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Question Proper Personnel Ratio - Quality to Manufacturing

What is the accepted Industry standard ratio for Quality personal to Manufacturing personal, contract manufacturing (job shop)?

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What is the accepted Industry standard ratio for Quality personal to Manufacturing personal, contract manufacturing (job shop)?

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I think that it all depends many things and how you define what a "quality task" is. Often quality tasks are executed by experienced operators. It also depends on the culture at your company (unionized, team-based, self-directed) and the complexity of your processes and equipment. Certain lab. based equipment should be operated by experienced technician, who are sometimes managed by the Quality department. Some industries have eliminated receiving inspection.

I doubt that there is an easy answer.

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Re: Proper Personnel Ratio - Quality to Manufacturing

Looking at it more from an auditing standpoint, if you went into a shop that had 175 production employees, how many quality techs would you expect to see?
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Looking at it more from an auditing standpoint, if you went into a shop that had 175 production employees, how many quality techs would you expect to see?
As many as the management of the company thought were necessary. There is no one-size-fits-all (or even most) answer to the question.

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Looking at it more from an auditing standpoint, if you went into a shop that had 175 production employees, how many quality techs would you expect to see?
I am going to stretch this one a little bit.

True answer? 175 quality techs production employees that are all vigilant about quality.

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Looking at it more from an auditing standpoint, if you went into a shop that had 175 production employees, how many quality techs would you expect to see?
To make a little more complicated:

- type of business (automotive, aerospace, medical or commercial)
- does the production process involve laboratory testing
- does the facility include quality planning activities
- how automated is the facility
- what risks are involved with the product
- what is the responsibility level of the production employees (quality checks, lab checks, charting, etc)
- how many customers, are there specific customer requirement
- what responsibilities does the quality staff have (some facilities have QE responsible for control plan, FMEA, PPAPs, problem solving, other have made these activities process engineering responsibilities)
- what is the culture (inspect quality in, rely on 100% inspection or capable processes)
- is there a lot of rework and who is responsible

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Re: Proper Personnel Ratio - Quality to Manufacturing

Never heard of an accepted Industry Standard ratio. May be you could try to find good companies in your field to benchmark against?

FYI, If you scroll right to the bottom of this page, you'll find some discussion threads on this topic.

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