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Seagate Receives Six Sigma Excellence Award

Published: Monday, March 15, 2004 - 23:00

Seagate Technology, a leading disc drive company, has earned sixsigmaIQ’s annual Six Sigma Excellence Award for the best design for Six Sigma project.

Seagate received the award for its project, "Deployment of Design for Six Sigma in Seagate’s U Series Disc Drive." Other finalists for the award included projects from Ford Motor Co. and Raytheon. A panel of experts from Motorola, Johnson & Johnson, ABB, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin considered the entries.

The sixsigmaIQ award, which rewards best practices and exceptional innovation, was presented at the Annual Six Sigma summit in Miami last month. An independent division of the International Quality and Productivity Center, sixsigmaIQ launched the awards program to recognize real-world achievements that result from Six Sigma implementation all over the world.

"The sixsigmaIQ excellence awards have been established to honor, recognize and promote Six Sigma projects that demonstrate true best practices and to expand and increase the uptake of Six Sigma methodology globally," reads a statement released by sixsigmaIQ. "Celebrating the highest achieving individuals, teams and projects in Six Sigma, these awards credit the hard work and dedication devoted by many to Six Sigma and the great results associated."

"We’re proud that Seagate’s groundbreaking deployment of Six Sigma processes over the last several years has earned this recognition and has had a positive effect on our ability to design products more effectively and deploy them more efficiently than ever before in the hard drive industry," says Dave Wickersham, Seagate executive vice president of Global Disc Storage Operations. "This highly acclaimed award, judged by and chosen from among some of the world’s best companies, is a testimony to the groundbreaking DFSS effort, outstanding teamwork and leadership qualities exhibited by our research, design and deployment teams."

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