Nov
08

Focus on Quality: Resources & Recommendations for World Quality Month

Inc. posted an article a few weeks ago that identified tips for becoming a billionaire.  And, it’s no surprise to us that each recommendation is either directly or indirectly related to quality.

The following were cited as “insider success secrets:”

  • Live well below your means.
  • Focus on quality above everything.
  • Think about sustainability.
  • Constantly seek out people smarter than you.
  • Learn how to lead different personalities
  • Be a flexible planner.
  • Being understood is overrated.

The article is timely… Each November, World Quality Month is observed. And, quality professionals throughout the global community participate in spreading the word.

“The purpose of World Quality Month is to promote the use of quality tools in businesses and communities. Quality tools, such as flowcharts and checklists, reduce mistakes and help produce superior products. Quality principles could reduce headline-making errors, like food safety, toy recalls, and financial disruptions. World Quality Month calls on people who use quality tools to share their knowledge by submitting their stories to illustrate the value of quality principles.” (ASQ Source)

“The purpose of World Quality Day is to promote awareness of quality around the world and encourage development and prosperity” (CQI)

This year, Pro QC is headed to Houston, Texas where we have an opportunity to discuss incorporating quality tools into critical thinking education at ASQ’s annual Quality Education Conference and Workshop. In addition to volunteering with organizing this event, Pro QC will sponsor a raffle prize to promote learning and continued quality education among workforce training and K-12 educators.

We encourage you to use and share our quizzes and word puzzles to help increase awareness throughout the month:

Also, take our quiz to determine how passionate you are about quality! Don’t forget to share your favorite quality quote.

For additional resources, ASQ offers a toolkit that is well worth the download.

Happy World Quality Month!  Share your ideas regarding how you and/or your organization spread quality awareness throughout November and beyond.

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Oct
04

Support Manufacturing Education & Awareness on October 7th

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.” ~James Dyson

We post this quote predictably each year as Manufacturing Day approaches.  This year, Manufacturing Day will be observed on October 7th.

What is Manufacturing Day? 

“Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”

Why is it important?

Research reveals the theory behind Manufacturing Day works. For the first time, participants were polled about their experience. A new Deloitte perception survey developed in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute was distributed to the more than 2,500 manufacturing hosts to gather data from attendees. The results are dramatic:

  • 81 percent of student respondents are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding
  • 71 percent of student respondents are more likely to tell friends, family, parents or colleagues about manufacturing
  • 93 percent of educators are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding
  • 90 percent of educators indicated they are more likely to encourage students to pursue a career in manufacturing

Who benefits? 

Although Manufacturing Day currently focuses on the United States, it serves as a model for other countries and offers opportunities for collaboration as an effort to achieve a broader reach.

Where do you learn more? 

How do you get involved? 

There are some excellent ideas here, such as hosting an event or organizing an on-site tour, but some additional thoughts include:

  • Host a lunch and share a few related fun facts.
  • Make an announcement and post information throughout the organization networks.
  • Sign a proclamation and invite local government representatives to join you and your team in recognition.
  • If you’re a parent, provide the resources to your child’s school or even speak to your child’s class.

Why get involved? 

According to this source, Manufacturing Day in the United States continues to achieve the objective of creating industry awareness among youth.

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How will you observe and increase awareness this Manufacturing Day? Share your stories with us!

 

Sep
09

Confirmed: Perceived Quality Affects Customer Advocacy More Than Any Other Element

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The September issue of Harvard Business Review  includes an article related to The Elements of Value. In the article, a study highlights what customers value in products varies by industry.

An included table summarizes the top 10 elements of value that various industries find influence loyalty. (Left)

The 10 types of businesses evaluated include:

Apparel/Retail
TV Service Providers
Discount Retail
Consumer Banking
Grocery
Brokerage
Food and Beverages
Auto Insurance
Smartphones
Credit Cards

See anything in common? For all industries noted, “Quality” is referenced at the top of the list.

 

“Some elements do matter more than others. Across all industries studied, perceived quality affects customer advocacy more than any other element. Products and services must attain a certain minimum level, and no other elements can make up for a significant shortfall on this one.”

“A rigorous model of consumer value allows a company to come up with new combinations of value that its products and services could deliver. The right combinations, pays off in stronger customer loyalty, greater customer willingness to try a particular brand, and sustained revenue growth.”

 

 

 

Aug
02

Avoiding Product Recalls

downloadOver the years, we’ve had our share of inquiries related to organizations seeking to resolve a recall situation.  While many of these calls are reactive, a proactive approach is recommended to avoid the cost and overall impact to stakeholders.

How can you avoid product recalls? 

Know Product Safety Requirements –  Avoiding recalls generally starts with product design and specification development. Due diligence is required to determine if any applicable testing is required depending on the market in which it will be sold. Contacting a testing lab for a general inquiry is worth the time and effort. Researching ANSI and ASTM standards is also advised.  A third party’s expertise can also be leveraged here and specifications development/testing can be outsourced.

Know Your Suppliers – Supplier selection is a critical component in the quality process. Verifying suppliers and performing an on-site evaluation adds an additional level of assurance. Considerations include:

  • Management
    • Is there a quality manual, and how are people trained?
  • Engineering
    • Are there control systems and a formal system of using updated drawings/specs?
  • Quality Control
    • Is there a quality department, and how much ultimate repsonsiblity do they have?
  • Incoming QC
    • Are raw materials inspected, and is inspection equipment calibrated?
  • Packaging
    • Are they packaged to prevent damaged and properly labeled?
  • Non-Conforming Materials
    • Is there a specific area for non-conforming materials and applicable training for handling/reporting?
  • Corrective Action
    • Is corrective action properly communicated, documented and follow-up on?
  • Manufacturing
    • Is there documentation, a maintenance program, etc.?

View an example Initial Supplier Evaluation report here to get a better idea of the basics when considering a potential partner.

Don’t Skip Inspections – Even the most highly rated suppliers have been known to release a shipment or two with quality issues that somehow went unseen. Some of these quality concerns can end up being safety issues that can easily result in recalls or other rework/warranty situations.  For an added level of assurance, incorporate pre-shipment inspections. These happen when the shipment is 100% produced and 80% packaged. So, you’re able to confirm visual/workmanship issues, functionality and packaging integrity issues.

View example QC inspection reports here to get a better idea of what’s included in the final evaluation of product.

For additional information regarding avoiding recalls and ensuring quality, contact us.

Recent recalls are listed on the CPSC site here.  “The CPSC fulfills its mission by banning dangerous consumer products, establishing safety requirements for other consumer products, issuing recalls of products already on the market, and researching potential hazards associated with consumer products.

A global site is also available here.  “The GlobalRecalls portal brings together information on product recalls being issued around the world, on a regular basis, together in one place – on an OECD platform.”

Jul
11

Quality: It’s What’s Driving the Global Automotive Industry

A report issued by McKinsey & Company predicting trends up through 2020 in the global automotive industry identifies four challenges that will affect the industry’s growth.  With these four challenges in mind, we offer quality solutions that effectively hedge or otherwise prepare those working within the industry.

  • Complexity and cost pressure
  • Diverging markets
  • Digital demands
  • Shifting industry landscape

“To capture future growth and find profit from these challenges – and to mitigate their risks – OEMs cannot simply turn to their traditional toolbox. They need to review and adjust their strategic priorities, deploy the appropriate investments and resources, and develop new skills to execute these strategic objectives.”

The automotive aftermarket faces it’s own challenges as well, discussed in detail within the Aftermarket Outlook 2020 report.  According to the report, challenges include:

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Quality solutions continue to offer a competitive advantage that ensures long-term sustainability while effectively addressing challenges identified by the industry.  Solutions offered include:

  • Supplier Selection (Verification and on-site initial evaluations)
  • Product Development (Testing, PPAP, etc.)
  • Production (In-process QC inspections, order monitoring, corrective action, etc.)
  • Supplier Management (TS/ISO 16949 audits, process audits, ISO 14001 environmental/sustainability audits, SA8000 social audits, C-TPAT security audits, etc.)
  • Shipping – Logistics (Container loading supervision, pre-shipment QC inspections)

Over the last three decades, Pro QC has assisted a significant number of OEMs and aftermarket parts suppliers in reducing their associated risks and cost. View our example service reports here

Will you be one of over 44,000+ attendees at AAPEX this year? If so, visit us in Booth 1874 to learn more about how we help reduce quality risk and cost in the industry! If you are unable to attend, contact us anytime at one of our worldwide office locations.

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