PLM Adoption

Oleg Shilovitsky published an article recently where he noted that more than half of engineers in smaller companies aren’t using anything but shared drives and Excel spreadsheets to manage design and engineering data. I have been in this business a long time and still find it hard to believe that PLM adoption has not reached…

Process Management Tips for ISO9001 [take 3]

Process management is a big part of ISO9001-2015 compliance – this is my third blog on this particular topic… When companies take on business process management, the focus tends to be on process redesign. Process Redesign One of the biggest obstacles to large projects like process management is managing change.  A large portion of workers…

More Process Management Tips – ISO9001

Process management is a big part of ISO9001-2015 compliance. I have some additional thoughts… Configuring a Process Using a manufacturing company as an example, they have a process in place to manufacture widgets.  It may not be documented, but the worker community knows what they need to do each day. 5 Steps to Process Improvement……

Process Management Tips for ISO9001

Process management is a big part of ISO9001-2015 compliance.  As you write your quality manual, you will be documenting your processes.  It is likely that you will think about fixing some of those processes. I have assembled some thoughts to keep in mind… Get everyone on the same page As with any successful project, you…

Preparing to be ISO Compliant

As I said last week, ISO calls for your company to have a quality manual that includes documentation of all of your procedures.  As you write your quality manual, you will uncover your requirements for any needed software. Managing Documents A basic user needs the ability to store documents and to retrieve them. Beyond that,…

PLM Software can ease your ISO Audit

As I said last week, ISO calls for your company to have written procedures.  You need to follow those procedures and you need to be able to show that you are following them.  It does not tell you what those procedures need to look like.  It doesn’t tell you how to do your job.  It…

An Introduction to ISO9001-2015

The focus of ISO9001-2015 is the adoption of a quality management system.  Compliance with ISO9001-2015 is a strategic decision for a manufacturing organization that can help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives. It could also help them get more business because many companies prefer to do business…