Not Following the Procedure – Root Cause Analysis

Did you recently complete a root cause analysis for a corrective action, and as a result you find the root cause as the “procedure not followed”? What was your recommendation? Was it to train the employee?Why employees do not follow procedures?Procedures are important because they ensure safety and efficiency. They also provide a framework for accountability.… Continue reading Not Following the Procedure – Root Cause Analysis

Pre-Control Charts

Pre-control charts are used to monitor process performance by comparing actual results against specifications. They provide a visual representation of whether processes are within specification limits. They use specification limits instead of statistically-derived control limits to determine process capability over time. They can be used during the initial setup process when you do not have enough… Continue reading Pre-Control Charts

Takt Time

Takt time is the time in which a product needs to be produced in order to satisfy customer demand. Takt time equals the net operating time (or production time) per period divided by the customer demand per period (or the rate of customer demand).The Calculation for Takt Time – Example 1:For example: The customer wants ten units… Continue reading Takt Time

10 Strategies for Reducing Human Error in Your Workplace

We all make mistakes, and some people are more prone to making mistakes than others. The question is: What do you do about it? As humans, we are prone to making mistakes. We might misread numbers or forget to enter the necessary information. This can cause problems in any workplace where accuracy is critical. Learn how… Continue reading 10 Strategies for Reducing Human Error in Your Workplace

Flowcharts: The Ultimate Tool for Visualizing Information

A flowchart is a diagram that illustrates a process. It consists of boxes and lines. Flowcharts are especially useful for processes that involve multiple steps or decisions. They’re often used to explain complicated manufacturing or service delivery tasks.What Is a Flowchart?You “might not” find the flowchart in the seven basic quality tools list. However, it replaces… Continue reading Flowcharts: The Ultimate Tool for Visualizing Information

Seven Quality Tools – Run Chart

A run chart is a type of chart that displays the measurement of a series over time. Run charts are often used to monitor the performance of a process, with the focus on process improvement. Run charts can be used for any process or activity where you need to track how well it’s performing and the… Continue reading Seven Quality Tools – Run Chart

Seven Quality Tools – Control Charts

A control chart is a statistical tool used to monitor process variation. A control chart is a graphical representation of data over time. It is used to detect and correct deviations from the desired condition.What Is a Control Chart?The Control Chart is one of the Seven Basic Quality Tools.  A control chart is a graphic display… Continue reading Seven Quality Tools – Control Charts

Seven Quality Tools – Stratification

Stratification is a technique used to divide a population into homogeneous subsets. Studying defect types for multiple products might not give you a good idea about the cause. For example, you may want to study the types of defects produced by a production line making multiple types of products. You could stratify your data so that… Continue reading Seven Quality Tools – Stratification

Seven Quality Tools – Check Sheet

A check sheet can be used for collecting both quantitative and qualitative data. When used to collect qualitative data, a check sheet collects data in the form of checkmarks. It indicates how many times a particular value has occurred. That way, it lets you see trends in the data easily.What is a Check Sheet?The check… Continue reading Seven Quality Tools – Check Sheet

Seven Quality Tools – Scatter Diagram

A Scatter diagram is one of the Seven Basic Quality Tools. It plots two sets of observations against each other; the horizontal axis represents one set of observations (independent variable) while the vertical axis represents the second set of observations (dependent variable). Scatter diagrams allow you to examine relationships between variables visually. Both of these variables… Continue reading Seven Quality Tools – Scatter Diagram

Seven Quality Tools – Pareto Chart

Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto originally developed the Pareto principle. He noticed that 80% of the land was owned by 20% of the population in Italy. In the context of quality management, this chart was popularized by Joseph Juran. According to Joseph Juran, this principle also applies to defects. He stated that 80% of the defects are caused… Continue reading Seven Quality Tools – Pareto Chart

Incremental and Breakthrough Improvement

No process is perfect. There is always room for improvement in any work you do. By making ongoing improvements to the processes, you can improve the process efficiency, reduce waste, save cost, make it safer or faster.There are two broad approaches for improvement: Incremental and Breakthrough Improvement.1. Incremental Improvement:The first method is incremental improvement, which… Continue reading Incremental and Breakthrough Improvement