Category: Quality Control

25 Quotes to Inspire Quality & Success

Some of our more popular newsletter and blog posts include quality quotes.  We’re always looking to add to our collection.

The 15 quotes below are our most recent inspiration:

  • “Be passionate about solving the problem, not proving your solution.” ~Nathan Furr
  • “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” ~Napoleon Hill
  • “A bad workman blames his tools.” ~Chinese Proverb
  • “Without changing our patterns of thought, we will not be able to solve the problems that we created with our current patterns of thought.” ~Albert Einstein
  • “The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” ~Shigeo Shingo
  • “Every action is an opportunity to improve.” ~Mark Graban
  • “If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” ~Chinese Proverb
  • “More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause.” ~Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.” ~Tom Peters
  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~Albert Einstein
  • “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” ~Tony Robbins
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” ~Robert Collier
  • “In every crisis, there is opportunity.” ~Chinese Proverb
  • “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.” ~Steve Jobs
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas A. Edison

Our Top 10 quality quotes include:

Why social responsibility at factories matters

We continue to see an increase in requests for social responsibility audits and are pleased to see the growing commitment in this regard.  Aside from reducing quality risks and cost, ensuring social responsibility improves quality of life and ultimately affects the quality of products being produced as well.

Principles of social responsibility per the ISO 26000 guideline include:

• Accountability
• Transparency
• Ethical behaviour
• Respect for stakeholder interests
• Respect for the rule of law
• Respect for international norms
of behaviour
• Respect for human rights

“The SA 8000 standard is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, UN and national law, and spans industry and corporate codes to create a common language to measure social performance.  It takes a management systems approach by setting out the structures and procedures that companies must adopt in order to ensure that compliance with the standard is continuously reviewed.”

The nine elements of the SA 8000 standard include:

Simplified 5S: What is it & why is it important?

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What is 5S?

5S is a lean manufacturing approach to “A place for everything, and everything in its place” based on the Toyota Production System.

Quality management has compiled definitions from a variety of sources worth referencing here:

1. 5S definition of Wikipedia.com

Sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain: a workplace discipline used to ensure reliable work practices and a clean working environment, now used in the West but originally from Japan.

2. 5S definition of Thequalityportal.com

Seiri (sort), Seiton (set in order), Seiso (shine), Seiketsu (standardize), Shitsuke (sustain); application in manufacturing, in office.

Quality videos worth watching… Our favorites this week

We’ve selected a few of our favorite quality related videos and wanted to share.

The Ingredients of Quality Management – You’ll be hungry after this one, but it’s a great introduction.

Modern Chairs’ – A Total Quality Management Training Video – “Made in the style of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, the intention is to teach teamwork, production line processes, process optimisation, defects, quality, and continual improvement Kaizen.” At 10.5 minutes, it’s lengthy but worth the watch for entertainment value alone. Anyone in the quality industry can appreciate this one.

Coordinate measurement machines (CMM): What are they and who needs it?

Within our testing laboratory in Ningbo, China, our engineers perform mechanical, electrical, environmental and other special testing as required by our clients. Experienced engineers use applicable and regionally specific standards, such as ASTM, IEC or ANSI specifications, to conduct a variety of in-house and on-site testing. One of our most common testing procedures involves the use of either a portable or in-house CMM.  

What is a coordinate measurement machine? 

“A coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is a device for measuring the physical geometrical characteristics of an object.” 

“Dimensional inspection is used in process control; its results adjust the parameters of
the manufacturing process to achieve the desired outputs. Computer controlled
dimensional inspection is typically performed with a Coordinate Measuring Machine
or CMM, which is a very precise mechanical system designed to move a measuring
probe to determine coordinates of points on a work piece surface. A CMM consists
of a workspace in which parts are fixed, a sensor for detecting the part surfaces, a
mechanical assembly for moving the part sensor around the workspace, and a
computer with software used in calculating the part dimensions based on the sensor
measurements.” (Source)