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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."

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HRevents, in conjunction with the International Quality and Productivity Center has opened the call for presentations at its seventh annual HRtech conference.

The conference will take place August 3-4 at the San Francisco Marriott. The two-day conference will assemble leading human resources practitioners to discuss technology’s role in achieving maximum productivity and ROI for human resources. Industry-leading practitioners in human resources, HRIS and HRMS have been invited to submit proposals on the following topics:

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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."

The summit will also feature roundtable discussions pertaining to quality systems inspections, customer-driven question and answer sessions and advanced courses for power users. Additional information will be available online in June at www.assurxsummit.com.

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Editor’s story update 6/15/2017: This article was originally published on our site in 2004. Although it references ISO 9001:2000 rather than the current version of the quality management standard, Cochran’s 10 questions remain useful for organizations preparing for an audit.

All experienced auditors accumulate favorite audit questions, and I’m no exception. I have a short, punchy list of queries I invariably ask while evaluating a management system. Favorites aside, though, what are truly the most important audit questions? What questions will reveal a system’s effectiveness and an organization’s overall performance? I compiled a list of the top 10.

1. How do you contribute to achieving your organization’s objectives?

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The second annual "Successfully Implementing Six Sigma in Health Care" conference will be held March 25 and 26 in New Orleans.

Among issues that will be discussed are:

  • Adapting Six Sigma to the health care environment and overcoming cultural and professional differences to other sectors
  • Leading and structuring a Six Sigma organization
  • Managing change and communicating Six Sigma effectively to win over skeptics
  • Successful project selection and sizing
  • Applying Six Sigma with other quality initiatives
  • Practical examples of using Six Sigma in the health care realm


The conference brings together case studies from leading health care professionals, including Greg Stock of Thibodaux Regional Hospital, Jean Cherry of Commonwealth Health Corp., Jeff Burnich of Mount Carmel Health System, Nancy Pratt of Sharp Health System and Susan McGann of Virtua Health System.

The forum brochure can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Aegis, a leader in industrial software in manufacturing productivity, and Statit’s e-Server technology will be combined to provide Web-based SPC reporting to Aegis’ customers. Aegis will now integrate its Manufacturing Execution System into Statit Software’s e-Server technology.

Aegis’ iMonitor software will provide data to Statit’s e-Server for analysis and will then be able to query e-Server for results, reacting by issuing out-of-control alarms and providing the end user with SPC charts via the Web.

"Aegis has shown a commitment to technology and customer satisfaction that will keep its customers on the leading edge for many years to come," says Bill Martinez, vice president of sales. "Statit e-Server will deliver a dynamic statistical and graphical solution allowing Aegis customers to quickly and effectively view and analyze data for manufacturing and business optimization."

For more information, visit www.aiscorp.com or www.statit.com.