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ISO 1952

What you need to know about ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001 was updated in September 2015 The September 2015 revision of ISO 9001 formatted it to Annex SL which standardizes paragraphs of management systems. The format is quite different from the prior revision. Risk-based thinking and company self-evaluation is emphasized. Registrars are already auditing to ISO 9001:2015. The clock for the 3 year timeframe […]

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Lincoln Electric Kaizen

Kaizen Event Has Big Impact for Lincoln Electric Cutting Systems

So reads the title on the YouTube posting from Lincoln Electric. We were privileged to lead this inaugural kaizen project at Lincoln Electric Cutting Systems in Reno, Nevada. They are a newer division, since 2011, of Lincoln Electric Corporation; full of bright, energetic people who design and build CNC metal cutting machines for sheet and […]

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Lean manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing Consulting

The goal of Lean Manufacturing implementation and Lean Enterprise is to deliver exactly what the customer wants, exactly when the customer wants it. This helps businesses avoid such profit-killers as stockpiling inventory or parts that don’t move, or performing services and intermediate steps that the client neither wants nor needs. Lean Manufacturing Implementation Using Lean […]

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ISO documentation

How to Tame the Compliance Beast

The trend in today’s global marketplace is a growing demand for registration to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard. Companies that are not ISO-certified may want to start thinking about getting certified. Many companies, however, view the ISO 9001 certification process with skepticism, anticipating a costly waste of time they must endure in order to […]

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SPC

What you need to know about SPC

Statistical Process Control (SPC) is a tool to help companies study their operations so they can continually improve. SPC uses structured statistical analysis to determine and control variance in a process. Studying the variances shows if a process is in control and capable to produce product that satisfies customers. This outline and the accompanying example […]

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Lean Manufacturing

Understanding Kaizen and how it can help your company

Kaizen, a Japanese word, means orderly and gradual continuous improvement. Kaizen is a broad-based philosophy through which the expectations of internal and external customers can be met and exceeded by empowering process owners. We’ve found with our clients that effective systems are rooted in clear objectives and measurements, coupled with effective application of targeted tools […]

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Manufacturing

Tips for Successful Implementations

All of us whether it is in our companies or our daily lives are at least talking about implementing something. Maybe it’s starting an exercise program, some home improvement, or a lean transformation which starts with a kaizen event for your assembly line. Implementing something new is how we hope to get better results or […]

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Lean

Becoming a Lean Company

As January comes to a close and February begins, many of our well- intentioned New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Even if we have had less than stellar success, we needn’t completely give up. This year we can show improvement if we exert even some effort. A common resolution for many of us […]

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Lean Manufacturing & Progressive Change

Seeking new ways to improve without losing what one has. We’ve been thinking a lot lately about “driving change”. Not just because our own move created many changes that required and still require real effort to make changes for the better. We have also seen over the last decade the difficulties of the process our […]

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Wire Journal ISO 9001:2000

ISO 9001-2000, Is it an Improvement?

In this June 2003 edition of the Wire Journal International, Doug Anton of AEM Consulting Group, Inc. helps to answer the question, Is ISO 9001:2000 an improvement over the 1994 versions of ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and ISO 9003?  Doug points out the notable reasons this new revision is a worthwhile investment for your company.   […]

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