How it all started… An interview with Pro QC’s owner & Managing Director

Nearly 13 years ago, as I started my career with Pro QC International, I met a man with a true passion for quality.  At that time, Ed Sanchez was a man that declared his company would not focus on being the biggest, but it would be the best… and, he has succeeded.  During my recent visit to Pro QC’s China offices, I had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Sanchez, Pro QC’s founder, and Managing Director, regarding the history of the organization and his vision for the future. I met up with Ed at the Blue Frog in Shanghai.  Located …

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 …

Supply chain management basics

I recently stumbled on a series of videos produced by Arizona State University and the W.P Carey School of Business’ Department of Supply Chain Management (ASU-WPC-SCM) relating to the basics of SCM.  While basic in nature, the series is well organized and appears to piece together SCM quite well.  As a refresher, I think these videos are excellent idea generators. There are twelve modules, with topics ranging from social responsibility, manufacturing & operations, logistics and metrics.  Module eleven relates to quality management and is quite succinct.  

Aerosonic’s journey to all things lean…

An open invitation recently went out via the ASQ Tampa-St. Petersburg LinkedIn Group regarding an upcoming APICS meeting that would include a plant tour of Aerosonic Corporation.  I grew up with Aerosonic right around the corner, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to poke around and learn more about they do. It turns out that Aerosonic Corporation has been making “gizmos for airplanes” for over fifty years.  More specifically, their product lines include integrated cockpit displays, sensors, probes, digital and mechanical standby displays. “With its well-established industry presence, Aerosonic maintains long-standing relationships with nearly every major aircraft manufacturer worldwide.” Personally, …