Category: Quality Control

The Value of Quality – It Makes a Difference

Thank you to Quality Magazine for providing additional data to suggest investing in quality makes a difference. According to the information posted from the 14th Annual Spending Survey: 57% of those surveyed say the importance of quality is somewhat or much more important than the year before. Another 40% put it at about the same. 64% say that spending was right where it was projected, which is consistent with the prior year. 90% of budgets should stay the same or increase. The Aerospace industry saw the most notable increase when asked about primary end product performed at location. The inspection …

Checklists!

ASQ’s recent video featuring the use of checklists for organizing grocery lists and improving shopping productivity has us thinking about how useful this quality tool really is. “A checklist is a list of items required, things to be done, or points to be considered, used as a reminder. It is used so as to help one not to forget information or jobs meant to be done. It can also be referred to as a type of informational job aid used to reduce failure by compensating for potential limits of human memory and attention.” We use checklists quite often.  However, while …

An introduction to ISO 9001:2008

This video series is an excellent introduction to ISO 9001:2008 produced by QualityGurus.  The two-part series answers many of the questions we receive from clients. ISO 9001:2008 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact ISO 9001:2008 is implemented by over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries. Part 1 of 2 Part 2 of 2 For additional information, visit …

Global State of Quality 2013

ASQ issued the 2013 Global State of Quality report not long ago, in addition to the summary below that was posted to their blog earlier this week. We have reviewed the report and do feel it is representative of our experience as an industry provider.  While there are certainly issues of concern, such as the unfavorable continuous improvement findings, we remain optimistic in the long-term when we see figures representing 96% of respondents providing quality training. The key is to ensure quality training connects with the right objectives and is supported with the appropriate actions.  We are anticipating the 2014 …

The sampling app you’ve always wanted… ANSI Z1.4 2003 made easy

Pro QC’s team of technical engineers has developed an Android and iOS application that takes the guesswork out of the accept or reject determination of an on-site quality inspection depending on customizable major and minor AQLs (Acceptable Quality Limits). This application has been incredibly useful for our team on-site, in addition to many of our clients. For convenience, we also have a web-based application. More on defect classifications here. To learn more about ANSI Z1.4 2003 sampling, a previous article discusses the topic in more detail.