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 …