August 2018

Strong Leadership: The Key to Shaping Millennials into Manufacturers

8/24/2018 By: Jamie Headley Employers across America are dealing with the combined effect of baby boomers retiring, a strong economy and record low unemployment. Now faced with the large labor shortage this perfect storm has created, manufacturers are looking to the next generation of workers to fill this gap: millennials. When I talk with executives about their feelings toward the emerging workforce, some common grievances I hear include: “They don’t want to work” or “They want to be promoted every 10 minutes” or “All they want to do is play on their phones.

Is Your Business Performing as Well as It Could Be?

8/17/2018 By: George Singos We recently posted a blog about the importance of cascading policy deployment in achieving business visions. While this company-wide alignment is essential to realizing strategic goals, progress cannot be made without maintaining a strong sense of how well the business is performing. This is where Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) come into play. By establishing, monitoring and analyzing KPIs, such as on-time delivery, changeover time or schedule bumping, companies will be equipped with the data and guidance necessary to align their business toward success.

Not All Food Failures Are Hazardous, but All Are Costly

8/10/2018 By: John Spillson The idea of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) was formally introduced to the world by the military shortly after WWII. Due to failures in munitions during the campaign, this methodology was developed to identify and eliminate critical defects in production. In the 1950s, FMEAs began to be applied in aerospace and rocket development to achieve high levels of quality and safety. Another significant push for failure prevention came in the 1960s with the increase in space exploration as countries around the world raced to put a man on the moon.

Internal Audits Made Easy – And Practical

8/3/2018 By: Dale Wicker If your company is registered to one of the ISO Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO 13485, IATF 16949), then you are required to perform internal audits at planned intervals to verify the conformance of your system. Since these ISO standards are process-based, these audits should be developed and scheduled around the company’s current processes to assure the organization can meet the intended results and satisfy its customers. What does this look like in practice? For example, prior to committing to a customer’s order, you must review their contract (or quote) for requirements to confirm your organization can meet their demands.