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6 Feb, 2013

Bernard Sutton Should we focus more on measuring the results, or the process that get us there? This is the constant balancing act that we all address. I personally prefer to work on the processes that ensure high quality. But without some measures on quality, how do we know these are working? Until someone invents a foolproof process, I would guess we still have to do both. We can, however, take steps to remove errors … Read More

lean manufacturing, FMEA, Manufacturing costs, zero defects, Yield, corrective action, PCBA, Quality, Defect opportunities, Route cause, CAPA, Manufacturing execution system, Manufacturing System Solution, Defects

5 Oct, 2012

Bernard Sutton I still get surprised, and occasionally disappointed, when I talk to production folk about quality. I still hear comments like, “our quality team deal with that”. or “we should talk to our Quality manager”. when what we are really talking about is making products error free. I guess we don’t help ourselves by using terms like ‘right first time’ & ’zero … Read More

PCBA, Quality, corrective action, Defect opportunities, CAPA, Route cause, Manufacturing execution system, Yield, Defects, zero defects, lean manufacturing

7 Sep, 2012

Bernard Sutton I hope to see some Mentor customers at the SMTA conference this fall in Florida. I have the privilege of presenting a paper on Failure Mode Effects Analysis and how we can apply this methodology in electronics manufacturing. Its a specialist topic, but has great resonance with what we are trying to achieve in manufacturing. Allowing us to produce higher quality products from the analysis of potential … Read More

Manufacturing execution system, corrective action, zero defects, Defect opportunities, CAPA, PCBA, FMECA, Quality, lean manufacturing, Route cause, SMTA, FMEA

19 Jul, 2012

Bernard Sutton Did any one spot the misspelling of ‘Quality’ in the header of my last blog? I wish I could say it was a deliberate error to entice comments from my quality conscious readers. But sadly it was just an defect. One letter missing from around a thousand. Making my defect per million opportunity rate 1,000 DPMO. Believe me it would be much higher if it were not for spell checker. Back to the … Read More

Manufacturing execution system, lean manufacturing, Manufacturing System Solution, corrective action, Yield, Defect opportunities, CAPA, iNEMI, IPC, PCBA, Defects, Quality, dpmo

13 Jul, 2012

Bernard Sutton Why IT managers are engaging in manufacturing Quality improvement. I guess the first question we should ask is; why IT Managers? Increasingly IT managers are taking ownership for all factory infrastructure software solutions, including MES and Quality. For Quality this largely takes the form of the IT manger being handed legacy Quality data collection solutions from engineering departments. At this … Read More

Manufacturing costs, Legacy, Manufacturing execution system, corrective action, Quality, Defects, sql, CAPA, Manufacturing System Solution, IT Manager, lean manufacturing, infrastructure, PCBA, IT

19 Jun, 2012

Bernard Sutton Test is not ‘Quality’: Firstly I should declare an interest; I am a test guy. I like the technical challenge of solving difficult test problems. And have been lucky to have worked on some interesting test challenges. But I still get surprised when I hear comments like “we have an extensive test process to ensure product Quality”. My surprise comes from my view, that whilst an … Read More

PCBA, corrective action, Crosby, Yield, zero defects, CAPA, Philip Crosby, Manufacturing execution system, Quality, Manufacturing System Solution, Route cause, lean manufacturing, test engineer, Manufacturing costs

8 Jun, 2012

Bernard Sutton Quality comes from getting the little things right – consistently. This is especially true when I see how global organisations perform. Somehow it becomes OK to get the little things wrong in global organisations. Maybe its like litter in someone else’s neighborhood; not my problem.? Which is perplexing when the rewards for getting the little things right is higher in global organisations. … Read More

Manufacturing System Solution, Defects, CAPA, lean manufacturing, Quality, Route cause, Manufacturing execution system, Transfer

15 May, 2012

Bernard Sutton Quality comes from getting the little things right – consistently. This is especially true when I see how global organisations perform. Somehow it becomes OK to get the little things wrong in global organisations. Maybe its like litter in someone else’s neighborhood; not my problem.? Which is perplexing when the rewards for getting the little things right is higher in global organisations. … Read More

Manufacturing System Solution, Defects, CAPA, lean manufacturing, Quality, Route cause, Manufacturing execution system, Transfer

20 Apr, 2012

Bernard Sutton Quality in particular ‘test’ are still seen as a black art by production and process teams. In my experience the very best manufacturing engineers & managers are those that  have both test and process engineering skills. I now see this reflected in the ‘smart’ organisations who have already combined ‘engineering’ & ‘quality’ functions.  So why … Read More

Quality, PCBA, Defects, lean manufacturing, CAPA, Manufacturing execution system, Manufacturing System Solution

17 Apr, 2012

Bernard Sutton It might be old news, but its still true; the lowest cost comes from having the highest quality. Something I explored in my feature published in April US tech; “Moving from quality assurance to quality control”. Control to prevent errors is more productive than adding more stages of defect detection. Supporting ‘lean manufacturing’ and CAPA (Corrective And Preventative Action) … Read More

PCBA, Quality, Defects, lean manufacturing, CAPA, Manufacturing System Solution, Manufacturing costs, Manufacturing execution system

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