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Strategies for Lean Quality Systems

Strategies for Lean Quality Systems

The global economic environment of the 21st century challenges manufacturers to devise strategies that add maximum value while simultaneously mitigating expenditure. In fact, the economic reality of today’s manufacturing industry mandates that enterprises learn to be more productive with fewer resources available to achieve business goals. Lean manufacturing principles, which seek to eliminate all forms […]



Top 10 ISO 9000 Failures_IQS

Top 10 ISO 9000 Failures

The process of earning all requisite compliance certifications is costly and time-consuming. On the other hand, the benefits of achieving compliance far outweigh these two primary obstacles to gaining certification. To lower the cost of achieving compliance, manufacturers must be aware of the unforeseen pains of satisfying certification audits: below are the top 10 ISO […]



ISO 14001 Overview_IQS

ISO 14001 Overview

ISO 14001 encompasses recommendations for a continually improving environmental management system. Many manufacturers and municipalities around the world utilize ISO 14001 standards to design, implement, execute and continually review the effectiveness of environmental management systems. ISO 14001 allows manufacturers in the environmental market to minimize an organization’s impact on the environment, ideally lowering total cost […]



Conducting Internal Audits in Manufacturing_IQS

Conducting Internal Audits in Manufacturing

Conducting internal audits is arguably one of the most critical facets of a sound quality management system. The sheer range of non-conformance issues that you can avoid by automating your own auditing procedures is innumerable; often quality management issues stem from age-old human error. I understand that perfecting your internal auditing procedures is a lofty […]



Quality Management Software Trends_IQS

Quality Management Software Trends

Since the turn of the millennium, the proliferation of lean quality management and compliance systems has afforded manufacturers a means to soften the negative financial impacts on total cost of quality. However, as the global economy continues its tepid recovery, quality management and compliance departments in the manufacturing industry are taking on a more business-critical […]



Implementing Quality Management Software_IQS

Implementing Quality Management Software

No doubt exists in my mind that implementing an overhaul of an enterprise-wide quality management system is difficult; “time-consuming” is the descriptor I have read more often than not. Negative descriptions abound when researching the best practices for sound quality management systems. I also read the words “tedious”, “cumbersome” and “frustrating” in far too many […]



Keys to Implementing a Quality Management System_IQS

Keys to Implementing a Quality Management System

Implementing a quality management system in the most cost-effective manner can be a big challenge, but it is not an insurmountable issue. From my perspective, too many manufacturers rush through the implementation planning process, which inevitably leads to problems in the long run. For the sake of cutting implementation costs, management can inadvertently lock in inefficiencies […]



Managing Employee Competency with Training

The importance of receiving professional training when implementing a new quality management system is crucial. With every technology refresh, employees with a moderate level of IT expertise must learn how to use the new quality management software modules in the most efficient manner. Companies should not make the mistake of assuming that employees will intuitively […]



Young Consumers Demand Improved Auto Multimedia Systems

J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey, originally published in the summer of 2012, contains a goldmine of key quality-related statistics. Consumers highly value the opinion of J.D. Power and Associates due to the company’s proven record of steering buyers toward the best vehicles on the market. Initial Quality Survey From a manufacturer’s perspective, the […]



 

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