Continuous Quality Improvement by ECIMOS
Continuous Quality Improvement is key to becoming a leading edge manufacturer with sustained success. ECIMOS technology and expertise has been helping manufacturing plants successfully apply sound Continuous Improvement processes and strategies since 1984. Our clients are some of the world’s most successful appliance manufacturers, trusting ECIMOS technology as their Total Quality System partner.
Instead of waiting for monthly reports, more manufacturers are seeing the need to manage their production lines with real-time information. This enables them to respond to problems immediately, avoiding costly downtime. ECIMOS provides assembly line supervisors and operators with a real-time visual indication of their line’s progress in meeting continuous quality improvement quotas. The actual production quantity, the target (desired) quantity, the actual TAKT Time and the remaining TAKT time now in progress are all displayed in real time, and refreshed at customer specified intervals. Information for each display on each assembly line may be viewed remotely from any computer on the network running ECIMOS Conductor software.
Database Integration for Detailed Data Analysis
While real-time information is important, it is equally vital to be able to retrieve and analyze collected and stored data when considering continuous quality improvement. ECIMOS logs all collected data to a Microsoft® SQL Server® database by model/serial number. ECIMOS Conductor software then allows plant management to access and analyze that data so they can continually improve their processes and tighten their testing parameters. ECIMOS also provides production monitoring software used for anyone wishing to view the details and line status of each assembly line. With ECIMOS you can collect data from every integrated station and know what tests have been run, how many units have passed, first pass rates, station utilization, takt times, failure codes, production line efficiency, operator performance, and more. By analyzing detailed information about all of your stations, processes and operators, plant management is able to evaluate areas where improvement could made in production efficiency and in future product revisions.
Total Quality Control with ECIMOS “WatchDog” Principle
The Shipping “Watchdog” Principle is best exemplified by ECIMOS PackOut™ module. PackOut™ the ECIMOS Watchdog guarantees that consumers receive the best quality product manufacturers can provide. An all-encompassing crosscheck through all processes, PackOut is the final assurance that each unit has passed all previous quality tests. No defect gets through. Electrical interlocks prohibit final packing and shipping until all tests have been passed, significantly enhancing your continuous quality improvement efforts. For instance, if the Watchdog detected that a unit bypassed a final leak test, the shrink wrapping machine would refuse to work for that serial number. This gives the consumer a consistent level of quality–guaranteed.
When ECIMOS first introduced the Watchdog principle to our clients, we faced some resistance by operators who were concerned about meeting daily quotas. But as quality management noticed the significant drop in warranty claims, it was mandated in no uncertain terms that the ECIMOS Watchdog could not be bypassed. Our customers have informed us that, with the aid of the ECIMOS Manufacturing Operating System, they consistently approach zero D.O.A.’s (Dead on Arrivals) and have dramatically reduced warranty claims.
If you would like to learn more about how ECIMOS can help your plant implement an effective system of Continuous Quality Improvement, request free Information today