NPI Doldrums: Supplier Quality to the Rescue

Posted by Tom Comstock on Thu, Oct 03, 2019

NPI Essential for Business Results, Yet Generally Ineffective

New product introduction (NPI) is a linchpin process in most corporations and industries. NPI is key to competitiveness, revenue growth, and customer retention. Given the importance of NPI to overall corporate success, it’s no surprise that manufacturers devote considerable cost and effort to it. According to our most recent data, the median manufacturer involves 25% of personnel in NPI and has a new product cycle that lasts 24 months on average. Despite the substantial investment, NPI often fails to deliver expected outcomes. Forty-four percent of NPIs fail to meet all or even most success criteria.

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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Quality 4.0, New Product Introduction (NPI)

5 Reasons Why Your Quality Compliance Strategy Isn’t Working

Posted by Diane Murray on Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Ideally, compliance is part of your strategy, but not your entire strategy.  It's not enough to produce a safe product, that works as intended, and meets regulatory requirements.  Today’s quality leadership must contribute to the firm’s reputation, competitive standing, profitability, and growth.  Adding to the burden, your company’s industry, target market, role in the supply chain, size, and so many other factors intensify the pressure.  Yes, it’s a complex web of codes, guidelines, standards, and practices that companies face:

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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Compliance, Quality 4.0

Fusion 2018: Pilgrim Quality, IQVIA, and Next-Generation Quality [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Oct 22, 2018

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

LNS Research recently attended Pilgrim Fusion 2018, the customer conference for Pilgrim Quality Solutions. Pilgrim Quality Solutions is an enterprise quality management software (EQMS) company that is primarily focused on (but not limited to) the Life Sciences industry .

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Supplier Quality Management (SQM), #MondayMusings

Risk, Quality, and the Road to Preferred Supplier Status

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Just how critical are risk and quality to today’s supply chain? Recent LNS research reveals risk and quality improvements are among a supplier’s most important investments. For many, this will not be a surprise, because quality is often leveraged to determine preferred supplier status, and preferred supplier status impacts contract awards. Quality and risk are indeed strategic investments given that suppliers are even more focused on growing revenue than the rest of the market.

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Categories: Risk Management, Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Quality 4.0

Quality 4.0: 5 Considerations to Accelerate Your Zero Defects Initiatives

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

LNS Research has been tracking and influencing the market’s use of Industry 4.0 technologies to improve quality for several years. These technologies have proven to be transformative, and include advances in connectivity and sensors, data management, analytics, app development, and collaboration. LNS calls this Quality 4.0 and recommends all quality teams include Quality 4.0 in their strategies. To better understand it, read the blog post and eBook.

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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Quality 4.0

A New Definition of Quality

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Feb 26, 2018

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

What does 2018 hold for Quality Management?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Feb 13, 2018

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

7 Reasons to Insist on Accurate, Real-Time Quality Data

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Whether it’s driving informed decisions, unearthing unexpected results, enabling effective continuous improvement, or empowering collaboration; real-time and accurate quality data should be the lifeblood of an effective quality management program. In fact, leveraging evidence to make decisions is a core quality principle which makes the current state of real-time quality metrics so surprising.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Predictive Maintenance (PM)

Supplier Quality Management with Coca-Cola and Whirlpool & ABB Ability Launches [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Apr 03, 2017

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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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

Supplier Quality Management: The Rich Get Richer

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Last September, LNS hosted the Quality Executive Roundtable. During a break at the event, I had a discussion with a quality executive who put today’s disparity between the Supplier Quality Management (SQM) rich and poor in stark contrast. This quality executive relayed how his company digitally transformed SQM. The company expanded upon a robust SQM platform by including it in a Big Data initiative that connected IT systems, Operational Technology (OT) systems, and supplier systems to Machine Learning.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation