What is an American National Standard anyway?

We recently tuned into a webinar offered by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and thought they did a great job discussing standards and the relationship of ANSI to ANS and the international marketplace. The follow-up resources they sent out should be shared: A summary of the value of the …

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 …

An Introduction to Auditing – The How & Why

We saw this video posted recently and thought it was such an excellent introduction to audits that we had to share. We’ve also written a few articles related to auditing: Preparing for an Audit Top 3 Factory Audit Components Social Accountability Audits  Sustainability Audits

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 …

Using a Grid Analysis for Supplier Selection

An article was published in MasterControl’s November newsletter that simplifies the process of supplier selection.  A grid analysis is great for almost any decision-making situation where you want to objectively compare multiple options.  It also complements many other decision-making tools as well. Per the article, factors that should be considered …

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 …

Recognizing the benefits of standardization

World Standardization Day has been recognized throughout the month in countries around the world, although the official day is October 14th. ISO generally sets a theme, which this year includes “international standards ensure positive change.” Why does standardization even matter? Ensures positive change. This year’s theme. Harmonizes global best practices. Companies …