Representing the first international effort to formulate a quality management
system standard for the aerospace industry, the two-year-old AS9100 is beginning
to show its long-term value. The standard supplements ISO 9001 by addressing the
additional expectations of the aerospace industry. Already, reports along this
complicated manufacturing chain attest to–among other benefits–AS9100's
contribution to more consistent verification methods and fewer verification
et’s travel back in time to September 10, 2008, at 10:28 a.m. At that moment, CERN became known to the general public when the first beam was successfully steered around the world’s most powerful particle accelerator—the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This historic event marked the beginning of a new era of scientific discovery.
Outside of their jobs, employees make important decisions every day. They
vote on community issues. They help teach their children new skills. They
purchase homes and cars and life insurance. But on the job, how many people are
allowed to make important decisions about their work? How many people have input
into how they do their own jobs, lead a team, find out what their customers need
or make decisions about what will work better for their customers?
During the 1920s, a British statistician named Ronald Fisher put the finishing touches on a method for making breakthrough discoveries. Some 70 years later, Fisher's method, now known as design of experiments, has become a powerful software tool for engineers and researchers.
But why did it take engineers so long to begin using DOE for innovative problem solving? After all, they were ignoring a technique that would have produced successes similar to the following modern-day examples:
The term “global” is ubiquitous in our daily lives. Like the economy, human rights, and peace, the environment is often discussed in global terms because that’s the only way to bring about profound change. Now, global warming--even though its full extent is unknown--has brought a sense of urgency to improving the environment.