Let’s face it, with stiff market competition companies are struggling to make ends meet. Some companies beat the odds & emerged stronger, by looking into & understand their internal operational factors in order to decide its most effective way for productivity improvement. Now if your company ever faced with the symptoms below;
A problem arises in a manufacturing company where in recent weeks high machine breakdown were reported in the production floor – accumulating on average 15% of unscheduled downtime. Neville Clarke was asked to train & equip their employees with Root Cause Analysis problem solving methodology as part of the company’s continuous improvement effort to resolve process issues and improve productivity.
An organisation consists of a group of people and a set of processes running. Every now and then problems will surface within the organisation; be it a long running product or service non-conformance (producing sets of defects or rejects), process variations, customer complaints and so on. There are many problem solving tools & techniques exist in this world that the business can undertake; Six Sigma, Lean, Root Cause Analysis, 7 QC Tools, 8 Discipline Problem Solving Approach, just to name a few. Many of these techniques have been integrated to become an integral part of Quality Management System like ISO 9001.
There are some commonalities exhibited in many of these problem solving techniques. Two of them are ‘problem identification’ and ‘formation of a team’ stage – which are essential to successfully address the problem(s). It doesn’t matter which stage comes first, as long as it undergoes both stage, it suffice.
Often, inspection is needed as one of the quality control technique in industry. While 100% inspection is the most straight forward and commonly used technique, it comes with a lot of undesirable impacts, such as high cost and time consuming that makes it impractical in most cases. Furthermore, it does not guarantee 100% compliance to the requirements. Therefore, it raises the needs for sampling plans that economically provide us with a reasonable amount of protection to ensure good quality.
Continual improvement tools can be applied in various industries depending on their respective organisational needs. These tools are not only geared towards providing breakthrough improvements in an organisational process and operation but also a sustainable “Greener” growth. Tools on cost management can help organisations optimise their resources respectively while not compromising quality. Such efficiency in utilisation of resources can aid organisations in gaining competitive advantage; in line with this, cost management tools can be partnered with output management and problem solving techniques which would ensure long term business survival and sustainability.