Automotive

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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Looping in Quality

by Awofala, Dele

The quality loop framework provides organizations with a structured approach to integrating quality throughout the product assembly process—from the workstation to the customer....


Attitude Shift

by Young, Marc

In a used-car dealership group based in Richmond, VA, a lean culture change took place that started with a redesign of its process for reconditioning used cars and ended with numerous benefits, some of which it didn't expect....



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