5 Times to Change Your Supplier Quality Management Strategy

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” as the saying goes. But what if it is broken? LNS survey data shows 79% of 699 surveyed companies claim that Supplier Quality Management (SQM) is not automated with software. 50% believe that SQM is the quality process most critical to their company’s success, but 41% say that it is their least mature quality process. Those numbers grabbed our attention - quality leaders and change-agents need to focus on this process area.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supplier Quality Management (SQM)

Tech Buzz, EHS Superstar, and Planning for that Trip to Mars: [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Oct 02, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as EtQ showing off solution integration; GE releases WIP Solution; chem company earns “Healthy Worksite” certification; and sensors in space with humans.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Compliance, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

The Affordable Care Act and Supplier Quality Management

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

The focus of industry over the past several seasons has been on disruption – both the potential for a company to disrupt and rapidly grow, and the fear of being disrupted by an unexpected competitor or unexpectedly powerful competitor.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Cloud, Big Data, Supplier Quality Management (SQM)

Is Supplier Quality Management Disruptive?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Supplier Quality Management (SQM) is a top of mind consideration for quality leaders across industries. When done properly, aligned with best practices, it can also provide substantial increases in departmental, operational, and financial performance. Earlier we discussed the changing role of technology in SQM and introduced possibility of SQM technology as a disrupter.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

The Changing Importance of Technology in Supplier Quality Management

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Supplier Quality Management (SQM) is a top of mind concern for Quality leaders. In recent years it has grown in importance, and today quality leaders have disruptive new technologies at their disposal to achieve market leadership.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supplier Quality Management (SQM)

How To Tackle Supplier Quality Management in the GEC Meeting

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

It’s no secret that suppliers have become increasingly vital to quality and organizational success. Increases in outsourcing, globalization, and product complexity are three long-term drivers that have increased the role of suppliers as well as the assumption of increased supplier-generated risk.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supplier Quality Management (SQM)

Quality, to Infinity and Beyond at Infusion 2014

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Recently LNS Senior Associate Mehul Shah and I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at Infusion 2014 in sunny Marina Del Rey near Los Angeles, CA. The event, a semiannual manufacturing intelligence conference held by InfinityQS, shows users of the software how to give their metrics meaning, identify areas for improvement, and turn manufacturing information into actionable data.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Conflicted on Conflict Minerals? Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

There’s been increasing talk about incoming conflict mineral reporting requirements among manufacturers across the U.S.–not to mention suppliers around the globe–and the impacts these rules are going to create. And that’s understandable. After all, the new requirements are going to have a seismic effect on how manufacturers do business and achieve visibility and traceability across their entire supply chains.

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Tags: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Compliance, Traceability

A Lesson in Risk-Based Supplier Quality Management [Executive Q&A]

Posted by Mike Roberts on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Case Study, Supplier Quality Management (SQM)

Why Supplier Relationships and Defining Quality Matter [Executive Q&A]

Posted by Mike Roberts on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

While managing supplier quality may be equally as important as it was a decade or two ago, it’s becoming an increasingly challenging task as today’s economy continues to globalize. More often than not, behind every company producing a complex product there’s a complex supply chain. This growing number of factors to manage can be overwhelming and even detrimental to quality. Fortunately, many market leaders have figured it out.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Case Study, Supplier Quality Management (SQM)