Global Sources China & India Sourcing Fair (Dubai)

Bruno Singier, Pro QC’s Marketing Manager for Europe and Asia, and Ruei Chen travelled to Dubai earlier this month for the Global Sources China and India Sourcing Fair.  The show was held between May 31st and June 2nd at the International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Our booth was well located, at the main entrance of Hall 8 and opposite the Global Sources booth.  Bruno reported consistent traffic and had an opportunity to speak with many companies from the Emirates and other Middle-East countries.  He also noted several companies were from India/Pakistan and Europe.

For a schedule of upcoming shows, visit our newsletter site.

Raising the Voice of Quality: A 5W2H Approach

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of attending and presenting at the local ASQ Section 1508 meeting over in St. Petersburg, Florida.   I had originally planned to discuss a prior article relating to quality misconceptions but later shifted the topic over to “Raising the Voice of Quality.” After attending the World Quality Conference in May, I was excited and ready to spread the word. I took a 5W2H approach that was well received.  It really was wonderful to reconnect with people that I haven’t seen in years… And, it was also a great opportunity to meet several new passionate quality professionals that live in the area.  Good stuff!

The information I presented ties in with the latest Feature Article we issued through the quarterly newsletter earlier this month.  The full presentation from last night’s meeting can be downloaded here: VoiceOfQuality_5W2H

“If, as Dr. Juran foretold, the 21st Century is to be the century of quality, it’s high time the quality community raises its voice, to bring more attention to what it knows about the quality concepts, techniques, and tools to make the world a better place.”   ~Paul Borawski (www.asq.org/blog)

Product Inspection Strategy

A frequent question account managers receive is how to employ an inspection strategy to identify issues early and continue to ensure that product meets specifications.  Most agree that the tangible and intangible costs associated with poor quality support a preemptive strategy. The answer isn’t necessarily a simple one due to the variances involved in product specific requirements.  But, a general method of attack is suggested here:

 

Inspection Plan Development
A good plan is only as good as its foundation, so a comprehensive and detailed product specification is critical to the success of the overall strategy.  Pro QC often assists clients with this documentation creation and also uses it internally to direct engineers on-site.  A good plan incorporates anything that will affect the salability and performance of the product.

 

First-Article Inspections
Pro QC inspects first-article samples prior to volume production.  That means the product specifications are being met and reengineering won’t be necessary at an inconvenient point of time in the future.

 

In-Process Inspections
These on-site inspections evaluate samples of your products selected during the manufacturing process.  It confirms the quality of your product and allows any necessary changes to be addressed early on.  Incorporating these inspections reduces rework time and costs.

 

Pre-Shipment Inspections
During a pre-shipment inspection, engineers verify that the finished goods confirm to your specifications.  A representative sample is chosen randomly from the lot using a sampling plan such as ANSI Z1.4. The criteria is used to determine sampling levels and accept/reject determinations.

 

Inspection schedules are dependent on factors such past performance, so costs associated with preventative action are also reduced as performance becomes predictable and/or stable.  Continuous improvement and consistent results means investing in quality throughout the process and avoiding associated risks and cost in the future.

Now on Facebook…

We are excited to say that our Facebook page is up and going.  We’re hoping our presence here will connect our global team and serve to educate others regarding what it is we do and why we’re the best at it.  Of course, we hope to use this venue as a way to further contribute to raising the voice of quality and sharing industry related tidbits. Feedback and “likes” are always welcome and appreciated!

Memorial Day Weekend – Clearwater Beach, Florida

Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States as a national holiday on the last Monday each May.   Once known as Decoration Day, the holiday weekend is traditionally “a day of reflection and recognition commemorating all U.S. Service Members who have died in military service.”  Today, Americans really dedicate the day to all those who have or are serving in the military.

The holiday weekend is also considered the start of summer for Floridians, which means plenty of sunshine, backyard BBQs and beach adventures.  Our Sales & Marketing Director, Jeffrey Moellering, is based in Clearwater, Florida.  He’s also a talented photographer that’s been taking some great local shots lately!  Here are a couple we would like to share with everyone abroad… Memorial Day 2011, Florida style…