(Submitted by Mick Whitt, Manufacturing Business Development Specialist, Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)
In any department, or vocation, of any industry, it becomes easy over time to stop preforming all the necessary steps one must do to achieve consistent and confident results. Whether it is adhering to ISO instructions, properly following quality check guidelines, or completing that mundane morning equipment performance checklist, we must fight the urge to cut corners and forget how important the details really are.
Much time and money are wasted in manufacturing due to diagnosing the end result instead of going back to the beginning of the process and tracking where the real problem might have started. A finished product may be deemed a reject because it doesn’t “look right” or perform correctly, but to find the solution to the root cause you may need to start with the most basic form of quality control–simple print measurements.
To find out more about the importance of basic inspection and certification, click on this article from Quality Magazine entitled:
Back to the Basics: Inspection and Certification. Quality Measurement is the Lifeblood of the Quality System.