IQReport June 09, 2016
Special WSJ Report: How to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing
In a special report on US manufacturing, the Wall Street Journal highlights nine policies that could spark new growth in factory jobs and the economic benefits they could bring.
Some of the proposed strategies for getting U.S. manufacturing back on track include:
- Making exports more valuable
- Imposing a value-added tax
- Dealing with an overvalued currency
- Looking at the true cost of offshoring
- Purging duplicate regulations
- Looking at more than jobs
- Turning community colleges into career factories
- Spending more on manufacturing R&D
- Creating regional centers of expertise
New OSHA Rule Setting Off A Fierce Debate In Manufacturing
Recently, OSHA released the final language of a controversial new rule that will not only require that injury reports are submitted electronically, it will also make those records public. The law will go into effect on August 10th and will apply to a wide range of industries including manufacturing, utilities, construction, transportation and waste treatment and disposal.
A recent article on Manufacturing.net highlights the new regulation as well as why not everyone is happy about it. Read more.
Vision Plastics Selects IQMS ERP to Automate Operations
Wisconsin-based Vision Plastics has a commitment to customer satisfaction. Although they were running an ERP system for their business, much of the inventory management remained a manual process. As a result, the manufacturer would end up either running out of the materials needed to maintain its production schedule or over-ordering sub components and raw materials for open orders. To support the continued growth of its business and meet their commitment to customer satisfaction, Vision Plastics realized that it needed to find ERP software with materials requirement planning (MRP) functionality that would automate most if not all of the inventory process and provide a more accurate view of available inventory.
The migration to IQMS from its current system supports Vision Plastics’ initiative to automate its inventory control and scheduling of work centers, as well as improve overall operational efficiency in its ISO 9001:2008 quality-certified manufacturing facilities. Learn more.
Customer Video: Innovative Aluminum Fabricator, Linn Products
Linn Products takes pride in being a one-stop shop for turning billets of aluminum into architectural items and high precision functional automotive components including geared hinges, sunroof rails, and rear window sliders.. Hear how they use IQMS ERP to bring everything together from engineering concept and design to project management, cost tracking, and tool builds through production and the quality control process to finish good inventory availability. Watch now.
3 Steps to Finding the Right Quality Management System
Regardless of your industry, every manufacturer faces strict quality and customer requirements. In order to maintain client satisfaction, earn a certification or develop new business, you need a quality management system to help you mitigate risk and manage your quality requirements. But how do you pick the best one for your shop floor?
Downloading this quality functionality audit check list of the top 20 most common quality tools used by leading manufacturers. This straightforward three-step process will help you find the quality management system that best fits your manufacturing needs.