Articles Tagged with ''lean manufacturing''

Quality: The Next Generation

THE FUTURE OF QUALITY IS AKIN TO AN UNFINISHED NOVEL.

We’re already more than a decade into this new century, and companies are still waiting for the “next big thing” to surface.


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Focus on Continuous Improvement

Quality tools remain important no matter what you call them.

During the oil embargo, as drivers lined up at gas stations, the market for small cars took off.


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Quality Management for the Future

Old dogs can learn new tricks.

Quality cops and the quality patrol. These are just two of the many names quality managers and technicians have been called over the past 70-plus years.


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Face of Quality

Looking to the Future

Jump on the whirlwind of change

Last month I laid out “A Roadmap for the Future” which received a favorable reaction, therefore, I thought I might continue along this path on a subject that is important to every quality professional.


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How to Get the Most Out of Lean

Focus on continuous improvement—not the vocabulary behind it.

Around 1999, Hypertherm Inc. changed the manufacture of one of their products from a “craft style,” in which one person built the entire product from start to finish, to a team approach.


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Face of quality

Protect Your Reputation

LACK OF RIGOR, DISCIPLINE can have negative consequences.
As a society we are inundated daily with bad news about the economy.
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Going Lean: The Journey to Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is an indirect decedent of the early manufacturing methods used during the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution was followed by the American system of manufactures and the quest for interchangeable parts.
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Management

Lean Manufacturing Processes Have Measurable Results

American and Asian manufacturers view the lean philosophy differently.

According to Smith, lean is not just for manufacturing but it is a philosophy that can be applied to any environment to reduce waste.


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Quality 101

Leak Testing Gets a Bump from Lean Manufacturing, KANBAN

Making lean manufacturing even leaner.

Rings that do not seal, porous metals that leak fluid and tubes with holes can result in parts malfunctioning causing millions of dollars in damage, and even loss of life.


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Management: The Secret to Sustaining Six Sigma

How do you sustain the improvements that are the result of a Six Sigma project?
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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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2014 December

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The Skills Gap

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