Efficiently managing processes is key to the success of a business. That is all the more true in this tiring economy. An early step in process management is identifying and documenting the main processes. A powerful visual tool, process mapping has been in use for many years.
Volume 6, Issue 28 QUALITY HOME | PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS | COMMUNITIES | CALENDAR | CLASSIFIEDS In this issue of Quality Magazine's UPDATE: - Toyota to Increase Engine Production in U.S. - Hexagon Announces
Rob Knake, accreditation officer at the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) - a nonprofit accreditation body - takes us through the steps of accrediting a calibration laboratory, what to expect, the costs and the biggest obstacles a lab faces during the process. Visit www.a2la.org for more accreditation information.
Robert DuPuy of LRQA North America shares his thoughts on issues clients are facing today, defines management systems, and discusses how mature and robust management systems can be important during these economic times.
Douglas Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business. He discusses his time in front of the committee, as well as what specific government plans are helping, and can help, the manufacturing industry.
Peter Sherman is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a certified quality engineer with more than 22 years of experience. Sherman talks about the definition of Six Sigma, implementing a program on a small budget, and getting management on board with rolling out a performance improvement program.