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 February 2007
Global Notebook

2007 Baldrige Criteria for Excellence Now Available

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria are the basis for a Baldrige Award application, but thousands of organizations also use them to assess their performance, guide improvements and create a culture of excellence. The criteria include more than 200 questions in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. The 2007 criteria include new questions to address four areas of growing importance: capitalizing on core competencies to build on strategic advantages; using innovation to improve all aspects of an organization; involving the workforce and external contributors, such as partners and an organization’s supply chain, to make critical work system decisions; and developing a high-performing workforce. The criteria are available here or by calling 301/975-2036.

Jamaican National Standards Body Names New Executive Director

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica has announced that Camella Rhone is its new executive director, effective Jan. 2. ASTM International signed a memorandum of understanding with BSJ in February 2002. Rhone holds a doctorate in business administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a diploma in food technology. According to BSJ, she possesses extensive knowledge in the field of standardization, where she has worked tirelessly in facilitating trade and developing the services sectors in the region. From 2003 to 2006 Rhone served as head of the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality, or CROSQ, where she made inroads in the representation of the Caribbean community’s interests in regional standards issues.

FSCT Announces Major Changes to Its Research Journal

The Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology has entered into a new publishing partnership that will expand the content and delivery of FSCT’s research journal. Beginning this year, the Journal of Coatings Technology and Research will be published quarterly by Springer Science+Business Media LLC. The publication will be jointly owned by the FSCT and the Oil and Colour Chemists’ Association, and it will continue to be provided to the members of both organizations as a benefit of membership. Starting this year, JCTR will incorporate papers from OCCA’s existing research journal, Surface Coatings International Part B: Coatings Transactions, thereby increasing the total number of papers published in JCTR. Further information on the journal may be found here.

NFPA Announces Establishment of Arthur E. Cote Scholarship

In honor of the December 2006 retirement of NFPA executive vice president and chief engineer Arthur E. Cote, the National Fire Protection Association has established a scholarship in his name. An ASTM member, Cote has dedicated his career to the fire protection engineering community and is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading authorities on fire sprinkler protection and technology. The Arthur E. Cote Scholarship was created to recognize and offer support for individuals pursuing a career in fire protection engineering. The scholarship is for undergraduate students enrolled in fire protection engineering programs. A minimum of one scholarship per year of at least $5,000 will be awarded to one or more undergraduate students enrolled in fire protection engineering programs in either the United States or Canada. For further information and an application, visit NFPA’s Web site.

Influence of Phosphorus on Fastener Integrity

The Industrial Fasteners Institute is offering its third research report, Influence of Phosphorus on Fastener Integrity, which reviews the testing of high tensile metric screws to determine the effect of a full or partial zinc-phosphate coating on their integrity and performance. The new report covers the effect of zinc-phosphate and lime vs. removal of the zinc-phosphate on metric screws prior to heat treatment. This report discusses the first organized test program that seeks to determine what role, if any, is attributed to this surface coating. Also included is a second independent study carried out by ASTM International member Louis Raymond, which appears to support the basic IFI conclusion. Contact: Industrial Fasteners Institute (phone: 216/241-1482). //

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