Tag: quality control

The World is Not Flat… Pro QC’s VP/Americas discusses trends in logistics and supply

Pro QC’s VP/Americas, Michael L. Hetzel, was recently asked to join Awarely at the AON Center in Chicago to discuss the latest trends in logistics and supply and expand on Pro QC’s expertise in providing quality control and engineering services. The interview begins with identifying the largest trend, which Michael discusses as the supply chain architecture changing.  He discusses the start of companies moving their supply chains to manufacturers more in proximity to market.  Our competitive advantage at Pro QC is that we are able to anticipate and respond to these changes and have personnel appropriately positioned. Michael adds that …

Coordinate measurement machines (CMM): What are they and who needs it?

Within our testing laboratory in Ningbo, China, our engineers perform mechanical, electrical, environmental and other special testing as required by our clients. Experienced engineers use applicable and regionally specific standards, such as ASTM, IEC or ANSI specifications, to conduct a variety of in-house and on-site testing. One of our most common testing procedures involves the use of either a portable or in-house CMM.   What is a coordinate measurement machine?  “A coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is a device for measuring the physical geometrical characteristics of an object.”  “Dimensional inspection is used in process control; its results adjust the parameters of the manufacturing process …

Product Inspection Strategy

A frequent question account managers receive is how to employ an inspection strategy to identify issues early and continue to ensure that product meets specifications.  Most agree that the tangible and intangible costs associated with poor quality support a preemptive strategy. The answer isn’t necessarily a simple one due to the variances involved in product-specific requirements.  But, a general method of attack is suggested here: Inspection Plan Development A good plan is only as good as its foundation, so a comprehensive and detailed product specification is critical to the success of the overall strategy.  Pro QC often assists clients with …

Spend $5… Get Quality Improvement Made Simple & Fast

I finally had an opportunity to unpack all of the books I scored from the Quality Press booth at the World Conference on Quality & Improvement this past week.  I’m hoping to include a master list of recommendations in the next newsletter but couldn’t resist posting something here about a little gem I found.  For $5, I picked up a book called Quality Improvement Made Simple & Fast, written by Matthew J. Maio.  I couldn’t resist spending $5 on something that claimed to “help ordinary people make extraordinary contributions to their organizations.”  Right? With 44 pages, don’t let the length …