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Quality and Productivity Improvement Programs


During last 15 years our Engineers managed a huge number of mid-size projects and a respectable number of large-scale integration projects. One very special type of projects are the so called QPIP projects that instantly, during the runtime of the project lead to improved quality and productivity.

Looking at our QPIP - Quality and Productivity Improvement Programs, we apply a certain technique that has proven to be the most successful one as these projects combine

  • Analysis,

  • Derivation of Measures,

  • Hands-on Change Management,

  • Coaching & Training and

  • Documentation.

The big difference between strategy oriented projects and QPIP projects is the fact that usually companies and especially SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) do not have the management capacity for running intense and time consuming projects that require an active change management, so CEA engineers are doing that by integrating themselves into the running business. Due to that all planning and change management activities are executed hands-on by our QPIP-Manager and his team in cooperation and synchronization with plant management on all levels. Coaching and training management and workforce is another time consuming but for the success of the program most important part of the job.  


Guarantee for Success

QPIPs require for their success the support of all management levels and the cooperation of the workforce. They all receive coaching and training in order to create success and long-term stability. A QPIP means additional work for all involved but enables them to develop similar measures in the future on their own. Thus, a QPIP is more than just a program solving short term problems and reducing risks it is - in addition to that - an  investment into long term growth and stability of the company.


General QPIP Road Map

QPIPs are focused on the creation of less costly long term stable and reliable production processes that delivers high quality products to achieve max. customer satisfaction. The following steps are mandatory but they are just the headlines of what needs to be done and what needs to be achieved:

        Step 1:    Analysis or Audit

  • Production processes 

  • Logistics

    •  internal: Material flow, Warehousing

    •  external: Supply and Delivery Chain

    •  transport

  • Planning and control (ERP and MES), order flow system

  • IT-support of engineering, production, administration

  • Quality Management System

  • Engineering / product database

  • Interfaces to external systems of customers and suppliers

  • Check status of ISO 9000 implementation and certification program

  • Check status of Kaizen and Poka Yoke and FMEA implementation

  • Check status of existing QM training for management and staff

  • Check status of implementation of company specific lean production principles

  • Check status of existing cost cutting procedures

        Step 2:    Design of QPIP-Program 

  • Derive measures, tasks and actions, mile stones, time lines  

  • Presentation and discussion of QPIP with Top Management

  • Distribution of QPIP-Report

  • Assuring support of top management for implementation of QPIP

  • Prepare implementation phase

        Step 3:    Hands-on Implementation of QPIP-Program

  • Setup QPIP office and support team (shop floor)

  • Explain and discuss QPIP with team leaders and gain support and understanding

  • Create commitment

  • Start Change Management ...  

        Step 4:   Coaching of Management and Staff

  • Individual coaching and training is a mandatory integrated part of any QPIP

  • Based on latest learning technologies E-Learning or distance learning courses could be part of a QPIP

  • We offer qualification and certification by renowned certified Universities and Institutes.

           Step 4:   Documentation  

  • Thorough documentation of all processes using process modelling tools like Mo2Go or  ARIS that allow contiunous development and documentation of business processes

  • Printed documenation