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Variety is NOT the Spice of Manufacturing Life!

6/17/2022 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
In manufacturing, we must measure or test the products we make because there is variation in the results and we don’t want to exceed the specification which would result in additional costs, time lost and possibly customer dissatisfaction.


The Problem with Problem Solving

4/15/2022 - BY: SHAUN LEAHEY
Nearly every Quality Manager or Plant Manager has had this situation come up: The phone is ringing and it’s the customer. You instantly get a sinking feeling in your stomach, thinking, here comes a complaint. On the rare occasion there isn’t a problem, you take advantage of strengthening your relationship with the person on the other end of the conversation. But often, you’ll begin the conversation listening to what problem the customer is experiencing and how you can help. Your new priority is to begin problem solving, starting with assembling a team. Wait, we’re supposed to use a problem-solving team? Who’s on the team?


How Often Do You Calibrate Your Internal Management System Auditors?

4/1/2022 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
At first sight, this may seem to be a crazy question. I hear you say, “Seriously? Calibrate Internal Quality Auditors?” or “Where does the calibration sticker go?” Internal Management System Auditors can be “testing” the Quality Management System (QMS) and could be considered as items of testing equipment. Their brief, in the widest possible terms, is to inspect or evaluate the QMS for compliance and effectiveness.


Learning About Internal Audits from Dr. Joy

2/4/2022 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Dr. Joy Browne hosted the longest-running call-in therapy radio shows in America. Listening to her radio shows taught me a lot about why Quality Management Systems Internal Audit programs and Corrective Actions fail. It’s often about peoples’ relationships.


Why You Should Never Use “For Reference Only” In Your QMS

1/7/2022 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Since ISO 9001 appeared on the manufacturing scene in 1987, organizations have been vexed by the need to control two fundamental elements of the Quality Management System: Documentation Controls and Measuring Equipment Controls. 


Is Your Business Poised to Grow As a Medical Device Supplier?

10/29/2021 - BY: BOB JENKINS
When deciding whether to diversify into the medical device industry, there are many things to consider. Is my company, and the goods it produces, set up to easily pivot into medical devices? Could the transition be attained relatively quickly? How much work will this entail? 


Process Ownership? Yes!

10/22/2021 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
For many in management, implementing a set of arcane requirements such as ISO 9001:2015 or its cousins, AS9100D or even IATF 16949, can seem like a daunting task! For starters, the title includes the word “Quality” and that’s a department, right? Aren’t they the people responsible?


Time to Upgrade Your Business? Consider MedAccred

4/23/2021 - BY: BOB JENKINS
In response to the drastic industry and economic changes faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, many manufacturers have had to pivot to provide completely different parts or services in order to keep their businesses operating. For those considering moving into medical device production, or those who already do some work in the space, a competitive advantage can be found with MedAccred.


Industry 4.0 and ISO 9001 Quality Management (Part 2)

1/29/2021 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
In a recent blog post, we explored Industry 4.0 technologies from the perspective of Quality professionals, highlighting the importance of planning before implementing. This follow-up blog takes a closer look at the impact some of these technologies might have on the world of the typical Quality department and how they can be used to support Quality initiatives.


Industry 4.0 and ISO 9001 Quality Management (Part 1)

1/20/2021 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
The concept of Industry 4.0 has been gradually introduced into manufacturing facilities in recent years, bringing with it operational improvements and countless other benefits. In a two-part blog series, we will explore how these exciting developments can support ISO 9001-based Quality Management Systems (QMS), as well as dive into their impact on the overall Quality department.


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