I Quality Improvement: Building a Foundation for Lean Efficiency Improvements


Processes exhibit a life cycle. They start with a design concept, move into development and are verified against product and process requirements before manufacturing starts. During the development stage, process stability and capability must be demonstrated before the product and supporting process are released into production since both contribute to a foundation upon which all other improvements take hold. Unfortunately, many organizations embark on efficiency improvements without considering the current quality (e.g. stability and capability) of their existing processes validated during the development phase. This oversight may jeopardize the integrity ...

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