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Continuous improvement of the quality reporting system of a medium-size company
Author(s): Anthony Hawkins; Spencer Onuh
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Paper Abstract

Many companies are faced with quality improvement issues on a daily basis but their response to this problem varies. This paper discusses the improvement in the defect reporting system at a medium sized manufacturing company following the appointment of an experienced, motivated, design engineer to be dedicated to that task. It sets out the situation that the engineer inherited and details the changes that were incorporated; it assesses which were successful and which failed. Following a survey of current literature, it was seen that there is little written specifically on the subject of audited defect reporting. It is felt that this study goes some way to filling that void. A successful survey of engineering companies in Southern Hampshire reinforces the principle findings, that the emphasising of the Check part of Demming's Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle is a novel approach to the Quality Improvement Process, and that it has reduced the cost of rework by an audited 80% in a period of two years.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4566, Internet-based Enterprise Integration and Management, (1 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443134
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony Hawkins, Aeromatic-Fielder Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Spencer Onuh, Univ. of Portsmouth (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4566:
Internet-based Enterprise Integration and Management
Angappa Gunasekaran; Yahaya Y. Yusuf, Editor(s)

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