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Category: Quality Control


Process, Production, Quality Control

Machine-to-Machine Integration for the Smart, Connected Factory

November 22, 2017

Via: Automation World

Though manufacturers have been collecting information from across the manufacturing floor for decades, the cost of implementing smart sensors has gone down significantly in recent years. Meanwhile, analytics capabilities have grown extensively. As a result, today we have the technology […]


Process, Quality Control, Regulations

Kobe Steel Blames Plant Managers for Quality Control Scandal

November 10, 2017

Via: The New York Times

TOKYO — When a roll of aluminum produced at a Kobe Steel factory fell short of customers’ exacting demands for qualities like strength, plant managers were supposed to make a painful but necessary decision: Start again and make a new, […]


Process, Production, Quality Control

We’re entering the ‘uptime era’; here is how manufacturers can prepare

October 25, 2017

Via: Manufacturing Global

Service parts management is a field that has largely been ignored by the manufacturing industry. With an increasing emphasis on maximum product uptime, manufacturers must ensure their service supply chains remain efficient and optimised; but more often than not, service […]


Process, Quality Control

Introducing the 2017 IndustryWeek Best Plants Finalists

October 17, 2017

Via: Industry Week

The finalists demonstrate a commitment to manufacturing excellence, teamwork in driving continued improvements across their operations, and stellar results in response to their efforts. IndustryWeek’s annual search for manufacturing excellence across North America has narrowed. Nineteen manufacturing facilities have been […]


Process, Quality Control

Better Data Feeds Productivity

October 6, 2017

Via: Industry Week

Sponsored by Rockwell Automation. How smart manufacturing can help improve productivity, yield and efficiencies in food and beverage operations. The food and beverage industry is complex and rapidly evolving. Markets and tastes are changing. Consumers are more connected, informed and […]


Process, Quality Control

Great Lakes Brewing Company Quenches Increased Demand with Manufacturing Analytics Solution

September 18, 2017

Via: Industry Week

Craft beer is booming business in the United States, and even seasoned breweries are finding themselves looking for creative ways to keep up with thirsty consumers. Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC), an independent craft brewery founded in 1988, recently […]


Process, Quality Control

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Quality Control

August 17, 2017

Via: Quality Magazine

When we were in the city of Danyang, China, we witnessed a real-life paradox. Danyang is best known for its explosive growth in optical lens manufacturing over the last decade, sprouting hundreds of factories with cleanrooms chock-full of gleaming, automated […]


Process, Quality Control

The Role of Process Control Limits

August 1, 2017

Via: Quality Magazine

In my previous column I discussed the role of specification limits in manufacturing, which led to thoughts about process control limits. Walter Shewhart invented the process control chart while working for Western Electric in the 1920s. He created the basis […]


Process, Quality Control

Develop Partnership Agreements to Reduce Conflict and Improve Manufacturing Performance

July 19, 2017

Via: Industry Week

Venom. Ill will. Backstabbing. Vindictiveness. Mistrust. Betrayal. These are some of the most negative aspects of human interaction. And they are present in nearly every manufacturing organization I’ve gotten to know well. At its core, manufacturing combines specialized machinery, specialized […]


Process, Quality Control

ISO and CSIA Certification Emphasize a Robust Quality System

July 11, 2017

Via: Automation World

Optimation has been certified in ISO 9001 since 1996—one of the first service companies to do so. We were also among the early adopters—since 2001—of the best practices established by the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). We have developed processes […]