Quality Features

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Mark Rosenthal
Training Within Industry (TWI) job instruction is built around a four-step process titled “How to Instruct.” Steps two and three are the core of the process: • Present the operation • Try out...
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Donald J. Wheeler
Lean production of multiple products is built on the assumption that the process aim can be properly set for each short production run. This article will describe how to set the process aim so that...
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Jason Chester
Even in the midst of the pandemic, product safety and quality remain critical. For many manufacturers, complex quality management systems and procedures stand in the way of agile responses and...
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Cheryl Carleton
The labor market is changing rapidly with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Many organizations are laying off almost all of their workers, while others are considering which workers to lay off...
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Amber Dance
This story was originally published by Knowable Magazine. As Covid-19 cases fill the hospitals, among the sickest and most likely to die are those whose bodies react in a signature, catastrophic way...
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Jay Arthur—The KnowWare Man
Story update 5/6/2020: The charts and some data have been updated to reflect the data available on the date this article was published. During the Covid-19 stay-at-home order in Colorado, I've become...
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Michael Dehoyos
The amount of risk that one is exposed to when running a business is vast. Some risks may result in severe legal or financial trouble or cause the business to shut down. Mitigating these risks is a...
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Julius DeSilva
ISO 9001 certifications have seen a decline during the past two years, per data from ISO. Some say the standard has gotten too complicated with the introduction of organizational context, risk-based...
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Bruce Hamilton
Most lean folks use 5 Whys daily to problem solve, but relatively few are familiar with a clever problem-solving device developed 30 years ago by Deming Prize winner Ryuji Fukuda, called the why-not...
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Kathleen Wybourn
Business continuity is a relatively simple idea. Plan ahead so you can keep your business successful during times of difficulty. Key management transitions, loss of a major customer, the impact of a...
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Donald J. Wheeler
Each day we receive data that seek to quantify the Covid-19 pandemic. These daily values tell us how things have changed from yesterday, and give us the current totals, but they are difficult to...
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Del Williams
We are all familiar with flash memory storage devices, the inexpensive “thumb” drives that you stick into your laptop to store and transfer data. However, there are much more rugged industrial flash...
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Quality Digest
Marketing is all about having a clear vision. To many, that means understanding what you want to see happen, and how you plan to accomplish it. As important as that is, however, a different and much...
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Stanislav Shekshnia
Corporate boards across Europe are reacting to the coronavirus pandemic in three ways. For some, it’s business as usual. “Crisis is the business of the CEO; the board does not need to adjust its...
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Jennifer Chu
The brain is one of our most vulnerable organs, as soft as the softest tofu. Brain implants, on the other hand, are typically made from metal and other rigid materials that, over time, can cause...
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Naphtali Hoff
This is the final post in a series on productivity. Read parts one, two, three, and four. Since rolling out my “four-step” productivity plan, I have seen the need to include an...
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The Hechinger Report
Students generally learn about moles, atoms, compounds, and the intricacies of the periodic table in college, but Daniel Fried is convinced kids can learn complex biochemistry topics as early as...
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Stephanie Parker
This story was originally published by Knowable Magazine. An anthropologist looks at the myriad ways we link food to place—and whether it really could make a difference. “Local food” is a term...
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William A. Levinson
The phrase “flatten the curve” means to slow the transmission of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in order to spread the total number of cases out over a longer period of time. This will avoid overwhelming...
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David Dubois
From AI-enabled chatbots to ads based on individuals’ search or social media activities, digital data offer novel ways to connect with customers. These connections can develop into intimate customer...