Stop Depending On Inspection

Abstract:In today's global marketplace, "better, cheaper, and faster" has become the mantra for manufacturers. Obviously, it would be better to build a product correctly in the first place, but making the transition from a traditional inspection-based quality system to a prevention-based quality system is difficult if responsibility isn't shared by all. Moving the inspection function from quality assurance to manufacturing makes it possible to put in place prevention techniques to reduce the number of defects produced. This enables employees to take responsibility for the quality of their work and the work done earlier in the manufacturing process. If the goal is to cease dependence on inspection, a mechanism to improve both transactional and manufacturing processes must be provided. Any sound process improvement approach may be used as long as there is support from management in the form of training, visibility, and implementation. The transition to a prevention-based quality system allows companies …

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