It still surprises us that manufacturing companies aren’t more proactive about implementing SPC. Instead, we get quality managers contacting us because their customers have demanded they establish a proper process monitoring system, rather than because they want to actively improve what they do and ultimately cut costs for the business. Why leave it till you’re at the point of being forced into SPC when it will save your company thousands of pounds? It doesn’t make sense!
I guess there are all kinds of reasons why companies choose to put off introducing SPC; Lack of time or funds, fear of anything maths- or stats-related, and even fear of failure (though with SPC, you’re onto a sure thing). But for every excuse, I can give you a valid counter-argument. With a view to addressing any reservations you might have about whether SPC will work for your organisation, I’ve created a new white paper entitled ‘Our customers want us to do it’. Please feel free to download it here, then email me if you’d like to discuss any of the points raised – I’m always up for a good debate!