New ideas for quality management: Part 6

Posted by John Clemons on April 23, 2014 @ 10:02 am

Managing manufacturing quality is never a one-size-fits-all solution. Each situation differs and requires unique approaches to technologies, information, and training.

As I promised last time, I’m finally wrapping up this topic on the management of manufacturing quality. If you’ve been following all this, you’ll know that there are a lot of cool new ideas out there and a lot of cool new technology as well. It all means that you can have a pretty big impact on the shop floor and a pretty big impact on the bottom line for your company. What I thought I’d do with this post is try to wrap up this topic and try to give you a bit of a road map on how to make some changes, and how to get from where you are to where you want to be. But before I start I guess I need to mention a few things. First, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. This road map is just a suggestio... Continue Reading

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New ideas for quality management: Part 5

Posted by John Clemons on April 16, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

By implementing a process of testing rationalization whereby only a minimal number of tests are actually run and more tests are run only when problems occur, a process of management by exception may be implemented.

Well, I thought I was wrapping up these on the new ideas for quality management, but I’ve thought of a few more things that I’d like to talk about. The last couple of posts we talked about technology and all the cool technology that’s out there to support the management of manufacturing quality. But I think I would be remiss here if I didn’t mention a few things about business processes that are needed to support manufacturing quality management. And, some of these processes are pretty new as well. First is adopting the concept or business process of multi-level testing. The idea is that the initial level of testing is to monitor the process and make s... Continue Reading

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Distributed control systems: Four things to consider when emulating a third-party application

Posted by Josh Bozeman on April 9, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

The capabilities of a DCS appear so limitless that we’re sometimes asked to replicate an external third-party application in the existing control system. Keep these four considerations in mind.

The modern distributed control system (DCS) is extremely powerful and highly versatile. The capabilities appear so limitless that we’re sometimes asked about the option to replicate an external third-party application in the existing control system. Typical justifications include saving thousands each year in maintenance costs and product support while streamlining operator training. Though it would appear that this might be a fairly small project, there can be a lot more to consider than meets the eye, especially to someone that's not highly attuned to complex control configuration. Before signing on the dotted line, here are a few things to keep in mind. 1. Evaluate the exist... Continue Reading

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New ideas for quality management: Part 4

Posted by John Clemons on April 2, 2014 @ 9:11 am

Laboratory information management systems are ideal for facilities that are looking to improve overall lab performance. Does LIMS make sense for you?

In the last post, I started talking about some of the technology that makes all these new ideas for managing manufacturing quality a reality. We had just started talking about the technology aspects, and I thought I would keep it going a little longer. One of the fundamental pieces of technology that support these new ideas for manufacturing quality management is information systems. There’s a lot of solutions out there and you don’t need all of them, but I thought I would mention just a few that support these new id... Continue Reading

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New ideas for quality management: Part 3

Posted by John Clemons on March 26, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

Improve quality management by recognizing the system operators. Providing them with the proper training and more responsibility over the testing process can be a win-win situation.

In the last couple of posts (see Part 1 and Part 2) I’ve talked about some new ideas for quality management in the manufacturing industries. These ideas can have a huge impact on the shop floor and make things a whole lot better when it comes to managing quality. I took a compare-and-contrast approach, looking at the current paradigm for many companies and then taking a look a... Continue Reading

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