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When It Comes to Cost Reduction, Variation and Waste are the Enemy

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When It Comes to Cost Reduction, Variation and Waste are the Enemy

In a recent survey of 89 organizations conducted by Whataboutquality.com, respondents were asked what few key characteristics defined quality, in the eyes of their customer, the most popular response was: the product or service met my requirements. The next two most popular responses were: it worked like I expected and it was a good value, worth what I paid for it.

More than 75% of those responding said there was room for improvement in the cost of producing their products and services. All respondents identified the current economic downturn as having a significant negative impact in their bottom line.

Credit / Source: Michael Weekes Whataboutquality LLC

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Solder paste height

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I'm new with the Solder Paste Inspection machines, and I'm doing my first measures and I noticed that I'm getting a solder paste heigth of 7 & 8 mils using a 5.0 mils stencil... »»

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