Most improvement projects have a goal—like reducing defects. Teams often want to jump in and start gathering data so they can solve the problems. Checking measurement systems first may seem like a waste of time, but a Gage R&R study is a critical step in any analysis involving continuous data.
CMMs are the most accurate metrology equipment available for quality inspection. However, due to their widespread use in a manufacturing environment, they can nevertheless become bottlenecks and not be available for inspections.
FDA regulated companies must establish quality systems for compliance. Most quality management systems (QMS) were developed to help comply with regulations with a sole focus on automating the paper-based processes around quality.
In today's social media world, news of a negative product review on the web can be spread around the globe before your damage-control team gets their boots on; because of this, manufacturers are focused now more than ever on preventing quality issues from shipping to market.
Christine Hansen, a product marketing manager at Epicor with experience in the manufacturing business sector, presents some of the best practices used by discrete manufacturers around Scheduling, Production and Quality. She also highlights the benefits of using Cloud ERP solution.