Quality Check

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When I started in the shop, measurement results were still written down on a piece of paper. The entire back wall of the inspection room was lined with filing cabinets, filled with the reams of quality data we’d generated over the years. Vern, the shop owner, got a lot of exercise with all the bending […]

Where’s Your Hammer: Using Lean and Six Sigma to pick more than low-hanging fruit

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Maybe you want to implement a quality system. You buy a book or talk to a consultant but immediately run into a mountain of strange terminology. Kaizen Events and Six Sigma. DMAIC Methods and 5S. You thought Value Stream Mapping was a cheaper way to drive somewhere, and the closest you’ve come to Lean is […]