Manufacturing

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Volviendo a los Fundamentos: ¿Cuánto Es Demasiado?

by Kirsch, Gary

¿Tienes demasiado inventario? Casi todos los que han estudiado métodos de mejora continua reconocen que el inventario es uno de los siete desperdicios originales de “lean” manufactura esbelta....


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Career Coach: Shades of Gray

by Wrestler, Denise

As quality assurance professionals, we spend a lot of our time making critical decisions that are black or white, yes or no. But sometimes we’re confronted with decisions that fall somewhere in the gray area between the right answer and the wrong answer....


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Back to Basics: How Much Is Too Much?

by Kirsch, Gary

Do you have too much inventory? Nearly everyone who has studied continuous improvement methods recognizes that inventory is one of the original seven wastes of lean (transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, overprocessing and defects)....


Expert Answers: December 2017

by Laman, Scott A.

I am trying to build a product quality scorecard that shows the quality of our product from a product development and production standpoint. What metrics can be used when assessing the quality of a system that has been deployed to production?...


Standard Issues: Stepping Out of the Forest

by Guzik, John J.

Isn’t it time to light a fire under your top management to get them engaged and caring about quality? In most organizations, they already do—they just need some help with the engagement part....


Maintenance Makeover

by Vaidya, Jigish

Organizations strive to reduce costs by making their operations and maintenance as efficient and effective as possible. They do everything they can to minimize operating and maintenance costs while increasing performance and efficiency....


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The Results Are In

by Fonseca, Luis; Domingues, Pedro

Since it was first published in 1987, ISO 9001 has achieved great international visibility. More than 1 million organizations worldwide have implemented an ISO 9001-certified quality management system (QMS)....


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Try This Today: Don’t Lose the Recipe

by Barsalou, Matthew; Perkin, Robert

A process that has functioned just fine for years starts failing and no one can figure out why. Often, this happens when a long-time production employee leaves the organization and takes with them their special method, which typically is undocumented....


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Data Disruption

by Duarte, Jim

There is much discussion these days about disruptive technology—cell phones are replacing landlines; electronic fuel injection is replacing carburetors; calculators have replaced the slide rule; and cell phones are eliminating watches entirely....


A Study in Measurement

by Choudhary, Neetu

Six Sigma is a highly disciplined, data-driven process that helps organizations develop and deliver near-perfect products, services and projects by improving the capabilities of business processes, increasing performance and decreasing variation....



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