Articles by Praveen Gupta

Manufacturing Excellence: Excel in the Quality Department

Quality is a measure of excellence in manufacturing. A typical quality department in manufacturing is engaged in designing inspection plans, control plans and setting up control charts. Does it ensure quality? Does it help in achieving manufacturing excellence? Does it make the company more profitable? We need to challenge each department by asking its value proposition.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Making the Quality Department Work

Since the 1950s expectations for quality have been increasing because of domestic and global competition. In the 1980s Motorola envisioned quality requirements for the year 2000 and realized virtual perfection would be the norm. Competitive benchmarking and requirements for virtual perfection led to development of the new methodology called Six Sigma.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Listen to All Employees

Achieving excellence means producing units virtually defect free. I was practicing the target-driven manufacturing at a manufacturing company. As usual, the company has opportunities for improvement in different areas. For example, too much verification and inspection, too much variety in sample sizes or measurement frequency, high non-conformance rate, high defect rates, customer returns, excessive cost of customer service and the list goes on.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Reduce Appraisal Costs

Corporations have been striving for manufacturing excellence through continuous improvement, Six Sigma and Lean-type methodologies. There are scenarios that as companies improve their process-reduce their defect levels, for example-they increase the level of inspection or checks. As a result, the savings a company might realize in the improvement activity could be countered by additional verification resources. Of course, when we redesign the process, then we simplify the process and eliminate some unnecessary process steps. In most cases the inspections and verifications stay put.
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