QUALITY PROFESSIONALS’ SALARIES TICK UPWARD IN 2013 MILWAUKEE, WI— Salaries for quality professionals in 2013 increased ever-soslightly after a year of stagnant salaries in 2012, according to Quality Progress magazine’s 27th annual Salary Survey. According to the survey, salaries for respondents in 2013 increased 1.58 percent, a meager increase over last year — but an increase nonetheless — and less than 2011 when salaries for full-time employees in the United States rose nearly 2 percent. The highest-paid job titles in the U.S. include vice president/executive who make an average of $154,720, directors who make $123,460 and Master Black Belts, who average $119,274 in 2013. According to the Survey, respondents from the United States in 2013 made an average of $88,458, up from $86,743 in 2012. In Canada, the average salary in 2013 decreased slightly in 2013 to $84,226 from $84,715 in 2012. All Canadian figures are noted in Canadian dollars. “While salary increases for quality professionals were minimal in 2013, it’s encouraging that salaries are again increasing after a year of flat pay,” said ASQ Chair John Timmerman. “The survey results suggest that with the right experience and training, quality professionals can steer their salaries in the right direction.” New to this year’s salary survey is the questioning of hiring managers and their outlook for hiring and needs of quality personnel. Hiring managers provided insights to the attributes they find most desirable in candidates. Experience Trumps Other Attributes According to the survey, 30 percent of hiring managers say they expect to hire their next employee in quality within three months while more than 41 percent say they expect to hire their next employee in a year or more. Quality engineers, technicians and inspectors are the top positions managers foresee hiring, while vice presidents, champions and Master Black Belts were at the bottom of positions hiring managers foresee hiring. Answers to open-ended questions show that general experience is the top attribute hiring managers consider for job candidates. A candidate’s attitude, specific industry or product experience, and personality also rank high among the desired attributes. The least considered attributes include analytical skill, detail orientation and autonomy, or the ability to self-direct. Surprisingly, the least considered attribute according to the survey is the understanding of quality and quality mindset. Very few hiring managers said an understanding of quality and quality mindset is a critical attribute. Earnings Increased With Certifications Those with ASQ certifications earn more than their colleagues with no certifications, according to the 2013 Salary Survey and substantiated by years of similar trends. More so, the more certifications earned, the higher the salary. Of the salary survey respondents, 58. 2 percent hold at least one ASQ certification. Nearly 40 percent hold just one certification, and nearly 14 percent have earned two certifications. The average salary of respondents who have no certifications is $85,454, whereas those who have earned one certification make an average of $87,948, and those with two certifications earn $92,866. Respondents who have earned six or more certifications earn an average of $108,264. Specifically: Supplier quality engineers with a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification earn an average of $22,209 more than their non-certified counterparts. Quality engineers who obtain a Reliability Engineer Certification make an average of $97,374 — $18,410 more than quality engineers without certification. Calibration technicians who earn a Calibration Technician Certification earn an average of $9,776 more than calibration technicians without certification. Furthermore, QP’s salary survey demonstrates year-after-year that it pays to get Six Sigma training. In the U.S., respondents who complete at least one Six Sigma training program earn $97,616 compared to $80,790 for those who have not completed any training — a difference of $16,826. Full-time employees in the U.S. who have completed Green Belt training make nearly $10,000 more than those without training, those with Black Belt training make nearly $20,000 more than those with no training, and those with Master Black Belt training earn almost $45,000 more. Respondents with Master Black Belt training make an average $124,661 in 2013, up from $119,335 in 2012 and $117,222 in 2011, according to the salary survey. Experience Results In Higher Salaries It’s no surprise that the amount of experience plays a role in salaries. The more experience, the higher the salary. In the United States, respondents with more than 20 years’ experience in the quality field averaged $101,189 in 2013, according to the survey. In 2012, U.S. quality professionals with more than 20 years’ experience earned $99,564. On the other hand, respondents with less than a year of experience in 2013 earn an average of $64,874, up from $63,674 in 2012. The QP Salary Survey was completed by nearly 6,500 quality professionals from a broad range of industries and market sectors, a response rate of 16.7 percent. Regular, full-time employees made up 93.8 percent of the respondents. Self-employed consultants, part-time employees and unemployed, retired or laid off workers also were surveyed. For 27 years, Quality Progress has released its annual Salary Survey, an indicator of the health of the quality profession using survey results. The survey breaks down salary information, submitted by ASQ members, in 24 sections and sorts results by job title, education, years of experience, and geographic location. The QP Salary Survey is sponsored by MEIRxRS, a contract research, recruiting and staffing organization. ASQ members can view the entire QP Salary Survey results by visiting qualityprogress.com/salary survey. During December, a portion of the report will be available through QP’s digital edition, which can be accessed through qualityprogress.com. EIS, INC. ACQUIRES TEKRA CORPORATION NEW BERLIN, WI—EIS, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has acquired the assets of Tekra Corporation based in New Berlin, WI. Tekra is a leading independent coater, converter, and distributor of specialty plastic films and adhesives. This transaction will expand the capabilities and the converting technologies of the EIS Fabrication Division which currently operates from six facilities in North America. Bob Thomas, president and CEO of EIS, said “We are pleased to welcome Tekra Corporation to the EIS family. EIS continues to add a wide variety of fabrication capabilities to our business in order to sell to markets where customers value highly engineered flexible materials that are used in their products. The engineering and manufacturing skills historically demonstrated by Tekra are consistent with our growth strategy and fits well with our growing fabrication business.” Andrew Tully, president of Tekra Corporation, added that Tekra’s emphasis on “best in class” materials and flexible film coating technology is a great compliment to EIS’s current business in North America and our associates are very excited to be a part of EIS and Genuine Parts Company. ASQ RECEIVES NEW CONTRACT FOR MALCOLM BALDRIGE NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD MILWAUKEE, WI—ASQ was recently awarded a new contract to continue its administration of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is presented annually by the President of the United States to organizations that demonstrate quality and performance excellence. The award may be given annually in up to six categories, including manufacturing, services, small business, education, health care and non-profit. In 2013, the Pewaukee School District in Wisconsin, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano in Texas, and the Sutter Davis Hospital in California earned the Baldrige Award. The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, on which the award is based, improves organizational performance and offers organizations an integrated approach to key management areas, like leadership, customer focus, operations focus, results and more. According to a December 2011 study, a conservative estimated benefit-to-cost ratio for organizations that employ the Baldrige Criteria was 820 to 1. A study of the organizations that have earned two Baldrige Awards shows their median growth in revenue was 93 percent in the years between their awards and their job growth was 2.5 percent higher than the same industry. ASQ, the leading authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries, has been the sole administrator of the award since the award’s inception in 1988. The Baldrige Award is named after the late Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige, a proponent of quality management. The program is overseen by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. More than 1,500 U.S. organizations have applied for the Baldrige Award. The program also has served as a model for nearly 100 excellence programs worldwide. The latest contract for the administration of the Baldrige Award began in October and lasts one year. ROLTA RECEIVES DR. ROBERT MOSES MEMORIAL AWARD FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND PRODUCT INNOVATION MUMBAI, INDIA—Rolta India Ltd. Announced it has been recognized by PCI Geomatics with the Dr. Robert Moses Memorial Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit. Dr. Robert Moses (“Dr. Bob”), past President and CEO of PCI Geomatics, was an exceptional leader and visionary who left behind a legacy of excellence in remote sensing and geospatial technology. In memory of Dr. Bob, the award was formed to honor the organization that best exemplifies a model for others to follow in actively pursuing the development and adoption of geospatial technology while making a positive impact on the environment and society. For over 30 years Rolta has brought remote sensing and geospatial solutions to customers in India and around the globe. “We value Rolta as a long term Strategic Partner and appreciate their initiative to develop new and innovative geospatial applications and workflows for the many global customers who require operational solutions,” said Terry Moloney, president and CEO, PCI Geomatics. K. K. Singh, chairman and managing director of Rolta said, “Rolta has a unique business model based on a combination of specialized knowledge in the domains of Information Technology, Geospatial, Engineering, Defense and Security, which coupled with our own intellectual property, enables Rolta to provide high value solutions to the critical needs of our customers. We appreciate the recognition of Rolta’s success, and honor Dr. Bob for his leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.” WINNEBAGO RECEIVES «FULLY MEETS» CLASSIFICATION FROM FORD MOTOR COMPANY›S TRUCK QUALITY PROGRAM Winnebago Industries Inc., a leading United States recreation vehicle manufacturer, was recognized by Ford Motor Company for receiving the “fully meets” classification as part of their Truck Quality Program. Winnebago is North America’s top selling motorhome brand, and has received this award from Ford since the program’s inception in 1996. The Truck Quality Program is the highest honor awarded to vehicle modifiers. It is based on an assessment of a modifier’s engineering capability, design and build process controls, management commitment and quality control procedures. According to Ford, the purpose of this program is to assure vehicle modifiers have the capability and processes in place to complete the vehicle in a repeatable manner that maintains the integrity of the Ford chassis system, meets Federal and other standards in place at the time of the build and provides end users with a quality-built vehicle that meets their expectations. “We work very hard on providing a superior product to our customers,” said Winnebago Director of Quality Control Chuck Hughes. “To accomplish that, we work closely with Ford, as with all our suppliers, to maintain the integrity of the purchased components in order to maintain quality in the finished product. We utilize advanced technology in the development and manufacturing process of our motor homes with industry-leading designs, as well as employing seasoned manufacturing engineering staffs and manufacturing management with the commitment to adhere to these stringent guidelines. These factors are what we believe allows us to excel in Ford’s Truck Quality Program. It continues to be a priority for us in order to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations for the quality found in each product that we build.” PWC US: MEGA DEALS DRIVE SURGE IN INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING DEAL VALUE NEW YORK CITY—Deal activity in the industrial manufacturing sector experienced an uptick in the third quarter of 2013, while merger and acquisition (M&A) value for the quarter rose to the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2007. The strength of industrial manufacturing M&A in the past three months was largely driven by strategic investors in advanced economies and increased mega Deal (transactions valued at $1 billion or more) activity, according PwC US. In the third quarter of 2013, there were 41 transactions worth more than $50 million for a total deal value of $29.4 billion, compared to 36 deals worth $12.7 billion in the second quarter. This jump in value represents a 131 percent increase over the previous quarter, owing to the six mega deals that took place in the third quarter 2013. Industrial manufacturing mega deals in the third quarter accounted for $22.4 billion, or 76 percent of total deal value – contributing to a 104 percent increase in average deal size compared to the previous quarter. According to PwC, most of the quarter’s mega deal activity involved strategic investors buying industrial machinery companies, primarily driven by a desire to expand into complementary and relatively high growth products. “Strategic acquirers with strong cash positions, balance sheets and access to debt markets executed on-large transactions in the industrial manufacturing sector in the third quarter,” said Bobby Bono, U.S. industrial manufacturing leader for PwC. “Looking forward, we expect China and the U.S. will remain fertile grounds for strategic acquirers who are evaluating opportunities to build their portfolios with assets from private equity exits in industrial machinery. At the same time, strategic acquirers are concerned about the broad economic environment and they are taking a cautious approach to their deal strategies.” Strategic investors accounted for the majority of industrial manufacturing transactions in the third quarter of 2013, representing 68 percent of total deal volume. Financial investors were mainly focused on secondary private equity investments. “We expect this trend to continue as private equity firms realize opportunities to monetize manufacturing investments acquired prior to the financial crisis and strategic investors gain confidence and look for growth opportunities in adjacent markets. Buyers and sellers are extremely focused on valuations as larger deals and a more competitive environment for quality industrial manufacturing assets are driving dealmakers to ensure they maximize the long term potential of their deals,” continued Bono. Led by the U.S., which recorded 13 transactions worth more than $50 million, acquirers from advanced nations continued to dominate M&A activity in the third quarter of 2013, accounting for 85 percent of transactions. Asia and Oceania remained the most active as acquirers in this region accounted for 14 deals valued at more than $50 million, with Japan taking the lead after completing five deals. As the only BRIC country to record a deal worth more than $50 million in the third quarter of 2013, China-involved deal activity remains on pace for a robust year. According to PwC, industrial manufacturing deals in China have primarily focused on local market consolidation of machinery companies as the Chinese national government continues to encourage domestic acquisitions in order to improve industry competitiveness. “In the third quarter of this year, industrial manufactures expressed growing optimism around the domestic outlook and the primary growth driver remains the U.S. economy according to our latest Manufacturing Barometer,” Bono continued. The U.S. remains a bright spot for industrial manufacturing activity with continued signs of healthy demand, pricing strength, new product investment and hiring.” LABORATORY TESTING INC. COMPLETES NIAC MEMBER AUDIT HATFIELD, PA—Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI) completed an audit and was reapproved by Nuclear Industry Assessment Committee (NIAC) member Crane Nuclear Inc.LTI provides suppliers, fabricators and manufacturers in the nuclear industry with materials testing, nondestructive testing and metrology services. The results of the recent NIAC audit approved LTI for another three-year term and under the NIAC Shared Audit Program were distributed to NIAC members that have a business relationship with the laboratory. “Thirty-four NIAC member companies have shared the assessment results obtained by the audit performed by Crane Nuclear Inc. As a result of this single NIAC audit, LTI is approved to provide materials testing, nondestructive testing and metrology for all of these companies,” said Frank Peszka, director of quality. “This is the largest group of NIAC members, so far, approving LTI based on the NIAC audit.” According to Crane Nuclear, the purpose of the audit was to verify implementation of the quality system manual. The audit also verified compliance with applicable portions of NCA-3800, NQA-1 2008/09 Addenda, NQA-1 1994, 10CFR50 Appendix B, 10CFR21, and N45.2 as related to performing chemical analysis, mechanical testing, metallurgical testing, nondestructive testing, dimensional inspection, calibration, specimen machining and sample preparation. AEROTECH REACHES $1B SHIPPED PITTSBURG, PA—October 2013 marked the month when Aerotech, a leader in motion control and precision electromechanical systems surpassed $1 billion of product shipped since the company’s inception. Aerotech President Mark Botos said, “This achievement validates our principle of consistent investment in research and development with a strong value proposition for our customers. Coupled with continuous improvements in our manufacturing facilities and global customer support network, we are strongly positioned for continued growth in the future. Just in the past year alone, we initiated and largely completed a multi-million dollar expansion of our U. S. world headquarters, established Aerotech China in Shanghai and are completing a move to larger and upgraded facilities at our U.K. operations. We deeply appreciate the support of our customers worldwide and the Aerotech employees both past and present who have made this milestone possible.” COMING EVENTS JANUARY 10-11 11TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION ON INDIAN MEDICAL DEVICES & PLASTICS DISPOSABLES INDUSTRY 2014 Ahmedabad, India FEBRUARY 18-20 CERTIFIED BIOMEDICAL AUDITOR CERTIFICATION PREPARATION COURSE MARCH 17 AS9100:2009 LEAD AUDITOR TRAINING 25 IPC APEX EXPO 2014 APRIL 15 THE VISION SHOW MAY 7 QUALITY EXPO TEXAS 2014 PEOPLE NEWS LMI AEROSPACE INC. NAMES NEW CFO AND NEW PRESIDENT OF VALENT AEROSTRUCTURES ST. LOUIS—LMI Aerospace, a provider of design engineering services and supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components to the aerospace and defense markets, announces management changes as the company streamlines operations and further integrates Valent Aerostructures. Lawrence E. (Ed) Dickinson, who has served as LMI’s Chief Financial Officer since 1993, has been appointed president of Valent and will lead the Valent subsidiary, assuming control of the bulk of the company’s machining business. Valent will remain headquartered in Kansas City, MS. Dickinson has served as CFO since joining LMI Aerospace in 1993. Prior to joining LMI, he was a financial analyst and Controller for LaBarge, Inc. Cliff Stebe has been named the CFO of LMI filling the vacancy left by Dickinson. Stebe has served as LMI’s corporate controller for three years after several years as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Both Dickinson and Stebe will report to CEO Ron Saks. REGINA E. DUGAN APPOINTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS PALO ALTO, CA—Varian Medical Systems Inc. announced Regina E. Dugan, Ph.D., senior vice president of Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) at Google’s Motorola Mobility LLC, has been appointed to the Varian Board of Directors, effective December 15, 2013. “We believe that Regina is eminently qualified to serve as a director of Varian Medical Systems,” said Dick Levy, chairman of Varian’s Board of Directors. “She has expertise with a wide range of advanced technologies and a demonstrated track record in moving new technologies to use, from sensor systems to big data products. She has deep familiarity with defense and security, as well as commercial industries. She brings to the board many years of serving in senior executive positions, with responsibilities that included fostering innovation and developing strategic business relationships across diverse industries and commercial entities large and small.” Dugan has been in her current position at Google/Motorola Mobility since March 2012. From July 2009 to March 2012, she served as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the principal agency within the U.S. Department of Defense for research, development, and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities. In 2005, Dugan co-founded RedXDefense LLC, a security solutions company, and served as CEO until 2009. Between 2001 and 2009, she was co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of Dugan Ventures, an investment firm where she still serves as a non-voting partner. Dugan is an inventor or co-inventor on several patents and has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). With Dugan’s appointment, the Varian Board of Directors will be increased from ten to eleven members. AIA BUSINESS CONFERENCE FEATURES NASA ENGINEER ORLANDO, FL—NASA “rock n roll” engineer Adam Steltzner will bring his story about landing the Curiosity Rover on Mars to the Automated Imaging Association’s (AIA) conference that will be held Jan. 22-24 in Orlando, FL. Steltzner spent a decade designing, testing and building the project, and will share his insight on how to lead teams and aspire to excellence at the AIA event. The AIA business conference brings vision and imaging industry executives together for the 22nd annual event of its kind, and will be co-located with the RIA Robotics Industry Forum and the MCA Business Conference. Together, about 400 industry leaders from the robotics, machine vision, and motion control industries are expected to attend. EDMUND OPTICS ADDS TO SALES TEAM KARLSRUHE, GERMANY—Edmund Optics, a provider of optical components, is pleased to announce the appointment of Volker Schmidt to its global sales team. Schmidt’s extensive knowledge and experience will be an asset to the direct sales team of Edmund Optics Europe. Volker Schmidt will represent EO at its customers in selected parts of Europe and be responsible for many of its key accounts. Schmidt holds a diploma degree in mechanical engineering and fine mechanics as well as a Master of business administration from the University of Giessen. Prior to his employment at Edmund Optics, Volker Schmidt worked for SCHOTT and Ohara Deutschland, where he held various managerial positions in sales and key account management. BUSINESS NEWS SMIC ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF CENTER FOR VISION, SENSORS AND 3DIC SHANGHAI—Semiconductor Manufacturing International announced the formation of SMIC’s Center for Vision, Sensors and 3DIC (CVS3D). CVS3D consolidates and strengthens SMIC’s R&D and manufacturing capabilities for silicon-based sensors, thru-silicon-via (TSV) technology and other middle-end wafer process (MEWP) technologies. MEWP technology has led to significant advancements in CMOS image sensors, MEMS sensors, 3D stacked devices, and high performance TSV-based 2.5D and 3D systems-in-package (SiP). The semiconductor industry is rapidly adopting TSV-based 2.5D and 3DIC technology in order to further miniaturize system Ics while reducing power consumption and boosting device and system performance. Market research  forecasts global TSV wafer shipments to be around 1.35 million 12” wafers in Y2013, expanding to 9.58 million 12”wafers by Y2017, representing a 63% CAGR over the next 5 years. In particular, by Y2017, close to 63% of wafer demand will be for Logic 3D SiP/ SoC, MEMS Sensors, RF/Mixed Signal, and CISrelated Ics, all of which are essential for today’s smartphone and mobile computing applications. The formation of CVS3D is a strategic step in driving SMIC’s technology differentiation strategy as SMIC expands its value-added technology offerings to a global customer base. One of our customers is already in production using CVS3D’s technology offerings; a few customers have multiple additional products in qualification. “Mobile phones, tablets, and emerging wearable devices are becoming more intelligent and are now equipped with powerful vision and sensing devices which have increased computational capability and improved energy efficiency, all at much smaller sizes,” said Dr. Shiuh-Wuu Lee, SMIC’s executive VP of Technology Development. “Going forward, the core concepts and fabrication methodology of 3DIC are clear drivers for advancing design, fabrication and system packaging technology of future imaging and other functional sensor devices. The emerging MEWP technology as a whole plays a very critical role in empowering new silicon device designs, wafer level integration and system packaging solutions. In sharing this enlightening vision with its partners and customers, SMIC’s CVS3D is devoted to driving innovative technology to help our customers successfully realize their designs.” “We are encouraged by our customers’ responses to our CVS3D technology offerings,” said Mike Rekuc, SMIC’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “This milestone is significant, particularly in China, due to the potential market size and number of applications. Over the past few years, SMIC has been developing specialty silicon process technologies such as MEMS, 3DIC, BSI and TSV to meet our customers’ growing needs in addressing the mobile computing and smart device markets. With the formation of SMIC’s dedicated Center for Vision, Sensors and 3DIC, SMIC is able to extend its manufacturing and R&D capabilities from CMOS front-end services to MEWP services. SMIC is ready to further strengthen our competitive position and leadership in this booming market by offering our customers the best solutions and services.”  P. Viaud, Yole Developement, “3DIC and 2. 5D Interposer Market Trends and Technological Evolutions”, Semicon China, March 2013 ZEISS ACQUIRES XRADIA JENA, GERMANY—ZEISS announced the acquisition of U.S.-based Xradia, Inc. has been completed. Xradia, Inc. is now operating under the new name of Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy Inc. This acquisition further strengthens the position of the ZEISS Microscopy business group, the only manufacturer of light, electron and X-ray microscopes, with unique solutions for research and routine inspection in materials and life sciences application fields.
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