"You cannot inspect quality into a product" - Harold F. Dodge
If quality is not present at the time of inspection it is already too late. It has to be built in at each and every step. That approach makes the product much less expensive to build and much less expensive to service in warranty. That is why error proofing continues to grow exponentially.
Error-Proofing: the art and science of preventing as many errors as possible with immediate detection and remediation if and when they occur.
Error-proofing assembly operations require immediate communication between the tools, the operator and the process monitor. Most, torque application tools are controlled by the operator. This includes all manual torque tools, powered tools, and pulse tools.
Error proofing toque application requires a systems-oriented approach. If you have an MES wireless hand tool error proofing systems can integrate into your MES.
If you don't have an MES that doesn't mean you can't gain the benefits of a wireless torque tools error proofing system. If you don't have an MES, you can still gain the benefits of using a wireless system.
"Mere allocations of large sums of money for quality will not bring quality"
Highly effective error proofing systems and high costs are not synonymous. New customers are usually surprised to find that although our solutions are very effective, they don't come with very high prices. We have had some companies recover their investment in less than six months with the money they saved on rework. Those tools and systems worked much longer than six months and continued to fatten their bottom line every quarter.
We offer a wide variety of wireless error proofing systems for industrial assembly. Combining intelligent tools with our process/control monitors you can create a system that works for your specific needs. You can select the TCV or PTV that provide a simple OK/NOK 24 volt I/O result. Or you can select complete and total top down control with input on every detail while using a Global Series process/control monitor.
Every assembly operation is different and we have a system designed to ensure you are meeting/exceeding your quality goals.
We can even guide you to including our torque tool verification equipment in your assembly system so you know that every tool is within the prescribed tolerance. In essence we error proof your error proofing.
Error Proofing From A Different Angle: Definition of error proofing and some observations by W. Edwards Deming.
Finding The Balance: In error proofing "one size fits no one." To find what fits in your organization, start with the fundamental question of "How much responsibility for error proofing should be given to the tool and how much should be operator responsibility?" This section provides more on this concept.
Six Error Proofing Scenarios: Error proofing solutions all have trade offs. You can have control or you can have flexibility. Rarely do you get both. This page looks at error proofing extremes as well as the middle ground.
How Much Are You Investing In Errors? If your current error proofing system or approach still leaves you with errors you are investing in errors, not error proofing. Error proofing is about quality and it is also very much about dollars and common sense. This pages digs into that.
Understanding The Common Centerline: Not having a common centerline is one invisible place where your error proofing approach can introduce errors instead of eliminating them. If you want to know how to calculate a common centerline and why it is important this page is for you.
There is more about error proofing in our tool pages.
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