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Your Cost of Poor Quality Is Higher Than You Think

When one studies the literature around the Cost of Quality, the traditional breakdown of the costs is presented as follows: Source: ASQ TR2:2018. ISO 10014 and ASQ TR 2, two standards that provide guidelines (in other words, advice, rather than a set of requirements like ISO 9001), follow this logic. The problem is, it leaves a lot… Continue reading Your Cost of Poor Quality Is Higher Than You Think

Seven Basic Quality Tools

Process improvement is an integral part of manufacturing. It is also a critical component of quality control. Identifying problems early and correcting them before they become costly issues is the key to success. The origin of these tools can be traced back to the 15th century. This was when the monk named Benkei was said… Continue reading Seven Basic Quality Tools

ASQ® CQT [2021] | How to pass your Certified Quality Technician Exam?

Quick Navigation The Certified Quality Technician is a paraprofessional who, in support of and under the direction of quality engineers or supervisors, analyzes and solves quality problems, prepares inspection plans and instructions, selects sampling plan applications, prepares procedures, trains inspectors, performs audits, analyzes quality costs and other quality data, and applies fundamental statistical methods for… Continue reading ASQ® CQT [2021] | How to pass your Certified Quality Technician Exam?

Quality Leadership in the 'Great Resignation' Era

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Known as the Great Resignation, millions of workers are leaving traditional workplaces. In a post-pandemic time where businesses navigate the new territory of remote-home offices, leadership is more crucial than ever. Knowing how to give your team proper support in a new environment will lead to higher company morale… Continue reading Quality Leadership in the 'Great Resignation' Era

What are Third-Party Inspections, and What Benefits do They Offer?

When you import goods from overseas or outsource manufacturing to a domestic partner, you must ensure that your products meet all specifications, legal requirements, and customer expectations. Unfortunately, it becomes more challenging to accomplish this if you do not have your own presence at the factory. And if your supplier is halfway around the world,… Continue reading What are Third-Party Inspections, and What Benefits do They Offer?

High Performance Imaging for Reliable Engine Block Inspection

Polytechnik Schmidt relies on machine vision systems from Teledyne DALSA to inspect sealing surfaces of cast aluminum engine blocks. The engine represents the heart of every automobile. Performance and fuel consumption depend to a large extent on the quality of the engines used, which is why all parts of the drive system must perfectly correspond… Continue reading High Performance Imaging for Reliable Engine Block Inspection

AQL Special Inspection Levels: How Do They Work?

AQL (Acceptance Quality Limit) is an important sampling method that you’ll use when conducting product inspections at your factory. So if you’re manufacturing consumer products and have been learning about AQL, you’ve probably looked at the various inspection levels on the AQL chart. You’ll find the Special Inspection Levels next to the General Levels, and… Continue reading AQL Special Inspection Levels: How Do They Work?

Smart Quality Services helping Construction Businesses Benefit from Implementing ISO Standards

The construction industry is characterised by complex supply chains, formalised procurement processes and a strong focus around health and safety. Implementing ISO management systems have a proven role in helping drive best practice and improved efficiencies, ensuring increased controls over health and safety and sustainability and to stimulating business growth through enabling successful outcomes in… Continue reading Smart Quality Services helping Construction Businesses Benefit from Implementing ISO Standards

High-Precision Surface Inspection of Wind Turbine Blades

One year after formally introducing waveCHECK into the wind industry, 8tree has engaged DNV for the product’s certification according to established industry standards. waveCHECK is a handheld-portable 3D-inspection tool for inspecting wind turbine blades in manufacturing and operation. Its efficient detection of surface defects and instant visual feedback revolutionize surface inspection. “During the past several years… Continue reading High-Precision Surface Inspection of Wind Turbine Blades

Harsh Realities of Managing a Quality Control Team in China

A few years ago, I suggested 6 tips to avoid bribery in a QC team. And two of them are particularly important when managing a quality control team in China: Rotate inspectors among factories, as professional relationships very quickly become personal, too. And there is a strong, very strong expectation of reciprocity — “I gave… Continue reading Harsh Realities of Managing a Quality Control Team in China