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Posts tagged with 'Manufacturing costs'

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

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

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

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