Ease Beacon Layered Process Audits Featured in Automation Publication
Ease, Inc. was recently featured in Automation.com. The article authored by industrial journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, titled, “Automation Labor Reductions Do Not Eliminate Audit Requirements,” examines the notion of continuous process improvement often hidden, unclear or downright obscured. While the goals of lean manufacturing and reducing waste may seem obvious, the means to achieve them are not. The low hanging fruit of reduced labor costs via automation is often seen as a quick fix with a rapid return on investment.
Managers must be able to randomize audits and audit schedules, ensuring complete engagement throughout the organization. Ease Beacon, for example, ensures non-conformances are assigned to someone for corrective action and views mitigation activities in real-time.
According to Eric Stoop, CEO of Ease, Inc., “An LPA program involves all levels of operations and management in process audits, which observe and validate how products are made, rather than just inspecting the finished product. Supervisors conduct process audits in their own area, while higher-level managers conduct the same audits less frequently and over a broader range of areas.”
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Ease, Inc. will be exhibiting at the upcoming AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) Quality Summit from September 22-23 in Novi, Michigan at booth #20.
Founded in 1986, Ease (www.easeinc.com) is a leading provider of process performance solutions, including electronic work instructions with in-process data collection, engineered labor standards, and audit management for companies worldwide. Available as a cloud-based or on-premise solution, Ease leverages years of experience working with organizations to better engage key resources and enhance visibility, control and flexibility.
Providing production floor optimization software, Ease products help customers in numerous industries; companies involved with manufacturing and complex assembly improve profitability and manufacturing efficiency by optimizing work flow, minimizing labor costs, and improving quality to reduce costly rework and scrap. Customers include Aston Martin, Cummins, Dell, General Dynamics, Harley-Davidson, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Air Force and Navy, Teledyne, Target, Black and Decker, JBS, Home Depot, Tyson, Safeway, Sub-Zero, Lowe’s, Nike, Burlington Coat Factory, Northrup Grumman, and Toys R Us.
Ease Beacon will help manufacturers realize standard work deviations and create significant savings through process control, thus improving quality and customer satisfaction. Beacon supports all types of audits and methods for quality, safety and environmental management, including Layered Process Audits (LPAs), ISO compliance, and EHS compliance.
Layered Process Audits (LPAs) involve all levels of organizational management, across functional areas in process audits which observe and validate how products are made. Developed by Chrysler and based on Toyota’s approach to quality management, LPAs offer organizations a chance to implement a culture of qualities over other types of audits. Ease Beacon provides management insight into KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), facilitates easy and efficient scheduling, and offers instant visibility into non conformances and mitigation activities across the organization. Coverage, conformance, and completion reports will drill-down support supply full visibility into audits by type and location, quickly identifying an organization’s most chronic process failures.
Beacon supports integration with existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software from companies such as Oracle and SAP. Ease’s software products are used on customers’ plant floors to drive lean manufacturing initiatives, support continuous process improvement, and enable organizational change management. Ease empowers businesses to deliver higher quality products and services from design to delivery. Follow Ease on Twitter at @easeinc.