Implementing A Quality Systems Management Program
1.1 WHAT IS QUALITY MANAGEMENT?
1.1.1 When a company
does not have a formal, disciplined quality management system, they are undoubtedly experiencing higher cost and
lost revenues due to inefficiencies created by higher than necessary rework and/or waste. This higher cost is
frequently attributed to low productivity, while in fact it is a direct result of lack of
1.1.2 This lack
of quality subtracts directly from profits and slows down production and delivery of a service. This may result in
lost business because of schedule delays or an inability to meet contractual requirements.
1.1.3 This document is
to intended to be inclusive of a wide range of quality issues which could adversely affect business, so I wish to
expose you to a large range of these concepts even if they do not appear to be the case at
1.2 WHAT CAUSES THESE PROBLEMS?
1.2.1 There are many
contributors to poor quality, all of which have a direct, negative impact on a firm's bottom line. They fall into
two general categories:
Administrative/Control Issues, and
188.8.131.52 Production and/or
Service Delivery Problems
1.3 ADMINISTRATIVE/CONTROL ISSUES
Administrative/control issues set the stage for quality problems which manifest themselves during the production
and/or service delivery process. These Administrative/control issues include:
or Unclear Definition of the Customer's Requirements. Unless the customer's requirements are clearly defined and
understood, the end result will be unsatisfactory.
184.108.40.206Marginal Design. Quality and
“producability” and deliverability must be designed into a product or service from the conceptual phase. Marginal
design provides opportunity for error which all too often is turned into defective product or
220.127.116.11Use of Sub-Standard
Suppliers. Sub standard suppliers degrade the end item and detract from the overall quality of the final product or
18.104.22.168Inadequate Process Control.
Inadequate process control permits the production and/or service delivery of borderline product or service or the
delivery of sub standard service.
22.214.171.124Training. Untrained employees
unintentionally create quality problems which become self perpetuating.
What happens as a result of NOT having
proper administrative controls?
1.4 PRODUCTION AND/OR SERVICE DELIVERY PROBLEMS
1.4.1 Production and/or
service delivery problems are the end result of the neglect from the product and/or service delivery design phase
through the production and/or service delivery process. All of the following issues add cost to the product or
service without adding benefit.
Productivity. Efficiency drops as personnel are forced to spend time fixing problems that should have been avoided
in the first place.
126.96.36.199Scrap. Scrap is the most
visible and in many ways the most debilitating to an organization because it is a drain on the resources of the
organization. It means that all of the labor, material, machine time and other direct and indirect assignable costs
that were spent to produce an item must be scrapped due to some quality problem. The cost of scrap cannot be
recovered. This can take the form of extra fuel or excess wear and tear on company equipment as well as scrap in
the manufacturing sense.
188.8.131.52Waste. Waste adds cost
through material that is left over and can't be used, e.g. materials removed during the production process, and
lengths of wood metal shavings removed during a machining process, lengths of bar stockthat are left over and too
short too use. This can be minimized through proper planning and design.
184.108.40.206Rework. This is the cost
incurred to modify a product that does not currently meet the standard. The modification makes the part meet the
print or standard. (e.g. drilling a hole that was missing.) The part will then be indistinguishable from one that
was fabricated correctly, but the cost incurred by the rework must be absorbed as part of the cost of
220.127.116.11Repair. Repair is an
operation that makes the part useable, although the finished product doesn't match the original drawing, blue print
or standard. (e.g. fill a hole that was drilled in error.) The part is useable, but clearly has an irregularity
that doesn't match the print. The cost of the repair must be absorbed and sometimes the sell price must be reduced
as a concession to the customer.
1.5 The production
and/or service delivery problems outlined above create secondary issues which add still more cost without adding
value. For example:
This cost is often buried under the total cost of inspection, but clearly is an added burden caused by the failure
of the component to pass inspection the first time.
1.5.2 Shipping And
Repacking. Shipping and repacking costs for returned goods are an added expense brought about by poor
1.5.3 Warranty. Costs
to perform warranty not covered under any of the headings above.
Adjustments. Adjustments made to accounts receivable to compensate for returned goods or, in this case, possibly
lost or damaged goods.
Adjustments made to price to compensate the customer for quality problems.
Material. This is the cost to re-procure and stock replacement material.
Overhead. Purchasing overhead required to procure replacement material. (Include planned
1.6 Every dollar
incurred by the cost of poor quality is subtracted directly from profit. It is not uncommon for companies to have a
cost of poor quality in the range of 4 to 8 percent of total revenues. while their profit margin is only 2 to
2.0 ACTION PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTING A QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM.
2.1 Develop a quality
policy and ensure that it is understood, implemented and maintained at all levels of the
The Quality Policy must be relevant to the company's goals as a whole, and to the expectations and
needs of the customers.
2.2 Develop an
organization chart which clearly depicts the quality organization and where it fits within the company's management
2.2.1 The organization
chart must show lines of authority and responsibility, including any dotted line relationships. (There are
formal communications that take place between functional positions that are indicated by dotted lines; but these
lines do not transmit directives or authority.)
2.2.2 Define the
written authority and the interrelation of personnel who manage, perform, and verify work affecting
2.2.3 Define the
organizational freedom and authority of those people who:
18.104.22.168 initiate action to
prevent the occurrence of any nonconformities relating to product, process, or the quality
22.214.171.124 identify and
record any problems relating to the product, process, or quality system;
recommend, or provide solutions through designated channels;
126.96.36.199 verify the
implementation of solutions;
188.8.131.52 control further
processing, delivery, or installation of nonconforming product until the deficiency or unsatisfactory condition has
2.2.4 Identify all of
the resources required for:
184.108.40.206 Management of the
220.127.116.11 Performance of
Quality System work, and
activities, including quality audits, ensuring that the proper resources will be assigned or
18.104.22.168 Ensuring that
the quality personnel are properly trained.
2.3 Determine the
responsible person who as a member of management, irrespective of other responsibilities, shall have defined
2.3.1 Ensuring that a
quality system is established, implemented, and maintained.
2.3.2 Reporting on the
performance of the quality system to the company's management for review and as a basis for improvement of the
2.3.3 Developing a
position description for the management representative who will be responsible for quality, including external
matters relating to the quality system.
2.4 Establish a
schedule for executive review of the Quality system. Ensure that records are kept of this periodic
2.5 Establish, document
and maintain a quality system that meets the needs defined in 2.1.1 and ensures that outcome of the system
conforms to specified requirements. This system should be driven by the expectations of the company’s
2.6 Prepare a
quality manual that meets the requirements of the appropriate quality standard, ensuring that the quality manual
includes or makes reference to the quality system procedures.
2.6.1 This should
include an outline of the structure of the documentation used in the quality system.
2.7 Prepare documented
procedures consistent with the appropriate quality standard and the company's stated quality
implement the quality system with it's documented procedures and checklists.
2.8.1 The range and
detail of the procedures that form the company’s quality system depend on the complexity of the work, the methods
used and the skills and training needed by the personnel involved in carrying out the activity. Procedures may make
reference to work instructions that define how an activity is performed. Additionally, checklists, which provide
mutual support for procedures, are an effective method for defining and documenting individual steps many
2.9 Develop a quality
plan that defines how the quality requirements will be met.
2.9.1 The plan must be
consistent with the company's other requirements and shall be in a format suitable for the company’s mode of
2.10 Ensure the
following activities, as appropriate, are considered in meeting the specified requirements for products, projects
2.10.1 The preparation
of quality plans. The quality plans referred to may be in the form of a reference to the appropriate documented
procedures that form an integral part of the quality system;
identification and acquisition of any controls, processes, equipment (including inspection checklists and test
equipment), fixtures, resources, and skills that may be needed to achieve the required quality;
the compatibility of the design, the production process, installation, servicing, inspection, and test procedures,
and the applicable documentation;
updating, as necessary, of quality control, inspection, and testing techniques, including the development of new
identification of any measurement requirement involving capability that exceeds the known state of the art, in
sufficient time for the needed capability to be developed;
identification of suitable verification at appropriate stages in the realization of product or
clarification of standards of acceptability for all features and requirements, including those which contain a
identification and preparation of quality records.
2.11 Establish and
maintain documented procedures for contract review and for the coordination of these activities.
procedures so that before submission of a tender, or at the acceptance of a contract or order (statement of
requirement), the tender, contract, or order is reviewed to ensure that:
2.12.1 The requirements
are adequately defined and documented; where no written statement of requirement is available for an order received
by verbal means, ensure that the order requirements are agreed to before their acceptance;
2.12.2 Any differences
between the contract or accepted order requirements and those in the tender are resolved;
2.12.3 The company has
the capability to meet the contract or accepted order requirements.
2.13 Define, through a
written procedure, how an amendment to a contract is made and correctly transferred to the functions concerned
within the organization.
2.14 Ensure the records
of contract reviews are maintained, and that channels for communication and interfaces within the organization have
Establish and maintain documented procedures to control and verify the design of the product or
service in order to ensure that the specified requirements are met.Prepare plans for each design and
The plans should describe or reference:
2.15.1 Design and
development activities, and define responsibility for their implementation. The design and development activities
should be assigned to qualified personnel equipped with adequate resources. The procedure should require that the
plans be updated, as the design evolves.Define the organizational and technical interfaces between different groups
which input into the design process.
2.15.2 Define the
necessary information that must be documented, transmitted, and regularly reviewed.
2.16 Identify, and
document design-input requirements relating to the product, including applicable statutory and regulatory
2.17 Review these
requirements for adequacy and make sure the results of any contract review are taken into
incomplete, ambiguous, or conflicting requirements with those responsible for imposing these
requirements. Ensure that design output is documented and expressed in terms that can be verified and
validated against design-input requirements.
Ensure that the design output:
2.17.2 Meets the
2.17.3 Contains or make
reference to acceptance criteria;
2.17.4 Identifies those
characteristics of the design that are crucial to the safe and proper functioning of the product (e.g., operating,
storage, handling, maintenance, and disposal requirements)
2.17.5 The procedure
should ensure that design-output documents are reviewed before release.
2.18 Ensure that
at appropriate stages of design, formal documented reviews of the design results are planned and
2.18.1 Participants at
each design review should include representatives of all functions concerned with the design stage being reviewed,
as well as other specialist personnel, as required. Records of such reviews must be
Develop a design verification procedure that will ensure that the design-stage output meets the
design-stage input requirements.
design-verification measures must be recorded and may include:
22.214.171.124 Comparing the
new design with a similar proven design, if available,
tests and demonstrations, and
126.96.36.199 Reviewing the
design-stage documents before release.
2.20 Establish a design
validation procedure that ensures product or service conforms to defined user needs and/or
2.21 Design validation
follows successful design verification ( 2.19), and is normally performed under defined operating
2.21.1 Validation is
normally performed on the final product, but may be necessary in earlier stages prior to product
2.21.2 Multiple validations
may be performed if there are different intended uses.
2.22 Establish a
procedure that ensures all design changes and modifications are identified, documented, reviewed, and approved by
authorized personnel before their implementation.
2.23 Establish and
maintain documented procedures to control all documents and data that relate to the requirements of the appropriate
quality systems standard, including, to the extent applicable, documents of external origin such as standards and
2.23.1 These documents
and data can be in the form of any type of media, such as hard copy or electronic media.
2.24 Develop a
procedure that ensures all documents and data will be reviewed and approved for adequacy by authorized personnel
prior to issue.
Establish a master list or equivalent document-control procedure identifying the current
revision status of documents.
This master list should be readily available to preclude the use of invalid and/or obsolete documents. In addition
this control must ensure that:
2.25.1 The pertinent
issues of appropriate documents are available at all locations where operations essential to the effective
functioning of the quality system are performed;
and/or obsolete documents are promptly removed from all points of issue or use, or otherwise assured against
obsolete documents retained for legal and/or knowledge-preservation purposes are suitably
Develop a procedure that ensures changes to documents and data will be reviewed and approved by
the same functions/organizations that performed the original review and approval, unless specifically
The designated functions/organizations must have access to pertinent background information upon which to base
their review and approval. Where practicable, the nature of the change should be identified in the document or the
Establish and maintain documented procedures and checklists to ensure that purchased product or
service conforms to specified requirements.
Generate procedures and checklists for the company that will:
2.27.1 Evaluate and
select suppliers on the basis of their ability to meet requirements including the quality system and any specific
quality-assurance requirements;Define the type and extent of control exercised by the company over subcontractors.
This should be dependent upon the type of product or service, the impact of subcontracted product or service on the
quality of final product, and, where applicable, on the quality audit reports, quality records and/or quality
checklists of the previously demonstrated capability and performance of subcontractors;
2.27.2 Establish and maintain
quality records of acceptable subcontractors.
2.28 Develop purchasing
documents that contain data clearly describing the product ordered, including where
2.28.1 The type, class,
grade, or other precise identification;
2.28.2 The title
or other positive identification, and applicable issues of specifications, drawings, process
instructions, and other relevant technical data, including requirements for approval or
product, procedures, process equipment, and personnel;
2.28.5 The title,
number, and issue of the quality-system standard to be applied.
that the purchasing procedure requires review and approval of purchasing documents for adequacy prior to
2.29 Develop a
procedure for those occasions when the company proposes to verify purchased product at the subcontractor's
The procedure should specify verification arrangements and the method of product release in the
2.30 Develop a
procedure that will permit the customer or the customer's representative to verify at the subcontractor's premises
and the company's premises that subcontracted product conforms to specified requirements.
verification will not be used by the company as evidence of effective control of quality by the
2.30.2 Nor will
verification by the customer absolve the company of the responsibility to provide acceptable
2.30.3 Nor will it
preclude subsequent rejection by the customer.
2.31 Establish and
maintain documented procedures for the control of verification, storage, and maintenance of customer-supplied
product provided for incorporation into the supplies or for related activities.
2.31.1 The procedure
must ensure that any such product that is lost, damaged, or is otherwise unsuitable for use will be recorded and
reported to the customer.
2.31.2 The procedure
must clearly state that verification by the company does not absolve the customer of the responsibility to provide
2.32 Develop a
procedure or checklist, if appropriate, to establish and maintain documented processes for identifying the product
or service by suitable means from receipt or acceptance and during all stages of production, delivery, and
2.33 If traceability is
a specified requirement, the procedure must include provisions for unique identification and recording of
individual products or batches.
procedures that identify and plan the production, installation, and servicing processes which directly affect
quality and ensure that these processes are carried out under controlled conditions.
Controlled conditions include the following:
procedures and/or checklists defining the manner of production, installation, and servicing, where the absence of
such procedures could adversely affect quality;
2.34.2 Use of
suitable production, installation, and servicing equipment or procedures/checklists, and a suitable working
with reference standards/codes, quality plans, and/or documented procedures;
and control of suitable process parameters and product characteristics;
approval of processes, checklists, and equipment, as appropriate;
for workmanship, which shall be stipulated in the clearest practical manner (e.g., written standards, checklists,
representative samples, or illustrations);
maintenance of equipment to ensure continuing process capability.
2.34.8 Where the
results of processes cannot be fully verified by subsequent inspection and testing of the product or service and
where, for example, processing deficiencies may become apparent only after the product is in use or the service
completed, the processes shall be carried out by qualified operators and/or require continuous monitoring and
control of process parameters to ensure that the specified requirements are met.
188.8.131.52 The written
procedures must include requirements for any qualification of process operations, including associated equipment,
checklists and personnel.
184.108.40.206 The procedure
must also require that records be maintained for qualified processes, checklists, equipment, and personnel, as
2.35 Establish and
maintain documented procedures and checklists for inspection and testing activities in order to verify that the
specified requirements for the product or service are met.
Detail in the documented procedures (quality plan), all required inspection and testing, and
the records to be established.
2.36 Develop a
procedure that ensures incoming product or process is not used or processed until it has been inspected or
otherwise verified as conforming to specified requirements.
2.36.1 Verification of
the specified requirements must be in accordance with the quality plan and/or documented
determining the amount and nature of receiving inspection, consideration shall be given to the amount of control
exercised at the subcontractor's premises and the recorded evidence of conformance provided
Where incoming item is released for urgent production or delivery purposes prior to
verification, it shall be positively identified and recorded in order to permit immediate recall and replacement in
the event of nonconformity to specified requirements.
2.37 Develop written
procedures that will define how to:
2.37.1 Inspect and test
the product or service as required by the quality plan and/or documented procedures;
2.37.2 Hold product or
service until the required inspection and tests have been completed or necessary reports have been received and
verified, except when product or service is released under positive-recall procedures.
2.38 Establish a
procedure to carry out all final inspection and testing of the product or service to complete the evidence of
conformance of the finished product or service to the specified requirements.
The quality plan and/or documented procedures and checklists for final inspection and testing
of product or procedures shall require that all specified inspection and tests, including those specified
either on receipt of product, delivery of service or in-process, have been carried out and that the results
meet specified requirements. The procedure should ensure that no product or service will be dispatched until
all the activities specified in the quality plan and/or documented procedures have been satisfactorily
completed and the associated data and documentation are available and authorized.
Develop a procedure or checklist to establish and maintain records which provide evidence that
the product has been inspected and/or tested.
These records shall show clearly whether the product or service has passed or failed the inspections and/or tests
according to defined acceptance criteria. Where the product or service fails to pass any inspection and/or test,
the procedures for control of nonconforming product shall apply. If the procedure or checklist was appropriately
applied and the produce or service is deficient then the procedure or checklist should be reviewed for modification
to insure that in the future the procedure or checklist will elicit a satisfactory result. The procedure or
checklist should require records that identify the inspection authority responsible for the release of product or
Establish and maintain documented procedures or
checklist to control, calibrate, and maintain inspection, measuring, and test equipment, test software and
checklists used by the company to demonstrate the conformance of product or service to the specified
The procedure should ensure that:
Inspection, measuring, and test equipment and/or procedures and checklists will be used in
a manner which ensures that the measurement uncertainty is known and is consistent with the required measurement
2.40.2 Where test
software, comparative references such as test hardware, procedures or checklists are used as suitable forms of
inspection, they will be checked to prove that they are capable of verifying the acceptability of product or
service, prior to release for use during production, installation, or servicing, and will be rechecked at
company will establish the extent and frequency of such checks and will maintain records as evidence of
2.40.4 Where the
availability of technical data pertaining to the measurement equipment is a specified requirement, such data will
be made available, when required by the customer or customer's representative, for verification that the measuring
equipment is functionally adequate.
2.41 Develop testing
2.41.1 Determine the
measurements to be made and the accuracy required,
2.41.2 Select the
appropriate inspection, measuring, procedures, checklists, and/or test equipment, that is capable of the necessary
accuracy and precision;
2.41.3 Identify all
inspection, measuring, procedures, checklists, and test equipment that can affect product
2.41.4 Calibrate and
adjust them at prescribed intervals, or prior to use, against certified equipment having a known valid relationship
to internationally or nationally recognized standards. Where no such standards exist, the basis used for
calibration will be documented;
2.41.5 Define the
process employed for the calibration of inspection, measuring, and test equipment, including details of equipment
type, unique identification, location, frequency of checks, check method, acceptance criteria, and the action to be
taken when results are unsatisfactory;
inspection, measuring, procedures, checklists, and test equipment with a suitable indicator or approved
identification record to show the calibration status;
calibration records for inspection, measuring, and test equipment 2.40)
2.41.8 Assess and
document the validity of previous inspection and test results when inspection, measuring, and test equipment is
found to be out of calibration;
2.41.9 Ensure that the
environmental conditions are suitable for the calibrations, inspections, measurements, and tests being carried
2.41.10 Ensure that the
handling, preservation, and storage of inspection, measuring, and test equipment is such
2.41.11 The accuracy
and fitness for use are maintained;
inspection, measuring, and test facilities, including both test hardware and test software, from adjustments which
would invalidate the calibration setting.
2.42 Develop a
procedure and checklists that will identify the inspection and test status of product by suitable
2.42.1 This procedure
or checklist will indicate the conformance or nonconformance of product or service with regard to inspection and
procedure or checklist will require the identification of inspection and test status be maintained, as defined in
the quality plan and/or documented procedures, throughout production, installation, servicing, and or
delivery of the product or service to ensure that only product or service that conforms to the required
inspections and tests [or released under an authorized concession is dispatched, used, or
2.43 Establish and
maintain documented procedures and checklists to ensure that product or service that does not conform to specified
requirements is prevented from unintended use or installation or erroneous delivery.
2.44 This control shall
provide for identification, documentation, evaluation, segregation (when practical), disposition of nonconforming
product or service, and for notification to the functions concerned.
2.45 Define the
responsibility for review and authority for the disposition of nonconforming product or service.
product or service shall be reviewed in accordance with documented procedures. It may be:
220.127.116.11 Reworked to
meet the specified requirements,
18.104.22.168 Accepted with
or without repair by concession,
22.214.171.124 Re-graded for
alternative applications, or
126.96.36.199 Rejected or
required by the contract, the proposed use or repair of product or service which does not conform to specified
requirements shall be reported for concession to the customer or customer's representative. The description of the
nonconformity that has been accepted, and of repairs, shall be recorded to denote the actual
and/or reworked product shall be re-inspected in accordance with the quality plan and/or documented
2.46 Establish and
maintain documented procedures for implementing corrective and preventive action. Any corrective or
preventive action taken to eliminate the causes of actual or potential nonconformities shall be to a degree
appropriate to the magnitude of problems and commensurate with the risks encountered. The company should implement
and record any changes to the documented procedures or checklists resulting from corrective and preventive
2.47 Develop procedures
for corrective action which include:
2.47.1 The effective
handling of customer complaints and reports of product or service nonconformities;
2.47.2 Investigation of
the cause of nonconformities relating to product or service process, and quality system, and recording the results
of the investigation;
2.47.3 Determination of
the corrective action needed to eliminate the cause of nonconformities;
2.47.4 Application of
controls to ensure that corrective action is taken and that it is effective.
2.48 Develop procedures
and/or checklists for preventative action which include:
2.48.1 The use of
appropriate sources of information such as processes and work operations which affect product or service quality,
concessions, audit results, quality records, service reports, and customer complaints to detect, analyze, and
eliminate potential causes of nonconformities.
Determination of the steps needed to deal with any problems requiring preventive
of preventive action and application of controls to ensure that it is effective.
Confirmation that relevant information on actions taken is submitted for management
2.49 Establish and
maintain documented procedures for handling, storage, packaging, preservation, and delivery of product or
2.49.1 The handling
procedure will describe methods of handling product that prevent damage or deterioration.
procedure will designate storage areas or stock rooms to prevent damage or deterioration of product, pending use or
Appropriate methods for authorizing receipt to and dispatch from such areas shall be
2.49.4 In order
to detect deterioration, the condition of product on hand shall be assessed at appropriate
procedure will control packing, packaging, and marking processes (including materials used) to the extent necessary
to ensure conformance to specified requirements.
procedure will apply appropriate methods for preservation and segregation of product while product is under the
2.49.7 The company will
arrange for the protection of the quality of product after final inspection and test. Where contractually
specified, this protection shall be extended to include delivery to destination.
2.50 Establish and
maintain documented procedures for identification, collection, indexing, access, filing, storage, maintenance, and
disposition of quality records.
records shall be maintained to demonstrate conformance to specified requirements and the effective operation of the
quality system. Pertinent quality records from the subcontractor shall be an element of these
quality records shall be legible and shall be stored and retained in such a way that they are readily retrievable
in facilities that provide a suitable environment to prevent damage or deterioration and to prevent
times of quality records shall be established and recorded.
agreed contractually, quality records shall be made available for evaluation by the customer or the customer's
representative for an agreed period.
may be in the form of any type of media, such as hard copy or electronic media.
2.51 Establish and
maintain documented procedures for planning and implementing internal quality audits to verify whether quality
activities and related results comply with planned arrangements and to determine the effectiveness of the quality
2.51.1 Internal quality
audits shall be scheduled on the basis of the status and importance of the activity to be audited and shall be
carried out by personnel independent of those having direct responsibility for the activity being
2.51.2 The results of
the audits shall be recorded and brought to the attention of the personnel having responsibility in the area
2.51.3 The management
personnel responsible for the area shall take timely corrective action on deficiencies found during the
2.52 Establish and
maintain documented procedures and/or checklist for identifying training needs and provide for the training of all
personnel performing activities affecting quality.
performing specific assigned tasks shall be qualified on the basis of appropriate education, training, and/or
experience, as required.
Appropriate records of training shall be maintained.
2.53 Where servicing is
a specified requirement, establish and maintain documented procedures for performing, verifying, and reporting that
the servicing meets the specified requirements.
2.54 Identify the need
for statistical techniques required for establishing, controlling, and verifying process capability and product
2.55 Establish and
maintain documented procedures to implement and control the application of the statistical techniques
3.0 RESULTS OF IMPLEMENTATION
3.1 The implementation
of the Quality Systems Management Program:
Identifies areas of the company where quality has been impacted due to lack of a disciplined
3.1.2 Implements a
program which will correct the weaknesses and deficiencies discovered through 3.1.1.
3.1.3 Provides a
systematic approach to controlling quality .
productivity by decreasing quality defects.
3.1.6 Improves the
quality of the products and/or services the company provides to it's customers.
3.1.7 Improves overall
4.0 OUTLINE OF BENEFITS
4.1 Increase profits.
Every dollar subtracted from the cost of poor quality goes directly to the bottom line as profit.
4.2 Improve customer
satisfaction. The customer will receive a product or service that meets or exceeds his
4.3 Enhance quality.
The quality will improve and there will be fewer rejects both in the company's facility and from his
productivity/efficiency. The work will be accomplished with fewer expenditures of hours by the company's
4.5 Shorten through
put. The time it takes to complete a product or provide a service will decrease.
4.6 Expand market
potential. The additional capacity that the increased efficiency provides may be used to produce more product or
service to the company's customer base.
Company's who are required to be certified will be compliant and ready for certification.
4.8 Lower costs. By
simply putting in place the appropriate standards described you costs of doing business will decrease. Increased
awareness of your problems will necessitate correction.
4.9 Expanded customer
base. The number of companies you can do business with will increase by your having accepted the
4.10 Improved market
awareness. The awareness of your business by people outside your current sphere of knowledge will increase
drastically when they hear or see of your quality improvements.
improvement in product reliability. On-time deliveries, inventory turnover, decreases in customer complaints and
increases in market share and sales per employee are just some of the aspects of improved product
Increased or improved business overseas or with the government. The certification process (for
example, ISO) provides a significant opportunity to establish a quality system with a disciplined, proven