QM

A gage inspects the dimensions on a drawing
Quality Management
Lena Weger

Convenient Calibration at Last – with VDI/VDE 2623

To ensure flawless products, we also need flawlessly operating equipment and gages. And in order to be able to transmit the corresponding calibration data easily, safely and conveniently, there is the guideline VDI/VDE 2623. This article reveals what exactly it is all about.

A graphic illustrates the cycle of the 5S method
Quality Management
Maren Behrendt

5S Method for More Order in the Workplace

Hand on heart: Is your workplace tidy? Do you always know immediately where which item is? In this article, we will introduce you to the 5S method, which, when applied correctly, makes workplaces look like new in the long run.

Maintenance of a machine by the employee
Quality Management
Lena Weger

What are preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance?

Maintenance is important because every successful business should place a value on keeping its assets running. But what is the best approach to maintenance planning? This article introduces the approaches of preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance.

Cover Q.Magazine 2021
Babtec
Marc Osenberg

Q.Magazine 2021/22: Exciting News from the World of Quality

Finally, the time has come again: the new Q.Magazine 2021/22 is here. Our annual industry magazine once again offers a wide range of technical articles, case studies and the latest highlights of our Babtec software. Take a look right now!

A factory consisting of plants
Quality
Lutz Krämer

Sustainability and Quality – a Symbiosis?

What role does sustainability play in modern quality management? Read why the concept of quality should be rethought in order to meet the requirements of sustainable products and processes.

Wooden blocks with the letters "ISO" under a magnifying glass
Quality Management
Benedikt Sommerhoff

No Revision of ISO 9001. A Statement by Benedikt Sommerhoff

ISO 9001 will not be revised. We asked Benedikt Sommerhoff of the German Society for Quality what he thinks of this decision and what it means for companies. In the article, he reveals what change he would have considered sensible and how organizations could save resources in their quality work.

A diver in front of an ISO9001 lettering
Quality Management
Dr. Markus Reimer

ISO 9001:XY? – A Dive with Four Tips

No revision of ISO 9001 – but still a lot to do! Join our guest author Dr. Markus Reimer on a dive and discover the treasures that ISO 9001:2015 still has to offer.

Green office building
Quality
Maren Behrendt

Interview: The “Ecosystem for Quality” in Everyday Working Life

The cooperative togetherness in the forest exemplifies a functioning ecosystem for us: each member contributes to the overall benefit of this ecosystem and benefits from the added value created by the cooperation of the members. The question remains what an “ecosystem for quality” actually means in concrete terms in the world of quality management.

Hands hold several gears together
Quality
Lutz Krämer

How Management Systems Contribute to the Ecosystem for Quality

Ecosystems are not new – the forest, for example, shows that they are something natural and function well. Ultimately, it makes sense to organize quality management in an ecosystem as well. I see such an ecosystem for quality as an ideal that is already fulfilled in its beginnings.

Employees work in the factory of WILD
Babtec
Emmerich Kriegl

Smart Collaboration in the Cloud

Close networking with suppliers in the supply network requires adequate digital tools. In this case study, the WILD GmbH reports on its experiences with the cloud-based platform BabtecQube.

Team uses sticky notes for failure analysis
Quality Management
Maren Behrendt

The Ishikawa Diagram – A Quality Tool for Failure Analysis

Failure analysis in quality management is essential to achieve high quality – Kaoru Ishikawa already recognized this in the early 1940s. To this day, the Ishikawa diagram he developed is therefore part of the seven quality tools for failure analysis in QM.

Wooden blocks with the inscription "Kaizen"
Quality Management
Maren Behrendt

The Kaizen Principle: Tried and Tested, Yet with Its Pulse on the Times

Many methods from quality management find their origin in Japanese philosophies: so does the Kaizen principle. What sounds at first like a beautifully designed garden with bonsai trees is actually a philosophy from which various practical methods for QM have emerged.

Keyboard with an ISO 9001 key with a confirming check mark is pressed.
Quality Management
Lea-Maria Anger

ISO 9001 – No Revision in the Near Future

News from the world of standards! ISO 9001 will not be revised for the time being. This has been announced by the responsible technical committee. Details of the decision and the plan for the coming years can be found in our article.

Navigation system in the car that shows the way to quality
Quality Management
Maren Behrendt

Quality Management and Quality Assurance – What’s the Difference?

Managing and ensuring quality – both sounds important. And they are. But what exactly is the difference between the two areas of responsibility and what is the relationship between them? The terms quality management and quality assurance are often equated and used synonymously. But that is not quite right.

An employee checks a product with a caliper gauge
Quality
Maren Behrendt

What is quality? One question, many answers

Quality – a big word with many meanings. Whether Garvin, Grönroos or Donabedian: many clever people have already dealt with the questions of what quality actually is and what approaches there are to define it.

Gears are joined together and form a whole
Quality Management
Marc Osenberg

Systematic Risk Analysis with FMEA

When planning products and processes, it is particularly important to identify and evaluate risks at an early stage in order to avoid errors in advance. In quality management, one method makes a particular contribution to this – FMEA.

Würfel bilden das Wort Change, das zur Chance wird
Digitalization
Lutz Krämer

9 Arenas of Digitalization: Protection of Status Quo

With regard to conformity with standards, guidelines and laws, does the quality management have protection of its status quo against any changes and alterations to which other departments of the company are exposed?

A man processes digital quality tasks with a tablet
Digitalization
Lutz Krämer

9 Arenas of Digitalization

Digitalization creates completely new tasks and requirements – also in quality management. In this article, Lutz Krämer explains which nine arenas determine the daily work of a quality manager.