Transform your perception of quality from an expense into a profit center.
What is the cost of poor quality? Many manufacturing organizations evaluate the cost of quality by considering only the upfront price of a software solution, better measurement gauges, or enhanced inspection strategies. But poor quality is the source of significant unseen costs across the organization, from the plant floor to the facility level and extending across the enterprise. To make the case for adopting a quality manufacturing culture, consider the broader costs you’re incurring with an outmoded quality management practice.
For many organizations, the cost of poor quality starts with outdated data collection practices. Paper data collection is not cheap. If your plant floor operators and quality management teams are still using paper checklists to manually record data collections, ask about the costs of factors such as:
Quality professionals and plant managers in many organizations spend hours—even days—every week compiling collected data into spreadsheets, then manipulating that data across multiple sheets. Even with all that effort, they may never have a clear way to compare the information that’s coming in from different machines, shifts, or sites. Consider the cost and effort associated with trying to improve:
Leadership, Six Sigma, and executive teams need the ability to easily access aggregated data to perform fast, clear analyses of the root causes of production costs. When leadership teams have to sort information from multiple sources or request reports from IT, decision-making can slow to a glacial pace. Consider how costly and time-intensive it can be to: