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.
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.
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?
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…
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…
Subsequently, here are 7 practical tips for your team to follow when starting the audit.
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.