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2011 Energy Forum Got Attendees Pumped Up and Energized

Nearly 150 change management professionals representing more than 60 companies in the oil & gas and utilities sectors attended the 2011 iSixSigma Live! Energy Forum for Process Excellence on May 16-19 in Houston. Those attendees came from 19 states and…

808 Renewable Energy Corp. Names Black Belt Lorthioir CEO

808 Renewable Energy Corp. has named Pascal Lorthioir as it s new Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors Member. Lorthioir brings to the firm – which started in 2006 as 808 Investments, LLC – more than 20 years of professional, hands-on corporate experience in operations, management, research and development, mergers and acquisitions and international production, in a variety of industry arenas.

ADA Carbon Hires Wong to Run Technology, Innovation Efforts

ADA Carbon Solutions LLC, which produces activated carbon from coal-fueled power plants, announced that Dr. Joe Wong has been hired as the company’s new vice president of technology.

Belgian Wind Turbine Firm Hansen Transmissions Hires VP, Six Sigma

Hansen Transmissions International NV is pleased to announce the
appointment of Leszek Biskup-Koestner as Vice President, Six Sigma.

Black Belt Curry to Lead Customer Service at Nebraska Utility

Beginning Aug. 1, Black Belt Ken Curry will become the next vice president of the customer services division of the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD).

Call for Speakers: Energy Forum for Process Excellence, Houston, USA

iSixSigma, the leading provider of content for the Lean Six Sigma community, is searching for engaging speakers for its third annual Energy Forum for Process Excellence, May 16-19 in Houston, USA.

Case Study: Meeting Customer’s Welding Flux Demands

In this case study, a manufacturer investigates customer complaints regarding welding flux used to fabricate oil, gas and water pipelines, among other products. A Pareto chart and DOE help point the way to a solution.

Chevron Wins Supply Chain Award for Lean Six Sigma Program

Boston Strategies International announced that Chevron, Shell and Baker Hughes have won BSI’s 2010 Oil and Gas Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

COSMOS to Improve Europe's Wind Turbine Manufacturing Productivity Via Lean

Spanish software engineering firm Ibermática is leading a European project called COSMOS, which aims to apply Lean techniques to the aeronautics and wind-power industries, and boost manufacturing productivity by 20 percent.

Culture Change at Cameron

Again and again, culture change comes up as one of the most important aspects of a successful Six Sigma deployment. Bringing the topic to the stage at the 2009 Energy Forum for Process Excellence was Stephen Tomlinson, vice president, operations support, for Cameron.

Energy Forum Makes Lasting Contributions

Highlights from the 2010 Energy Forum for Process Excellence included keynote speakers Dr. George Land and Dave Logan.

Energy Forum Preview: Smart Solutions to Smart Meter Challenges

One of the “holy grails” of continuous process improvement is the reliable collection and analysis of real-time data. At Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest utilities in the United States, this fine level of data is being given…

Energy Industry Process Excellence Workshops and Site Tours May 24 and May 27

The Energy Forum for Process Excellence (May 24-27, St. Regis, Houston, TX), produced by iSixSigma Live! and presented by SSA & Company, will feature hands-on opportunities for attendees to strengthen their process excellence knowledge.

European Wind Project Embraces Lean

Spanish software firm Ibermática is leading a new European project called COSMOS, which aims to apply Lean techniques and modular factory design to the wind power industry and boost manufacturing productivity by 20 percent over the next three years.

Former GE Energy Exec Wells Named COO of UpWind Solutions

UpWind Solutions Inc., a wind-power asset management firm based in Medford, Ore., USA, has promoted Peter Wells from vice president and general manager of parts services to the title of chief operating officer.

Free Workshop on Change Management for Houston Professionals

A free workshop for executives detailing the critical role of change management in a Lean Six Sigma deployment is scheduled for May 16 at the third annual Energy Forum for Process Excellence.

Free Workshop on Process Improvement for Energy Company Professionals

A free workshop for energy executives detailing how to move process improvement closer to the CEO’s office is scheduled for May 24 at the second annual Energy Forum for Process Excellence.

From the Bottom Up: Grassroots Effort Finds Footing at Chevron

Originally published in iSixSigma Magazine's Sept/Oct 2008 issue, this is the story of how Six Sigma at Chevron grew from a grassroots business unit deployment to the standard continuous improvement program for Chevron's Global Upstream division, which comprises more than two-thirds of the energy giant.

Green Grid IT Consortium Adds Monroe as Executive Director

The Green Grid, a global consortium that promotes energy efficiency in business computing systems, has named Six Sigma Black Belt Mark Monroe as its new executive director.

Highlights from the 2009 Energy Forum

At the iSixSigma Live! 2009 Energy Forum for Process Excellence, leaders from across the energy industry shared how they are implementing process improvement efforts at their organizations.

IBM Applies Green Principles to Reduce Waste at Irish Facility

From environmentalleader.com Businesses today generally understand they need to do as much as possible to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize their environmental impact overall. Societal pressures from customers, increasing regulation and economics all…

IC-TAG Solutions Launches Phase One of Lean Program

IC-TAG Solutions, a manufacturer of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, has begun the first phase of its Lean program, which includes a program to reuse and recycle materials and save energy during the manufacturing process.

Nordic Windpower Promotes MBB Brown to CEO, Director

Renewable energy firm Nordic Windpower has promoted Jeff Brown, a certified Six Sigma Quality Leader and Master Black Belt, from chief operating officer to the title of CEO and director.

Process Maps and FMEA Help Prepare Utility for Disaster

Six Sigma contains many tools that can be used to improve processes and prevent failures, regardless of whether the full DMAIC roadmap is used. Two tools, process maps and the failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), were applied in this case study.

SG Biofuels Expands to India, Hires Black Belt Pattnaik

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, an energy company that is developing biodiesel fuels based on the jatropha plant, is expanding operations into India and has named Black Belt Subhas Pattnaik as its new director of operations for the Indian market.

Six Sigma Helps Merillat Cabinet Facility Win Environmental Award

A manufacturing plant that makes Merillat kitchen cabinets in Mt. Jackson, Va., USA, has received the 2011 Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Silver Award in recognition for its years of environmental stewardship, including the savings achieved via a recent Six Sigma project.

Six Sigma Used to Create Lightweight Material for Electric Car

Electric car manufacturer Aptera said it used the Six Sigma process to develop lighter, stronger composite material for its latest electric vehicle, called the 2e.

SSA and Company Presents the Energy Forum for Process Excellence

iSixSigma Live! is pleased to announce that SSA & Company will present the second annual Energy Forum for Process Excellence (May 24-27, The St. Regis, Houston, Texas, USA).

Up Close with William B. Wark

William B. Wark’s career in government spans nearly 40 years, with time served in the U.S. Navy, the Department of Justice and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Yet his current role, as a member of the U.S Chemical Safety Board (CSB), may be his most valuable yet. Of the CSB’s work, Wark says, “I have never seen better leveraging of tax-payers’ dollars in the government in my life.”

US Fuels Improves Invoicing Accuracy Using Work-out

When US Fuels' 96.9-percent invoice accuracy was not meeting customer expectations, and the accuracy problem in some strategic segments was impeding sales growth, it was time to act. BP's US Fuels used Six Sigma and Work-out to solve the problem.

Wind Turbine Firm Vestas Adds Gels to Quality Team

Vestas, the Danish wind-turbine manufacturer, has hired David Gels as its new vice president of quality and process excellence. The company also hired two other executives to its North American operations: Ramon Mendoza as warranty management chief specialist and David Sword as government relations director for Canada.

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