Competitive advantage is driven by cost reduction.  However, cost reduction is a by-product of the efforts to improve quality and reduce time of availability.

Reducing manufacturing changeover time (setup reduction -SMED) accomplishes this.  It provides the benefits of quality and time reduction while developing flexibility to respond to customer changes.

How well are you doing this?  What kind of insight and advantage are you giving your customers?  Understand what are the tasks to do this.

Contact the author for more direction in this area!

Mike Gozzo

FREE Seminar: Gaining Control over Cost and Quality in Global Manufacturing: State of the Art Approaches from Design to Sourcing to Production
February 7 – 8:30am – 1pm
Speakers: Mike Silverman of Ops A La Carte, Duane Lowenstein of Agilent, Nader Fathi of Camstar, Jason Ruppert of Harmonic

Note that this will be repeated in Taiwan in Spring/Summer, 2012

Agilent Technologies
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, California 95051

Global competition is accelerating the pace of innovation and development of complex electronics systems, while forcing down price to consumers. Product life cycles are shrinking, shortening the time required for new products to ramp to volume production, while trying to ensure highest quality to avoid brand erosion. As Brand Owners look to reduce manufacturing costs and focus on core competencies, outsourcing (be it domestic or offshore) all or part of manufacturing has become an imperative.

New challenges are in play for many Brand Owners: Retaining control of product quality which has often been “transferred” to the contract manufacturer. To retain control, leading manufacturers are taking a holistic view of their manufacturing supply chain and turning to cloud computing technologies to ensure real-time multi-tier supply chain visibility while fostering an ongoing collaboration with suppliers.

In this seminar, experts will address global manufacturing strategies that have proven results improving product quality while reducing costs. The speakers will share best practices from industry leaders who have successfully implemented collaborative, state-of-the-art solutions with their suppliers and contract manufacturers and achieved results in cost and quality.

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Registration/Breakfast/Introductions
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Using Design for Reliability to Reduce Product Life Cycle Costs – Mike Silverman, Managing Partner, Senior Reliability Consultant, Ops A La Carte
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: The Economics of Diagnostics and Repair in Development, Production, and Support – Duane Lowenstein, Business Development Manager, Agilent Technologies
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Break

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: A Holistic View of Quality – Nader Fathi, General Manager, Supply Chain Quality, Camstar
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: The Necessity of Real-Time Product Quality Visibility in an outsourced High Mix/Low Volume Mfg Operation , Harmonic

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch and Follow-Up Discussion

To download presentations from this seminar, go to
Quality Presentations

Note that this will be repeated in Taiwan in Spring/Summer, 2012