Questions We’re Asked at Tradeshows

We attend several trade fairs each year and find the experience of being present and talking with people one-on-one to be invaluable. Each show provides us with an opportunity to learn more about the current trends and connect/reconnect with individuals in the industry. In addition to expanding our network, we are able to use feedback received and respond to the market’s needs.

Tomorrow, we leave for the World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Nashville, TN.  There, quality professionals from around the world will gather to talk shop, be inspired and learn something new. We’ll be in Booth 338!

Three of the most common questions we receive when exhibiting at a trade event include: 

Earth Day 2015: Celebrating Sustainable & Socially Responsible Suppliers

Each year on April 22ndearth-day-e1429542414966-270x300, the world celebrates Earth Day.

“Events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.” 

At Pro QC, we like Earth Day because it’s an opportunity to express our commitment to helping ensure sustainability and social responsibility within the supply chain.  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. 80% of CEOs recently surveyed agree that ensuring social responsibility contributes to long-term success.  Environmental leadership is considered compatible with good returns.

Standards including SA 8000, ISO 26000 and ISO 14000 are generally incorporated into SR audits. A social responsibility audit can be included in a general systems audit for an added level of assurance.

Benefits of Outsourcing: 3PQ Value

There are a considerable number of benefits associated with outsourcing.  As a third-party quality assurance provider (3PQ), we ultimately seek to be an extension of our clients’ organizations.  In reducing sourcing risks and cost, this partnership has significant value:

[Untitled]We reached out to a few of our key clients and asked for their opinion regarding the value of outsourcing quality…

What does “quality” mean?

The question of how quality is defined remains subjective, although a variety of definitions are commonly accepted.

Definition-of-Quality

An older post reached out to our team and asked how they know quality when they see it.  Pro QC’s Managing Director was quoted as describing quality as…

‘When I think of quality, an old quote that we used to use as  kind of our slogan comes to mind: “Quality is consistent performance to clients’ expectations. To me, repeatability is quality.”

Top 5 Manufacturing & SCM Resources

Over the years, we have collected several “Useful Links” that we incorporate into our quarterly newsletters. Our Top 5 related to manufacturing and supply chain management include:

1) Manufacturing Metrics Checklist

As part of a recent metrics survey,  the manufacturing metrics listed were identified as being the most utilized by discrete, process, and hybrid/batch manufacturers.  From OEE to Engineering Changeover Cycle Time, the key indicators are here.

2) How Stuff is Made (Visual Encyclopedia)

How Stuff Is Made (HSIM) documents the manufacturing processes, labor conditions and environmental impacts involved in the production of contemporary products. It’s an excellent resource for learning or to stimulate creativity and innovation.