Tag: quality


Manufacturing Quality Excellence Program for Technicians and Engineers

Manufacturing Quality Excellence Program for Technicians and Engineers

Managing quality is central to the profitability of a company. Quality characteristics can vary from being able to meet the design specifications, responding customers email on time, and to being able to get the right materials on right time at the right price depending upon your job function. As a part of a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project, the Texas A&M University Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution (ETID) is offering a two‐day short course...

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Is Six Sigma Dead?

Is Six Sigma Dead?

This was the title to an article published in the October 2011 edition of Quality Progress. Since then, there have been other articles asking, “Is Six Sigma Worth it?” “...Is it a Fad?” “...Is it Still Relevant?” Over the past 10+ years, articles have been proclaiming the end is near for Six Sigma. But, before the eulogy starts, let's explore exactly what Six Sigma is. When I ask business leaders what Six Sigma means to them, the following are some of the...

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Transitioning into ISO 9001: 2015

Transitioning into ISO 9001: 2015

On September 15, 2015, the newest revision of ISO 9001 was released. I’m sure you’ve heard that less documentation is required and risk analysis has replaced the requirement for preventive action. All true, but neither are drivers for making the transition anytime soon. The reason to make the transition may have more relevance if you take your next complete system certification into consideration. Every organization registered to this standard must receive surveillance audits to maintain certification. Every three years, however,...

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