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StatSoft Inc. will hold a STATISTICA training seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 13-15. The deadline for registration is March 29.

The seminar is divided into two courses that emphasize step-by-step examples of analysis, interpretation and conceptualization strategies. The courses are:

  • Introduction to STATISTICA (April 13-14, $800)
  • ANOVA/Regression using STATISTICA (April 15, $400)

StatSoft Inc. will conduct seminars in many U.S. cities throughout the year. For dates and course offerings, click here.

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BSI Management Systems is offering its suite of medical devices management system training courses in Minneapolis and Boston this spring.

BSI’s courses are intended to help organizations registering to ISO 13485:2003. The first course, "Understanding ISO 13485," is an introduction to the requirements of the standard, including the changes that form the basis of the revised standard. This course will be offered in Minneapolis on March 24 and in Boston on April 21. The cost is $445.

The second course, "ISO 13485 Internal Auditor," provides the knowledge and skills required to conduct quality management systems internal audits to the standard. The first day of this course features the same content as "Understanding ISO 13485." The expanded, two-day course will be offered in Minneapolis March 24-26, and in Boston April 21-23. The cost is $1,195.

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Powerway Inc., a provider of product development process solutions for manufacturers, has launched Powerway.com v. 2.0.

Powerway.com is a Web-based workplace that facilitates visibility and real-time communication throughout multiple tiers of the supply chain during product development. The latest version of the application is available in four languages in addition to English, and offers 24 x 7 support, advanced usability, navigation and performance.

"Powerway.com 2.0 was designed with extensive input from our installed user base, and the new functionality will make it easier for global project teams to work together successfully during development," says Ted Wozniak, Powerway CEO. "Powerway’s development model focuses on delivering capabilities that meet our customers’ needs. "This ingrained commitment is reflected in the progress that we are making toward our next major release, v. 3.0."

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Nikon Instruments Inc. has signed an exclusive agreement with Bacus Laboratories Inc. to integrate Bacus’ WebSlide virtual microscopy software with the enhanced version of its digital COOLSCOPE VS.

The agreement will enable pathologists, educators and researchers to produce, view and distribute virtual slide images of their glass slide specimens. By combining Bacus’ software technology with COOLSCOPE’s digital capabilities, users will be able to capture the entire specimen area (or portions of it) at high resolution and automatically assemble it into a virtual slide to view it. The combined technologies enable users to view specimens through a standard Internet connection.

"The integration of COOLSCOPE’s digital imaging and automated Web-enabled microscopy functions with Bacus Laboratories’ virtual microscopy software has created a fantastic product synergy between these two technologies," says Lee Shuett, executive vice president of Nikon Instruments. "This product union brings significant and important benefits to diagnosticians, scientists and educators."

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Specialized Technology Resources Inc. has expanded its battery testing capabilities at its headquarters in Enfield, Connecticut.

STR has developed proprietary automated equipment that conducts Determination of Service Output (draw-down) testing, as outlined in ANSI C18.1M, Part 1. The equipment enables battery voltage drainage under a known cycled load until a required end-point voltage is reached.

STR has manufactured three stations that are capable of holding eight battery cells in each unit. Batteries are loaded into the station with timers connected to each battery cell to record the exact time of failure. The equipment is capable of testing battery sizes AAA, AA, C, D, 9V and 6V, and hearing aid batteries sizes 312, 675, 10 and 13.

"There are so many new and improved batteries coming onto the marketplace," says Tom Harney, manager of technical services at STR. "Our services help retailers perform independent comparison studies in a cost-effective manner so that they can bring consumers only the highest-quality batteries."

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A bill that would expand the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award to nonprofit organizations has cleared the House Science Committee.

H.R. 3389, introduced in the House by Reps. Brad Miller (D-NC) and Melissa Hart (R-PA), was received with bipartisan enthusiasm. "In the spirit of recognizing and inspiring organizatinos to higher quality standards, we should include nonprofits in the prestigious Baldrige Award," says Hart. H.R. 3389 would amend the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 to permit the expansion.

The move is intended to enhance quality management among nonprofit organizations by "injecting the spirit of friendly competition into the community," says Sherwood Boehlert, chairman of the science committee. Representatives from the American Society for Quality are also working to introduce similar legislation into the U.S. Senate.

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Beta LaserMike, a manufacturer of precision measurement and control systems, has received a patent for its Snap Technology software contained within the UltraScan DSP ultrasonic wall thickness measurement system.

Used by manufacturers of extruded plastic pipe, tube and cable products, the UltraScan measurement system provides measurement and control of minimum wall thickness. Previous incarnations of the testing system required complicated setup for each product. Snap Technology allows users to begin their extrusion line and immediately measure a product’s wall thickness. The UltraScan DSP automatically finds the product and begins to measure immediately, requiring only a simple size calibration.

"This patent represents Beta LaserMike’s continued commitment to providing flexible solutions to our customers with ever-changing needs," says Ken Wright, marketing director. "The UltraScan wall thickness system now provides the ease of use and exceptional accuracy associated with our AccuScan laser diameter gages."

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From June 15 to 17, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York will host several co-located events, including the Medical Design and Manufacturing East, Atlantic Design and Manufacturing, EastPack PLASTEC East and Ingredients Expo shows.

The event will feature 1,750 exhibiting companies and is expected to attract 32,000 visitors. The combined event will house 12 product pavilions, including:

  • Automation technology
  • Medical electronics
  • CAD/CAM/PDM
  • MEDPAK
  • Contract manufacturing
  • Packaging
  • Cosmetic and personal care
  • Pharmaceutical nutraceutical packaging
  • Electronics
  • PrecisionTec
  • Enterprise technology
  • U.S. mold builders


In addition to the exposition, the co-located events will offer 15 conference sessions covering FDA updates, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma implementation, ISO 13485, risk analysis, materials failure analysis and process validation solutions.

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The Strategic Research Institute will hold the second annual Six Sigma Strategy for Health Care forum, April 28-29 at the Millennium Knickerbocker in Chicago.

Financial pressure, limited resources, workforce shortages and increased scrutiny on medical errors have hit the health care sector hard. Many organizations have begun implementing Six Sigma to remedy these issues. The forum will feature strategies, solutions and best practices for successfully deploying the methodology into the fabric of any health care organization.

Participants will learn practical tips for introducing Six Sigma to their organization, ideas on how to sell Six Sigma internally and case studies to verify Six Sigma’s fit in a healthcare environment. Delegates will witness how Six Sigma changes an organization’s culture.

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AssurX, a provider of Web-based enterprise quality tracking systems, will hold its annual Summit User Conference Oct. 3 to 6 at The Village at Squaw Valley in Squaw Valley, California.

The user conference will feature customer application sessions from a variety of industries, as well as sessions on the CATSWeb product. "Last year’s conference was tremendously successful," says Tamar June, director of marketing for AssurX. "We doubled our attendance again. It was an excellent opportunity for customers and late-stage prospects to network, share experiences and learn about new technologies."

"It was one of the best user conferences I’ve ever attended," says Eric Cooper of Pall Corp. "We weren’t subjected to any third-party sales pitches because the conference was focused only on CATSWeb. That’s what I expect from a user conference."