Improving Effectiveness through Evidence-based Decision-making.

Ravindiran Gurusamy, IRCA Certificated Associate Auditor, offers an overview of how evidence-based decision-making can play a vital role in quality management and decision-making.   Facts, evidence and data analysis can support objectivity and confidence in decision-making – but how does evidence-based decision-making really benefit organisations and audit professionals? For a start, evidence is more reliable and…

Standards and Nonconformity in the Automotive Sector.

The International Automotive Task Force is reviewing how problem-solving and nonconformity management are covered in the IATF 16949:2016, the global technical specification and quality standard for the automotive industry. What do the trends tell us? Quality management is mission-critical to the international automotive industry, not least in the UK, where quality and innovation are key…

Dealing with Incorrect Information.

In our latest dilemma, find out what to do when a company appears to have supplied duplicate testing images in order to meet the delivery requirement. Dilemma A customer quality engineer is conducting a release inspection at a manufacturer of high-pressure ball valves. The valves are for a pipeline project in northern Alaska. The contract requires full radiographic non-destructive testing of the welds for the flange ends of four valves. The engineer asks…

Quality Behaviours

Paul Vaughan CQP, FCQI, Lead Quality Manager in Projects at Siemens Mobility, asks you to put yourself in your customers’ shoes and make quality a habit. Think about the following three scenarios: Scenario 1: Having paid good money for a theatre ticket, you find that the stage view is obscured. Scenario 2: You’ve just ordered…

Dealing with product discrepancies in audits.

Greg Hutchins, Managing Director and Principal Engineer at qualityplusengineering.com, recalls how his dealings with a serious product discrepancy on a project led to improvements across the board. The following dilemma is based on a true story, where the names have been changed to protect the parties that were involved. Dilemma We were in the ninth year…

Including Mental Health in a Quality Strategy

Ian Hawkins, Head of Content at Reconnect Studio, UK, examines some approaches to wellbeing and why mental health considerations deserve a central role in quality. The ways in which healthcare professionals and businesses approach mental health has evolved over the last few years. We no longer think of it as a straight choice between firing…

Enhancing Construction through Digital Technology

Ian Mills and Mike Buss speak to Alicia Dimas about how new technologies are changing the construction industry and helping quality managers to better perform their jobs. Digital technologies can generate value for the construction industry. The application of these new technologies can improve productivity, reduce risks and increase quality in the construction sector. “When…

Process Automation and The Quality Professional

Richard Seddon, Managing Partner at Process Management International (PMI), UK, explains why quality professionals need to embrace process automation tools in this digitally-advanced era. We all know that widespread process automation is upon us. However, no longer is automation the preserve of the big one-off IT project with defined governance, controls and standards. Recent enhancements…

Maintaining Quality Standards in Disruptive Times through Internal Audits

Youmna Abboud, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Associate at Zimmer Biomet, Middle East, explains why internal audits are required during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses around the world have been disturbed and had to revise their yearly plans, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The healthcare industry, in particular, witnessed a shift in its priorities, mostly by…