Achieving perfect quality through mistake proofing: A mistake proofing methodology

June 25, 2019 | 8:00 am to June 26, 2019 | 5:00 pm
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Non-Member Fee: $945


Francis Tuttle Technology Center Reno Campus
7301 W Reno Avenue
Building 1, Room A1020A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Error proofing workshop and tour with renowned expert on error proofing Dr. Martin Hinckley

Learn to use Dr. Martin Hinckley's three-pronged approach to error proofing and discover how mistake proofing can fit into to your lean/continuous improvement culture. During this two-day workshop, Hinckley will cover three elements of error proofing, which are to (1) simplify tasks as much as possible, (2) design and install the poka-yoke and (3) eliminate the possibility for improper set-up and the need for resulting adjustment. You will see examples of error proofing that Hinckley has collected over the years and then apply what you've learned at a local manufacturing facility.


Progressive Stamping & Fabrication

Progressive Stamping & Fabrication specializes in custom manufacturing in both hot dipped galvanized and galvannealed steel, aluminum, copper, and other metals. Over the years its core capabilities have come to encompass sheet metal fabrication including laser cutting, CNC punching and CNC breaking, machining including CNC turning and milling, along with metal stamping, tool and die making and assembly. Progressive Stamping & Fabrication serves a variety of industries, including automotive, trucks, HVAC, energy, medical, agriculture, construction and gaming.  Its commitment to excellence is demonstrated by our ISO 9001-2015 certification and its strong continuous improvement culture.


Martin Hinckley, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin Hinckley is the author of "Make No Mistake," which contains two hundred mistake-proofing examples classified and organized so that readers can quickly find useful relevant examples to their own quality control problems. His research on the link between design and quality for his Ph.D. at Stanford University received international attention. He has published articles relating to quality control in the fields of healthcare, clinical chemistry, medical manufacturing, automation and composite materials. Hinckley is the recipient of the Westgard Quality Award from the Antwerp Meeting of Clinical Chemistry and has taught MBA and upper division courses in operations management and process analysis and development in the business school at Utah State University. He is president of Assured Quality, Inc., which provides training and consulting in eliminating defects through simplifying products and processes, mistake-proofing, and controlling variation without the need for statistical process control.

Day 1

8:00 a.m.   -   8:20 a.m.    Intro to poka yoke and SMS mistake proofing 
8:20 a.m.   -   8:30 a.m.    Why most quality control fails to achieve world-class results
8:30 a.m.   -   9:00 a.m.    The exceptional challenge of mistakes 
9:00 a.m.   -   9:40 a.m.    Simplify, mistake proof, set
9:40 a.m.   -   9:50 a.m.    Break
9:50 a.m.   - 10:55 a.m.    Preventing mistakes through simplicity   
10:55 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Analyzing problems and generating solutions   
12:30 p.m. -   1:45 p.m.    Classification: The 5 basic defect types 
1:45 p.m.   -   3:45 p.m.    Exercise: Training people to prevent mistakes 
3:45 p.m.   -   4:45 p.m.    Exercise and examples: Settings and adjustments
4:45 p.m.                           Questions, closing thoughts and reminders

Day 2

8:00 a.m.   -   9:30 a.m.    Minimizing design, development and planning mistakes
9:30 a.m.   -   9:40 a.m.    Break
9:40 a.m.   -   9:55 a.m.    Additional insights in the history of quality control
9:55 a.m.   - 11:00 a.m.    Break
11:00 a.m. -   1:30 p.m.    Factory floor tour prep
1:30 p.m.   -   1:45 p.m.    Break
1:45 p.m.   -   4:00 p.m.    Factory floor application
4:00 p.m.   -   4:45 p.m.    Group reports
4:45 p.m.                           Questions and closing thoughts

  • Understand why statistical methods cannot predict defects or control mistakes.
  • Identify opportunities for simplifying and mistake proofing.
  • Appropriately prioritize mistake proofing.
  • Simplify every task to eliminate mistakes.
  • Develop effective, inexpensive mistake proofing devices.
  • Eliminate most setup errors, process adjustments, and adjustment errors.
  • Select great solutions.
  • Prepare one-page, blame-free quality reports focused on action.

Anyone who has direct responsibility for processes, whether operational or administrative in nature, will benefit from this training.


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