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?
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…
Deciding what is in a sampling lot, choosing an inspection level… Most quality managers would say this is ‘Inspection 101’ and that their company does a good job at this.
Let’s look at how you can make better choices when it comes to setting a quality inspection level and sampling lots…
Many buyers tend to focus on the final pre-shipment inspection only. However, there are many other inspection touch points along the production cycle, and even after shipping.
I’ve listed the 5 most common types of QC inspections that can or should be conducted in this post. If you aren’t running these, perhaps you can consider it…
Once you have established a quality standard for the products you are importing from China (or other low-cost Asian countries), you need to be able to ensure that the standard will be enforced and that quality levels won’t drop over time.
Keep reading for four suggestions that will help you to enforce your quality standards:
Quality inspector corruption is a huge risk in China, in Bangladesh, in Mexico, etc. Inspectors are trusted to go out on their own without supervision, and what they report can have a serious financial impact on a factory. There is obviously a lot of temptation to misreport reality. But what causes this corruption more often? Money, social pressure, or both?
Does your company employ quality inspectors and auditors? Do you tend to hire different profiles, and specialize your staff as much as possible?
There are good reasons for this, as we explore in this article. Note that we will be looking at second-party audits and second-party inspections. (Not at third-party audits, which are conducted as a step toward certification)…
The traditional quality inspection process, often used in Asia especially, is laborious, error-prone, and time-consuming.
In this post I’ll outline 6 common fails found in the ‘old way’ of performing quality inspections, and the solutions to them provided by using a modern QC report software…