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StatSoft will hold a training seminar for its STATISTICA software program in Toronto, Aug. 12-13.

The course is designed to instruct participants on how to take advantage of the software’s numerous statistical and graphical tools. Step-by-step examples will be given on how to enter and manipulate data (including importing from other file formats such as spreadsheets), perform complete statistical analyses, interpret tabular and graphical results and create and customize many graph types. The course costs $800. The registration deadline is July 19.

StatSoft plans to take the training seminars to various U.S. cities this year. For more information, visit www.statsoft.com.

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After he’s done with his daily duties as an electronics manufacturing service engineer, Bill Clarke uses his skills in creating workstations and computers to re-create a piece of American history.

Clarke uses CoCreate Software’s OneSpace Designer Modeling solution to model the U.S.S. Constitution, the fabled “Old Ironsides” built in the 1790s. He’s worked since 1995 as a volunteer draftsman, recreating master drawings of the Constitution’s design that have either been lost or need to be duplicated for the historical record. Each of the detailed drawings--all of which are created electronically--take hundreds of hours to render. In the nearly 10 years he’s been working on the project, Clarke has logged more than 3,500 hours on the effort. His completed drawings are included in the national archives in Washington, D.C., as well as naval periodicals.

Clarke says Designer Modeling’s unique features make creating the drawings simple. The program offers history-free, or dynamic, modeling different from other 3-D CAD software products.

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Representatives from 14 countries, along with Alan Bryden, ISO’s secretary-general, met in Kazakhstan last month for the 25th session of the Interstate Council of the Euro-Asian Standardization Cooperation.

Bryden delivered a speech on “International Standards in the Global Economy” and gave a joint press conference with the EASC’s chairman and president of KAZMEMST, Kazakhstan’s committee for standardization, metrology and certification. The group has been Kazakhstan’s ISO representative since 1994.

Bryden encouraged Kazakhstan’s public authorities and economic leaders to increase their participation in international standardization, which would increase their country’s economic competitiveness and development. He welcomed Kazakhstan’s current projects to adjust its legal framework for technical regulations, as well as its initiative to build up the country’s infrastructure and promote quality in goods and services. Bryden hopes these efforts will improve the case for Kazakhstan to eventually join the World Trade Organization.

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Caterpillar Inc. and StatSoft Inc. are collaborating to develop and market software solutions for the modeling, optimization and simulation of complex manufacturing processes.

The software will be based on the integration of Caterpillar’s analytic processes with StatSoft’s STATISTICA enterprise analytics software. StatSoft will market and support the software package beginning late this year or early next year.

Caterpillar’s analytic processes are used to effectively simulate, predict and optimize the outcome of complex manufacturing processes. The software solutions are expected to allow organizations to:

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Pilgrim Software, a provider of enterprise quality and compliance management solutions, announced recently that Genzyme Corp. has successfully implemented Pilgrim’s SmartCAPA solution at its Framingham, Massachusetts facility.

Prior to implementing SmartCAPA, Genzyme, a global biotechnology organization, managed nonconformances and deviations using only paper-based solutions. While the system was adequate for maintaining the CAPA process, it was time-consuming and inefficient.

“A solution like Pilgrim’s SmartCAPA system allows continued management oversight into quality and compliance issues as Genzyme maintains its rapid growth,” says Bennett Green, senior vice president of quality operations for Genzyme. “We are pleased to see the successful implementation of SmartCAPA at our Framingham facility.”

SmartCAPA is a Web-based nonconformance and deviation management solution built on Microsoft .NET technology. The system will function as a single CAPA platform, procedure and database for Genzyme that will capture and categorize all CAPAs by location, product, system, noncompliance and other relevant categories.

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Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology and the Italian company Coord3 recently reached an agreement to develop and distribute bridge-type coordinate measuring machines.

Both companies hope the deal will increase their profit shares in the competitive industry. For Carl Zeiss, it also presents an opportunity to close a gap in its portfolio and offer customers already familiar with the company’s many other products in the life sciences, health care and semiconductor industries additional products for large part inspection in the aerospace and car body industries.

The joint venture encompasses mid-range Coord3 bridge-type CMMs, and will bring together Coord3’s decades of experience in mechanical engineering and Zeiss’ knowledge of sensors, control systems, and the CALYPSO and HOLOS software.

The companies have announced their intention to sign an OEM agreement. This will enable Coord3 to manufacture and market a new generation of Carl Zeiss technology--particularly controllers, sensors and software, says Rainer Ohnheiser, Carl Zeiss president and CEO.

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The Quality Group recently entered into an agreement with the authors of the best-selling Memory Jogger series and Sailing Through Six Sigma to supply content for TQG’s online e-learning solutions.

Over the past decade and a half, Michael Brassard and Diane Ritter have authored and edited 10 books in a dozen languages, with cumulative sales of more than 8 million. At the same time, TQG has been developing e-learning architectures that allow enterprising customers to quickly and cost-effectively brand and customize content from existing materials, create online universities, manage students and measure learning. The new alliance, says TQG CEO Rob Stewart, is an effective partnership.

“We are excited about the potential for this relationship,” says Stewart. “By working with Brassard & Ritter, our e-learning customers will have ‘just-in-time’ access from any screen within our existing courseware. The Brassard & Ritter content is a significant step forward toward our goal of delivering world-class e-learning solutions that drive bottom-line results.”

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Citing frequent customer frustration at the amount of work required to start a Six Sigma or DMAIC project using MINITAB software, Rath & Strong released a new guide showing industry workers the easiest way to do just that.

The new Guide to MINITAB 14 incorporates a two-level approach designed to enhance the learning experience, including a step-by-step investigative methodology that allows Six Sigma/CMAIC teams to work toward root-cause identification in a systematic way. The guide also includes a complete Six Sigma/DMAIC case study and data files that allow the team to work through Rath & Strong’s methodology and master both that and MINITAB statistical tools.

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A new reference guide promises to make implementing complicated business improvement projects significantly easier for DMAIC and Six Sigma team leaders.

Oaktree, an online reference guide developed by Pivotal Resources, offers users access to an extensive data repository containing more than 120 Six Sigma tools via a Web-based interface, allowing them to quickly identify topics and retrieve information relevant to their project needs.

“Oaktree is the perfect guide to assist project leaders and sponsors through the DMAIC process and keep them on the right path toward success,” says Pete Pande, president of Pivotal Resources. “Oaktree is another example of our commitment to provide innovative solutions to the process improvement field.”

The solution was developed to optimize the efforts of companies using Six Sigma and offers a wide range of features that enhance project management and teamwork. The interface uses “roadmaps” and step-by-step representations that allow users to assess where they are in the DMAIC process. Oaktree’s illustrations and templates provide users with examples, helping them to better understand their project. Tips, instructions and other critical information are available to move their project toward completion.

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Six Sigma Qualtec has released the latest version of its SixNet Intelligence System, SixNet v. 2.7.

The upgraded version of SixNet offers users more flexibility to control the methodologies, configurations, tools and templates associated with Six Sigma projects. The application fully integrates deployment management, knowledge management, e-learning and an online reference center within a single portal.

SixNet v. 2.7 is available in two formats, via enterprise license or software service license. It enables companies to implement the modules they want for their projects without requiring additional vendor customization. The new version also addresses one of the key frustrations expressed by companies engaged in Six Sigma implementations; a recent survey of more than 40,000 Six Sigma practitioners revealed that 60 percent are dissatisfied with the way they were able to track progress made across their Six Sigma projects.