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Kick-starting Your SPC Program – Start Slowly

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Throughout the past several weeks we’ve reviewed concepts on how to help make your program a success by ensuring your team is educated, that they understand transition is an investment, and that everyone is aware of the role that production workers must embrace as well as management’s role.

Start Slowly

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These are all intended to help build a solid foundation for success.  However, in today’s “microwave society”, it’s easy to expect (or demand of ourselves) quick results even in incredibly complex ventures.  Today, we remind ourselves to be methodical and patient.

5.) Start Slowly.  

Don’t place unrealistic demands on yourself or your team.

Perhaps the words of the Greek historian, biographer and essayist conveyed it best for us to take our time.  Most companies with successful SPC programs didn’t try to convert all their processes at once, they selected one target area. What problem is the most costly? What problem seems to have a high probability of success? Pareto analysis can help you decide what to tackle first.

“Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.”

-Plutarch

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Kick-starting Your SPC Program – The Management Team’s Role

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In recent posts we detailed concepts on how to help make your program a success by ensuring your team is educated, that they understand transition is an investment, and that everyone is aware of the role that production workers must embrace.

Management team's role

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Naturally, any discussion of production worker’s role should be paired with a discussion of the management team’s role.

4.) The Management Team’s Role.  

Set an example of trust

As mentioned earlier, management must have faith in SPC methods. Continuous process improvement is a proven methodology to improve business processes and save companies money.  Managers must respond to chart data, rely on trusting the tried-and-true methodology and lead by example to encourage production workers to do the same. How important is management to the success of the program?

How can Zontec SPC help you with informing your management team? Register for a software trial here.

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Kick-starting Your SPC Program – The Production Team’s Role

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In the first installment of our series we explored how to help make your program a success by ensuring your team is educated about SPC concepts.  Last week we dug deeper to discover the importance of creating a culture of confidence and patience.  We also highlighted the need for training internal consultants in the process of transitioning to SPC.

The Production Team's Role in SPC

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This week we examine the production team’s role in implementing and making your SPC program successful.

3.) The Production Team’s Role.  

Your “eyes on the street”

The production team is vital to the success of the program, because they have the best view of the process. Only production workers know firsthand the current practices and problems on the floor. Chances are they have a good sense of their equipment’s capabilities and how to tweak it to make it do what they want.

As improvements are adopted, the production team will also know they are further maximizing their time.  In actual case studies, we have found estimates that clients using the Synergy Suite are saving approximately 30% of an operator’s day due to data entry. Synergy virtually eliminates data entry errors giving your team the time to focus on other value-added activities that include refining processes that are in front of them daily.

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Kick-starting Your SPC Program – Transitioning to SPC

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Last week we explored how to help make your program a success.  Your company must be educated about SPC concepts.   Now we continue our series on the 6

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Courtesy: Flickr: jphilipg

Keys to Kick-starting Your SPC Program.

The biggest challenges with transitioning to SPC can lie in culture change and gaining confidence.  These only come with the passage of time.

2.) Transitioning to SPC.  

Be patient

Don’t expect everyone to jump on the SPC bandwagon at once. Some people are intimidated by statistics. In the beginning, when people are learning process control, there will be additional tasks involved. Some people will undoubtedly complain about the extra work involved. As people learn and apply SPC methods, preventing problems will gradually replace fixing them.

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Kick-starting Your SPC Program – Educate Your Team

Today we begin our series on the 6 Keys to Kick-starting Your SPC ProgramThis is a screen shot of the Synergy SPC Software Manager Level viewing all the processes in real-time.

To make your SPC program a success, your company must be educated about SPC concepts. Show employees what SPC can do for your company. You may have to sell them on the concepts of continuous improvement and process control, as well as teach them how SPC works. Teach them to focus on the process and not the outputs.

1.) Educate your team.  

First and foremost is education.  Simply put, To make your program a success, your company must be educated about SPC concepts.

Find Inefficiency

One place to begin before you educate your team is with a study of your production process and the costs of poor quality. How? Look at the amount of scrap and rework, what it costs to replace or repair poor quality, and the cost of additional labor incurred. Consider how much time is spent resolving customer complaints. Have you lost customers because of poor quality? Factor this in as well. Then, look at how much your company could save by controlling your process.

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