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The Staggering Cost of Poor Quality: How to Measure & Address It

Posted on Jun 22, 2021 5:40:53 PM

Poor quality can waste a considerable portion of an organization’s operating budget. Alarmingly, some manufacturers even have the cost of poor quality factored into their budget, meaning these companies are willing to allow it to persist in plain sight and hinder their overall performance.

While there will always be some factors that affect quality to a certain degree, identifying and addressing the factors contributing to poor quality is critical. This ensures competitiveness, supports ongoing improvement efforts, and minimizes waste. Here’s a closer look at the unexpected costs related to poor quality, as well as how to measure and address them with a cost of quality analysis.

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Topics: Quality, Profitability

Paper's Not the Problem — It's a Symptom

Posted on Jun 9, 2021 1:35:48 PM

When I enter a manufacturing plant, the first thing I look for is paper — clipboards, paper forms, folders, envelopes, binders, etc. The presence of these items on the plant floor is a telling indicator of the plant's maturity and operations. 

Don't get me wrong, I love paper, and it has many uses. As a technology, few alternatives are faster, more flexible, and cheaper to implement than paper. Paper itself is not the problem, but it is a crucial symptom pointing to deeper challenges in the factory. My goal in helping Operations improve their efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability is not "to eliminate paper," however that is the inevitable result.

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Topics: Automation, Productivity, Technology

Preparing for Intentional Adulteration Inspections & Quick Checks on Your Written FSMA Food Defense Plan

Posted on May 24, 2021 4:40:38 PM

There was a time during the 1940s when working in the food industry was considered a “war job.” It was said that food was the mightiest weapon of them all. Eight decades later, that phrasing still holds. Yet, while it once referred to the power of keeping troops fed, the message is reversed: Food can also be the mightiest weapon of them all when used against us. The intention of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Intentional Adulteration Rule from the FDA is to prevent the mass harm that can be caused by contaminating the U.S. food supply.

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Topics: Safety, Quality, fsma

A Guide to the Data Renaissance in Manufacturing

Posted on May 12, 2021 4:46:16 PM

While many process manufacturers understand the potential benefits of digital transformation, often, their vision is clouded by past failed projects. Just 30% of digital transformation initiatives are successful and because they require both time and financial investment. 

Fortunately, we can learn from past mistakes. With a little extra planning and preparation, you can pursue a foolproof digital transformation that supports positive change throughout your facility and sets you up for continuous improvement. Avoid the frustration of attempting a digital transformation and failing by adopting a data-first approach. 

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Topics: Analytics, Profitability, Productivity, Technology, Culture

A Process Manufacturing Methodologies Guide: Making Improvements That Stick

Posted on May 11, 2021 11:20:02 AM

Most process improvements start with plenty of momentum, but their changes don’t always stick. In fact, just 54% of major change initiatives stick long-term—a concerning statistic, considering the number of dedicated resources to these types of projects.

Whether you are a beginner to making digital process manufacturing improvements or a seasoned veteran, to enact change that lasts, we must identify why operational improvements don’t stick in the first place. Often, it’s not the tools used but the psychology behind the improvements that come up short. Improvement requires change, and to support that; we must accept that we aren’t perfect and recognize a need for change. Here, we’ll take a closer look at some of the barriers to change as well as ways to dismantle them.

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Topics: Quality, Profitability, Productivity, Culture

The Summer of Quality Improvements

Posted on Apr 30, 2021 2:44:05 PM

At its core, manufacturing success is all about quality. Consistently adhering to quality standards ultimately delights your customers and takes you far beyond the benefits of brand loyalty. Determining the cost of quality (COQ) is a complex but essential endeavor; there’s the cost of poor quality to consider and the cost of good quality or preventing issues from happening in the first place. In plants producing hundreds of separate items, tracking the many variables that influence quality can feel like a massive undertaking. And of course, it’s not just tracking this information that facilitates change; the goal is to derive meaningful insights from the data to inform future decisions.

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Topics: Quality, Profitability, Technology, OEE, SPC

Don't Get 483'd for Your FSVP: A Guide to FSMA Compliance for Importers

Posted on Apr 26, 2021 12:47:35 PM

With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in place for more than a decade, the FDA has focused more heavily on regulation rather than education for FSMA rules. One rule in particular, which generated more than 550 Form 483s (issued when FDA inspectors observe violations) in 2020, is the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Rule.

Here, we'll provide a refresher of the FSVP Rule and review some of the main reasons for receiving a 483 so that you maintain compliance and stay audit-ready.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, fsma, Food&Beverage

Root Cause Analysis: How It Informs CAPA

Posted on Apr 15, 2021 12:46:58 PM

When something goes wrong in a manufacturing facility, it’s important to not only address the issue but also to prevent it from happening again. Only by understanding the root cause of the issue will you stop it from recurring. In fast-paced environments like Food & Beverage and CPG plants, timeliness is critical when it comes to pinpointing the heart of an issue. For this reason, manufacturers rely on the tried-and-true methods of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and CAPA to identify and prevent issues. Here’s a closer look at how these approaches benefit operations and how they’re being modernized for greater speed and accuracy.

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How to Ensure Food Safety with Remote Audits During COVID-19 and Beyond

Posted on Apr 7, 2021 12:06:17 PM

 

In uncertain times, it’s important for Food & Beverage companies to reassure their customers that food and safety standard are being met consistently. Yet, COVID-19 has introduced unique challenges for undergoing and performing audits, from social distancing to risks associated with travel. Unfortunately, waiting until the threat of the virus is completely gone to have an audit performed could cause your certification to lapse, which could risk the loss of important customers.

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Topics: Safety, Productivity, Audit

A Guide to Developing an Effective Supplier Approval Program

Posted on Mar 23, 2021 8:18:09 AM

In Food and Beverage and CPG, it’s not just your company’s internal performance that matters. Every link in the supply chain plays a role in quality, which is why it’s critical to ensure your suppliers are performing to your expectations. A strong supplier approval program should be comprehensive enough to not only minimize risks, but also satisfy compliance regulations such as FSMA’s requirement for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.

As you work to strengthen your supplier assessment procedure and other elements of your approval program, here are a few steps to consider incorporating into your processes.

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Topics: Productivity, Technology

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