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The sixth annual International Dimensional Workshop will be held May 10-14 at the Nashville Marriott Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

The workshop will open on May 10 with the National Requirements Day for Dimensional Metrology, co-hosted by the Oak Ridge Metrology Center and NCSL International. Various laboratories, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and industry representatives will attempt to complete a plan describing the future of dimensional metrology.

The program features an eight-hour class, Surface and Form Metrology, taught by Mark Malburg. The cost of the class is $300 and isn’t included in the cost of registration for the workshop itself. The workshop begins with the theme of Dimensional Metrology for Functional Control, featuring a keynote address by Malburg. In addition to Malburg, 15 speakers will present papers on various subjects including gear measurements, accreditation, laser scanning and more.

The cost to attend the workshop is $275 in advance and $325 at registration. SME members receive a $50 discount. For more information, click here.

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Under QS-9000, suppliers relied on the Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force for guidance and direction in dealing with questions related to the standard’s requirements. With the global application of ISO/TS 16949:2002, a globalized group was needed to offer the same direction that was given under QS-9000. This group is the International Automotive Task Force and is made up of the SQRTF as well as representatives from European automotive organizations.

The IATF has developed three companion documents for ISO/TS 16949:2002:

  • Quality Management System Assessment Check-List Based on Process Approach Audit (also known the Checklist to ISO/TS 16949:2002)
  • IATF Guidance to ISO/TS 16949:2002
  • IATF Automotive Certification Scheme for ISO/TS 16949:2002, Rules for Achieving IATF Recognition

We will examine each of these documents, touching upon their contents and how your organization should use them to ensure that you and your registrar are meeting ISO/TS 16949’s requirements. The goal of these three documents, in conjunction with ISO/TS 16949 and customer-specific requirements, is to assist organizations in achieving continual improvement in meeting customer requirements and thereby customer satisfaction.

IATF Checklist to ISO/TS 16949:2002

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The 2004 APICS International Conference and Exposition, slated for Oct. 10-13 in San Diego, will feature a three-session interactive educational event focused on supply chain network competition.

The sessions will focus on five principles that govern the success of a company’s supply chain network. "The sessions will address how to win by being faster, doing things right, communicating better, measuring the right things and creating value throughout the company’s network," says William T. Walker, CFPIM/CIRM event developer. "Attendees take on the roles of the customer, shareholder, employee or supplier, learning how to collaborate and adapt to compete."

In addition to the "Competing Through Networks" sessions, APICS will present more than 100 educational sessions on tools and essentials for supply chain management, enterprise quality management, lean strategies, project management, small business issues, emerging trends and personal and professional development.

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According to a recent survey, 39 percent of executives say that good employees are most likely to quit their jobs due to a lack of advancement opportunities.

The survey, developed by Robert Half International Inc., shows that unhappiness with management is the second most common reason for employee attrition, at 23 percent. The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 executives at the 1,000 largest U.S. companies.

Lack of recognition and inadequate salary and benefits follow with 17 and 11 percent, respectively, just ahead of the six percent who cited job boredom. Two percent quit their job due to lifestyle changes such as relocation, and the final 2 percent comprised all other responses.

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Blue Mountain Quality Resources Inc. has partnered with eCalibration Inc. to offer three training seminars for GMP compliance.

The training sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet colleagues dealing with the same issues in a variety of situations and surroundings. They’re designed for calibration managers and directors, calibration and metrology technicians, instrument specialists, maintenance operations, quality professionals, and validation managers and directors.

The courses focus on three different themes and are offered at different locations across the United States:

  • Laboratory Instrument Qualification, Calibration and Maintenance--May 13 and 14 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
  • Calibration Fundamentals and Best Practices--June 3 and 4 in Chicago
  • Fundamentals of GMP Maintenance--June 17 and 18 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

Instructors for each of the courses will present aspects of asset management in pharmaceutical, biotech, laboratory, research and development, and production environments.

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Executives from automakers and automotive suppliers will meet on June 8 and 9 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan, in the first global automotive manufacturing conference, AutoMan Global 2004.

Organized by Automotive Manufacturing Solutions magazine, the AutoMan Global conference aims to establish an annual appointment for senior industry members. "We realized that there was a need to provide top executives with an exclusive platform to share their knowledge and concerns with the objective of searching for global solutions," says Alex Campos Morales, AMS marketing manager. "AutoMan Global gives key industry players this opportunity. It offers them a unique chance to meet and discuss--in open debate or through private conversations--the latest trends, strategies and opinions."

"With eight sessions already filling up, including flexibility and lean manufacturing, automation and robotics, press shop, safety, and powertrain, the program is expanding day by day," adds Simon Duval Smith, group editor of AMS. "The high level of speaker involvement is testament to the industry’s desire for a global automaking forum."

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Health Canada has issued a directive to all CMDCAS-recognized registrars clarifying appropriate issuance of ISO 13458/13488 registration under the CMDCAS program to medical device manufacturers.

According to the directive, it’s inappropriate to issue registration under the CMDCAS program in the following cases:

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The Strategic Research Institute will hold its 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.

According to the institute, 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 health care environment. Delegates will witness how Six Sigma changes an organization’s culture.

The event will feature Six Sigma industry leaders from institutions such as the University of Virginia School of Medicine, International Society of Six Sigma, Charleston Area Medical Center, Blood System Laboratories, Andell Associates, St. Joseph’s Community Hospital, The Standard Register Co., Creative Healthcare USA, Mediserve Information Systems Inc., North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and Six Sigma Brokers.

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Twenty guidance modules on specific aspects of auditing ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems are now available from the International Organization for Standardization, and another three are being developed.

The guidance modules that compose the auditing kit adopt a practical approach toward examining quality management systems. They have been developed mainly for certification body personnel carrying out quality system audits for organizations seeking ISO 9001:2000 registration as independent confirmation of their implementation of the standard.

The kit may also be useful to staff carrying out in-house audits to provide assurance to managers about their quality management system’s performance, as well as to consultants, trainers and anyone interested in quality.

The modules are being developed by the ISO 9001:2000 Auditing Practices Group established by ISO and the International Accreditation Forum, the grouping of national accreditation bodies that verify the competence of certification bodies. The documents are available by clicking here.

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Powerway Inc., a provider of product development process solutions for manufacturers, has released its new Corrective Action and Quality Planner application.

The software is part of Powerway Suite 2000, an integrated collection of solutions designed to drive continuous improvement, reduce costs and increase speed to market while conforming to international business standards and regulations.

The corrective action module offers increased traceability, enhanced reporting and the ability to address job-specific nonconformances. Powerway’s Quality Planner automates critical labor-intensive activities to improve compliance management and continuous improvement programs.

"The Corrective Action and Quality Planner enhancements will make it easier for suppliers to comply with customer-specific requirements as well as conform to the new international standard ISO/TS 16949," says Powerway CEO Ted Wozniak. "By focusing on the needs of our expanding international customer base, we have developed solutions that incorporate both usability and flexibility improvements."

Powerway launched a Spanish version of its Quality Planner application simultaneously.