Quality Progress - October 2013 - 5
A new take on a traditional tool
ExEcutivE Editor and
even quality traditionalists can agree that sometimes foundational tools
can be tweaked to provide more effective, desirable results in specific situations.
Take 5S—sort, shine, set in order, standardize and systematize. The tool, used
to create workspace order and efficiency, certainly works in its original form. But,
contends author John Casey in the article “5S Shakeup,” with the steps in that order,
results have been known to backslide.
Casey offers a twist on traditional 5S intended to ensure positive outcomes stick.
Find out about how he shook up 5S beginning on p. 18.
For obvious reasons, reducing excess resource use makes sense—for the environment, in reducing cost and creating higher efficiency. “For the Greater Good,” p. 24,
Susan E. Daniels
details how a laboratory in Australia implemented an environmental management
system, which led to cost savings and reduced waste. An added bonus? Employee
engagement saw an uptick.
Similarly, energy management and reduction is another timely topic as organizations attempt to reduce costs and meet customer requirements. “Turned On,” p. 32,
explains how quality professionals can be involved in this growing trend.
“ ... Energy savings has become a quality attribute required to satisfy stated or
digital Production sPEcialists
of energy management and its connections to quality will help quality professionals
Donnie tuttle (ASQ tV)
contribute to these initiatives and make a positive impact on the business sustainabil-
mEdia salEs administrator
implied customer needs,” the authors wrote. “Knowing the different aspects of energy
efficiency and what influences this quality attribute, and understanding key principles
ity of their organizations.”
Finally, next month is World Quality Month—a special time to recognize the impact
and importance of quality around the world. Look for many opportunities to partici-
pate and celebrate throughout November. Or, take a few minutes to contribute your
quality story on the World Quality Month website, http://asq.org/world-quality-month/
paul E. Borawski
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Brian J. LeHouillier
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - October 2013
Mr. Pareto Head
For the Greater Good
Get There Faster
Quality in the First Person
Back to Basics
Quality Progress - October 2013