Reducing the amount of waste in your manufacturing facility can save you a lot of money—and manufacturing quality control software can help you achieve this. But once you see the benefits of doing this, how do you go about figuring out exactly what to measure?
“Knowing what to measure is a journey of discovery that is unique to each company, and the path begins and ends in the corporate boardroom,” states the InfinityQS “Quality Metrics Survival Handbook.” What you choose to measure becomes the basis for behavior.”
So, there is no set formula for success here. While deciding what to measure is not cut and dry, there are some strategies you can implement that will help you find a customized process that works with whatever it is your are trying to measure in your organization:
Don’t worry about measuring every specification
It is important to remember that measurement is meant to save time and simplify the process of inspection. You do not need to focus on calibrating every last detail of your organization’s manufacturing processes. Focus on what is really important and stick with a core group of metrics to examine.
Always double check your readings.
Before making any hasty business decisions, double check your work to make sure that your data is not based on a reading that is incomplete. For instance, if two different production lines are being compared, make sure that both are producing the same amount of output before comparing variation results.
Establish standards to be used in every one of your plants
It’s hard to compare results from different locations and find out when processes aren’t working. It is important, therefore, to make sure that each plant is on the same page when it comes to adhering to set metrics standards. As the handbook explains, make sure to pay attention to things like the point in the process that you are measuring so that it does not change from location to location and interfere with your results.
The InfinityQS “Quality Metrics Survival Handbook” also offers advice on the following issues:
- Gauging an overall picture of your manufacturing process
- Determining the unique personalities of each of your machines
- Translating these numbers from plant floors to board rooms
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