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Alf Gulford
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From:Portland, OR
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posted 25 October 2000 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alf Gulford   Click Here to Email Alf Gulford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know this could be a huge question, but I promised I'd ask.

Our Receiving Inspection department currently uses good, solid (if unimaginative) inspection and reporting techniques. We know they're good because we've been doing the same thing for many years and the results have been acceptable. Now they're trying to climb out of the 'box,' thinking that there may be more efficient ways in terms of time and accuracy, e.g.; carrying laptops with current parts fabrication drawings to the inspection area(s), to be used both for inspecting and documenting (even this is old tech, but new to us).

While inspection is in my background, I was part of the old 'good, solid' system and don't know where to suggest they go to get really new ideas. No one's looking for change for the sake of change, they just want possibilities to consider.

Can anyone help with some direction here?

Thank you. Alf

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Geoff Cotton
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From:Staffordshire, England
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posted 26 October 2000 03:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Geoff Cotton   Click Here to Email Geoff Cotton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why not start with a question like.....

"Why do we need to keep suffering the on-cost of goods inwards inspection?"

Sorry if you did not want to hear that and for being a little blunt. In the eighties we had around 30 goods inwards inspectors, now we have reliable suppliers and no inspectors.

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Geoff

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Al Dyer
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From:Lapeer, MI USA
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posted 26 October 2000 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Al Dyer   Click Here to Email Al Dyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Geoff,

Work with your suppliers on the prevention side and reduce the detection side on your end.

This may take some time, but quantifying an inspection frequency reduction with the proper sampling plans will reduce your cost and improve supplier performance.

ASD...

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Al Dyer
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JAE Tech Inc.
ullysses3@excite.com

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Alf Gulford
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posted 30 October 2000 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alf Gulford   Click Here to Email Alf Gulford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies. My goal years ago was to eliminate my job by certifying our suppliers. Maybe it's time to start pushing that idea again.

Regards, Alf.

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Tom Goetzinger
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posted 30 October 2000 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom Goetzinger   Click Here to Email Tom Goetzinger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope that by certifying suppliers, you mean that you will verify that they have the processes in place to ensure that the next lot of parts you get are correct. Too many companies certify based on historical performance, and then find that when the guy who knew how to make your part left (died, quit, whatever) all you get is junk until someone else figures out how to make it.
Just IMHO.

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