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The Juran Institute recently moved its headquarters from Wilton, Connecticut, to Southbury, Connecticut. The Juran Institute, founded in 1979 by Dr. Joseph M. Juran, also has offices in Spain, The Netherlands and Canada.

Juran established many of the fundamentals on which quality processes, such as Six Sigma, are based, and he is considered the patriarch of the quality industry. Juran, the Institute’s chairman emeritus, will be 100 this month. He was named by Business Week magazine as one of the greatest innovators of the past 75 years.

The new headquarters’ address is 555 Heritage Road, Southbury, Connecticut, 06488. For more information, visit www.juran.com.

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Six Sigma Qualtec recently released an enhanced version of its popular SixNet Intelligence software solution. SixNet Intelligence, a deployment management and project tracking tool for performance improvement programs, now includes both balanced scorecards and general business scorecards, reflecting a sharpened customer focus. Other new features include a configurable project selection matrix; the ability to examine indicators to determine what factors are affecting the project; and business scorecards that are linked to the organizations success metrics, leading indicators and lagging indicators.

SixNet Intelligence uses Microsoft .NET as a platform and requires no software installation.

For more information, visit www.ssqi.com/sixnet/index.html.

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A case study of GE’s Six Sigma implementation is now available online from Best Practices LLC. “Building Six Sigma Excellence: A Case Study of General Electric,” examines GE’s quality efforts and compiles cost–saving steps from several top Six Sigma companies. A manufacturing company included in the case study explains how product innovation, improving new product success rates, shortened cycle times and lean principles helped the company save $500 million in one year.

Best Practices LLC, which compiled the report, observes that companies can save billions of dollars by eliminating ineffective processes and implementing customer-centric Six Sigma principles. Best Practices also recently released another report, “Lean, Six Sigma & TQM Project Success: Recent Cast Studies and Benchmarks,” which examines this phenomenon. The benchmark metrics in the report reveal which approach is best for the improvement sought, along with typical results. The report includes defect and cost reduction techniques, project improvement scope and average duration, average dollar value contribution expected for productivity approach and average targeted savings.

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Former General Electric Chairman and CEO Jack Welch, along with several other high-profile business leaders, will address the upcoming Six Sigma Summit. The event, to be held Jan. 24–26 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, will also feature workshops and seminars facilitated by such Six Sigma luminaries as Lou Giuliano, ITT Industries chairman; Tom Dolan, Xerox Global Services Group president; Milton H. Jones Jr., Bank of America executive vice president; and Carl Liebert III, The Home Depot senior vice president of operations.

Conference-goers will have access to the largest Six Sigma project directory in the United States, including case studies examining Six Sigma in corporations like Coca-Cola Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Motorola, American Express, DuPont, Delphi Corp. and Household Finance Corp. There will be pre-conference workshops on Jan. 24, and post conference workshops on Jan. 27.

The conference will also feature the Six Sigma Excellence Awards and a gala celebratory dinner. Award nominations are open until Nov. 25, and entries can be submitted to www.sixsigmaiq.com/excellenceawards. The conference is sponsored by six sigma IQ.

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Several Xerox Corp. employees plan to donate their lean and Six Sigma skills to help nonprofit groups in their communities. The donation is part of Xerox’s larger effort to prioritize the value of good corporate citizenship, which was announced at the Business for Social Responsibility conference on Nov. 11.

“We believe passionately that good citizenship is good business,” says Anne M. Mulcahy, Xerox chairman and CEO. “It’s good for our communities, good for our people and ultimately, good for our companies.”

The lean and Six Sigma skills donation will be concentrated in the Rochester, New York, area, where Xerox has its largest group of U.S. employees. Process improvement skills will be taught to managers at eight local nonprofit organizations to help community issues through strategic planning, service capacity increases and cost reduction.

“Most of us joined Xerox in the first place because it stood for something beyond the bottom line—as important as that is,” says Mulcahy. “We all believe that we are part of an ongoing experiment to demonstrate that business success and social responsibility are not mutually exclusive.”

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Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Inc. recently named Barry Timmins its new sales and marketing manager.Timmins has 15 years of experience in industrial management and sales. He will be based in Houston.

LRQA has in-depth experience in providing registration for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 13485, as well as a full range of commercial training assistance.

For more information, visit www.lrqausa.com.

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Minitab Inc. recently announced the release of a Japanese version of its popular MINITAB Release 14 software. The Japanese version includes fully translated menus, dialog boxes, text output, graphs and all other features and functionality of the English-language version. In addition, the Japanese version includes tutorials that help new users become familiar with the software, an expanded stat guide and a Japanese help menu.

Minitab developed the Japanese-language version of MINITAB Release 14 to provide Japanese quality improvement efforts with new tools. “Japanese business and industry are known for quality excellence, and leading professionals are using MINITAB,” says Barbara Ryan, Minitab’s president and CEO. “A Japanese-language version of MINITAB will help them more easily implement their programs. It is our way of demonstrating that we are committed to their success.”

Minitab partnered with Tokyo-based Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc., which will serve as Minitab’s independent local representative in Japan.

A 30-day demonstration of MINITAB Japanese 14 is available at www.minitab.jp.

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The Automotive Industry Action Group hosted a conference on radio frequency identification (RFID) in Livonia, Michigan, on Nov. 4. The use of RFID is increasing in the auto production industry, and the conference examined ways it’s helping streamline the inspection process. Representatives of DaimlerChrysler Corp., General Motors Corp., Michelin North America Inc., Avery Dennison and the federal Department of Defense attended the conference to discuss how they use the technology. The key topic was a newly revised AIAG standard affecting RFID use, which potentially provides a blanket RFID solution for both the automotive and retail industries.

“Although companies are interested in the technology, some are unsure how to apply RFID or integrate it into their existing automatic identification and data capture systems,” says Linda R. Plawecki, AIAG acting executive director. “Automotive suppliers need to see real-world deployments to understand how to make the technology work for them. The summit demonstrates how automotive companies and other industries are using the technology in conjunction with their present automatic identification systems to further improve traceability.”

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HealthAnalytics LLC and Statit Software recently announced their collaboration to develop a new performance improvement network. The new network is called EMSmeasures and is being developed by the companies in collaboration with the National EMS Management Association. Statit Software will embed its statistical and graphics engine into the Web-based EMSmeasures system to provide statistical quality analysis and reporting capabilities. The engine will be customized by HealthAnalytics’ specifications, allowing users to review trends in clinical, operational, and administrative performance with both SPC and comparative analysis. These analyses will be based on process performance indicators being developed by HealthAnalytics and the National EMS Management Association.

For more information, visit www.healthanalytics.net or www.statit.com.

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Canada’s National Quality Institute is planning a tour of at least two quality award-winning businesses early next year. The first tour will be of Polywheels Manufactuturing Ltd., a Toronto company that won a gold trophy for quality in the Canada Award for Excellence program this year. Participants will board a luxury coach for an area tour, then participate in a discussion about the company’s quality and wellness programs. The discussion will also feature explanations for how Polywheels Manufacturing improved its quality and processes, examples of award-winning best practices, tips for sustaining leadership involvement and ideas for dealing with implementation barriers.

A second CAE-winning company will participate in the tour, but its name hasn’t yet been released. For more information, visit www.nqi.com.