You’re a corporate quality director at a multi-site enterprise with operations spread across the country or around the globe. At some point, you’re going to face the question: how do I keep my local quality leaders engaged, and on the same page?
Many companies that have pain points around quality today are exploring different areas for improvement. Some are investing in enterprise quality management software (EQMS) solutions or rethinking the way the cost of quality is measured. These are both initiatives that can have a positive impact on quality and are worth the time and capital investment.
This week's article compilation includes noteworthy discussions on product lifecycle management software (PLM), the increase in corporate sustainability reporting, best practices for implementing manufacturing operations management (MOM), and material sustainability in advanced manufacturing.
The following articles provide advice for many aspects of an organizational structure. Both top executives and plant managers can find insight to assist them in their current initiatives. These discussions include guidelines to developing a business case for departmental integration, how embracing kaizen can improve employee engagement, knowledgable investments in energy management, and considerations for quality management software selection.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to both attend and participate in the MESA North America & Industry Week Best Plants Conferences in Greenville, SC. With well over 500 attendees and a larger portion of manufacturers than vendors, the conference had a strong variety of perspectives and thought leaders. Participants were focused on one central theme: beating competition in the global market place through continuous improvements in manufacturing operations.
One of the most critical factors of success for any organization depends on how effective it is at managing the quality of products and processes. Strategies are constantly being refined and improved to fully optimize the use of people, processes, and technology.
Sustainability, Energy Management, Innovation, Productivity,
Advanced Manufacturing Intelligence, Operational Excellence – with these topics, it’s guaranteed to be a strong weekly roundup. It seems as though the major industrial concerns and trends of 2013 that are increasingly spoken of are proving to make a positive impact on thought leadership content. Included are motivational articles, summaries, full reports, video footage, survey findings, and a book recommendation.
A considerable amount of executives today still struggle to make quality a top priority. Based on over 300 survey respondents, many large and mature industries barely have over 50% of companies currently making quality a top priority. In fact, for some industries like Food and Pharmaceuticals, the share of companies with quality as a top objective is below 50%.
The intersection of alternative and complementary perspectives has a long history of inspiring change. After speaking with hundreds of executives responsible for the managing quality initiatives across their organization in 2012 – each driving their own improvements and innovations – it highlighted the need for a platform where these thought leaders can inspire change together.