Can Quality Production Be Achieved Consistently on All Shifts?
Randy Long, Bon L Aluminum, USA
Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Quality Management
ABSTRACT --- The answer to this question is: if the commitment to the process
is there, it can be achieved! One of largest hurdles in our industry is the
inconsistency of quality production runs from die to die, shift to shift, and
operator to operator. To be able to overcome these obstacles, we must all commit
to following stringent process guidelines. The word “guidelines” is used because,
as you know, the smallest of details can vary, and also cause variation in gaining
consistency. A very important step is to fully assess your resources and their
capabilities – personnel, equipment, and discipline to the process. This paper will
give you ways to achieve consistency, but the decision must be made to instill a
culture of stringent adherence to the process, and accept no deviation. This paper
will cover some techniques in developing a quality culture in the personnel area,
and then areas of the extrusion practices process that should be followed, to
obtain consistent and repeatable successful extrusion production runs.
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