• Preparing for the new age of cyberrisk

    Preparing for the new age of cyberrisk

    Malware has crippled banks, railway systems and power companies, but the Associated Press (AP) reported last week that manufacturers increasingly are the victims of cyberattacks too.
  • How to truly excel as a manufacturing leader

    How to truly excel as a manufacturing leader

    When leaders think about the potential for their company’s success, and helping their firm reach that potential, they get truly excited. However, the excitement soon dims as they are pulled into meetings and start fighting fires. They lose sight of what energizes them, and start working IN the business rather than ON the business. This often leads to frustration, burnout, and anxiety. Does this sound familiar? If so, here are two key resources can dramatically impact your ability to excel …
  • Increase growth & global competitiveness with sustainability

    Increase growth & global competitiveness with sustainability

    Sustainability can increase growth and global competitiveness, and it also requires economically robust processes designed to minimize environmental impacts, while conserving energy and natural resources.
  • Why is OOT important in measurement traceability?

    Why is OOT important in measurement traceability?

    It is very common to find equipment “As Found: OOT” when performing the comparison to a standard for measurement traceability (commonly referred to as calibration). “As Found: OOT” means that when the equipment was compared to a standard it was found out of tolerance (OOT). When this happens the AS9100D standard has a very specific requirement.
  • How to start planning your manufacturing day event

    How to start planning your manufacturing day event

    If you’re contemplating hosting a Manufacturing Day Event, you probably have a lot of questions, ranging from “What is a Manufacturing Day event?” to “What sorts of resources are available to help me make my event a success?” Here are some step-by-step instructions to help guide you through the process.
  • Cost-saving energy efficiency tips for manufacturers

    Cost-saving energy efficiency tips for manufacturers

    Did you know you can save up to $80,000 per year by implementing an energy efficient manufacturing process? You can significantly reduce operating costs by making these changes.
  • Top four marketing items to do now

    Top four marketing items to do now

    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 …

 
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