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5 Tips for Developing Customized Software To Support Your Factory's Processes

by Renaud Anjoran on 7 Jan 2021 | 0 Comments
 
Let's say you haven't found any software packages that will support your factory's operations in the way you need. You want to work on a highly/fully customized set of designs and logics. And yet, you have heard of 5- and 6-figure IT projects that led nowhere, and you want to avoid the same mistakes.

In our ' 8 Rules for Successful Software Implementation and Process Changes', we wrote rule 6 as follows: "avoid heavy customization if possible". That's generally the advice I give our customers.

However, if you really want to go down that route, here are our 5 tips for developing customized software.

Topics: Insider, manufacturers, software implementations, factory processes, customized software, process improvement

5 Examples of Quality Control Data Analytics that Save Costs

by Renaud Anjoran on 17 Nov 2020 | 0 Comments

Online retailers have had to become masters at data analytics. They have an ocean of data and can make experiments & get feedback quickly. They keep iterating on how to get visitors to shop more and come back more often.

At the other extreme, many manufacturing and purchasing organizations still live in the pre-digital world. They “touch” many data that are, unfortunately, not collected in a database for analysis. 

That’s a pity. Using relatively simple statistical tools can provide many actionable ideas for cutting defect rates, supplier risks, and operational costs. Machine learning should come much later.

Topics: quality inspections, quality control software, quality improvement, supplier improvement, corrective action plans, data analysis

How To Plan & Arrange Product QC During Production?

by Renaud Anjoran on 25 Feb 2020 | 0 Comments
Most manufacturers have understood that placing inspectors at the end of the line is not the right way (or, at least, not sufficient) to manage quality. The key is to improve processes and to catch issues as close to their source as possible.
 

But, in practice, when it comes to checking quality during the manufacturing process, what are the most common options? And how to schedule them based on work orders issued by the factory's planning system?

Topics: quality inspections, product inspection

Is Software Alone Enough To Considerably Improve Product Quality?

by Renaud Anjoran on 9 Dec 2019 | 1 Comment

We have now been equipping customers with our software, SynControl, for more than 4 years, and they sign up in order to enjoy specific benefits. 

Based on our experience, let's look at whether quality inspection software can markedly improve quality on its own in this post...

Topics: quality inspection software, quality improvement, software implementations

The 3 Levels of Corrective Action Plans (CAP)

by Renaud Anjoran on 29 Oct 2019 | 0 Comments
 

How to drive improvements in your company, and in your suppliers' factories? A very common approach is to request a CAP (Corrective Action Plan) when a problem comes up.
However, issuing a one-size-fits-all CAP for each issue makes little sense. There are actually 3 complexities of problems. Let's explore each and a relevant plan of action here...

Topics: quality improvement, 8D problem solving tool, supplier improvement, DMAIC, PDCA, corrective action plans

8 Rules for Successful Software Implementation and Process Changes

by Renaud Anjoran on 16 Oct 2019 | 0 Comments
By now, the team at SynControl has helped tens of companies improve their QA/QC processes by implementing our   quality inspection software. And I thought I would write about a few lessons we have learned along the way.  I've condensed our best practices into 8 'rules' for manufacturers and buyers to follow when performing new software implementation and process changes.

Topics: software implementations

7 Tips To Start a Quality Auditing Program to Cuts Your Risks

by Renaud Anjoran on 16 Sep 2019 | 0 Comments
 
Have you decided to start auditing your suppliers’ factories? Or maybe some parts of your company/group? 
In our previous article,   Why Auditing your Suppliers’ Factories Will Cut Your Costs, we outlined some general principles.
Subsequently, here are 7 practical tips for your team to follow when starting the audit.

Topics: factory audit, supplier improvement

Why Auditing your Suppliers’ Factories Will Cut Your Costs

by Renaud Anjoran on 29 Aug 2019 | 0 Comments
In times of budget cuts, many hard-nosed executives request cuts in every line of every cost center. However, in some cases, spending more on preventive activities, and cutting drastically in some other budget lines, is a smarter approach.

Topics: factory audit

Best Practices for Buying Offices in China & Asia [Q&A]

by Renaud Anjoran on 21 May 2019 | 0 Comments
We recently interviewed  Jürgen Weckherlin, a consultant in the field of procurement who specialises in increasing productivity and reducing costs, and got answers to several questions that explore some of the best practices for buying offices in China and Asia.

Do you have a buying office overseas? Keep reading for the advice he shared...

Topics: sourcing, buying from china, buying offices

4 Fundamental Quality Improvement Tools

by Renaud Anjoran on 7 May 2019 | 1 Comment

Over the years, we have tried many approaches to improve quality in Chinese factories and we've found that we are starting using the same quality improvement tools over and over with good success.

Topics: process flow chart, quality improvement, process FMEA, process control plan, 8D problem solving tool