The 7 indispensable quality control tools

The “Seven Basic Tools of Quality” is a name given to a fixed set of graphical techniques, first emphasized by Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, a professor of Engineering at Tokyo University, Japan, popularly known as the father of “Quality Circles.” Ishikawa was inspired by the seven famous weapons of Benkei, a Japanese warrior monk who is commonly depicted as a man of great strength and loyalty in Japanese folklore.

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Focus on the roots with STEM

When reading or studying, I tend to look for patterns. It’s probably why I innately love marketing—it involves tons of data on patterns. As a woman who runs a second-generation manufacturing and engineering company I am a bit of an anomaly, a disruption to the normal pattern we tend to classify as “manufacturing”. Mine was not a conventional path to this career, but that often occurs for women in this industry. It is not our original career destination, but we find it a great fit, we stay, and we succeed. As a group, women continue to be underrepresented in the manufacturing sector and understanding the root cause of this dilemma can help us develop needed solutions.
When I review the vast amounts of research and combine it with my personal experiences and observations, I can’t help but see the patterns giving us answers.
 
In this three-post series, I have placed these patterns into a product life cycle concept that includes: 1. Introduction stage—STEM Education
2. Growth stage—Women in Manufacturing
3. Maturity stage—Re-energizing Manufacturing
 
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The 5 challenges of data driven manufacturing

Based on the applications for big data and analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) is all set to create the next generation of manufacturing. IoT can reduce costs and improve productivity across an entire supply chain, optimize distribution, and bring about new types of after-sales service. A data-driven organization will not only streamline its manufacturing operations, but it can forecast or quickly resolve any issues affecting plant performance or customer satisfaction.

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6 Reasons why a manufacturing blog is important for your business

Most manufacturing companies tend to ignore blogging, preferring instead to invest in other marketing tactics. What they may not realize is that a blog is the only platform that allows for the frequent creation of new content in order to attract readers without the intrusion of third-party algorithms or apps. A blog also drives every other form of online marketing, like social media campaigns and newsletters. 

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Challenges the global manufacturing sector will face in 2017

The manufacturing industry continues to play a critical role in the economic future of many countries. Not only does it drive innovation and technology, one in six private sector jobs are still in or are directly tied to manufacturing. Still, that future is not without its challenges in the form of advanced technologies, new policies, finding and retaining skilled employees, and rising costs.

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