ADVANCED QUALITY PLANNING
EQES provides advanced quality planning services in the following areas:
Work instructions and visual aids are the "Grass Roots" of the QMS documentation. Provided from the AQP on a part by partand the process by process basis they build, to provide a complete training aid for new employees and ensure that processes are undertaken in a repeatable structured manner.
This is an initial study of the component/process. EQES can show how to formalise this activity in line with the following FMEA such that all process routes to be undertaken will show in the FMEA and any potential risks will be highlighted.
The Failure Mode Effects Analysis tool is used for design and process of products. The FMEA is a disciplined review of the design/process to anticipate, resolve or monitor potential problems.
Following on from information gained via FMEA we can show how to generate control plans. The control plan aids the manufacture of quality products by describing the actions at each phase of manufacture to ensure that the process will be in control.
Quality engineers have always worked to a rule of thumb that a measuring instrument should be 10x more accurate than the tolerance to be measured. When tolerances are specified to .00001 ", the measuring system needs to be evaluated statistically. By looking at the measuring capability over a period of time and with different operators, the repeatability of the equipment, operator, and the part variation can be established. These studies should always be undertaken before using the equipment to evaluate machine and process capability.
Efficient problem solving stems from systematic planned Action. EQES
can train in the methodology of
New manufacturing machinery or processes are an unknown quantity until a statistical study is undertaken under production conditions to evaluate the machine and process capability. The higher the capability value attained from the study the less rejects the process should produce. With failure targets < 15 parts per million required and the drive towards Zero Defects, machine and manufacturing capability is a pre- requisite.
Process control charting gives a measure of the on-going capability of the process, and whether or not manufacturing changes have had the desired improvements. (The check of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle). Where processes are not in statistical control, Pareto Analysis provides a focus to the main areas requiring improvement.
(C)2003 EQES Ltd. Site Design: E-Cat Partners