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Quality Improvement Intiatives in Manufacturing

Learn best practices to improve quality in manufacturing industries. The purpose of this blog is to share our experience at manufacturing plants all over the world, in a wide variety of industries, each with their own unique challenges and goals.

Statistical Process Control (SPC): Three Types of Control Charts

When using a statistical process control (SPC) solution, it’s important for quality management professionals to choose the right type of control chart for their needs. Explore three types of...

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The Importance of Standardization: Part II – The Challenges of Standardization in Manufacturing

Standardizing manufacturing operations is key, but it can also be challenging. At the very least, standardization discussions with all the interested parties forces an organization to have some...

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The Importance of Standardization: Part I – The Benefits of Standardization in Manufacturing

Manufacturers discovered long ago that standardizing the way your organization operates leads to increased profitability and cuts down on all sorts of problems.

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Shifting Manufacturing Quality Paradigms

We need to think about manufacturing quality paradigms that are really no longer true, or even applicable. Making improvements only at the plant level is a big one. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS...

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Steve Wise discusses what leaders need to do to ensure Six Sigma success.

Steve Wise discusses what leaders need to do to ensure Six Sigma success.

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Steve Wise recounts Six Sigma’s history and explains its influence on business innovation.

For over three decades, manufacturers across industries have used Six Sigma, a statistical method for making better products while lowering costs and eliminating waste. The advent of Six Sigma was...

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SPC: Hunting the Big Picture and the Big Payoff

SPC is about improving quality, reducing costs, and enhancing a company’s competitive position. It’s much more than shop floor data collection. And it’s a lot more than just...

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Wise About Six Sigma Part 1: An Overview of Six Sigma

Whether manufacturing plastic bottles for soda or large metal parts for military aircraft, quality of the end product is always top of mind. For many manufacturers, quality means producing products...

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Getting a Return from Your Quality System

In the absence of data, people resort to opinion and conjecture. When we don’t really know something for sure, we tend to fill in the gaps with opinion. What we really need, though, is...

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Benefits of SaaS: Part 2

Software-as-a-Service unburdens your IT team and brings all your data together.

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Transform Manufacturing Process Control—from the Plant Floor Up: Mastering Quality #6

“One and done” is not a successful long-term strategy for transforming manufacturing operational performance. Apply SPC techniques to quality management continuously.   

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Reporting & Communicating SPC Data for Change: Mastering Quality #5

Easy-to-use reporting is essential for clear communication that convinces recipients to act on the information you and your teams provide.   

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Analyzing Quality Data with the Right SPC Tools: Mastering Quality #4

On your manufacturing shop floor, identifying and correcting quality and process issues before they do real damage is definitely a win. But what’s even better? Finding and eliminating the...

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What’s Your Priority? Use SPC to Maximize Your Impact on Quality and Costs: Mastering Quality #3

As a quality professional, you need to make the biggest possible impact on quality and costs as quickly as possible. The answer is hiding in the data you’re collecting already. Learn to...

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