The Role of Quality During an Operations Shutdown

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In the final article of our series, we are going to focus on the role of the Quality Department in supporting the graceful shut down of operations. Companies may need to temporarily shut down because of business demand downturn, or to address safety and health concerns. Obviously, shutting down isn’t as simple as flipping an “off switch.” A graceful shutdown will allow the company to suspend operations while still maintaining the foundation for future activities. Causes of Operations Shutdown There are many reasons manufacturers may take full or limited shutdown …

Applying Collaborative Quality Software to Fix your Supply Chain Crisis

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In the third part of our series “Your Quality System and Supply Chain Disruption”, we concentrate on routines that the Quality department can use to reduce the stress levels associated with a crisis. Why do we think that is important? Frankly, no organization can sustain continuous crisis level activity. For our own success and the health of our teams, it is important that we build structures around the crisis that de-escalate it and allow us to evolve to a more normal set of activities. We know once the adrenaline rush …

Quality Assurance During Supply Chain Disruption

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In this second article in our series, we want to ignite your thinking on actions you can take that will address the crisis conditions affecting your Quality processes. Our focus will be on policies and actions that can help you meet the most pressing demand of disruption – too much to do. How Quality Protects the Supply Chain The increase in tasking for your Quality team will come from many different sources. In the simplest case, it will occur because more material is needed to support increases in volume. In …

How Quality Can Adapt to Supply Chain Disruption

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Supply chains all around us have been traumatically disrupted, placing extraordinary pressures on production resources globally. Quality departments, as contributors to those resources, are not often the first area of concern when supply chain disruption occurs. Don’t mistake that lack of attention, however, as a belief that the Quality System is unimportant. In crises like these, companies WILL be relying upon the strength of their Quality departments to successfully meet production challenges and avoid mistakes. How Does Quality Affect Operations and the Supply Chain? We know that not everyone working …