ISO 9001/AS 9100 Calibration Requirements and Procedure

Both AS 9100 and ISO 9001 calibration requirements are quite extensive, and special attention is required to meet them. Any tiny failure in this part of the QMS will trigger questions about the impacts on the product.

This post introduces step-by-step the different activities that are required to satisfy (in an efficient manner) ISO 9001 and AS 9100 calibration requirements for control/measuring equipment used for product and process verification.

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Management Review Procedure per AS9100 – ISO 9001

The management review is usually a yearly meeting where the organization management reviews the overall performance of the QMS. It is one of the documents shared with external auditors before the start of the on-site audit.

This article will provide guidance on the key elements to include in the management review meeting as well as ready-to-use procedure and template in the download section.

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Defining internal and external issues per AS9100 – ISO 9001 (SWOT/PEST)

With the latest revision of ISO 9001 in 2015 and AS9100 in 2018, there has been a strong emphasis to understand and define the context of the organization in the Quality Management System (QMS) which encompass interested parties as well as internal & external issues and scope of the QMS.

This article will support you define the internal and external issues related to your organization as part of your QMS and the way to record this information, the priority order, and actions taken to address related risks. Continue reading

Defining interested parties per AS9100 – ISO 9001

With the latest revision of ISO 9001 in 2015 and AS9100 in 2018, there has been a strong emphasis to understand and define the context of the organization in the Quality Management System (QMS) which encompass interested parties as well as internal & external issues and scope of the QMS.

This article will support you populate the interested parties of your QMS and the way to record this information, the priority order, and actions are taken to address their expectations. Continue reading

The lean Manufacturing and Japanese culture

Some people may think that implementing TPS is a set of tools (5S, Gemba Walk, Hoshin Kanri, 5 Why’s, 8D, RCCA, 6-sigmas, black belt program, SPC, …) that need to be implemented and often they miss the point of promoting the Japanese culture (or at least lean culture and values) that is the real foundations to make these systems sustainable.

In this post, I would like to share how Japanese culture and mindset take precedence on TPS (Toyota Production System) or lean manufacturing systems.

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Time Management : Covey Matrix

You are most probably familiar with the Covey Matrix (or Time Management Matrix). In my opinion, this is a powerful tool to be used for all aspects of our lives including complex projects and their management.

Covey initiated this concept in his best seller book « The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ». The idea behind this is to divide your tasks according to 2 factors: Importance and Urgency.

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Time Management : Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture

In my opinion, this is the best lecture about Time Management. It is given by Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon University and it is called « Achieving your childhood dreams.

This lecture is also known as The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch. It gives an excellent insight into his quest for making the best use of time and I must it is powerful.

If you would like to know more about Randy Pausch, visit his website (http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/) or the following Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch.

(Book Review) Lean Six Sigma Toolbook

The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook blends Lean and Six Sigma tools and concepts, providing expert advice on how to determine which tool within a « family » is best for different purposes. Packed with detailed examples and step-by-step instructions, it’s the ideal handy reference guide to help Green and Black Belts make the transition from the classroom to the field.

  • Features summaries and examples of the 70 most important tools in Lean Six Sigma, such as « Pull, » « Heijunka, » and « Control Charts »
  • Groups tools by purpose and usage
  • Offers a quick, easy reference on using the DMAIC improvement cycle
  • Provides comprehensive coverage in a compact, portable format

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