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...
8D problem solving tool,
corrective action plans
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.
Have you decided to start auditing your suppliers’ factories? Or maybe some parts of your company/group?
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.
We recently interviewed
, 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...
buying from china,
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.
process flow chart,
process control plan,
8D problem solving tool
I recently listened to this podcast from McKinsey on the future of manufacturing, and I'll summarise some of the key topics and add some of my own thoughts on the points they made about the direction that the manufacturing industry is headed in.
Recently I was talking with a friend who used to run a buying office in Hong Kong, and he described how buying products from Chinese suppliers is, in good part, about risk management.
buying from china
Do you get the feeling the general management approach is holding your factory back? That's quite common.
Here are 5 ways a factory can change its quality control approach and drive better business results with, and without, quality inspection software like SynControl...
quality inspection software,
Many Chinese suppliers try to reassure their potential customers by claiming they are certain to pass a QC inspection with an AQL of 2.5%. When asked for documentation that explains precisely what they mean, they usually have nothing to offer.