quality control

22 Apr: Earth Day 2016

Every year on April 22nd, events are held all around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  This day is officially known as Earth Day and is celebrated in over 190 countries.  The goal of Earth Day is to bring attention to harmful pollution that is hurting the environment, as well as promote steps that individuals and companies can take to cut back on the pollution they may be causing.   With the first Earth Day occurring in 1970, we…

24 Nov: SPM Quality

SPM started in 1979, and its Quality Department [much like most starts-up companies], did more Quality Control Activity, rather than Quality Assurance. Quality Control Activity, by definition requires a lot of inspecting, sorting and rework. This approach is adequate in the beginning, but over time is very costly. Over time, SPM has adopted a Quality Assurance approach. Quality Assurance is a discipline that anticipates what failures may occur and puts in place the safeguards to off-set the financial impact. This…

30 Aug: Automation

A century ago, Ford Motor Company revolutionized the production industry by introducing the concept of an assembly line. It allowed them to produce their cars 8 times faster and made the work environment much safer for employees. Since then, we’ve figured out how to make production even faster by using machines to carry out complicated and tedious tasks that used to be done by hand. That process, known as automation, is quickly becoming an essential part of many companies’ production,…