Let's look back at some of Quality's anniversaries.
January 3, 2017
With 2017 upon us, “Speaking of Quality” will take a look back to a few of quality’s anniversaries. Three particular anniversary years stand out as monumental for the advancement of quality methodology and in unifying the community.
Quality at the source (QATS) has been used well before lean manufacturing became so popular. Many people in the quality function have applied the principles especially at critical work areas to detect nonconforming items and prevent them from moving forward in the process.
Quality professionals are gearing up for another year of spending—on everything from CMMs to software to services—and most of you will be starting now. The first quarter of 2017 is spending season for quality professionals, and January in particular is the big spending month.
The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the growing trend in which a wide range of objects—sensors, switches, video cameras, tools, thermostats, lights, microphones, speakers, etc.—are given unique identifiers and the ability to communicate with each other over a network without requiring human intervention.
The Aerospace Standard 9100 includes the requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations. This certification evidences Exact Metrology practices a Quality Management System (QMS) that consistently meets customer expectations.
A robust document control management process lies at the heart of a quality management system (QMS); almost every aspect of auditing and compliance verification is determined through the scrutiny of documented evidence. As the saying goes: “If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.”
If you’re having problems with thread measurements but the answers you’re getting from your usual sources aren’t solving them, it’s natural that you would try and get some unbiased advice from a specialist.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but even after all these years the ISO9001 quality management system (QMS) requirements still come under attack and mostly from those in the quality profession. I recently read another super critical appraisal of ISO9001 from someone who commented they were on the “front lines.” I’m not sure what front lines they’ve been on, but it’s obviously not the same ones I’ve been on.
Walking the floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago—between the 100,000-plus attendees and the thousands of booths—it was impossible not to notice the ongoing trend towards speed and automation in every aspect of manufacturing. It’s no different in metrology, as more manufacturers look to automate their inspection processes.
The moral to the story is that the best way to overcome obstacles and/or achieve success is to seek out those who have overcome the same barriers and succeeded. In other words, the key is asking the right questions of the right people.