TQM for any manufacturer
Determine Organizations Goals
TQM consists of an in-depth review of every aspect of the manufacturing process, from the employees and machinery on the production line to the CEO of the company.In order to do this effectively, a company must first determine their goals.
Review ALL Levels of Operation
Then, everyone is evaluated in order to find how each piece of the puzzle can be improved to meet those goals.Sometimes this means better machinery, a more relaxed atmosphere for workers, or less golf for the CEO.No matter what, each piece must be honestly reviewed in order to create an honest plan for improvement.
Once each piece has been reviewed, TQM requires the procedure for how each piece works with another piece be reviewed just as carefully.If each department of a manufacturing company is functioning perfectly, the company will still not run smoothly if those departments do not work together in an effective manner.Once again the entire company must be reviewed honestly, so that improvements can be made.
After ALL levels of operation have been reviewed, it is time for the company to revue its statistics.Sometimes problems with procedure are hidden in the files of a company.Reviewing the statistics of a company may reveal problems that a review of procedure did no show.This will also allow a manufacturer to compare numbers with how a company operated during different times.Statistics will show if a certain method of operation the manufacturer used in the past was more effective than the current method of operation.
Adjust to Improve Performance
Once all of the reviewing has been completed, a manufacturer must decided which departments must improve and which procedures would be most effective in helping the company reach its goals.This can be a daunting task.Many times companies will find that huge changes must be made if they are going to reach their goals.A complete overhaul of personnel, products, or procedure could be more damaging to a company than simply leaving it the way it is.Obviously, leaving a company the way it is may not allow it to grow or improve.
Reach for Attainable Levels
Companies should not try and change everything all at once.This could be suicidal to a company.However, a company should map out a plan that allows the company to improve in small attainable increments.This will not only keep the company running effectively, but it will prevent confusion among employees who may be confused by a sudden overhaul in procedure.Taking a more gradual approach will also allow for employees to receive any new training that may be necessary in order to prepare them for future changes in procedure.
Total Quality Management is a valuable way to improve the effectiveness of a manufacturing company.By reviewing every aspect of a company on all levels, a manufacturer will be able to identify ways to improve production and procedure.A manufacturer will also be able to create a plan that will allow the company to improve in attainable levels toward an overarching goal.