• Four action items to get you started with marketing

    Four action items to get you started with marketing

    Here are the four top things you should do to increase your company visibility and build your customer base.
  • Risk based thinking and your quality system, part 3

    Risk based thinking and your quality system, part 3

    In AS9100D “Risk Based Thinking” is considered a basic principle of an effective quality system. In the part 1 and part 2, we discussed how to identify potential risks and how to quantify the risks in your quality management system. In this final tip for risk based thinking we will discuss how to mitigate and control unacceptable risk.
  • Risk based thinking and your quality system, part 2

    Risk based thinking and your quality system, part 2

    In AS9100D “Risk Based Thinking” is considered a basic principle of an effective quality system. Last week we discussed how to identify potential risks in your quality management system. This week we will discuss how to “analyze and evaluate” the potential risks you have identified. This week we will discuss how to “analyze and evaluate” the potential risks you have identified.
  • Risk based thinking and your quality system, part 1

    Risk based thinking and your quality system, part 1

    In a AS9100D “Risk Based Thinking” is considered a basic principle of an effective quality system. The concept of “preventive action” has been eliminated in AS9100D and replaced with “Risk Based Thinking”. First let’s talk about ways to identify potential risks. Standard SWOT analysis, cause and effect diagram, affinity diagram or other brainstorming processes are all effective methods to identify potential risks. The key to identification is to consider your customers’ expectations and the potential risk of not meeting these …
  • Four marketing action items for manufacturers

    Four marketing action items for manufacturers

    Developing a robust marketing program is crucial to increasing sales and sustaining growth. Here are four action items your business can take to improve your marketing outreach efforts.
  • Managing your suppliers in a food safety conscience world

    Managing your suppliers in a food safety conscience world

    With food safety as prominent as it is in today’s world, selecting a supplier to work with seems to be much more of a thought out process versus how it was 25 years ago. It may be tempting to focus on the price and location of a supplier to save money in the short run, but as we have seen in company plants over and over, you get what you pay for.
  • Cybersecurity: Protecting manufacturing technology and innovation

    Cybersecurity: Protecting manufacturing technology and innovation

    Manufacturers are unfortunately a frequent target of hackers and attackers. According to a report from the U.S. Department for Homeland Security, manufacturing is the second highest industry with the most reported cyber attacks, only subsequent to the energy sector.
  • Weekly tip: How many internal audits do I need to do?

    Weekly tip: How many internal audits do I need to do?

    Internal auditing has been a fundamental part of quality system standards since Mil-Std-9858 in the 1950’s. Along with corrective action and management review internal auditing creates what I refer to as: “the Big Three”. If you do the “Big Three” well your quality system will be very robust.
  • Helping Utah’s manufacturers: The University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center

    Helping Utah’s manufacturers: The University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center

    We were recently highlighted in the Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development blog.
  • Jones Shirts & Signs saved $20,000 per year by implementing lean principles

    Jones Shirts & Signs saved $20,000 per year by implementing lean principles

    Jones Shirts & Signs wanted to improve product process and flow, work and customer order standardization, and overall operational efficien

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