Making FMEA Corrective Actions

Making FMEA Corrective Actions

During the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) process once the failure modes are identified and their Risk Priority Number (RPN) calculated it is essential to determine actions that are needed, to reduce the risks or remove the failure altogether.  These...
Why use a Turtle Diagram?

Why use a Turtle Diagram?

When an organization has chosen to document their processes, it can be a daunting task, even more so for those that have to read through the documentation afterward – including auditors and new employees. This is where the use of a Turtle Diagram can make things...
Helpful Tools for Managing your Process Flows

Helpful Tools for Managing your Process Flows

We’re going to take a short departure from our regular column on standards, to talk about techniques for managing your yard better, in the spirit of this issue on Operations. Do you have a process flow that you need to follow, but find that there are a lot of moving...
First Things First

First Things First

It’s no secret that I think systems will help a shop run better – more efficiently, easier to train employees, higher profits.  Systems take time to implement, however. One of the conversations I frequently have is, “OK, I’ll accept your premise that it will make more...