At Kenmode, we understand that zero defects is no longer just a goal; it's a mandate. We have developed processes that incorporate quality controls into every phase of a project -- from design through shipment -- so quality issues and surprises are virtually eliminated.
The APQP process ensures that our automotive customers are involved in every step of the development and launch process. The APQP process monitors more than 23 topics before production is even started. Topics like design robustness, design testing, quality inspection standards, product packaging, and more. For more on APQP, read our blog article: Why Risk Poor Precision Metal Stamping Quality? Automotive Industry Averts Risk with APQP.
CPPD is a process that ensures the project design not only meets with customers' expectations, but also incorporate Kenmode's input. By interfacing with the customer early on, Kenmode is in a position to discuss better ways to to design out failures, increase productivity, and keep an eye on quality.
The DFM process ensures Kenmode is designing products in such a way that they are easy to manufacture. During DFM, Kenmode spends a significant amount of time planning during the conceptual phases which is compensated for by a shortening of later development phases. For more on DFM, read our blog article: Starting DFM Early with Metal Stamping Companies Limits Part Failure Risk
Kenmode relies heavily on SPC, an application of statistical methods and procedures (such as control charts), to analyze the inherent variability of the metal stamping process and part production. Control charts helps personnel understand what is likely to occur next and when an unstable condition takes place requiring further study. For more on SPC, read our blog article: Want consistent precision metal stamping quality? Insist on SPC.
In order for production to flow smoothly, eqiupment must function flawlessly. Kenmode verifies equipment quality through a series of processes including: Design Qualification (DQ), Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational Qualification (OQ), and Performance Qualification (PQ).
Kenmode has implemented GR&R for added quality assurance. Through GR&R, personnel can determine the accuracy of a measurement by establishing its repeatability (several measurements taken by the same person are identical in value) and reproducibility (several measurements taken by different persons are identical in value). For more on GR&R, read our blog article: Does your precision metal stamper practice MSA? Ask!
FMEA is a process Kenmode uses to prevent potential problems or failures from occurring. It is a systematic team driven approach that identifies potential failure modes in the manufacturing/assembly process caused by either design or manufacturing/assembly process deficiencies. Through this process Kenmode can also identify critical or significant design or process characteristics that require special controls to prevent or detect failure modes. For more on FMEA, read our blog article: Metal Stamping Companies Adopt Automotive Industry Best Practices