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Posts tagged with 'Route cause'

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

Which Industry are you in?

Posted by Bernard Sutton

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 Jun, 2012

Test is not 'Quality'

Posted by Bernard Sutton

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

Test engineers can read

Posted by Bernard Sutton

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

4 May, 2012

Quality requires intelligence

Posted by Bernard Sutton

Bernard Sutton I have been in many situations in the past where we had a manufacturing problem to solve. In all instances the first step was to find the scale of the problem, look for linkages to the route cause and then ‘go fix’. Simple right! Well not back then; The fist hurdle was always having accurate data for both the problem which might be a drop in test yields, beneath a sea of false calls, defective … Read More

Quality, Business Intelligence, corrective action, BI, Route cause, Manufacturing execution system, Manufacturing System Solution, Defects, lean manufacturing

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