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Editorial Library Category: Manufacturing Topics: Manufacturing, Production, Quality Control Title: Using an Integrated Management System (IMS) to Tame Rework Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: Quality control involves all aspects of the manufacturing process: starting with design and engineering, continuing through the manufacturing process, and ending with support once production has been completed. The resulting production environment is a complex one, especially with the need to cut costs, follow any necessary regulations, and make changes based on technological innovations. Editorial: Using an Integrated Management System (IMS) to Tame Rework 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 Quality control involves all aspects of the manufacturing process: starting with design and engineering, continuing through the manufacturing process, and ending with support once production has been completed. The resulting production environment is a complex one, especially with the need to cut costs, follow any necessary regulations, and make changes based on technological innovations. It is not too much to say that quality control affects the entire company. Done right, quality control can provide visibility and traceability. These both make it easier for any manufacturing company to reduce the need for rework of all kinds, including redesign, and to improve a company’s financial situation accordingly. What is the best way to achieve these results? It can only be done with an IMS that includes quality control. If a manufacturing company is not maintaining quality throughout every aspect of the entire organization, then it is not doing as much as it can to achieve its objectives. This means that when it comes to the details, the company cannot separate important areas such as quality, safety, or the environment. Everything needs attention. Fortunately, you do not have to satisfy national or international standards in order to integrate a management system. You should recognize this fact is actually a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you are free to do what needs to be done. You can modify existing systems or you can introduce something completely new. On the other hand, you don’t have the advantage of outside forces that will compel your company to go in the right direction. That means the reasons for integrating such a system have to be strong enough to convince decision makers within the company that integration is worth the effort and cost. The Benefits of an IMS What does integration get you as a company? Integration can give you the following things: Informal systems are formalized. The company will focus more on achieving its business goals. Profitability goes up because risk goes down. Power is diffused more effectively throughout the company. Communication, consistency, development, and training all improve. Management can better balance conflicting objectives, responsibilities, and relationships. Costs go down because duplication is prevented. This all sounds great, but it is important to understand that integration is more complicated than many people realize. You can’t just put a bunch of components next to each other and say that they are now integrated. Instead, they need to be combined so they create a unified whole. Global Applications Many companies do business on a global basis, including buying supplies from other countries. It used to be inexpensive to ship parts back for rework if the quality fell short of what was needed. Now that transportation costs have increased, though, that is just not cost effective anymore. Too often, manufacturers end up treating the substandard parts as scrap instead. As a result, manufacturers are now asking suppliers in foreign countries to monitor and measure quality performance so that they can know that supplies meet quality and compliance requirements before the supplies are shipped. An IMS system makes it possible for the supplier to use parallel quality controls and allow the manufacturer to monitor quality. That way, when either side identifies nonconformance, the matter can be corrected before the parts ship. The Scope of an IMS What should be included? The system consists of anything that affects how successful the business can be:

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