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Posts tagged with 'Yield'

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

19 Jul, 2012

Defect opportunities

Posted by Bernard Sutton

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

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

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