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Back to Basics: A Formula for Learning

by Tielker, Alex

Training is required and necessary in every organization for four main reasons. Often, however, training can be painful to sit through....

Volviendo a los Fundamentos: Un Enfoque Disciplinado

by Pruitt, W. Frazier

Nada causa ansiedad a un equipo como la liberación de un Sistema de Acciones Correctiva Acciones Preventivas (CAPA, por sus siglas en ingles) y acompañando el modelo de las ocho disciplinas (8D)....

A Fundamental FMEA Flaw

by Jing, Gary G.

Expectations about how failure mode and effects analysis should be done vary significantly. People with different backgrounds or who work in different industries have vastly different experiences. Still, there are two consistent struggles with the tool....

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In No Uncertain Terms

by Reber, Michael F.

When thinking about the terms “continual” and “continuous,” an argument can easily be made that a relative difference exists. The main difference between the terms is time....

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Back to Basics: A Disciplined Approach

by Pruitt, W. Frazier

Nothing causes anxiety in a team quite like the release of a corrective action preventative action (CAPA) system and accompanying eight disciplines (8D) model. Questions of value come immediately and consistently....

Predicting With Plots

by Nelson, Wayne B.

Reliability textbooks lack information about a simple and informative plot for analyzing test and field data on repeated repairs of a sample of systems....

Less Is More

by Yang, Qiuping; Huang, Jian; Pan, Qi; Wang, Jiajie; Wang, Haiyun; Xue, Ping; Su, Qiang

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a key indicator of a manufacturing organization’s operating efficiency. It is calculated by multiplying the three OEE factors: availability, performance and quality....

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Standard Issues: Troublesome Transitions

by Reid, R. Dan

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has released information on the most-cited IATF 16949:2016 clauses during initial audits for organizations transitioning from ISO Technical Specification (TS) 16949:2009....

Standard Issues: Navigating Difficult Requirements

by Reid, R. Dan

The new automotive supplier quality management system standard, IATF 16949, was released late last year. The first several hundred third-party certification audits have been conducted and the IATF released information on the most-cited requirements....

Getting It Right the First Time

by Vashisht, Sagar; Kumar, Krishan; Gaba, Narender

A tier-one automotive shock absorber supplier faced dwindling productivity because of a high rework rate. It applied Shainin methods, including component search and paired comparison, to identify the cause, reduce rework and save money....

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