Ways to Improve Manufacturing Quality
Quality is always the goal for any manufacturer. The following are practices to help increase quality and reduce recalls.
A Culture of Quality
Flaws in parts can happen in any manufacturing process. This fact must be accepted and understood by all involved in that process. Often operators are hesitant to draw attention to these flaws, fearing it will make their work look bad. Quality control and managers need to foster a culture where quality is foremost and pointing out errors is a positive, not a negative. Employees that make suggestions to improve quality need to be rewarded to achieve an efficient process and top quality.
OEMs and suppliers need to work closely to understand the OEMs’ requirements and the supplier’s processes. This mutual understanding fosters a relationship that will improve the quality of the parts, and as a result, the quality of the finished product.
Connecting the Supply Chain
The global supply chain makes it difficult to track every supplier and part. However, today’s technology is capable of making a connection with various supply chain components. This advancement allows OEM inspectors and the supplier to share data in a centralized database for review and analysis.
It is no longer enough to conduct a simple inspection on paper. The supplier must share its quality control process with the OEM. This practice will assure the parts adhere to the OEM’s standards. This comprehensive overview of the supplier’s operations eliminates the need to re-inspect incoming parts.