Operations Article

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By: Douglas C. Fair

Want to improve something? You’ve got to measure it first. If you’re motivated to improve product quality and reduce manufacturing costs, the first step in establishing a successful statistical process control (SPC) solution is getting some data. And if you want to make good decisions from those data, you better make sure you measure the right things.

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By: Chad Kymal

When Philip Crosby announced zero defects as a philosophy during the 1970s, it was met with incredulity. There were already many articles written on the fallacy of such a strategy and the enormous costs of moving toward zero defects. Fast forward 40+ years, and zero defects has become a reality.

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By: Ryan E. Day

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By: Olympus

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Restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) regulations help protect the public from dangerous or toxic materials in consumer products and electronics. Beyond public health and safety concerns, noncompliance represents significant potential costs, including fines, product recalls, and decreased consumer confidence. For manufacturers and resellers, an effective screening program is essential to safety and compliance.

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By: Bob Emiliani

I recently posted a version of the graphic below with the caption: “Not perfect, but close. It’s about right.” The response was overwhelmingly positive. A great majority of people recognized it as a unique comparison, one that they had never seen before, and also as an accurate comparison that effectively captures differences that actually exist.

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By: Patrick Nugent

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A simple fact in manufacturing is that everyone has to measure. However, measurement is not simply about inspection; manufacturers need the right tools to increase quality, maximize productivity, and ultimately, make measurement a value-added process.

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By: Jack Phillips, Patti Phillips

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By: Ryan E. Day

You run a manufacturing business, so you know how it goes. The cost of doing business and manufacturing product never decreases; it always grows. Merely maintaining your revenue status quo will only ensure you get your lunch eaten by inflation. If you aren’t growing your profits, you aren’t just standing still—you’re going backward. Here are three ways investing in technology can help your business grow and increase profit margins.

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By: Taran March @ Quality Digest

One thing you can say about that critical commodity called steel: It gets around. Ancient ironware excavated in what is now Turkey has been dated to 1800 B.C. Some 1,200 years later, blacksmiths in Sri Lanka employed furnaces driven by monsoon winds to produce a high-carbon steel. The Tamils of southern India enjoyed a lucrative steel trade with the likes of Alexander the Great.

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By: Mary McAtee

True to my profession as an engineer, I am a total geek at heart and proud of it. Spending time in automobile museums always fascinates me. It excites me to see a prescient innovator from the past come up with an idea like headlights. The first ones were Limelight carbide models that had a nasty habit of setting the horseless carriage on fire. Within a couple of generations there were sealed beam electric headlights, safe, effective, and increasingly affordable.

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