Is Now the Time to Implement an Integrated EHSQ Management Strategy?

Posted by Peter Bussey on Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

The concept of effective integration of environment, health and safety, and quality (EHSQ) management systems has received much attention in the past few years. Though, not surprisingly, the idea of EHSQ integration has not translated into widespread implementation - after all, it’s hard to break down long-standing organization and technology silos, and bring teams, processes, and technology together for the greater good of the organization.

But, several forces have come together to create the opportunity, if not the obligation, for EHS and quality business leaders to look at the possibilities and develop an integration strategy to strengthen both domains and add more value to the business.

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Tags: Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Risk Management, ISO Standards, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

4 Most Asked Questions from Unlocking Value from Shop Floor to the Enterprise: Digitally Transforming Risk, Quality and Safety Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 10:46 AM

On Tuesday, September 18, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Unlocking Value from Shop Floor to the Enterprise: Digitally Transforming Risk, Quality and Safety.” The presentation explained how integrating the critical functions of quality and safety can mean strategic value for the enterprise beyond the sum of what they offer separately. The discussion included an examination of how industrial organizations use advanced digital technologies to transform risk, quality, and safety management to deliver unprecedented value from the shop floor and throughout the enterprise .

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Tags: Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Quality 4.0, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

A New Definition of Quality

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

Over the past few months, we’ve been helping many LNS program members with strategic planning for 2018, and underlying this planning is a common theme - “What is the perceived value of quality?”

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Tags: Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Culture, Cost of Quality (CoQ), Metrics

What does 2018 hold for Quality Management?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

2017 was a challenging year for quality. Many manufacturers had to evolve their quality management system due to changes in standards and compliance requirements, providing an opportunity to rethink processes, organizations, and leadership support.

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Tags: Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

Four Things Quality 4.0 Isn’t: Correcting Common Misconceptions

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Have you ever played the game “Twenty Questions?” It’s a great game for long car rides, as I was reminded recently while taking an old-school family road trip from Pittsburgh to Maine. Fifteen hours of non-stop driving with nothing but the car radio, snacks and each other’s company means you’ll eventually play every game you know (at least twice).

For those unfamiliar, Twenty Questions is a game where one player thinks of something, and the other players have 20 questions to guess what it is. I've found that process of elimination can be an effective strategy. To discover what the thing is, it’s helpful to first determine what it isn’t.

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Tags: Quality 4.0, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Digital Transformation

Quality Leaders Explain How Customer Complaints Work for Them

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Quality leaders often view customer complaints as a reactive metric and the last line of defense in their arsenal. Though the term may seem pessimistic on a first glance, when collected, analyzed, and promptly handled, customer complaints have the potential to be a net positive for manufacturers. Not only from a metrics and operations standpoint but also in enabling closed-loop processes and driving a culture of quality throughout the organization.

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Tags: Cost of Quality (CoQ), Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

Enablon: Pushing EHS Frontiers and ComplianceQuest: Impressive Growth [MondayMusings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 09:45 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Enablon Still Pushing Frontiers of EHS Information Technology

Recently I participated in and presented at Enablon’s Sustainability Performance Forum (SPF) in Chicago, for the third consecutive year. This conference is part of a global series of SPF events hosted by Enablon. The events bring together the ecosystem of customers and partners focused on using Enablon’s software solutions to manage environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability performance.

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Tags: #MondayMusings, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Quality Execs Discuss Quality 4.0: 7 Takeaways from Roundtable Meeting

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Oct 06, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

On September 21, LNS Research hosted the fall executive roundtable at the World of Whirlpool in Chicago. LNS roundtables are day-long face-to-face events for senior quality leaders (VP's and directors) responsible for strategy to meet and learn from each other and LNS on core topics. During the most recent session, 15 quality and technology leaders discussed Quality 4.0 building blocks, applications, progress, and outcomes. Special thanks to Whirlpool, Whirlpool’s quality leaders, and to our speakers from Coca-Cola and Newell Brands for their part in making this a successful event.

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Tags: Quality 4.0, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Culture

Hurricanes Can’t Crush Digital Transformation and Quality News [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Epicor’s new CEO; Ford working on Digital Transfomration; Seeq’s busy month; hurricane effects on drug makers’ operations; and food manufacturing focus on quality.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Risk Management, Compliance, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

Quality in Word or in Deed: Is Quality Really a Corporate Value?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

Do you ever feel bombarded by quality-related slogans, branding, and logos?  It seems like every business, from global enterprises to regional companies, to the local baker, is really, deeply passionate about quality, and has been forever (“Quality in every bite… since 1872”).  What's more, they want to make sure you know just how much they care about quality.  Of course, that public-facing fanatical dedication to quality very often crumbles after a talk with the company’s underfunded and overworked quality team.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Culture