Implementation Strategies/National Standards for Statistical Process Control

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Eckes, George P.; Ross, William C.   (1990, ASQC)   Storage Technology Corp., Louisville, CO

Annual Quality Congress, San Francisco, CA    Vol. 44    No. 0
QICID: 9584    May 1990    pp. 1012-1017
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Article Abstract

Competing in a world wide market has driven us to recognize that traditional approaches to manufacturing or providing a service are inherently inefficient. The realization American industry is losing ground with respect to foreign industry has prompted many organizations to re-evaluate their systems of production (product or service). The cornerstone to becoming more competitive comes by achieving higher quality and lower costs through continual process improvement. To this end, a number of technical societies, trade associations and government agencies, responsible for developing industry standards, have put forth a joint effort to standardize methodologies for continual process improvement. The first part of this paper will briefly examine the following activities with respect to process control:

  • Department of Defense
  • Total Quality Management (TQM) Initiative
  • Joint Electronic Device Engineering Council (JEDEC standard No. 19)
  • Electronic Industries Association (ANSI/EIA--557)
  • Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits (IPC-PC-90)
The objective in business is to continually increase productivity and profitability, thereby capturing the competitive edge and ultimately, market share. Achieving this objective is becoming more and more difficult in the world wide marketplace in which we participate. Foreign competition has led businesses either to change their corporate strategies and/or compromise their profitability. The second part of this paper examines methodologies and strategies which can be employed consistent with national standards. Management's responsibility in terms of involvement in the process is outlined and clarified. In conclusion, the paper will examine the elements necessary to successfully implement a process control system which will enable any company to compete in the world market.

Keywords

Quality control (QC),Statistical process control (SPC),Department of Defense (DOD)


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