Manufacturing

Bigger, Better and Smarter

by Padhi, Nikhil; Illa, Prasanna Kumar

Over the past decades, factories have continuously evolved. They became a way of life with the Industrial Revolution, creating jobs and, many times, a township around them....


Open Access

My Quality Story: Unexpected Outcomes

by Goolsby, Don

My quality journey began when I attended a six-month training and technology school for nondestructive testing (NDT) at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN....


Open Access

My Quality Story: Clean-Up Time

by Jakubas, Kate

Quality knowledge isn’t widely considered a critical startup skill, but lean and Six Sigma helped me grow my manufacturing business over an order of magnitude in two years....


Not Too Big, Not Too Small

by Bertoni, Christopher N. and Bertoni, Bridget

We learned that a sample size can be too small. But can a sample size be too big? The question that came to mind after reading the column was, “Is there an optimal sample size for significance tests?”...


The Desired Effect

by Rusly, Johanna

Many of the activities and tasks carried out for personal and business purposes are project-based. Even tasks that aren’t directly viewed as projects still go through the typical stages of a project life cycle....


Let’s Get Digital

by Radziwill, Nicole

In many ways, cloud computing, big data, virtual reality, augmented reality, blockchain, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things all represent new frontiers....


Expert Answers: September 2018

by Wagoner, Keith

It’s important to understand what is meant by “performance part” and “functional part,” and how they’re viewed by the two parties that handle them. The producer manufactures the parts, and the consumer needs those parts and uses them in production....


What’s Your Strategy?

by Dew, John R.

To successfully enable their clients and organizations to produce sustainable quality results, it is vital for quality professionals to understand quality-centered strategic planning and tactical planning for quality results and improvement....


Standard Issues: Paddle Like the Dickens

by Ramu, Govind

Throughout my quality career, I have been continually challenged by business process owners, R&D engineers and scientists, and senior management staff to prove the benefits of quality management systems (QMS)....


Becoming a Master

by Kachoui, David

Every quality manager wants to build a team of avid learners who continually improve. The quality manager must first build his or her own competency in the quality field to develop personal mastery....



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