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Textron Inc. recently announced two promotions within its Six Sigma department.

Peter Riley was promoted to senior vice president of Six Sigma, integrated supply chain and transformation. In addition, John Mayers was appointed to the position of vice president of Six Sigma. Both men will serve on Textron’s transformation leadership team, which comprises the company’s top 21 executives.

“These appointments reflect the progress we’ve made in cultivating our leadership bench strength, truly representing the essence of our talent development and mobility initiatives,” says Lewis B. Campbell, Textron chairman and CEO.

Riley holds a degree in engineering and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Mayers most recently served as executive vice president of Six Sigma for Textron Financial Corp. He holds degrees from Purdue University.

For more information, visit www.textron.com.

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Six Sigma Qualtec has announced that L.T. (Tom) Hall has joined the firm as a managing partner.

Hall brings the company more than 20 years of experience in providing performance improvement consulting to financial institutions. He most recently served as a practice manager at Earnings Performance Group, a services provider to financial institutions. He has more than 10 years of experience in banking and financial management, including asset-based lending, commercial banking and credit administration with both national and regional banks.

“Over the last five years, we have led in providing Six Sigma services to financial institutions ranging from national and regional banks, insurance companies, mortgage and credit card providers to vendors in the industry,” says John Lopez-Ona, Six Sigma Qualtec president. “We have now added an experienced individual to focus all his attention on this sector and expand our ability to service companies throughout it.”

For more information, visit www.ssqi.com

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The Piston Group plans to use grant money from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to enhance the area workforce by training leaders in lean manufacturing, quality management and Six Sigma.

The company will receive $57,000 in economic development training grants and will partner with Henry Ford Community College—which received $400,000 in grant funds—to provide the training. Piston reports it will be able to train nearly 90 current and potential employees with the money.

The trainings to be offered include lean manufacturing, process improvement, quality management subsystems, Six Sigma and registration to ISO.

“Our biggest asset is a skilled and qualified workforce,” says Vinnie Johnson, Piston Group chairman and CEO. “With access to high-tech manufacturing training, we are able to recruit and maintain the type of employees that will grow our business and allow us to hire additional workers. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

For more information, visit www.pistongroup.com.

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Motorola University will provide Six Sigma training to industrial companies across the United States, according to an agreement reached between Motorola University and Charter Consulting Inc.

Joseph Lackner, head of Charter Consulting’s Six Sigma program, says the company plans to use the agreement to benefit its clients. “We are committed to bringing the Six Sigma discipline, rigor and execution into the growth and customer-facing processes of the enterprises we serve,” Lackner says. “Motorola University’s service quality and dedication to Six Sigma will help us have a dramatic impact on our clients’ business growth and profitability.”

Six Sigma focuses on customer requirements, process alignment, analytical rigor and timely execution. Motorola invented the practice in 1986 and has continued to evolve it since then.

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Henry Ford Community College is planning a “Surviving To Thriving” training event in quality performance, lean principles and performance benchmarking on Sept. 16.

The event will feature representatives from the community college, along with the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Southeast Michigan Community Alliance, City of Detroit Workforce Development Department, Michigan HRDI, Small Business Development Center and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. It will offer business executives an opportunity to gather and learn about new resources that will vault their companies to the next level of success.

The event will feature workshops and discussions on ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 implementation and transition programs, activity-based quoting, lean business solutions (i.e., kaizen, value-stream mapping, organizational change), lean process design, Six Sigma and performance benchmarking.

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Rockwell Automation’s power and energy management solutions team will examine the quality of Kraft Foods’ power consumption, Rockwell announced recently.

By using its energy management software, Rockwell will be able to automate load profiling mechanisms and analyze power quality issues, such as harmonics, to identify energy consumption patterns. The multiyear initiative will facilitate Kraft’s understanding of how energy is used in its plants and help the company lower energy costs.

“Finding ways to reduce energy demand is fully consistent with our drive to achieve efficiencies in all aspects of our business,” says Fred Sherriff, vice president of manufacturing technical services for Kraft. “It is also consistent with our efforts as a responsible corporate citizen to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.”

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Orion Registrar recently announced the hiring of a new business development manager to focus on registering plastics manufacturers to ISO 9000.

Lewis Yasenchak has worked in the registrar business for more than 20 years. Orion’s new plastics program, which he will supervise, will offer auditors who have in-depth training specific to the plastics industry, are well-versed in lean manufacturing principles, and able to tie operations and manufacturing costs to the companywide cost of quality.

Orion is accredited by ANSI-RAB NAP in the United States, the SCC in Canada and the Dutch Council for Accreditation for ISO 9001. It’s also accredited by ANSI-RAB NAP for ISO 14001.

For more information, visit www.orion4value.com.

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The American National Standards Institute has announced it’s accepting nominations for its board of directors and voting membership on policy committees.

The nominations are for terms beginning Jan. 1. All qualified BOD candidates will be referred to the board nominating committee and will be placed on a ballot for a vote by ANSI members. Candidates must either be corporate officers or provide a letter stating that their company or organization will support the candidate’s participation. This requirement doesn’t apply to ANSI individual or government members. A biographical statement must also be provided.

Board member responsibilities include the approval of such fundamental issues as the strategic direction of the Institute and the annual budget, along with a variety of other duties. Voting membership of the Institute’s policy committee is limited to approximately 30 members.

All nominations must be received by Sept. 24. For more information or to learn more about the nomination process, visit www.ansi.org.

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The National Quality Institute recently announced three gold trophy winners of the Canada Awards for Excellence.

The awards, which are the most prestigious quality awards in Canada, were given to the following companies:

  • DaimlerChrysler Canada and the Canadian Auto Workers—CAE Healthy Workplace Gold Trophy
  • Delta Hotels—CAE Healthy Workplace Gold Trophy
  • Polywheels Manufacturing Ltd.—CAE Quality Gold Trophy

“These organizations have demonstrated unparalleled excellence in their management practices,” says Cameron Hyde, NQI chairman and senior vice president North America agent operations for Xerox Corp. “Their investment in quality processes and healthy workplace practices have enabled them to turn in enviable performances in 2004.”

Canada Awards for Excellence have been presented annually since 1984 to private companies of all sizes displaying outstanding performance in quality and the promotion of a healthy workplace. To receive the awards, organizations must meet NQI criteria and document their overall achievements and results.

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More than 150 American and Chinese government and private sector standards experts attended a workshop in Beijing Aug. 18 and 19.

The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, and focused on encouraging greater cooperation in the development of international standards, enforcement and conformity assessment. The U.S. delegation included 70 representatives.

The workshop addressed industry concerns that standards can be used as technical barriers to trade. It was organized at the request of several private American companies and resulted from agreements reached at the 15th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce Trade meeting held in April by Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi.