May 13, 2013
Honda Recalls Shed Light on the Importance of Manufacturing Quality
When purchasing a new car, the last thing on your mind should be whether basic safety features function or not. After all, you have most likely put down a large sum of cash for the car, done your homework and done your test drive. The rest should be easy. Sometimes, though, things fall through the cracks.
Recently, Honda made headlines when it announced plans to recall more than 3.4 million vehicles worldwide due to faulty airbag canister propellants. Additionally, the auto company recalled 204,500 cars in America due to brake-shift interlock malfunctions. The recall affected 128,000 CRVs, 59,000 Odysseys and 17,500 RDXs.
But it’s not a surprise. That is because product recalls are happening all the time, and at an alarming rate. And in addition to causing air bag deployment failure, these canisters also risk spraying shrapnel throughout the cabin upon impact.
So, if safety issues aren’t enough to worry manufacturers about the dangers of releasing faulty products to consumers, the financial impact should be enough to raise concern. It brings up the question of manufacturing quality control in production facilities, and the need to protect against catastrophic oversights such as these.
A solution to this problem lies with ProFicient manufacturing quality control software. The recalls could have been avoided if suppliers were streaming real time test data directly to the company’s central quality control hub. This hub delivers intelligence that allows engineers to identify and eliminate defective product during production so that major problems are alleviated before the make headline news. Real-time manufacturing intelligence takes the guesswork out of compliance and fosters more effective collaboration throughout the supply chain. As a result, situations like the one Honda is facing can be avoided and your company can avoid the cost and negative publicity that recalls can bring.