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force which
is part of the international task force governing TS-16949.
Mr. Gruska is an adjunct professor at Madonna University. He has advanced degrees
in mathematics and engineering from the University of Detroit, Michigan State University
and Wayne State University. He was the Deming Memorial Lecturer at the Sheffield
Hallam University for the year 2000.
Mr. Gruska is a charter member of the Greater Detroit Deming Study Group and the
W. E. Deming Institute. He is a ASQ certified Quality Engineer, a licensed Professional
Engineer (CA - Quality) and a member of the Board of Examiners of and Judge for
the Michigan Quality Leadership Award (1994-2003).
Mr. Cherry is an executive sales professional and is currently the Director of Sales
for Omnex Systems, LLC.
Mr. Cherry brings over 18 years of professional sales and marketing experience in
the applications software industry to the Omnex team. Prior to joining Omnex Systems,
Mr. Cherry had worked for multiple fortune 500 organizations including General Electric
and International Business Machines and has also held executive positions within
the technology industry including, Executive Vice President/Principle, Apex Technologies
and CEO of WPC Inc.
Mr. Cherry has secured a broad range of technical software projects in multiple
industries including; Automotive, Finance, Insurance and Healthcare. He also has
managed key software implementations for a wide variety of organizations including
the Ford Motor Company, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota,
New York/New England Telephone, and Adventist Health Care. He holds a BA in Economics
from Wayne State University.
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