Why quality is the obstacle to mass adoption of 3D printing

Written by Matt Bellias | February 5, 2018 | Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a hot topic.  Although the technology was invented in the 1980s, only now is it getting industry traction.  In fact, in 2017 Gartner’s famous hype cycle predicted that additive manufacturing is moving past disillusionment and into real product applications.  Many predict AM will cause massive industry ...read more

How smart manufacturers bring Industry 4.0 principles to quality

Written by Jason Spaulding | January 30, 2018 | Manufacturing

Quality matters. Many manufacturers will tell you that poor quality affects both the top and bottom line. They will tell you that the consequences of poor quality are on the rise and that social media can make quality issues devastating to an OEM’s brand. They will also tell you that they are struggling to respond. ...read more

Digital Twin: why business needs an operations revolution

Written by Matthew Mikell | May 17, 2017 | Digital Twin, Manufacturing

The traditional toolbox for manufacturing is about empty; there were few items designed for digital disruption and transforming operations. Considering Gartner estimates of 8.4 Billion connected ‘Things’ by 2017, traditional tools and processes won’t withstand (or understand) the volume and velocity of digital data from IoT devices. The time is right for a new set ...read more

Visual inspection for improved quality in manufacturing

Written by Vijay Sankaran | March 29, 2017 | Manufacturing

The challenges of quality inspection in manufacturing Manufacturing operations strive to deliver the highest quality during every stage of the production or assembly process. Over half of these quality checks involve visual confirmation to ensure the parts are in the correct locations, have the right shape or color or texture, and are free from any ...read more

Employ analytics to identify substandard supplier materials

Written by Dan Bigos | January 11, 2017 | Blog

What if your suppliers delivered materials, parts, components, and assemblies that consistently met your quality requirements? For many manufacturers this is the ideal scenario for which they strive, though rarely achieve. Cost of quality varies per industry and manufacturer, and ASQ statistics indicate there is ample evidence for further improvement. Dan Jacob’s of LNS Research ...read more

Quality control: a transformational opportunity with IoT

Written by Dan Bigos | November 22, 2016 | Blog, Manufacturing

The application of statistical process control (SPC) methods over recent decades has greatly improved quality processes globally. However, headline news in 2016 clearly indicates that quality remains a costly problem – Samsung Galaxy Note7,  Takata Airbags, and dozens of recalls listed by the Consumer Safety Products Commission. Grace Duffy’s  The ASQ Quality Improvement Pocket Guide: ...read more