Quality professionals know the value of good measurement systems. They know that without trustworthy, high quality data you cannot make good business decisions. Unfortunately, most business people and many engineers don’t understand this value.
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.
There’s a popular and effective exercise, taught in business schools everywhere, called a SWOT analysis. The concept is to analyze the entirety of a company, organization, or institution by listing its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
New applications in quality control and the development of novel fluorescence probes, particularly those based on expressed proteins, have greatly increased the sensitivity requirements of fluorescence spectroscopy.