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68 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2020 The results have exceeded our expectations in terms of increased customer satisfaction, additional sales opportunities, and more effi- cient, happier employees. We are now seeing the fruits of our labor dropping to the bottom line allowing us to entertain additional certifi- cations to satisfy customer requirements. Remember to focus on continuous improve- ment and never stop the PDCA cycle: Plan, do, check, act! Obstacles do not have to be- come permanent roadblocks. ISO adoption is a challenge, but with management commitment, sound process, and good communication, ISO certification is both achievable and sustainable for any size organization (Figure 3). DESIGN007 Bob Tise is an engineer at Sunstone Circuits, and Matt Stevenson is the VP of sales and marketing. To read past columns or contact Tise and Stevenson, click here. Figure 3: Don't let obstacles become permanent roadblocks. Bob Tise Matt Stevenson OMRON will donate $10,000 to the Robotics Educa- tion & Competition (REC) Foundation in support of its "Girl Powered" initiative, which provides teachers and mentors resources for co-ed or all-girl competitive robotics pro- grams. The contribution from OMRON Foundation Inc. was boosted by matching funds generated from social sharing by attendees and followers of the 2020 Consumer Elec- tronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. OMRON conducted fundraising efforts during CES 2020 to raise awareness and support girls in STEM. "OM- RON supports the development of the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math," said Nigel Blakeway, managing executive officer of OM- RON Corporation. "We believe in the mission of the REC Foundation, and CES presents an outstanding opportunity for us to engage others in the cause." The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Founda- tion engages students in hands-on, affordable, and sus- tainable robotics engineering programs. The Foundation manages competitions for elementary school through college students, with more than 200,000 participating students from 57 countries. OMRON committed dollars to the non-profit at the start of CES, and every tweet, retweet, or Instagram post dur- ing CES that included #OMRONforSTEM and #OMRONC- ES20, triggered an additional one-dollar donation, up to the maximum of $10,000. "Studies show that boys and girls perform similarly in STEM, but girls are less likely to consider careers in STEM," said Kate Cramer, an automation engineer from OMRON Automation Americas. "Together with the REC Foundation, we want to inspire girls to embrace STEM learning and a potential career by developing their passion for engineer- ing and robotics early. Ultimately, they may become my colleagues." (Source: OMRON) OMRON Donates $10,000 to Support Girls in STEM

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