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Process Capability and Process Improvement
Three Flash Files
Histogram and Fishbone Analysis
Taguchi Loss Function
Process Loop
Deming PDCA
Courtesy ofJukka Huhtiniemi's The Red Road! (Site long ago deceased, unfortunately)

Good Resources

Debate of the validity of Six Sigma

FDA - GMPs and QSR

Deming's 14 Points

The Deming Electronic Web Site

Baldrige vs. ISO 9001
An Alignment Matrix

Baldrige Criteria

All the Information Mucho Links! In the World!

This is the 'requsite' links area, Plus.... Oldies But Goodies from a few years ago...

A Few Other Interesting Links!

EVOP Tidbits
Also see this Thread
. Evolutionary Operation of Processes
A nice site which focuses on (you guessed it) Line / Equipment Change Over
Total Quality Management
Some Excellent Information
Bull**it Bingo!
Camp Tosebo
(Originally Todds Seminary for Boys)
The Former Summer Camp
Check Your Clock
(Takes a Minute to Load)

Registrar and Auditor Differences
Preclude Definitive Answers to Many Questions...

The Requisite Legal Stuff (aka The Small Print)

Elsmar Cove Web Site and Forum Privacy Policy and Copyright Information

This web site tracks visitors with standard server log files which every web server uses to gather basic information such as pages served, IPs of requestors, etc. I do not sell or in any way communicate these log files to any person or any company for any reason.

About Elsmar Cove Forum Registration Email Addresses: The Cove Forums require a valid e-mail address from anyone who wants to register. You do have to register to start new threads (topics), not to mention access to other forum software functions and features. Registering allows you to edit your posts, works the 'NEW MESSAGE' icon and many other things.

The email address you register with is not made public in any way. You can, however, make your email address available to the public by putting it in your User profile. I don't care if you make your email address public, but I take NO Responsibility for spam or other unwanted email you may end up receiving because an email gathering 'bot' has scraped your email address from your User Profile.

Note that I do NOT sell or give away e-mail lists nor do I send 'spam', advertisements or anything else to registered users (or anyone else, for that matter) with the exception of a News Letter which is very, VERY infrequent (its been a 7 years now...) And which can be opted out of (see Elsmar Cove News Letter and How to 'Opt Out' of the Elsmar Cove News Letter) if once every year or so is too frequent for your taste... ;)

Forum Cookies: If/When you register, several Cookies Cookies will be set on YOUR computer by the vBulletin forum software, including one which tells the last time you logged in so the 'NEW MESSAGE' icon works (as an example). Other cookies may be placed by Google's AdSense advertiser and such. Cookie information is kept on your computer, NOT on my server, and you can delete all cookies on your computer when ever you want to. My software / server does no analysis on cookie data / contents except the vBulletin software which 'works' the icon for new messages and other forum software processes. Privacy Policy: Bottom Line

Cayman Business Systems (Me, Marc, aka The Elsmar Cove) does not sell, give away or in any way reveal / communicate any information about anything to any person, any company or any other entity inclusive of visitor log files, IP addresses, and e-mail addresses.
Nothing. Nada. Period...

Personally, I'm not a paranoid sort so I don't get real excited about 'cookies' web sites, web site tracking services, etc. set on my computer. Here, on this server, specifically in the Forums, cookies are necesary for the software to function. That's just the way it is. I don't track cookies in any way. Only the Forum software uses cookies. The Forum software uses cookies for many things such as to update certain counters and such. If you turn cookies off and you are a registered forum visitor, many forum functions will not work, or may not work 'as expected'.

Let's talk Cookies from external sites. Cookie

First of all, please remember cookies are kept on YOUR computer, not the Elsmar server.

Cookies NOT from the Elsmar Cove Forum software: Google cookies - Google IS leaving cookies on your computer when you visit the Elsmar Cove. Again, to me this is not a big deal. During April 2009 Google introduced Interest Based Advertising which uses cookies. Please see the Google Interest Based Advertising Information Page for more specific information, including their 'Opt Out' procedure.

If you are a Facebook person, Facebook uses cookies they place on your computer to tell them you have been here. Many sites these days track web sites you visit (we do not). Obviously I have no control over cookies placed on your computer by companies such as Facebook.

All this said, this is the internet. If you're expecting 'total' privacy you're dreaming. To me this is essentially a personal paranoia issue.

Site Copyright Policy - Copy *Free*
Revised for clarity on 7 March 2013

Except for some documents in the Paid Subscription Access directories and the $ Contributor sub-forum, everything on the Elsmar Cove is "Copyright *Free*". If you reproduce information from the Elsmar Cove elsewhere, we do appreciate your citing the source, however, in one way or another.

If you post in the Forums (this includes files and/or pictures attached to any post in a discussion thread or in blogs or picture albums, etc) you do *not* have a right to assert copyright claim(s) now or in the future. We don't assert that we own the rights to post content, including files and/or pictures attached to posts (or in blogs or picture albums, etc). However, once you post or you attach a file, you agree not to come back at a later date and require me to remove your post(s) and/or attachments(s) for copyright or other reason(s). This is a free system and my policy is to NOT be a money grubbing type with lawyers at hand, but rather to be a free resource for folks. If the contents of your posts, files and/or pictures attached to posts or in blogs or picture albums, etc. are 'golden' to you, I suggest you post elsewhere or write a book and sell it. If you post here, your question(s) and any and all answers to questions(s), as well as any attachments you contribute, are essentially in the public domain. Essentially it is simply a matter of understanding that anyone who posts and/or attaches a file in the forum can not come back at a later time and demand that I remove their post(s) and/or attachment(s). By posting and/or attaching one or more files in the forum, the person is granting the Elsmar Cove the right(s) (if you will) to keep the content posted.

Also, please see the Elsmar Cove forum TOS (Terms of Service) for additional details.

FAIR USE and CORRECTNESS NOTICE: This site contains some copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed an interest by reading discussion threads and sharing files attached to posts for information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. In addition, I do not guarantee the correctness of the content. The risk of using content from the Elsmar Cove web site and forums remains with the user. Please read the Elsmar Cove Forum TOS and Forum Policies for details.

Forum Post Content Responsibility Statement: Each person is responsible for anything they post in the Elsmar Cove forum. Neither I, Marc Timothy Smith, nor any of the forum Moderators, are responsibe for the content of posts people make. Liability for post content resides with the poster. The moderators and I do our best to monitor post content, however we are not infallable. Liability for post content resides with the poster as does interpretation and/or acceptance and/or use of advice by the reader.


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Disclaimer: I'm Not Associated With Them...

As it turns out, there is another Cayman Systems (wouldn't you know it) - A router and broadband company as I understand it, and their lawyers wrote me a pretty nasty letter threatening a lawsuit in 2000. Basically they said everything with the word 'Cayman' in it is their copyright because they've copyrighted the word / name 'Cayman'. Do read the complaint. It's a real grabber...

Be it known that Cayman Business Systems (aka Cayman Systems International, aka Cayman Systems and The Elsmar Cove) is thankfully in NO way associated with the Cayman Systems router people. I don't have anything to do with the manufacture or design of router systems, and they don't have a Quality Assurance and Business Systems forum and web site. I will say their lawyers are billing them for time for really stupid claims. I'd say the Cayman Systems upper management must be stupid to be paying lawyers to be harassing a little 1 person 'company' like me over using the name (**NAME**) Cayman in my company name when my business in no way resembles their business. I wonder how their stock is doing... Obviously their lawyers are doing quite well ;)


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