What is Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM)?

Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is a strategy for reducing lead-times across all functions of an organisation. The resulting improvements in speed and responsiveness increase the organisation’s agility and responsiveness, resulting in competitive advantage.   Many well-known Lean Manufacturing tools have been developed for high volume/low variety, or ‘mass production’ environments. Think of techniques such a… Read more »

Common Problems with AS9145 PPAP

During my career, I have had the privilege to work for a major proactive OEM that has been a significant driving factor in the advancement and development of aerospace quality standards, one of which is AS9145 – Aerospace Series – Requirements for Advanced Product Quality Planning and Production Part Approval Process. There have been a… Read more »

Finding Your Balance

  Line balancing as a technique is most usually applied to assembly lines, where products can move easily from work station to work station in sequence, often one piece at a time. The principle of line balancing is very simple; ensure that you have allocated and arranged sufficient production resources (machines, manpower, time) for each… Read more »

New Product Introduction Essentials

The Changing New Product Introduction (NPI) Environment The environment in which new products are introduced today is constantly changing. Factors contributing to this change in NPI operating environments are: Ever-increasing product complexity Demanding regulatory bodies Shifting workforce needs Complex value chain Shrinking product release cycles On the other hand, initiatives to drive a quality culture… Read more »

The Year of Learning and Development

2020 is now well and truly upon us, and many Learning and Development (L&D) functions are putting together their plans for the year ahead. We all know the benefits of training for both the employer and organisation. For most, these are a given and few would deny the generic benefits, which include:   • Improved… Read more »

Things to Watch Out for in 2020

The year 2020 is going to prove to be a very interesting year regarding Quality Management Systems and supporting standards within the Aerospace sector. These are my predictions for the year to come. Many organisations within the Aerospace sector, including OEMs and key Tier 1 suppliers are now upskilling their own internal teams with respect… Read more »

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a methodology for maximising value through minimising mistakes. Mistakes generate costs – cost of reworking a part made incorrectly, cost of losing a customer, efficiency losses, cost of making scrap, cost of unnecessarily complicated procedures etc. All businesses have these costs driven by wastes in their processes – and the costs can… Read more »

Live Webinars: MMOG/LE V5 Readiness

Odette and AIAG recently announced the release of Version 5 of MMOG/LE. This new version of the widely used supply chain capability assessment tool takes account of the latest evolutions in supply chain processes, logistics and communications technology, cyber security and related audit standards. The tool itself has also evolved and is now available as… Read more »

Key Themes from the AESQ Supplier Forum Event in Toulouse

The AESQ held its most recent bi-annual supplier forum in Toulouse, France on the 9th October, 2019. The AESQ is a group of Aerospace engine manufacturers joined together to create the Aerospace Engine Supplier Quality group. The objective of the group is to discuss and identify opportunities to develop joint requirements for the Aerospace engine… Read more »

Polka? No, POLCA! (The New Kanban?)

We have all heard of ‘Pull Systems’ and the revered Kanban process, developed by Toyota to control production and inventory of parts and assemblies in their ‘high volume, low variety’ environment. Used in conjunction with ‘supermarkets’, the flow of work in progress is controlled in terms of FIFO (First-in, First-out), and inventory levels are capped… Read more »