Quality Progress - February 2013 - (Page 17)
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By Mike Crossen
DIVE INTO THE DETAILS A 20-page brochure
detailing the sessions, workshops and other events
scheduled for the 13th annual ASQ Lean and Six
Sigma Conference is now available. The event will
be held March 3-4 in Phoenix. To download the brochure, visit http://asq.org/conferences/six-sigma.
DISCOUNT IN CONFERENCE PRICE ASQ members and nonmembers who want to attend this
year’s ASQ World Conference on Quality and
Improvement can save some money with early-bird
discounted pricing that’s available through March
14. Visit http://wcqi.asq.org for more details about
prices and the conference, to be held May 6-8 in
RATE AND REVIEW Readers can now write comments and rate specific books that are available
at ASQ’s online bookstore. Visit http://asq.org/
quality-press/index.html to offer your thoughts and
reviews on any specific ASQ Quality Press book
you’ve read, or read what others have said.
PRESENT AT NQEC March 1 is the deadline to
submit proposals for presentations at this year’s
National Quality Education Conference. The event
will be held Nov. 17-18 in Milwaukee. For more
information, visit http://nqec.asq.org/index.html.
some manufacturers brace
for supplier woes in 2013
While more than 75% of suppliers said they are confident they can fulfill
their customers’ needs this year, one-third of respondents to ASQ’s 2013
Manufacturing Outlook Survey said they expect a shortage of parts or services because of a supplier problem.
To head off potential supplier problems, these respondents said they are
working with their suppliers on process improvements to address volume
capacity, while more than 26% are partnering with their suppliers’ competitors. Other manufacturers said they are stockpiling parts in advance and
expanding facilities to make the needed parts.
suppliers was a familiar issue for many
of respondents said
It’s important for companies
to communicate openly
with suppliers to avoid any
disruption in production.
they have been adversely affected by a
supplier’s inability to meet their needs in the past, and they’ve had to go to
other suppliers for parts or work with suppliers to improve processes.
“Any shortage of parts or services can have a dramatic effect on a
manufacturer, so it’s important for companies to communicate openly with
suppliers to avoid any disruption in production,” said Dick Gould, an ASQ
fellow and a supplier management trainer and consultant.
“Conversely, it’s important to suppliers to work with manufacturers
to provide them with the quality parts or services to ensure a long-term
relationship,” he said.
The survey, conducted in November, took feedback from more than
1,250 manufacturing professionals from around the world. For more survey
results, visit www.asq.org/media-room/press-releases/2012/
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - February 2013
Mr. Pareto Head
The Right Blend
Lessons in Labeling
Know the Why
Don’t Lose Patients
3.4 per Million
Quality in the First Person
Six Sigma Resource Guide
Back to Basics
Quality Progress - February 2013