Value Analysis Makes SPC Even More Powerful


Syverson, Roger J.; Dale, Everett H.   (1987, ASQC)   Professional Value Services, Minneapolis, MN; Northern Telecom Inc., Minneapolis, MN

41st Annual Quality Congress, May 1987, Minneapolis, MN    Vol. 41    No. 0
QICID: 3382    May 1987    pp. 788-793
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Article Abstract

The objective of this paper is to demonstrate how the Value Analysis technique can make Statistical Process Control an even more powerful tool. SPC is by nature primarily a problem identification tool and Value Analysis by nature is primarily a problem solving tool. Therefore, combining these two techniques gives you a powerful tool for both identifying and solving problems.VA and SPC have very similar backgrounds. SPC was developed in the United States with significant contributions by Dr. Edward Deming, and came to prominence in Japan before becoming a recognized and invaluable tool within the American organizational environment. Value Analysis was developed in the U.S. by Larry Miles, and also came into prominence in Japan prior to its true recognition on the American scene. In fact, two of the four recipients of the "Order of the Sacred Treasure", an honor given in the name of th Emperor of Japan for outstanding contributions to the Japanese economy, were given to Edward Deming and Larry Miles. Now two highly treasured annual awards are given in Japan: The Deming Award for outstanding work in the field of Quality, and the Larry Miles Award, for outstanding work in the field of Value Analysis.A final basis to illustrate the combined effectiveness of the two tools is, SPC is probably the strongest Quality Improvement tool available; while VA is the most effective Cost Improvement tool available. Therefore, doesn't it make sense to combine these powerful techniques when cost and quality are the major areas of competition, especially from off-shore industry?The demonstration of these supportive and complimentary techniques will be done by comparing their:- History and background- Project and team selection- Major steps in each technique- When to use VA with SPC- How to use VA and SPC together:- Using SPC first- Using SPC as part of VA description- Using SPC to evaluate, develop and control implementationIn addition to the supportiveness of the techniques, we shall discuss the complimentary aspects of their total company program with respect to: Need, commitment, administration, planning and training, idea generation, proposal evaluation and development, proposal implementation, recording, records, feedback, recognition, motivation, awards and rewards.Appropriate use of these powerful techniques will make a major contribution toward assuring maximum cost and quality effectiveness within an organization.


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