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Assembly Plant Awards

Toyota receives a total of four assembly plant quality awards for producing vehicles yielding the fewest defects, including the platinum plant quality award for its Iwate, Japan, plant, producer of
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2006 IQS Ranking Highlights

Lexus and Toyota models continue to dominate initial quality rankings, capturing 11 out of 19 segment awards in 2006. Lexus models rank highest in every segment in which they compete.
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Authors Address Global Six Sigma Summit

LAS VEGAS-WCBF's Global Six Sigma Summit, held June 27 to 30, offered attendees a chance to hear three best-selling authors-Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Subir Chowdhury and Joseph Grenny-offer their perspectives on
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Vehicle Design Plays Role in Quality Perceptions

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA-The way technology is integrated into new-vehicle design, particularly interior features and controls, is considered by consumers to be as important to quality as are defects and malfunctions,
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Mitutoyo America Receives World Excellence Award

AURORA, IL-Mitutoyo America Corp. announced it has received a Ford Motor Co. World Excellence Award. The award was one of 60 world excellence awards presented to Ford's top global suppliers
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Nine Tracks Offered at Lean Six Sigma Summit West 2006

LAS VEGAS-In 2005, The Home Depot's process excellence program quadrupled its financial impact from 2004 while cutting cycle times in half. At the Lean Six Sigma Summit West, learn exactly
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Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 18.5% in 2006

MCLEAN, VA-April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $255.13 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA). This total, as reported by
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Gulf Coast MEP Centers Help Manufacturers Recover

ORLANDO, FL-The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded grants totaling $4.5 million to five organizations affiliated with NIST's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to assist manufacturers in Gulf
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AIAG Announces Certification Program for Quality Core Tools

DETROIT-AIAG announces the launch of its Supply Chain Institute, which will offer aptitude certification to validate and verify the effectiveness of Quality Core Tools training received from any organization. Every
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Two-Thirds of Industrial Manufacturers Absorbing Higher Energy Costs

NEW YORK-Two-thirds of U.S. industrial manufacturers are absorbing higher energy costs, rather than passing them through to customers, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' latest manufacturing barometer. These companies predict that energy costs
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