Tag: manufacturing

What is APQP?

Advanced Product Quality Planning, APQP, exists to ensure suppliers and manufacturers produce products that meet or exceed customer expectations. It is considered a structured approach to the design and development of new products and manufacturing processes. As part of Pro QC’s Supplier Development services, APQP incorporates the Deming Cycle, or PDCA. …

Quantifying the Importance of Quality in 2015 (US Market)

Quality Magazine recently posted an article related to the importance of quality and other interesting observations regarding their 15th Annual Spending Survey. The article indicates a positive increase in spending where quality is concerned, along with other key indicators showing support and acknowledgment of the importance of quality.  Two highlights worth noting …

Global Supply Chains are Changing Fast & Creating New Quality Challenges

Our latest newsletter featured an article written by Pro QC’s VP/Americas, Michael L. Hetzel.  In the article, Michael expands on the ideas he presented in a recent interview with Awarely regarding trends in logistics and supply.  The original article is posted below. “Finally, product simplification/modularization/mass customization will dictate short supply …

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

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 …

Who cares about manufacturing?

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.” ~James Dyson Manufacturing Day is is approaching on October 3rd, and we’re encouraging all of our partners, clients and associates to open their doors and share …

Tips on quality from Bentley

We recently discovered a video discussing quality control at a Bentley Mulsanne factory.  As a 3rd party quality assurance and engineering firm, we do a significant amount of work in the automotive industry.  From TS 16949 audits to product inspections, it’s an industry we know places value on quality. Of course, Bentley is …