Quality professionals know the value of automation. Minimizing errors that lead to defects, freeing up internal resources and optimizing collaboration can all have a significant impact on your bottom line and brand reputation. These are all key benefits of automated quality management software.
Quality Creates Perspective
A QMS Resource for Quality Champions: news, perspective and commentary on hot issues in quality and quality management.
Using the Quality Management System (QMS) to Support the 8 Principles of Total Quality Management (TQM)
Total Quality Management (TQM) emerged in the 1980s in response to economic losses experienced due to Japanese manufacturers producing higher quality goods at lower cost. TQM was a natural outgrowth of the Toyota Production System, eventually giving rise to approaches like Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.
The Industry 4.0 Approach to Quality
Experts are calling Industry 4.0 the fourth Industrial Revolution (hence the 4.0). The concept represents a push towards manufacturing digitization that experts say will deliver massive improvements in efficiency, costs and profits in as little as just a few years.
Comparing ISO 9001 & ISO 13485: Differences Between the Two Standards
ISO 13485 for medical device quality management shares many similarities with ISO 9001, the leading global quality management standard with more than 1.1 million certificates worldwide.
5 Questions for Your Corrective Actions
Danish physicist Niels Bohr once said, “Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.” Bohr’s work was instrumental in the discovery of the electron, an elusive subatomic particle whose location, even now, we can only describe in terms of a field of probability.
Employee Training Tips for a GMP Compliant Workforce
A proactive approach to employee training is the foundation to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance. By creating a comprehensive, standardized program and keeping an eye out for common mistakes, companies can foster a proactive quality culture that prevents problems at their source.
Understanding the Basics of ISO 13485 for Medical Device Quality Management Systems (QMS)
ISO 13485 for Medical Device Quality Management Systems is growing in popularity, with the number of certified facilities jumping 13% from 2015 to 2016.
5 Steps of an Effective Corrective Action Plan to Ensure a Streamlined Process
When it comes to solving problems that arise in manufacturing, identifying the cause of what went wrong is top priority. But what about once you’ve pinpointed the root cause of the issue? That’s when the real work starts, and you have to make a corrective action plan capable of fully resolving the problem.
3 Types of Leading Indicators for EHS Management
You hear it all the time on Car Talk, the classic radio show where mechanics Tom and Ray (aka “Click and Clack”) dispense hilarious advice to clueless car owners. The caller’s car was smoking for months before breaking down. Or the driver taped over a flashing temperature light, continuing to drive her dad’s car until it died altogether.
Step by Step Guide to Job Safety and Job Hazard Analysis
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires formal hazard assessments for situations such as confined space work or when a job calls for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Conducting a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is one way to meet these requirements, and to make any dangerous job less risky.
6 Strategies to Reduce Ergonomic Injuries
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as carpal tunnel syndrome and herniated discs are some of the most common workplace injuries. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), MSDs account for 34% of lost-time injuries and every $1 in $3 spent on workers’ compensation costs.
4 Critical Components of the Food Safety Pyramid
Many of us grew up with the old-fashioned food pyramid: 6 servings of grains, 5 servings of fruits and veggies, 3 servings of dairy and so on. Today, we have MyPlate, where the basic concepts behind the old food pyramid still appear to hold sway.
5 Important Considerations for Your Next Change Management Initiative
Research shows a full 70 percent of organizational change projects fail, a statistic which has remained at the same level since the 1970s. It’s one reason why so many companies are hesitant to implement changes, even when the potential upside is big.