Six Sigma + IOE: Extreme Quality Assurance Is On the Horizon

Six sixsigma-IOESigma has been a go-to management tool for manufacturers since Motorola developed it in the mid-1980s — and popularized later on by Jack Welch at General Electric. The methodology, which seeks to streamline manufacturing efficiency and minimize variability. As the IOE enmeshes itself into manufacturing processes and devices, though, and pieces of assembly-line equipment begin talking to each other, will that force companies to rethink their approach to quality assurance?

Experts suggest that given the history and success of Six Sigma, there’s little chance of it going away, and it’s likely that the approach could evolve as the data collected from IOE-connected devices offers a new level of granularity on products — including, in some cases, products that have left the plant.

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Re-Shoring: Manufacturers Make a U-Turn

Chesapeake Bay Candle never thought twice about offshoring its manufacturing when the company started 17 years ago. To make the product it wanted, each candle had to be handmade, and there was no cost effective way to do that in the United States.

Four years ago, however, the company reversed that thinking, centering its operations domestically, and betting that as the global economy changes, the move will actually save it money.

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