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Six Sigma Management Institute, a consulting and training venture associated with the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University, and IdealHire, a provider of human resources services, have formed the Six Sigma Global Registry, a joint venture for driving Six Sigma Generation III standardization.

Six Sigma Generation III focuses on driving the savings from reduced errors to the bottom line of small and large companies. The online service will provide standards for registry, assessment, training, qualification and certification of practitioners, and access to consulting services for enterprises of any size.

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BSI Management Systems has launched a series of Webinars focused on CMDCAS and ISO 14971.

The Canadian Medical Device Conformity Assessment Schedule Webinar is designed for businesses that sell medical devices in Canada. The Webinar is intended to advise participants on how CMDCAS affects their business efforts in Canada, and the interactive session will give participants the opportunity to ask medical devices experts specific questions about CMDCAS. The Webinar will also address the following general learning objectives:

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Carl Zeiss SMT AG has incorporated the electron beam technology business formerly marketed under the LEO brand.

LEO will become the new Nanotechnology Systems Division of Carl Zeiss SMT. LEO has been a wholly owned subsdiary of Carl Zeiss SMT AG since 2001. "With this step, we’re accomplishing the complete integration of electon beam technology into the Carl Zeiss SMT portfolio," says Dirk Stenkamp, CEO of the LEO group. "We expect many different synergies. The innovative power of electron beam techology will receive a clear boost under the aegis of SMT and will simultaneously benefit from the worldwide image provided by the Carl Zeiss brand."

Carl Zeiss SMT is already one of the global market leaders in the manufacture of light optical systems for semiconductor production. The integration of electron beam technology adds a range of applications in the field of semiconductor manufacture. One of the first applications is the repair of photo masks for semiconductor lithography.

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TUV America Inc. has appointed three new product safety engineers to its machinery, information, technology and consumer products group.

"The addition of highly qualified engineers in each of our three regions will allow TUV to continue to provide a high level of customer services to our customer base," says Ulf Schmidt, MIC product director. "They each bring with them a unique approach and diverse background which IÂ’m confident will result in their success at TUV America."

Mandy (Liyuan) Zhao, an engineer with testing, certification and field inspection experience, served at the TUV product service Guangzhou branch in China. There she acted as senior project engineer, performing factory assessment and inspection services and safety evaluations for electrical and electronic products to diverse standards, including IEC, EN and UL.

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When is faster not better? In our warp-speed, 21st-century lives, getting the task completed on time--or ahead of time or before the competition--has become a goal in itself. We want this project done so we can move on to the next big thing. We tick things off our to-do list and gauge each day’s success by how much work we get through and how fast we do it. We expect the same performance from those around us; service is invariably measured by the speed of delivery. We allow this attitude to pervade every aspect of our work. Too often, a quick turnaround morphs from a criterion of varying criticality to an absolute and unchallenged requisite.

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The International Society of Six Sigma Professionals will hold its fifth annual leadership conference June 2-4 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Keynote speakers at the event include W. James McNerney Jr., 3M chairman and CEO; Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Simon & Schuster, 1990); and Sheila Thorne, an expert on multicultural issues. Interactive presentations, break-outs, special interest sessions and roundtable discussions span topics including IT value capture, customer and growth, product development, deployment strategies and leadership.

"Veteran Six Sigma business professionals and newcomers will benefit from this exceptional opportunity to meet and interface with high profile leaders, learn about optimal Six Sigma deployment and examine its integration with other business practices," says Roxanne O’Brasky, ISSSP president. "Many people are attending the entire conference, but single-day registration is also popular. If you attend only one conference this year, this should be the one."

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The U.S. Army Program Management Intelligence and Effects and Raytheon Co. accepted one of five awards given by CrossTalk, the journal of defense software engineering, for developing high-quality government software.

Last year, CrossTalk announced plans to identify the top five software projects within the U.S. government in order to recognize outstanding performance by their software teams and to promote their best practices. CrossTalk received 44 award nominations, deciding after a series of evaluations on 15 programs to be judged by a panel of judges that then selected the winners, including the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System, developed jointly by the Army, Marine Corps and Raytheon.

AFATDS is the Army’s system of record for planning, coordinating and controlling the use of all mortars, close air support, naval gunfire, attack helicopters, offensive electronic warfare, field artillery cannons, rockets and guided missiles. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, AFATDS directed more than 35,000 rounds of munitions, 857 rockets and 453 long-range missiles safely to their targets, while preventing fratricide and the loss of friendly aircraft.

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SRI Quality System Registrar has appointed Greg Swan as president and COO.

Well-known within the world of third-party registration, Swan previously served as president of another U.S.-based registrar, BVQI-NA. "Greg is a long-time friend and brings excellent industry experience as a successful executive," says Peter Lake, founder and CEO of SRI. "I’m pleased he has agreed to help lead SRI to the next level."

"SRI has a highly competent staff, top-notch assessors, a leading edge electronic and Web-based operating system, and an excellent reputation within the many industries it serves," says Swan. "I look forward to a successful future together as SRI continues its growth in North America and internationally."

SRI Quality System Registrar is an internationally-accredited registrar for quality management systems standards such as ISO 9001, QS-9000, AS9100, ISO/TS 16949 and environmental management systems standards such as ISO 14001. SRI also provides public training for auditing, implementing and maintaining these standards.

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IQS Inc. has chosen Globix to provide application and infrastructure management services for hosted delivery of its quality solutions.

The hosted-delivery capability made possible by the partnership enables manufacturers to experience the benefits of IQS’ quality-based process improvements without the initial investment and IT support required by traditional, on-site implementation of software solutions. The partnership will afford IQS the opportunity to expand its service offerings and provide its customers with system administration and security services as well.

"Globix has a strong reputation for providing exceptional service with impressive reliability," says Michael Rapaport, IQS president and CEO. "We’re confident that customers who select our hosted delivery alternative will appreciate Globix’s state-of-the-art facilities, which are typically much more reliable and secure than most organizations can recreate internally."

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Minitab Inc. has released MINITAB Korean 14, a fully translated, Korean language version of MINITAB Release 14, the company’s statistical software developed for quality professionals.

MINITAB Korean 14, which will begin shipping in early June, contains all of the enhancements and functionality built into Release 14, including:

  • A new graphics engine that produces state-of-the-art graphs
  • New quality tools including multivariate control charts and process capability analysis, and enhanced attribute gage R&R
  • New statistical features including partial least squares, expanded DOE and additional reliability analysis methods
  • Customizable menus, toolbars, preferences and profiles

"Korean business and industry are embracing quality improvement, and the professionals leading this movement are using MINITAB," says Barbara Ryan, Minitab’s president and CEO. "A Korean language version of MINITAB will help them more easily implement their programs; it’s our way of saying we’re committed to their success."