December 2005

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Introducing JMP® 6

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SAS Presents Six Sigma® Workshop at LMU6
Big Improvements For Small Parts
The Power of Dynamic Illustrations
Regal's Road to Six Sigma
Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming Seminars
Upcoming Tradeshows & Conferences


Upcoming Webinars

Getting a JMP Start
Friday, December 9
Friday, December 16
1 PM EST (10 AM PST)

What's New in JMP 6
Friday, December 9
Friday, December 16
4 PM EST (1 PM PST)

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Upcoming Seminars

There are no JMP seminars scheduled at this time.

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Upcoming Tradeshows & Conferences

LMU6
December 12-14
Chicago, IL

IQPC 7th Annual Six Sigma Summit (US)
January 24-25
Miami, FL

Six Sigma for Financial Services 2006
January 31-February 1
Frankfurt, Germany

ASQ 2006 Six Sigma Conference
February 6-7
Palm Springs, CA

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Cover Story:
Introducing JMP® 6

The following article by John Sall, Executive Vice President, SAS Institute Inc., is reprinted from JMPer Cable, our printed newsletter. JMPer Cable is mailed to registered JMP users. The current issue is dedicated to the release of JMP® 6.

JMP® 6 is available now, and you will find it a very compelling upgrade. This issue covers some of the many new features now available in JMP 6.

Just-in-Time Help
JMP veterans know that JMP is easy to use, but new users face a learning curve.

Session Management
Before considering the new features for sessions, let's notice that some things you take for granted in JMP that are not in other applications.

Better Data Summarization
JMP 6 introduces several important new platforms for summarizing data, and improved system features.

Split Plots: They are Everywhere
Split plots are everywhere, but many experimenters are not trained to recognize them and therefore don't use the correct analysis.

Complete Six Sigma® Toolkit
The Pareto platform now does defects per unit (DPU) statistics and tests.

Surface Exploration
Doing the statistical fit of a model is just the first step. JMP has always been capable of exploring and optimizing fitted surfaces, and JMP 6 takes optimization further.

Normal Mixtures
Clustering helps you see the structure of multivariate data. But what if the clusters overlap?

Multivariate Density
Suppose you have a large amount of data for two variables and want to see a revealing picture of the distribution.

Solving Problems to Scale
Originally, JMP was not designed to handle big problems. The SAS System is designed to solve big
problems and should be the tool of choice for them.

Working with SAS, Working with XML
JMP 6 for Windows continues to support reading and writing the latest SAS data sets, and SAS 9 can now create JMP files with Proc Export.
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SAS Presents Six Sigma® Workshop at LMU6

SAS presents the "Executive Overview of Six Sigma" workshop at the Lean Manufacturing University 6 (LMU6) conference on Tuesday, December 13, in Chicago. Led by SAS instructor Todd Cook, this course is suitable for people from manufacturing or transactional backgrounds. It is designed for executives working directly with champions, black belts, and green belts on six sigma breakthrough projects. This course includes an overview of six sigma concepts, required infrastructure, expected benefits, enterprise level metrics, and the DMAIC method for achieving breakthroughs in performance.

Course contents include the following:

  • What is Six Sigma?
  • Three elements of Six Sigma
  • How six sigma fits into the company
  • Integration of lean into Six Sigma deployment
  • DMAIC roadmap
  • Expected benefits of Six Sigma, and much more.
Follow the link to LMU6 on the JMP website to learn more.
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Big Improvements For Small Parts

This article, from the December, 2005 issue of Quality Progress, describes how National Semiconductor used JMP as part of their Six Sigma® initiative. The link to the full article is available on the JMP website. ASQ registration is required for viewing.

By Lorena Dudman

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA, National Semiconductor Corp. supplies several companies with microcircuits, also known as microchips, which process massive amounts of signals into digital information.

Microcircuits are inside all electronic devices, such as personal digital assistants, laptop computers and automotive controls. They are made by processing wafers consisting mostly of silicon
through many fabrication steps, such as oxidation and photomasking to define the circuit layout, and ion implantation and diffusion to define the transistor. When the wafers have completed the fabrication steps, they are diced into "chips," assembled into the final package and shipped to customers, who use them in assembling their end products.
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The Power of Dynamic Illustrations

This article is from the October, 2005 issue of Quality Progress. JMP was used to create the illustrations in the article. The link to the full article is available on the JMP website. ASQ registration is required for viewing.

By Wayne J. Levin

The more organizations embrace and exploit statistical methods and thinking, the more successful they are likely to be. As this fact has become more widely recognized over the years, more and more quality professionals face the challenge of educating their colleagues and clients on statistical methods despite the fact these methods are often seen as complex and counterintuitive.

Fortunately, there is a useful new tool to help quality practitioners and their students overcome the challenges of learning statistical methods: dynamic illustrations, also known as simulated demonstrations or simulations.

Dynamic illustrations are software applications that combine one or more interactive controls to drive graphical representations of statistical concepts in real time to stimulate student interest. The user adjustable sliders in the upper left-hand side of Figure 1, for example, allow students to see the effect of changing parameters, including sample size and variability. Textbook illustrations, on the other hand, are static, not interactive.
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Regal's Road to Six Sigma

This article is from the October/November, 2005 issue of MRO Today. JMP is discussed in the first sidebar. A link to the full article is available on the JMP website. You can also download the article as an Acrobat PDF file.

Regal-Beloit got more than business units when it acquired General Electric's commercial AC and HVAC motors divisions; it got the tools to transform the entire company.

By Tom Hammel

On January 3, 2005, Regal-Beloit Corporation finalized a year-long drive that functionally doubled its size. With two major acquisitions, first of General Electric's Commercial AC motor business in August 2004, followed by GE's HVAC motors and capacitors division in late December, Regal-Beloit became the largest producer of commercial/industrial motors in the United States.

In addition to adding about $500 million in sales to its ledger, the deal brings GE products and technologies, a well-placed handful of global facilities and thousands of former GE employees. Add these up and you have immense market potential dampened only by the challenge of integrating them.
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