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Operations Process Improvement Quality Control

DFMEA in 10 Easy Steps to Boost Product Quality (& Prevent Error)

One negative experience can cost a customer.  We’ve all heard that saying, and nothing better proves the point than the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 product recall. This was an error that cost the company $5.3 million. 96 reports were filed to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, stating that the devices were plagued with […]

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Management Operations Supply chain

Operations and Supply Chain Management: 5 Fundamental Elements of an Effective OSCM System

The next product you purchase online, take a moment to consider the steps it takes to fulfill your order, and deliver your product to your door. Each step is part of a large network of complex processes. And the management of these processes is termed Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM).  OSCM looks at each […]

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Compliance Manufacturing Operations Quality Control

5 Fundamental Steps to Ensure Product Safety and cGMP Manufacturing Compliance

Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) are regulatory guidelines used for pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetics, food, food supplements, and beverage products. These guidelines ensure that what the consumer receives is high quality, delivers on the intended use, is marketed appropriately, and most importantly, is safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is authorized to carry out […]

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Management Manufacturing Operations Quality Control

PFMEA: Learn How to Remove Error From a System With This 10 Step Guide

Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA) is a methodology used to remove errors from a process. Errors are identified, prioritized, and then mitigated systematically. For instance, corrective action in the early stages of a product life cycle is ~29x less expensive than corrections made later on in the design process. This shows that early error […]

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Management Operations Process Improvement

Poka Yoke What? A Methodology for Quality Assurance to Prevent Costly Errors

Kon’nichiwa! Welcome to FAT FINGER’s blog. In this article, we’ll be discussing poka yoke.  Poka yoke what? Exactly, we’re not speaking English. Unless you know Japanese, this term will have you scratching your head. Poka yoke is Japanese meaning mistake-proofing. The poka yoke methodology is used to prevent costly errors from business operations, assure quality […]

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Audits Compliance Operations

6 Top Tools to Complete Your Compliance Software Stack

The plethora of laws, regulations, standards and ethical practices impacting our businesses is a minefield. The average cost of business compliance worldwide is $5.47 million. With companies having to conduct several compliance audits a year, this figure comes as little surprise. This is why you need compliance software to help you. Compliance software is a […]

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document management Operations Process Improvement

How to Use Document Management Software (With Our 5 Top DM Software Solutions)

Are you still relying on manual data entry and paper-based systems for document management? If you are, take notice. You could be losing 18 minutes of your productivity time searching for the documents and information you need.  Those 18 minutes might not seem that much, but they mount up to account for ~50% of your […]

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ISO Operations Process Improvement Processes

What Are Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)? How To Create SOPs in 10 Simple Steps

“SOPs also provide a certain kind of insurance. With systematized operations in place, a company won’t unduly rely on any single person for institutional knowledge or company advancement; it’ll all be codified within the SOP” Dean Scaduto, The Lowdown on Standard Operating Procedures Standard operating procedures (SOPs) in business create consistency, guarantee quality, remove ambiguity […]

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HAZOP: Your Ultimate Guide for Conducting an Effective Risk Assessment

The International Labour Organization estimates there are 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million victims of work-related illnesses every year, globally. Major workplace accidents and incidents are critical safety issues inherent to business operations. Even one small incident could lead to more serious risk pathways developing.   That is why the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health […]

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Operations Process Improvement Processes Quality Control Uncategorized

Operational Excellence: How to Systemize Your Business to Perfection

What would happen if you upheld every New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made? Every year we make ourselves promise to exercise more, eat healthier, learn a new instrument, and so on. If we always improved in these ways, our productivity would skyrocket while we lead healthier and immensely happier lives. Apply that logic to your […]