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Industrial workshop - Du Pont powder coatings, Darlington, UK - 2nd Oct 2002

ISRU held a six-sigma event that was held at Dupont Powder Coatings in Darlington.

There were 17 delegates who attended this event. (Please see attached sheet). All were from different backgrounds such as Human Resources, Quality Management, Finance and Production.

Dave Stewardson was the first speaker he is the Director of ISRU and the president of ENBIS (European Network for Business and Industrial Statisticians). He talked of the importance of ENBIS and its role in industry. Dave also discussed how ISRU consultants could work with clients, via the use of specialised training programmes backed up by on-going business and technical support. Another support tool he talked about was the use of ISRU's distance learning modules that cover the major statistical tools involved in Six Sigma training programmes. This is a suitable option for companies who currently do not have the time or resources to embark on a major "Six-Sigma" programme but feel that their employees require an awareness and appropriate knowledge of "Six-Sigma" tools and applications.

Dr. Irena Ograjensek was the second speaker; she was from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and was also representing ENBIS. Irena looked at the softer side of implementing Six-Sigma and titled her presentation "Opening up the statistical toolbox" which looked at why using statistical methods is very important in every department of a company and not just production.

Prof. Tony Greenfield was our last speaker from ENBIS. He looked at the importance of Design of Experiments and in his presentation introduced WINDEX a program for the design and analysis of experiments.

The feedback from this event was very encouraging. A company who attended by the name of Helena Bio-Sciences in Sunderland had delegates attending from their finance and quality departments, they said they found the second presentation very relevant to the job they do and now had a greater understanding of what Six-Sigma actually was.

Glaxo SmithKline found the third presentation most interesting and wanted to be contacted for an Industrial Event that ISRU organises.

Since the event Donnelleys in York expressed an interest in working with ISRU on a green-belt Six Sigma programme.

We have found these events to be extremely useful to both parties and intend to run a lot more in the very near future.

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University of Newcastle upon Tyne
ISRU Stephenson Centre
NE1 7RU Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
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