Layered Process Audits

Layered process audits (abbreviated to LPA) focus on verifying standards and processes within an organization. These audits focus on verification during the production process and, as such, are an alternative to carrying out audits on finished goods. They have several attributes that include: They occur regularly They often occur at high volume (especially where there … Read more

Quality in Manufacturing

Quality in Manufacturing is a set of tools, methods and processes which are predominantly geared towards achieving goals such as meeting customer requirements, reducing defects, improving right first time and minimising waste (such as scrap).    While specifications and requirements are flowed down from the customer, a business requires policies, processes, and systems to meet … Read more

Workplace inspections

Workplace inspections are focused activities within a business that target reducing hazards, incidents, and injuries by assessing things like working environments, equipment, and processes.   While often part of a broader continuous improvement initiative, they may also address legislative requirements. In this article, we’ll be exploring the purpose of workplace inspections; we’ll explore: What is a … Read more

Cost of poor quality

Cost of poor quality relates to a range of costs incurred by an organization as a result of managing internal and external quality-related tasks and issues. These costs can vary between organizations and industries depending on a range of factors. Organizations that fail to capture and understand these costs lack an important indicator that describes … Read more

Tensile Testing

Tensile Testing is a  common method of evaluating the physical properties of materials. It is a destructive test where an example is placed under controlled tension until failure point is reached. Tensile testing can also be used to measure how much force can be applied before a product deforms (stretches) and ultimately breaks. In this article, we’ll … Read more

First Article Inspection Report

A First Article Inspection Report (FAIR) is documentation that collates appropriate evidence taken from the manufacturing and production process, validating that a component/part has met requirements & specifications relating to the customer and the product design. First Article Inspection reports are common in the Defence & Aerospace business and are associated with AS9102. In this … Read more

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Red Tag Process

The red tag process (which is often associated with the SORT activity within 5s) incorporates visual management through the use of a “red tag” form or label identifying items that have been flagged for removal from a work area.   Red tagging can help identify items that shouldn’t be in a workplace, move them so that … Read more

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Benefits of 5s

5S can deliver several significant benefits to an organization, including: Productivity and efficiency savings  Monetary savings Space utilization Employee Engagement   Health and safety Despite being one of the most common lean manufacturing tools, many people still believe that 5S is merely tidying up the shop floor. However, there is a raft of benefits that an … Read more

What is 5s

5S is a method of using five techniques for organizing a business in order for it to be: More efficient More effective at delivering value Have high levels of safety These five methods (known as the 5s pillars) are: Sort Set in order Shine Standardize Sustain In today’s article, we’ll be covering the basics of … Read more