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Quality 4.0 Get Educated, Get Involved, and Build a Successful Strategy

Quality 4.0 blends new technologies such as advanced analytics and digital connectivity with traditional quality methods to arrive at new optimums in operational excellence, performance, and innovation. Although these technologies are what enable Quality 4.0, Quality 4.0 is important because these technologies help manufacturers attain new levels of performance, innovate, and solve long-standing people and process quality challenges such as evidence-based decision-making, collaboration, design transfer, and culture, among others. Read about the LNS Research study and takeaways on building a Quality 4.0 strategy featuring use cases.

Manufacturing Metrics that Really Matter Summary Report 2015-2016

Manufacturing is changing rapidly. New technology advancements around the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cloud, Big Data Analytics, and Mobility are converging to enable an increasing amount and type of data from all parts of the enterprise. This deluge of information presents tremendous opportunity for manufacturing improvements but also new challenges in distilling it into actionable intelligence. The 2015-2016 Metrics that Matter study, conducted between LNS Research and MESA International, investigates the levels of awareness and deployment around IIoT and Cloud software, the current state of analytics capabilities, and which metrics companies are successfully leveraging today in their pursuit of Operational Excellence.

Maintaining Due Diligence and Objectivity in EQMS Solution Selection

The success of an EQMS implementation is contingent on selecting the right solution and following the right sequence of steps from start to finish, being careful to enlist the expertise of all key stakeholders along the way, and hold fast to each core element of initial criteria laid out.  In this Research Spotlight LNS Research will explore the critical aspects of architecting a plan for EQMS selection and how to avoid these pitfalls.

IT Leaders’ Role in EQMS Selection

One of the key focus areas for many organizations today is managing end-to-end quality successfully with Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS). While the value and importance of having a single platform to manage quality is well-known to the quality professional, the specifics of what is demanded from EQMS and the depth of functionality and level of interoperability is less clear to the IT Leader. IT has a crucial role to play in the process of solution selection and subsequent successful roll-out.  This research is focused on the technical leader and how these leaders can better partner with quality executives as well as meet their own cost, data, integration, and security goals, among others.

Enterprise Quality Management Challenges for Oil and Gas: LNS Research Paper

Many Oil and Gas companies have fallen behind in the holistic use of supporting technology, often relying on outdated and typically distributed systems for capturing and reporting on data, as well as for leveraging it to drive continuous improvement.

This Research Spotlight will provide perspective for O&G executives and senior leaders on the top challenges currently facing the industry and the role of the next generation of compliance management and quality technology in overcoming those challenges.
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Specifically, it focuses on the following:

  • Quality and Compliance Across the Oil & Gas Value Chain
  • Quality and the Scrutiny of Suppliers
  • Challenges with Management Systems in Silos
  • The Benefits of an Integrated and Centralized Quality Hub
  • Actionable Recommendations


The IoT Revolution and the Connected Value Chain: LNS Research Paper

From smartphones to smart cars and homes, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already making its way into consumers’ lives. However, an aspect of IoT less understood, but equally (if not more) important is its industrial application. The potential impact of connected devices across the value chain is massive, and quality management is no exception. For years, companies have been striving to take quality to new heights by moving toward a more connected, closed-loop environment. Today, some innovative leaders are starting to—or at least considering how they can—take closed-loop quality a step further by leveraging emerging IoT technology.

How To Get Started with Quality Performance Management: LNS Research Case Study

To gain a better understanding into the foundations of a strong quality performance management program, this report will focus on highlights from the recent LNS Research Global Executive Council meeting. In the meeting, Vice President of Quality & Lean Systems and Environment, Health, and Safety at Accuride Corporation, Jd Marhevko, shared best practices as well as her alternative approach to performance management.

She and her team leverage a quality improvement methodology known as the Cost of Poor Execution (COPE), which not only monitors physical product losses, it also includes process losses— Read More

something overlooked even by some market leaders.

Specifically, readers of this case study will gain insights into the following areas of quality performance management:

    • An overview of Accuride’s quality performance management program
    • Identifying the right metrics for your organization
    • The importance of focusing on both process and product losses
    • An understanding of how much data is required to get started
    • Recommendations and the role of technology in performance management


Building a Business Case for EQMS with the Cost of Quality: LNS Research Paper

This research paper will provide an overview of EQMS’s value and then drill down into how the Cost of Quality can be used to build an EQMS business case. Particular attention will be paid to helping companies with stalled EQMS projects build hard cost savings into business cases.

Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) delivers significant benefits to quality, risk, and compliance. Unfortunately, many quality leaders are challenged in building a business case that effectively quantifies the benefits of these investments for colleagues outside of quality. Read More

This challenge often stems from the approach being taken to communicate the investment’s return. Many leaders are building business cases based on soft savings EQMS delivers—i.e. process efficiency gains from automation. While this approach works for some companies, it can also fall short. For companies with stalled projects, there are more significant hard savings that can be realized from transitioning to a proactive quality management model and reducing failure costs, which can push those projects over the hump.


Closed-Loop Quality, Connecting Engineering, Manufacturing, and Quality: LNS Research Paper

Whether an organization’s competitive advantage comes through engineering, manufacturing, or service, the ability to deliver high-quality products and processes is almost always a top objective for executives. With the use of today’s modern Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) solution, today’s market leaders are taking quality management a step further.

EQMS is enabling organizations to not just manage quality within specific value chain nodes, but also across them. Acting as a global hub for communication and collaboration on key quality issues,   Read More

EQMS closes the loop on quality process data and content. By reading this report, you will learn about several closed-loop quality management use cases, as well as how you can differentiate your quality capacities with EQMS.



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