Checklist: How to Prepare for an ISO Quality Audit

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In thinking about how to prepare for an ISO quality audit, some people may have a kneejerk negative response. If “audit” makes you nervous, then focus on “quality,” because the end goal here is to ensure just that.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality

Are You an Energy Efficient Manufacturer?

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 13, 2016 2:26:22 PM

Small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMM) face a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing energy use. Expertise in energy-efficient operations may not exist in your organization and employees may already have a very full plate helping the company run smoothly. Managing energy may seem like one more task on a long list of things that must be done.

However, by following some common sense guidelines, your business can improve the energy efficiency of its operations thereby increasing profit margins, securing a more competitive position in the market place and reducing its environmental impact.

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Topics: Energy

7 Important Standards for Your ISO 9001:2015 Journey

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 12, 2016 1:17:58 PM

The ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) – a worldwide federation of national standards bodies – recently updated its latest edition of ISO 9001, for quality management.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality

Brand Equity: How to Add Lasting Value to Your Company

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 1, 2016 1:21:14 PM

A brand is more than just a product, logo, website, or tagline. A brand is all of these taken together to create an intangible effect amongst stakeholders (customers, prospects, suppliers, creditors, employees, government agencies, etc.). Building your company’s brand equity is often an integral part of your business strategy. A recent Forbes magazine article rated these top brands and their value to their respective organizations.

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Topics: Business Management, Strategic Business Planning

Cybersecurity: What Is It and Why You Should Care

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 23, 2016 9:28:34 AM

As manufacturing companies are becoming increasingly interconnected, the risks to their production systems, confidential data and supply chain are growing exponentially larger. Cybersecurity should be a concern for every manufacturer.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Shift Your Business from Providing Reactive to Proactive Customer Service

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 22, 2016 3:37:01 PM

For many manufacturing businesses, the default approach in providing customer service is to respond to problems as they arise.

While this reactive method may satisfy the customer for that moment, it fails to take a more proactive approach in handling customer service issues. Instead, imagine if you could solve problems before customers had to call you. Or even better, if you could address issues before they even became aware of them.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Business Management

How to Understand the Process Approach to Management in Less than 5 Minutes

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The process approach is a keystone feature of ISO 9001 – a globally recognized quality standard that benefits employees, managers, companies and, ultimately, the consumer.

In the latest version, ISO 9001;2015, the “process approach” is highly emphasized for mangers to practice. We’ve touched on the process approach and how it fits with ISO in a previous blog.

But what exactly does this mean?

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Topics: Quality

Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) is the Next Big Thing in Manufacturing: An Entirely New Platform for Electronics

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 16, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) is an innovative process that combines elements of the electronics industry with that of the high-precision printing industry.

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Topics: Research and Development, Smart Manufacturing

What Does It Take To Sustain A Successful Six Sigma Program?

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

The implementation of a Six Sigma program in your manufacturing company can be the game-changer in your business. But what does it cost to make it a sustainable success?

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Quality

5 Necessary Lean Manufacturing Tools [Infographic]

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 14, 2016 9:15:00 AM

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that history is often made within our lifetime. Lean manufacturing is a movement established by Toyota Production Systems and is centered on clarifying what brings value by reducing everything else. The company, which transformed from a modest enterprise to the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, forced business leaders to wonder about the secret of Toyota’s success.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

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