The International Conference on Quality and Dependability – CCF is now a well established brand of excellence among the international scientific meetings in the interdisciplinary field of quality and dependability (reliability, maintainability, safety & security).
It is interesting to mention that the CCF conference was listed as the 3rd longest running conference in the quality and dependability field in the international specialized assessments.
The International Conferences on Quality and Dependability – CCF conferences have a long tradition among the specialists of the field. That’s why, we consider useful to remember the main moments that marked the evolution of CCF – from a national scientific meeting to an important international conference in the field.
The first National Conference on Quality and Reliability – CCF ’87, organised by the Central Reliability Group of MIEt, took place at Poiana Brasov, in 1987. It was then decided that this conference should become a traditional national scientific event in the field. Therefore, the second edition of the Conference, CCF ’88 took place at the premises of ‘Minerva’, ‘Diana’ and ‘Afrodita’ hotels from Baile Herculane, in 1988.
1996 – 1999
After the political changes of 1989, SRAC took over this tradition, by organising the third edition of the Conference – CCF ’96 at the Hotel ‘Roman’ from Baile Herculane, in September 1996. The fourth edition of the conference – CCF ’97 was organised in Sinaia, while the fifth edition – CCF ’98 was organised in Sinaia too, at the ‘Holiday Inn’ hotel. CCF ’99, the sixth edition of the conference took place at the Hotel ‘Sport’ from Poiana Brasov.
The seventh edition of the conference – CCF 2000 was organised at the Hotel ‘Palace’ from Sinaia in the year 2000; it was a scientific meeting with a wide international participation and, as a consequence, it was decided that the further editions of CCF should be included in the circuit of the international conferences in quality and dependability and organised every two years. The national journal “Calitatea – acces la succes” and the international journal “Qualité – Forum Scientifique” were launched during CCF 2000, in the presence of the Editors-in-Chief of the two publications.
The next CCF scientific meetings, namely the eighth edition of the Conference – CCF 2002, organized at the Cazino of Sinaia, as well as the ninth edition – CCF 2004 – organized at Hotel Mara in Sinaia were unanimously considered as important international scientific events in the field of quality and dependability.
The 10th edition of the conference CCF 2006 – organized at the Casino Conference Hall from Sinaia – was an anniversary one. More than 70 papers were presented by specialists in the field from 10 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Greece, Moldavia, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Romania, too. A special session of CCF 2006 marked the centenary of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
During the 11th International Conference on Quality and Dependability – CCF 2008 specialists from 13 countries, including Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, India, Maroc, Moldavia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Tunisia and Romania presented at Sinaia their points of view in more than 60 papers.
The special session “A homage to Joseph M. Juran (1904-2008)” organized at the beginning of the conference represented a tribute to the great “Guru” of quality of Romanian origin Joseph M. Juran, the “father” of the modern quality management who passed away at the beginning of 2008.
A special session marked the 15th anniversary of the Romanian Society for Quality Assurance (SRAC) – the main organiser of CCF conferences, too.
More than 50 papers authored by specialists from Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, India, Maroc, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Tunisia and Romania were presented during the 12th International Conference on Quality and Dependability – CCF 2010 organized at the Casino Conference Center from Sinaia. The participants at CCF 2010 had the special opportunity to meet Professor Emeritus Alessandro Birolini, a remarkable specialist in the field – considered as a Reliability Guru – who presented an invited conference. During CCF 2010 was launched – in world premiere – the 6th edition in English of the monumental book of Prof. Birolini Reliability Engineering: Theory And Practice – published by Springer Publishing House and considered by the specialists in the field as a veritable “Bible of Reliability”.
During the 13th International Conference on Quality and Dependability – CCF 2012 – organised for the first time in a beautiful area of the Black Sea, at Neptun International Conference Center, specialists from 13 countries, including Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, India, Maroc, Moldavia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Tunisia and Romania presented their points of view in more than 50 papers.
The special guest of the 13th International Conference on Quality and Dependability – CCF 2012 was Mr. Gianluca Mule, Senior Manager of the well-known European Foundation for Quality Management – EFQM who presented the EFQM Excellence Model. The EFQM Excellence Model is the most popular quality tool in Europe, used by more than 30,000 organizations to improve their performances.
During the last day of the conference the evolutions and the perspectives regarding the management, engineering and certification of quality and dependability in Romania and abroad were analysed as a part of the special session ISO 9000 Forum – a session that marked the 25th anniversary of this famous international standard. This session celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Romanian Society for Quality Assurance (SRAC), the main organiser of CCF conferences, too.
During the 14th International Conference on Quality and Dependability – CCF 2014 organised at the Palace hotel from Sinaia, specialists from Belgium, France, Great Britain, India, Israel, the Netherlands, Serbia , Switzerland, Turkey and Romania, too presented about 60 papers. The first day of the conference brought to the attention of the participants an event with an important international impact: The EFQM Open Doors Day in Romania, organized by SRAC and EFQM and with the participation of Grundfos Romania and the Hungarian Association for Excellence.
The CCF 2014 conference was organized in a special year for quality: the anniversary of nine decades from the first control chart introduced by the quality guru Walter Shewhart in 1924, which launched the statistical process control and the quality improvement. This moment, considered as the birthday of the modern quality, was the point of departure of an interesting CCF debate concerning the evolutions and the future of quality.
The 15th International Conference on Quality and Dependability CCF 2016 was organised at the Palace hotel from Sinaia, too; well-known specialists in the field – academics, managers, practitioners and researchers from France, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland, U.S.A., and Romania, presented their points of view, in about 50 papers. The special guests of the 15th International Conference in Quality and Dependability CCF2016 were important international experts in the field, namely:
- Prof. Emeritus Dr. Alessandro Birolini from Polytechnic Institute (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, the famous European “Guru” in Reliability, author of the best-seller Reliability Engineering, a true “Reliability bible” – printed in 10 editions;
- Dr. Isaac Sheps – Convener of ISO/TC 176/SC2/WG25 (working group for revision of the ISO 9004);
- Prof. Dr. Vidosav D. Majstorovic from University of Belgrad, well-known Serbian expert in quality management;
- Dr. Steli Loznen, Israel – Convener of IEC/TC 62/SC 62A/MT29 & WG14.
Special emphasis was given during CCF2016 to the problems of Quality, Security and Risk Management and Analysis, Dependability Modelling and Evaluation, Environmental Management and Quality Assurance in Education. A special attention was given to the requirements and implementation of the revised standard ISO 9001:2015.