Levinson Productivity Systems P.C.

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NEW Technical presentation slides and accompanying notes as pdf files, some with supplementary material such as Excel spreadsheets. Available for licensure on a corporate level.

ISO Standards are Our Servants, Not Our Masters
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Recommended  Organizations and Publications
American Institute of Chemists (AIC)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM, formerly APICS)
Automotive Industry Action Group  (AIAG, outstanding quality management and improvement material usable in most industries)
Elsmar Cove (free help and good networking for the quality management profession)
Institute of Certified Professional Managers
National Society of Professional Engineers
Patient Safety Quality Healthcare

Pennsylvania Training for Health and Safety (PATHS) Free occupational health and safety (OHS) webinars, always well done
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Quality Digest
Quality Magazine
Society of Manufacturing Engineers

US Chemical Safety Board YouTube Channel. (Excellent resource for chemical process safety)

Recommended COVID-19 Resources
ASTM Standards (registration required)
Health and Safety Executive (UK counterpart of OSHA)
NIOSH Approved Respirators
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Frederick Winslow Taylor told us this in 1911 (Principles of Scientific Management).

Specializing in Quality Management Systems, Advanced Industrial Statistics, and Lean Manufacturing

Vision and Mission Statement

The site is named for Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee, who turned a medieval society into a prosperous and industrialized nation. Less than 20 years after Twain published this story (1889), a self-taught mechanic with little formal education transformed the United States from a largely agrarian nation into the wealthiest and most productive nation on earth.

Henry Ford believed and proved that industry holds the solution to most of society's problems. Nothing has happened to change this; manufacturing, and only manufacturing, can create almost limitless wealth. Manufacturing is the foundation of the United States' affluence and national security, and our nation must preserve and expand its manufacturing base. Industrial methods can also reduce the cost of services while improving their quality, and this has critical implications for health care. It is the mission of Levinson Productivity Systems to help clients achieve this vision through lean manufacturing, statistical, and quality assurance methods.

What We Do

Training and Consulting

  • Webinars (60 to 90 minutes) on the following subjects
    • Occupational health and safety (ISO 45001:2018, 6S = 5S + Safety).
    • Corrective and preventive action (CAPA) and root cause analysis (RCA)
    • Acceptance sampling (ANSI/ASQ Z1.4 for attributes, Z1.9 for variables, zero acceptance sampling, sequential sampling, narrow limit gage sampling)
    • Lean manufacturing (identification of waste or muda, Shingo process maps, Henry Ford's key performance indicators, theory of constraints, cycle time, cost of quality analysis)
    • ISO 9001:2015 as our servant, not our master
    • ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2018 to reduce costs and improve the bottom line
    • Organizational culture (ISO 9004:2018)
    • Advanced quality planning: process failure mode effects analysis (PFMEA) using the new AIAG/VDA manual. This is a significant improvement over previous approaches.
    • Statistical methods (statistical process control, design of experiments, short run SPC, process capability analysis including methods for non-normal distributions) New: guard banding for non-capable gages, process performance indices in the context of lower detection limits or non-detects, and narrow limit gauging
  • Recommendation for ASQ certification exam preparation: If you are comfortable with self-study, I recommend the Quality Council of Indiana primers based on successful personal experience with them. Read the material and work the examples in the books, and then work the practice questions in the primer and on the practice exam CD. I was able to prepare successfully for certification exams in this manner.
    • If your organization wants an instructor-led review for Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Technician, Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, Certified Reliability Engineer, or Certified Quality Auditor, Levinson Productivity Systems PC can teach them for a fixed price for any number of attendees. The price is per course, not per person. Travel and lodging (per generally accepted guidelines) will be charged for on-site training but the past year has shown that online is effective, and saves time and money all around.


    Consulting services are available in the areas shown above
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"How Henry Ford Saves Men and Money" By Louis Resnick. National Safety News, September 18, 1920This is in the public domain due to age (1922 or earlier but we have added numerous annotations that underscore valuable safety principles that are directly applicable to ISO 45001.


Disclaimer: Nothing on this web site constitutes formal engineering or occupational health and safety (OH&S) advice.

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Contact Us

Bill Levinson, P.E., FASQ, MBA
Levinson Productivity Systems P.C.
6 Lexington Court
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
TheBoss "at" ct-yankee.com

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