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 ANS process is available at www.ansi.org/ansvalue. ANSI Standards Action – posted every Friday, including project announcements and drafts available for public review:www.ansi.org/standardsaction ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers list with contact and scope: www.ansi.org/asd ANSI Accreditation Options – standards and conformity assessment:  www.ansi.org/accreditation ANSI Membership Options:  www.ansi.org/membership Standards Boost Business – great resource for explaining why standards …

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 …

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 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 …

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 in the grid analysis for supplier selection may include: Cost – Initial quotations and negotiations are not always representative of future costs.    However, this is certainly an important competitive advantage if that’s the desired positioning.  Contractual commitments should be discussed to avoid incremental increases. Quality/Standards – Depending on the industry, specific supplier …