October 24, 2013
How to Attain Manufacturing Enlightenment: Part Two
A chef that makes a tomato sauce for a large group of people has to taste the sauce at critical points in the production process to ensure the quality and flavor is right. A good chef never sends anything out of the kitchen without testing for temperature, texture and aesthetics. If you use too much salt, or not enough garlic, or if the color is off, the sauce will not come out as intended and the meal will be ruined.
By taking precautions and adjusting your process while you are making the sauce, the chef has greater inline production visibility, and, hence, control of the meal. The chef knows whether or not the sauce is ready, or if a new batch is needed before it is served.
As it turns out, this same procedure is used in manufacturing in order to prevent faulty products from reaching the market. In its most recent eBook, “The Zen Guide to Manufacturing Intelligence,” InfinityQS describes this “interception” stage as the second step in the overall journey to achieving a perfect process. It involves collecting data at various intervals throughout a manufacturing process instead of focusing on the end product. By understanding the process, the guessing game is removed and executives can rest assured that the products they are producing is solved.
This comprehensive, upstream strategy is used with the manufacturing intelligence that is created during production. Manufacturing intelligence is the statistical evidence necessary for ensuring a stable operational process.
To access the eBook, and to learn more about how you can reduce the likelihood of a product recall in your organization with manufacturing intelligence, please click here.