|Quality and Productivity Software from Stochos
Levinson Productivity Systems, P.C. is a Certified Stochos
Partner and, as such, is authorized to promote and to present Licensed
Programs in the State of Pennsylvania.
from Stochos: "ISO 9000 in a Box" and More
Levinson Productivity Systems is professionally obligated to disclose to
its clients and prospective clients that it receives a commission on sales
leads for Stochos products. Clients are encouraged to select the software
package that best meets their needs, and links to other vendors are provided
in the Resources directory.
The representations on these pages are accurate to the best of this company's
knowledge. It is this company's opinion that, in general, Stochos'
products are powerful and effective instruments for implementing and managing
a first-rate quality management system ("ISO 9000 in a Box"), improving
quality and productivity, and managing production. Only Stochos can,
however, provide specific advice regarding the suitability of its products
for your specific application.
QMDS has all the major tools you need to implement and maintain
an ISO 9000-compliant quality management system (QMS). It error-proofs
many activities such as document control, gage calibration, and preventive
Action Reporting) from Stochos (Included in QMDS)
Information from http://www.stochos.com/quality_action_reporting.htm,
8 November 2002
Process Improvement) from Stochos
"The QAR incorporates all types of Quality issues (Customer,
Vendor, In-Process, Safety, Quality Audit, etc.) into a closed-loop system
that requires action from all appropriate personnel."
"The QAR tracks the following steps; Initiation, Notification to the
Responsible Party, Disposition of Materials, Disposition Sign-off, Root
Cause Analysis, Corrective Action Definition and Sign-off, and Verification
of Corrective Action Effectiveness."
Issues cannot "fall between the cracks."
Information sharing between management and the shop floor
Elimination of paperwork
Proactive Process Improvement (PPI) is best described as nonparametric
(i.e. it doesn't depend on a statistical regression or ANOVA model) and
evolutionary optimization (EVOP).
PPI differs from Design of Experiments (DOE) in that DOE is an offline
technique. In other words, you can rarely perform DOE on product that you
intend to ship to your customers because the experimental conditions might
be outside the normal specifications. Differences in factor levels (e.g.
in a factorial or fractional factorial design) must often be substantial
to identify key design variables, and such differences are often unacceptable
in a running process.
There is an important tie-in here to Goldratt's Theory of Constraints
PPI is an online technique that can be used while the process
is running, and without interfering with its normal operation. It
makes gradual and incremental changes in the process that, while
remaining within specification, drive the process toward an optimum.