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Quality, Process Improvement & Uncomfortable Truths

September 11, 2013 11:34 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Engineers speak a different language. My fellow engineers will label me “traitor” for confessing it, but it’s true. Of course, the language-of-engineers uses the same regional language as everyone else, but the words themselves have specific meaning to engineers that are different than everyone else’s.

Toyota Recalls 369,000 Vehicles Worldwide

September 4, 2013 7:36 am | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid-system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect. Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Shino Yamada said Wednesday there were no accidents related to either recall.    

China Announces Recall Of 408,000 Honda SUVs

August 28, 2013 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda's Chinese unit is recalling 408,000 sport utility vehicles to repair a defective shock absorber rod in a new setback in China for Japanese automakers. Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co. will recall Siwei CR-V vehicles made between March 2, 2010 and Aug. 30, 2012, the Chinese government's product quality agency said Wednesday.

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Ford Showcases New 3D Dirt Detection Technology

August 22, 2013 12:33 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Ford Automotive has unveiled what it says is an industry-first detection technology that uses high-resolution cameras to detect and eliminate dirt particles on a freshly-laid coat of paint. The company’s F-Series trucks are the latest vehicles to benefit from the technology, which Ford claims can detect particles smaller than a grain of salt.

IKEA Recalls Children's Beds

August 15, 2013 9:33 am | News | Comments

Swedish furniture chain IKEA is recalling two models of children's beds for repair, citing complaints over a metal rod that can break and potentially cause harm. IKEA said Thursday it is recalling batches of KRITTER beds stamped with manufacturing dates 1114-1322 and SNIGLAR beds labeled 1114-1318.

Top 5 Quality Metrics For The Plant Manager’s Dashboard

August 9, 2013 3:37 pm | by Mike Roberts, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

If you are involved in quality and operations decisions for manufacturing or supply-chain management, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that the final output of your plant is in compliance with internal and external quality standards.

Quality Helps Americans Keep Old Cars Longer

August 6, 2013 7:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record of 11.4 years in January, the latest figures available from state registration data gathered by the Polk research firm. That's up from 11.2 years in 2012, and nearly two full years older than in 2007, before the start of the Great Recession, Polk said Tuesday.

Survey Reveals Plastics Manufacturing Customers' Top Priorities

August 1, 2013 11:25 am | by Andrew Hoehn, Ray Products | Articles | Comments

"When we got the results back, we weren't surprised to see these attributes at the top of the list," said Brian Ray, president of Ray Products. "Lots of things have changed in our industry since my grandfather founded our company in 1949. But I'll bet that if he had given his customers the same survey back then, those same three attributes would be at the top of the list."

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Wrapped Around Innovation

August 1, 2013 9:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Major innovations in the stretch wrapping equipment industry can be traced back to Lantech — including the first stretch wrapper, the first automatic stretch wrapper, and the first horizontal wrapper. Lantech currently holds 360 patents, and its patent rate “is at its highest rate it’s ever been on an annual basis.”

Top 5 Quality Metrics For The Plant Manager’s Dashboard

July 30, 2013 9:28 am | by Mike Roberts, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

If you are involved in quality and operations decisions for manufacturing or supply-chain management, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that the final output of your plant is in compliance with internal and external quality standards. This is not as easy as it sounds.

FDA Warns Of Steroids In Vitamin B Supplement

July 29, 2013 7:54 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid a vitamin B dietary supplement from Healthy Life Chemistry by Purity First because it contains two potentially dangerous anabolic steroids.The agency says the company's B-50 supplements tested positive for methasterone and dimethazine, two steroids sometimes used illegally by bodybuilders.

Toyota Opens Training Facility For Quality Control

July 22, 2013 7:46 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyoda said quality must remain a priority even as the company becomes ever more global, with buyers driving on a range of road conditions. The center will initially train about 2,600 mechanics year, and eventually 4,800 mechanics a year, the company said.

Interpol Operations Net Millions Of Fake Goods

July 18, 2013 2:38 pm | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 6,000 people around the world were arrested in a two-month anti-counterfeiting sweep that netted tens of millions of dollars worth of fake shampoo in China, phony cigarettes in Turkey and bogus booze in Chile, Interpol said Thursday.

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Safety Agency May Expand GM Car Recall

July 10, 2013 7:34 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out if General Motors should expand the number of midsize cars that are being fixed under a May recall. The probe affects the 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans.

U.S. Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On Smithfield-China Deal

June 28, 2013 2:12 pm | News | Comments

The committee notice says the hearing will examine the pending purchase of the Smithfield, Va.-based company. It also will examine how the government review process of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies addresses American food safety and the effects of increased foreign ownership of the U.S. food supply.

Jeep Owners Worry About Safety After Recall Deal

June 28, 2013 10:39 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The agreement removed about 1.2 million Jeep Grand Cherokees, model years 1999 to 2004, from the recall, leaving some owners confused about the safety of their vehicles. Chrysler argued that those Jeeps have a different design than the ones it agreed to recall and are as safe as comparable models from other automakers.

Porsche Tops Annual Survey Of Vehicle Quality

June 19, 2013 1:23 pm | News | Comments

Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality. J.D. Power questioned more than 83,000 U.S. car owners about problems with their 2013 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. In the results released Wednesday, Porsche, GMC, Lexus, Infiniti and Chevrolet owners reported the fewest problems.

Food Companies Work To Make It Look Natural

June 18, 2013 7:59 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Food companies are responding to the adage that people eat with their eyes. Americans still love their fast food and packaged snacks, but they're increasingly turning their noses up at foods that look overly processed. Home-cooked meals — or ones that at least look like they were homemade — are seen as more wholesome and authentic.

Measuring The Impact: Quality Metrics And Manufacturing Intelligence

June 13, 2013 4:02 pm | by Steve Wise, VP of Statistical Methods, InfinityQS Intl. | Articles | Comments

Because quality affects every level of an organization — from the plant floor, to the C-suite, to the customer — it is far more than a cost of doing business; it is a game changer. However, not everyone in your company may understand the true value of quality.

Food Safety & Collaboration

June 6, 2013 4:51 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

I can remember exactly where I was in my life as the story broke and continued to unfold, as I’m sure many of you can as well. For those who cared about food safety, the recall — and the illness and death associated with it — was big news.    

Shuttered NM Plant Resumes Making Peanut Butter

May 23, 2013 3:20 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant shuttered eight months ago after a salmonella outbreak is back in production, and company officials say their coveted natural and organic butters could be back on store shelves within a month.     

'Pink Slime' Maker Continues To Struggle

May 20, 2013 7:42 am | News | Comments

The meat BPI separates from trimmings with heat and treats with ammonia to kill bacteria used to be widely used in hamburger, but consumers objected to it after media reports depicted it as unsavory. Many schools and retailers pledged to stop using BPI's products after the "pink slime" reports, and the company saw demand fall.

Shareholders Criticize J&J Management For Lapses

April 26, 2013 7:50 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CEO Alex Gorsky responded that J&J is making progress in improving quality standards and efficiency and returning to stores "a reliable supply" of recalled consumer health products such as Tylenol and Motrin. Some have been out of stores for a few years, cutting into revenue.

FDA Device Will Screen For Fake Medicines Overseas

April 24, 2013 1:20 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

More than a third of malaria-fighting pills used in Africa and Asia are either fake or bad quality, according to a study released last year. Rampant drug counterfeiting has undermined efforts to fight the mosquito-borne disease, which causes fever, chills and flu-like illness.

Indianapolis Pharmacy Recalls Compounded Drugs

April 23, 2013 12:22 pm | News | Comments

A pharmacy that makes specialty medications is recalling nearly 100 compounded drugs after federal regulators found potential safety problems during an inspection. Nora Apothecary Alternative Therapies of Indianapolis says it is recalling all sterile drugs that have not reached their expiration date.

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