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3 Ways To Improve Quality In Manufacturing

Prevent costly mistakes by improving your manufacturing quality.

Manufacturing companies strive to improve quality on a daily basis. Ensuring high-quality products is crucial to their success. But how do they realize this success? It takes practice, commitment, training, and planning to see their results come to fruition.

Commit To Quality

Quality doesn’t just happen. It isn’t realized by putting standards into effect. Realizing total quality adherence takes commitment. The father of total quality management, W. Edwards Deming, named consistency of purpose as the top element of a superior total quality management program. This means creating a company culture that focuses on nothing but the best. Everyone must be on board, from the top C-Suite executives to the midnight shift workers.

Keep Tabs On Your Mistakes

No one likes to be reminded of their mistakes, but those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it. Track all mistakes, why they happened, who failed to adhere to protocols, and actions taken to correct the mistake. This helps employees – and managers – learn the definition of quality. Or mistakes teach us what is right and what is wrong. Create a template report and have managers record all noncompliance events. Don’t leave out the small mistakes. Everything adds up.

Teach Your Crew How To Avoid Mistakes

Learning from our mistakes means learning how to do it right the next time. Invest in solid training that reflects what you’ve learned. It’s great idea to teach the basics of quality management. But leaving out the common mistakes results in reliving the same disaster over again. Use the reports mentioned above to see what is common among team members. Schedule a monthly meeting or write a newsletter. Cover these common faults and explain how to overcome mistakes.

Qualaco, Inc. assists companies with aligning their company with ISO guidelines. Learn more about how we can improve your company’s quality.

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Improving Quality In Manufacturing To Prevent Costly Mistakes

Prevent costly mistakes by improving your manufacturing quality.

Improving quality is a must for all companies, but manufacturing is one of the most difficult areas to improve without going over budget. Lean manufacturing helps businesses take the guesswork out of improving its products and reduces waste in the process.

Create A Quality First Company Culture

Before managers can resolve any quality problem, they must be committed to improving products. This often means creating a culture that emphasizes quality over cost. Yes, that’s correct. You have to be willing to spend or lose money to provide a high-quality product. This mindset actually saves money in then future by preventing costly mistakes.

If you see a product falling below company standards, don’t be afraid to pull the plug on that day’s results. Shut down the production line and determine why the product isn’t adhering to company policy. This may seem like an inefficient process, but fixing problems helps show the team just how seriously you take the QMS.

Implement A Time-Saving Inspection

While it’s encouraged to stop production when you see a faulty product, you should never inspect all of the items moving down the line. Doing so compromises efficiency, team spirit and morale, and manager resources. Inspecting one-hundred percent of all production isn’t feasible or necessary. Statistics show that most products have the same quality rating.

Teams that already celebrate total quality control cultures will undoubtedly produce high quality work. But this doesn’t mean you should ignore inspections. Schedule random days to investigate the process and determine whether the protocols are followed. Chose one product for each inspection. Rotate company services over several cycles.

Solve Problems Every Day

We all hate having problems. Everyone wants things to run smoothly. This is fantasy. Problems present themselves every day; this means you have to solve them as they arise. Don’t wait until next week or the next planning phase. Take a proactive role to quality management.

Qualaco, Inc. assists companies with aligning their company with ISO guidelines. Learn more about how we can improve your company’s quality.

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Volvo expansion offers opportunity for South Carolina firms
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Volvo expansion offers opportunity for South Carolina firms

Volvo expansion offers opportunity for South Carolina firms
by Amanda Rupp | Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 3:56pm
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Volvo plans to start construction its first U.S. factory in Berkeley County, South Carolina, this fall, and new vehicles will be produced by 2018.

Lori Lyerly, TS 16959 manufacturing expert and general manager of consulting management company Qualaco Inc., said Volvo will be sourcing work as it builds the plant in Charleston.

The new facility is an ideal opportunity for people and local businesses to grow economically with the Volvo supply chain. Qualaco, for example, can provide vendors with developing and implementing the practices of the International Organization for Standardization through Qualaco’s personalized, quality training programs. More specifically, ISO/TX 16949, which is a specific standard that explains quality management protocols for producing automotive products, would be a place for Qualaco to start.

Qualaco personalizes its training programs for small and large enterprises. Thanks to these programs, the companies can meet the necessary certification requirements that are essential to selling on the worldwide marketplace. Training for these standards will impact whether a company can produce, profit and benefit from the growing global automotive marketplace.

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