GWC Valves International’s 5 Steps to Improved Manufacturing

GWC Valves International is a stickler for quality products. Good managers seek to contain costs in the manufacturing environment. There is no better cost to eliminate than the cost of poor quality products, having to repair products, and even encountering lawsuits for poor quality products. Scrap material and lost about hours add no value to the operations too.

In order to eliminate the waste, a healthy  approach to quality  improvements on manufacturing goods is essential.

Five steps to sustainably make quality products are the following:

  1. Use a team mindset

Quality won’t be sustainable improved by individuals. To really make lasting and meaningful change in manufacturing processes, GWC Valves take a team-based approach. By involving multiple disciplines in the search for improved quality a variety of perspectives is obtained. By considering history and group perspective, solid improvements can be obtained.

  1. Define quality from the customer perspective

Often times, staff that manufactures products want to make them better but they don’t know how. With additional cost, we almost always can make a product better. But is additional cost desirable by the customer if it means a better product life? Someone in the organization should serve as a customer advocate, bringing up what customers want from the product. Most often, the voice for customers comes from sales and marketing departments. By using the customers’ perspective to define what the best product no the market is and meet those demands at the lowest cost.

  1. Develop organizational understanding of the cost of quality

The cost to fix a defect will add up to be be much more expensive than just investing in quality raw materials. It is essential that the manufacturing staff be trained to understand the cost differences between spending on poor quality and good quality. Once employees understand the difference,  a desire to find root cause for problem solving is inherently developed.

  1. Solve problems completely

Too often, manufacturing quality improvements fix the symptoms of failure rather than the root of the problem. This can be done by adding quality inspection steps throughout the value chain. A true understanding of the root cause should be developed within the teams then they develop the ability to find the root cause of a problem.

  1. Employ strong process disciple

While improving products, it is essential that strong process discipline is employed. Depending on the product that is being manufactured, deviation without proper team cooperation and anticipation of the change could have a dire quality repercussions.

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