5 Key Elements in Building an Effective Quality Strategy

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

In the Supplier Quality Management (SQM) research, LNS has characterized the current quality maturity of the market, identified the journey to maturity, and quantified the operational and financial value of both maturity and specific best practices. Quality leaders have leveraged this research to gain executive sponsorship, which develops a culture of quality and drives cross-functional engagement.

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

6 Top Questions from Yesterday's Supplier Quality Management Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jan 12, 2017

On Wednesday, January 11, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Supercharge Supplier Quality Management (SQM) for Competitive Advantage.” The presentation explained what today’s quality leaders must do to realize the full value of quality efforts, particularly in light of rapidly changing market and regulatory conditions.

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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Risk Management, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

5 Times to Change Your Supplier Quality Management Strategy

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jan 04, 2017

“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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Categories: Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

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

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Oct 02, 2016

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

The Affordable Care Act and Supplier Quality Management

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

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

Is Supplier Quality Management Disruptive?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jun 16, 2016

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

The Changing Importance of Technology in Supplier Quality Management

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

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

How To Tackle Supplier Quality Management in the GEC Meeting

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Mar 08, 2016

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

Quality, to Infinity and Beyond at Infusion 2014

Posted by | Research Team | on Wed, May 07, 2014

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

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

Posted by | Research Team | on Fri, May 02, 2014

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