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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.

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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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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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The International Organization for Standardization revealed its Fourth International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest Feb. 3 at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

"The operating principle of ISO 14001 has been adopted in simplified form from the ISO-supported ’Kids’ ISO 1400 Programme,’ which we publicize to encourage children around the world to develop and express their environmental awareness," says ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden.

The fourth edition of the drawing contest attracted nearly 12,500 entries from 60 countries by children aged 7 through 15. This year’s exhibition of the 100 winning entries was shown in Geneva.

To learn more, visit here.