Tag: tools

Top 5 Manufacturing & SCM Resources

Over the years, we have collected several “Useful Links” that we incorporate into our quarterly newsletters. Our Top 5 related to manufacturing and supply chain management include: 1) Manufacturing Metrics Checklist As part of a recent metrics survey,  the manufacturing metrics listed were identified as being the most utilized by discrete, process, and hybrid/batch manufacturers.  From OEE to Engineering Changeover Cycle Time, the key indicators are here. 2) How Stuff is Made (Visual Encyclopedia) How Stuff Is Made (HSIM) documents the manufacturing processes, labor conditions and environmental impacts involved in the production of contemporary products. It’s an excellent resource for learning or …

Fishbone Example: Rejected Pre-Shipment Inspections

We like Ishikawa’s fishbone diagrams, also referred to as cause and effect diagrams for good reason.  They’re great for figuring out why something isn’t working. For our clients, it is not uncommon for pre-shipments inspections to uncover trends in failures.  When this happens, we want to know why the problem is occurring so appropriate corrective actions can be taken. We shared a useful four minute overview of fishbone diagrams some time ago, but also decided to put together a general example specific to our experience in the quality industry.  ASQ and Mind Tools also have great resources and templates on …

Top 5 Quick & Invaluable Quality Reads for 2013

A thread in the ASQ LinkedIn group piqued our interest a few months back.  It got us thinking about our favorite quality related books and provided some excellent insight into a few we haven’t read yet. We know life is busy, but we all know the importance of continuous improvement   Our list of quick and invaluable quality related “must read” books includes: The Daily Drucker: 365 Days of Insight & Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done (Peter F. Drucker)  – This little gem is a quick and easy way to start the day thinking in a quality mindset.  More than a few …

S.M.A.R.T. quality planning & goal setting…

Planning and goal-setting are certainly two of the most challenging tasks an organization faces.  However you look at it, macro or micro, strategic or tactical, short or long-term, planning seamlessly finds its way into all functions of management. Quality tools, such as flowcharts, fishbone diagrams, histograms, etc. add tremendous and inarguably invaluable assistance with this process, but the success hinges on whether or not you’re using the right one.  And, which one is the right one?  The most relevant answer is found in identifying the objective and subsequent details as accurately as possible. This is where S.M.A.R.T. comes in… Planning …

Quality tools beyond Pareto, PDCA and root cause analysis…

If asked what your favorite quality tools are, you’d likely tell me Pareto, flowcharts, PDCA or root cause analysis.  I know this because I’ve recently reached out via Pro QC’s social network to get some insight.  It seems these tools are also the very same ones I’m most often working with… And, I know there’s more out there and wanted to expand my repertoire through an ongoing effort of trial and error. I’ve reviewed the Quality Toolbox in the past and do believe this is the ultimate source on the topic.  And, anything not immediately understandable there can easily be Googled.   …