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California Manufacturing Technology Consulting will present a workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, California. The workshop is focused on the principles of lean manufacturing through classes and simulation.

Senior CMTC lean consultant Saeed Madjiki will officiate. The workshop will also teach companies how to tap into funds set aside specifically to help train employees. The event will focus on eight wastes in manufacturing and how to apply various principles, such as standardized work, visual signs, batch size reduction and pull systems that eliminate these wastes.

Business owners, presidents, controllers, plant managers and anyone responsible for cost management or the manufacturing process are encouraged to attend.

Registration is $99 per person. To register, call (800) 300-2682 or register online by clicking here.

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According to a study of Georgia’s manufacturing climate, the state’s manufacturing companies are optimistic about the economic recovery and are planning more hiring and expansion in the next three years. However, the same survey revealed that 20 percent of Georgia’s manufacturers have lost sales in excess of $1 million to offshore competitors in the past five years.

The September 2003 survey, conducted by Atlanta accounting and advisory firm Habif, Arogeti, and Wynne, in cooperation with Georgia State University, the McCart Group and the Georgia Industry Association, concluded that companies that are more fully exposed to international markets earn significantly higher profits than companies without such connections.

Sixty-two percent of Georgia’s most profitable manufacturers reported losing sales to offshore competitors in the last five years. The study also found that manufacturers that sell more products outside the United States experience higher profit rates.

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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.

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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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