Category: Quality Control

Welcome 2012 – Top 10 Ways to Add Value & Keep Resolutions

Welcome 2012!  For Pro QC, this year will be met once again with the primary objective of continuous learning and adaptation of skills and services with the intent of adding value to our industry and helping reduce quality risks and cost along the way.  Of course, as many of us already know, this is more challenging than it seems.  And, just saying that this is what we’d like to do wouldn’t necessarily provide the results we want.  So, we have incorporated several principles into our planning process that maintains focus and gets us results. Top 10 Ways to Add Value …

Everyday Quality: Top 5 – #worldqualitymonth

Although we should be focusing on quality all twelve months out of the year, it is nice to have a recognized international dedication to something so important and relevant in today’s global environment. ASQ (American Society for Quality) and others have been spreading the word about November’s World Quality Month for some time now and have really raised awareness. While Pro QC is offering 10% off audits in China and Taiwan throughout the month, we also wanted to share a few ideas for incorporating quality into everyday life.  It just makes sense that a broader focus on quality would positively impact …

Why quality, why now?

Why quality? At the end of the day, successfully incorporating quality into corporate-wide practices will cost you less, not more, and reap some fairly distinguishable benefits, like… A decrease in costs due to less reworking, consequently producing less scrap Social responsibility (they go hand-in-hand) An improvement in productivity due to less time spent on reworking An improvement in cycle time due to less time spent on correcting mistakes and more time being spent on value-added activities A competitive advantage that supports a solid brand and positive public perception Increased employee satisfaction and retention (reduction in costs associated with turnover) An overall improvement …

Acceptance sampling isn’t scary

As it turns out, a significant number of people find the Pro QC site searching for sampling and sampling related terms such as ANSI Z1.4 or MIL-STD-105E  (no longer in use).  In speaking with organizations, I’ve also detected a certain level of fear regarding how to approach an acceptance sampling strategy. Fear is unnecessary… In fact, sampling here is nothing more than a tool you’re going to use to provide a realistic (of course statistically relevant) assessment of quality and be able to ultimately determine whether or not product is meeting expectations without having to spend the time and money involved with a …

Raising the Voice of Quality: A 5W2H Approach

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of attending and presenting at the local ASQ Section 1508 meeting over in St. Petersburg, Florida.   I had originally planned to discuss a prior article relating to quality misconceptions but later shifted the topic over to “Raising the Voice of Quality.” After attending the World Quality Conference in May, I was excited and ready to spread the word. I took a 5W2H approach that was well received.  It really was wonderful to reconnect with people that I haven’t seen in years… And, it was also a great opportunity to meet several new …