Tag: manufacturing

Quantifying the Importance of Quality in 2015 (US Market)

Quality Magazine recently posted an article related to the importance of quality and other interesting observations regarding their 15th Annual Spending Survey.

The article indicates a positive increase in spending where quality is concerned, along with other key indicators showing support and acknowledgment of the importance of quality.  Two highlights worth noting include:

1) About half (49%) said the importance of quality has increased compared to a year ago.

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2) The top three spending categories were general test, measurement and inspection equipment (69%); gages and gaging systems (65%); and test and inspection services (53%).

Global Supply Chains are Changing Fast & Creating New Quality Challenges

Our latest newsletter featured an article written by Pro QC’s VP/Americas, Michael L. Hetzel.  In the article, Michael expands on the ideas he presented in a recent interview with Awarely regarding trends in logistics and supply.  The original article is posted below.
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“Finally, product simplification/modularization/mass customization will dictate short supply chains and inventory reductions. Manufacturing in proximity to each market becomes the lowest cost option.”
The above quote is from an article I wrote that was published in the January-February, 2007, issue of Mexico Now magazine, titled; ‘Avoid Strategic Overshoot©: Consider All Elements Before Moving Production Outside the U.S.’ This has been a theme in my articles and lectures ever since.

It took a while for the trend to accelerate and gain prominence, but this prediction is coming true at an increasingly rapid pace and getting catchy names like “reshoring” and “nearshoring” from the pundits.

Simplified 5S: What is it & why is it important?

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What is 5S?

5S is a lean manufacturing approach to “A place for everything, and everything in its place” based on the Toyota Production System.

Qualitymanagement has compiled definitions from a variety of sources worth referencing here:

1. 5S definition of Wikipedia.com

Sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain: a workplace discipline used to ensure reliable work practices and a clean working environment, now used in the West but originally from Japan.

2. 5S definition of Thequalityportal.com

Seiri (sort), Seiton (set in order), Seiso (shine), Seiketsu (standardize), Shitsuke (sustain); application in manufacturing, in office.

Who cares about manufacturing?

“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

Manufacturing Day is is approaching on October 3rd, and we’re encouraging all of our partners, clients and associates to open their doors and share the experience of manufacturing with our youth.

To recognize manufacturing’s significance and spread the word, our Tampa office is working with Florida Advanced Technological Education Center and local elementary schools to communicate the message to a younger demographic.  There are also useful ideas and additional information on the Manufacturing Day site.

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.” (Source)

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Tips on quality from Bentley

We recently discovered a video discussing quality control at a Bentley Mulsanne factory.  As a 3rd party quality assurance and engineering firm, we do a significant amount of work in the automotive industry.  From TS 16949 audits to product inspections, it’s an industry we know places value on quality.

Of course, Bentley is synonymous with quality, representing to many the highest of automotive luxury. For Bentley, “the attention to detail is what defines a valued, quality product.”

“Spec check”

When the cars in this video come off the line, they make sure everything matches the specification.  Non-conformances are flagged and logged.  This can take up to an hour and half.  During another process check, anything flagged is taken care of.

From a previous post:

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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.