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Continual Training Demonstrates a Commitment to Quality

Posted by Tim Lynch | 9/17/12 6:26 AM

This is the tenth and final post in Kenmode's blog article series entitled "10 Metal Stamping Quality Indicators for Medical Device Manufacturers" to help medical device manufacturers evaluate the level of quality in their metal stamping suppliers. The series consisted of 10 articles, published weekly.  Each article focused on a single quality indicator.

A metal stamping company committed to quality will provide comprehensive training programs for managers and employees at all levels to ensure effective leadership, continuous improvement in quality, and greater reliability and safety of operations.

Regular quality training for staff, including tool design, engineering, production, and administration, helps to ensure that the company can consistently meet the highest international standards in precision metal stamping, while delivering zero defects, minimizing scrap and meeting on-time deliveries.

Multifaceted training should be offered for specific positions in production set-up and operations, as well as for overall operations, covering all aspects of machine operations, use of support equipment, quality, safety and housekeeping.

Quality training should highlight how every employee affects quality, from the engineer to the operator to the shipping clerk. On-the-job training is not enough. Employees should participate in formalized classroom training that includes testing to ensure comprehension.

Offering advanced training programs demonstrates a commitment to keeping current. You can learn a great deal about a company’s quality standards by inquiring about training schedules and quality content.

Read the entire blog series to learn more about the 10 Quality Indicators for Selecting Metal Stamping Suppliers:

Indicator #1 - Top Management Commitment and Company-Wide Engagement in Quality

Indicator #2 - Adherence to Global Quality Standards ISO 9001 and ISO 13485

Indicator #3 - In-House Engineering, Design, and Tool Build Expertise

Indicator #4 - Risk Management for Complex Products

Indicator #5 - Robust Launch and Qualification Processes

Indicator #6 - Prevention-Focused Process Control

Indicator #7 - Rigorous Change Control Processes

Indicator #8 - Careful Supplier Selection, Monitoring, and Evaluation

Indicator #9 - Timely and Effective Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA) 


Defective medical devices cost manufacturers billions of dollars each year - every component must perform without fail
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