A team-based Lean Six Sigma project at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in St. Louis, Mo., aimed to reduce equipment cleaning time. Using a variety of quality tools, including process mapping, brainstorming, and root-cause analysis, the team created a new cleaning procedure. Meeting all objectives, the project resulted in significant annual cost savings for the company.
Read the executive summary or download Clean Approach Saves Global Pharmaceutical Drug Manufacturer Time, Money (PDF).
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In this Snapshot webcast series, Mark Ames tackles commonly misunderstood topics of interest to the quality and standards communities. This first installment clears the confusion about what a "document" is versus a "record."
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Six Sigma -- Still relevant after all these years.
In 2013, ASQ unveiled groundbreaking research that creates a baseline of fundamental quality and continuous improvement practices around the world. Read more about the project and download the research reports.
An article in the April 2014 Quality Engineering proposes an approach to detect the change in the parameters of correlated Poisson count processes as well as to estimate their change points.
In the April 2014 Journal of Quality Technology, Rong Pan and Tao Yang discuss accelerated life testing (ALT), identifying an optimal test plan that minimizes the average prediction variance over the entire use condition region and introducing a dual-objective optimization process to provide an efficient ALT plan.
"No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo
At the 19th Annual Spring Conference of the Association for Quality and Participation, Tami Vickery and Mark Warner demonstrated the benefits of a structured approach to peer assessments and shared sample tools and worksheets for implementation.