The Accuracy Controlled Enterprise:
a work quality assurance system where world class performance is designed into the job.
In an ACE organisation world-class work quality assurance and work quality performance is everywhere, because that is the way the work is designed to be done and people are taught.
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An Accuracy Controlled Enterprise (ACE) is a work quality assurance method focused on getting things 'right first time'. ACE is all about doing a job, every job, whether on the shopfloor or in the boardroom, masterly by being accurate in every task. People in an accuracy controlled enterprise are masters of what they do and deliver world-class results in every job, everytime. You can read about being an ACE in the white paper The Accuracy Controlled Enterprise.
An ACE puts 3T (Target - Tolerance - Test) task quality standards into their work procedures. Put simply, ACE 3T adds quality inspections and tests into job tasks. The 3Ts specify a Target to hit, a range of acceptable Tolerance, and a proof Test to check that a task was done right. 3T is a very simple statistical quality control technique imbedded into your standard operating procedures (SOP) that get 'right first time' performance from people. ACE 3T methodology satisfies Taguchi Loss Function aims by making clear exactly what optimal performance looks like and explaining how it is achieved.
This video explains what happens to your work processes when you use ACE 3T work quality assurance: The Value Gained by an Accuracy Controlled Enterprise (19 min 16 sec)
An Accuracy Controlled Enterprise gains the wonderful benefits of standardised work and sure work quality assurance. By using one structured procedure with in-built quality assurance everyone does a job the same way and gets it right first time. When used in the workplace the 3T task quality standards produces phenominal task accuracy with its imbedded work quality assurance requirements. 3T with task quality standards keeps work within statistical control. You can see an example of the detail put into the procedure and quality control standards in this Example ACE 3T Procedure with Work Quality Standards.
The concept of setting targets for people is common business practice, but it does not guarantee 'right first time' results. The 3T approach solves that problem by taking it further and setting performance boundaries, the statistical control limits, within which people must work. The work is only acceptable if the result is within the set tolerance. 3T is a simple concept that every employee understands and loves to use because they know that their work will be accurate, that it will be 'right first time' and they will produce a great job.
Put the 3T approach into every standard operating procedure to get certain quality assurance from the workforce. Developed over three decades it builds statistical quality control into standard operating practices used in an organisation. With 3T methodology in an SOP people know exactly what is acceptable from them, they know when their work is first class and they get it 'right first time' everytime.
The Enterprise Wellness Way image below shows you what happens to your production performance distribution curve by using ACE 3T work quality control. Your optimised operating practises lowers operating costs and your operating results tighten over your optimal operating profit zone. With ACE 3T you make new fortunes from your existing business.
Conduct a Trial on Your Worst Job with the Most Mistakes
The easiest way for you to see if the ACE 3T method will improve work quality performance is to test it on one of your worst problems. First we put a team together to research the very best way to do the job. We write what the team agrees into the job SOP. This gets your people to include their knowledge and experience into the SOP and lets them own it. We want the people on the shopfloor to buy-in and become committed to the improved way of doing the job.
Lastly we work with your people to include 3T accuracy control into each task in the procedure. The aim is to get people to follow what is written in the ACE 3T SOP, because that is the ideal, most perfect way to do the job to get the very best results. Then your people test the SOP and refine..
Run the trial for three months and see what improvements you get to performance and the degree of ownership people develop for their SOP. Help and encourage the people use the 3T SOP. When the trial is a success you will have started to change your company into a world-class operation. Next roll-out the trial to another problem job and get it working brilliantly as well.
To learn more about becoming an accuracy controlled entrprise, an ACE, contact us. You can quickly find our telephone number and email details at Contact Us.
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