||2000 Baldrige Award Winners Named
The winners of the 2000 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards have been announced. They are: Dana CorporationSpicer Driveshaft
Division, Toledo, Ohio (manufacturing); KARLEE Company, Inc.,
Garland, Texas (manufacturing); Operations Management International
Inc., Greenwood Village, Colo. (service); and Los Alamos National
Bank, Los Alamos, N.M. (small business). This is the first time
that a water treatment company and a bank have been honored. The
two manufacturing recipients, Spencer Driveshaft and KARLEE, make
driveshafts and precision sheet metal/machined components, respectively.
Cooperation Agreement for Global Standards Harmonization
The International Electrotechnical Commission and CANENA, the
Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the
Nations of the Americas, have signed a cooperation agreement that
should facilitate global standards harmonization. The organizations
have agreeed to cooperate in a number of areas, particularly cross-representation
and the exchange of technical information. This agreement will
be instrumental in ensuring a rational use of available resources
in standardization activities and transparency of the standards
process, facilitating world trade. Contact CANENA Secretariat,
National Electrical Manufacturers Association, 1300 North 17th
Street, Suite 1847, Rosslyn, VA 22209 (phone: 703/841-3258) or
see the text of the agreement. (Source: electroindustry, Vol. 5, No. 11, National
Electrical Manufacturers Association.)
New Standards Journal Online
TechSavvy.com (formerly Industry.net) now has an online journal, TechSavvy
Journal, an electronic publication that focuses on the use of
technical standards published by many standards developing organizations.
The journal will look into key engineering topics, such as the
need for new standards, the standards creation process, the use
and benefits of standards, and more. Insights and contributions
from many SDOs will be featured. The Journal will also look at
strategies for using the TechSavvy Web site to increase productivity.
In its first issue, TechSavvy Journal examined: Are Engineering
Standards Developed Fast Enough?, Strategies for Free Online Parts
Research, and What Happened to Industry.net? To subscribe, contact
Jaren Green, Senior Editor.
Amid the ballot confusion in the state of Florida in last years
U.S. presidential election, consistent balloting standards were
called for. In the wake of the problems, the American National Standards Institute contacted President Clinton and then-President-Elect Bush, offering
to lead the development of American National Standards for elections-related
issue (e.g., materials, equipment, and processes used in elections).
Quality management professionals often need computer software
to help with decisions, but software can be expensive. Graduate
students in Penn States Quality and Manufacturing Management
program have created www.freequality.org, which providesfree of chargedownloads of all the charts, selectors,
diagram generators, and other tools that quality improvement professionals
and the general public may need.
ISO and ANSI Each Name New Leadership
ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) welcomes
its new presidentand the first from Latin AmericaMário Gilberto
Cortopassi, of Brazil, who took office on Jan. 1 for a two-year
term. A successful industrialist, he trained as a chemist and
has acquired considerable experience in the textile and synthetic
fiber industries, as well as being very actively involved in standardization
over a period of 30 years. With his sons, Mr. Cortopassi runs
his own technical and advisory company in São Paulo.
The American National Standards Institute has named Oliver R. Smoot its new chairman; his term began Jan.
1. Smoot is the vice president for external voluntary standards
relations for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).
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