7ε News (2015)

 

Thursday 26/11/2015 10:59

7Epsilon presents a new paper on Organisational Knowledge Management published in the International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science.

Organisations determine the knowledge necessary for the operation of its processes and to achieve the conformity of products and services. This includes e.g. Intellectual property, experience or lessons learned.

ISO 9001:2015 quality standard puts emphasis on retaining organisational knowledge and its continual use in process improvement. Clause 7.1.6 requires organisations to maintain and provide access to the organisational knowledge in addition to their data and information.

This paper provides a framework for creation, storage and reuse of product specific process knowledge in foundries. A knowledge repository concept is introduced to demonstrate how organisational knowledge can be effectively stored and reused for achieving continual process improvement and sustainable development.

Click to view: C. Giannetti, M.R. Ransing, R. S. Ransing, Bould D., Gethin D. & Sienz J., "Organisational Knowledge Management for Defect Reduction and Sustainable Development in Foundries,” International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science, 6(3), 18-37, July-September 2015.

This week has been exceptional giving us an opportunity to share the finest quality papers on 7Epsilon for satisfying the ISO quality standard's requirements.

 

Monday 24/11/2015 10:29

Proud to share the UK Exchange paper presented at the World Foundry Congress on 20th May 2014 in Bilbao, Spain.

This industrial case study demonstrates how the systematic implementation of the '7steps of 7ε steps to ERADICATE defects' lead to improvements in managing foundry sub-processes as well as reducing existing level of losses due to scrap and rework.

Innovation is achieved when the product specific process knowledge discovered using a Penalty matrix approach is supported by trends in the literature and confirmed during confirmation trial.

Although the case study focuses only on reducing Coinchoidal Fracture of a typical low alloy steel casting during Melting and Pouring process, it is expected that the format will be used by foundries across their sub-processes to identify and reduce all types of defects. This paper provides a template for foundries to effectively implement the 7ε methodology not only to achieve compliance to ISO: 9001:2008 but also to assist foundries in becoming more profitable and less energy intensive organizations.

Click to view: WFC 2014 UK Exchange Paper

 

Monday 23/11/2015 10:29

So pleased to share this paper presented at the Investment Casting Institute's technical conference on 8th October 2014 in Covington, KY, USA. It was an instant hit among the audience. I would like to thank all for the appreciation and feedback received.

This paper presents the following:

  • An investment casting case study to reduce Shrinkage scrap.

  • Using 7 Steps of the 7Epsilon for continual process improvement as per the requirements of the clause 8 of the ISO9001:2008 standard.

  • Visualize correlation between Zirconium and Shrinkage and an interaction between Zirconium-Boron for Shrinkage using bubble diagram and penalty matrix concept.

    Click to view: “If Only My Foundry Knew What it Knows ...”: A 7Epsilon Perspective on Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action Plans for ISO9001:2008

     

    Thursday 12/11/2015 12:49

    Shriniwas Foundry and Auto Comps Ltd, fondly known as SEACO in Pune hosted the 7Epsilon on-site training course on Sunday 26th July 2015. I would like to thank Mr. Dinesh Alone, Asst. General Manager, Talegaon plant, and Mr. Chikorde, GM Operations for their interest and enthusiasm in hosting the course.

    SEACO engineers from interdisciplinary departments such as melting, quality assurance, plant engineering, moulding, operations, process control, sand plant, core shop and FED joined the training. Their keenness in implementing the strategy led to interesting discussions and appreciation of 7Epsilon course and feedback throughout the day.

    We really appreciate TEAM SEACO's enthusiasm as it's very crucial in implementing the risk based thinking approach of ISO 9001:2015 to discover new knowledge and regularly update and store organisational knowledge.

    After the course 7Epsilon certificates were given to participants and a picture clicked in the foundry. We are looking forward to closely working with team SEACO.

     

    Friday 04/09/2015 15:09

    A big thank you to Dr. Manish Arora, Director, PEC University, Chandigarh for hosting the one day course on "7Epsilon for ISO 9001:2015". The course was organised in association with PEC University, Quality Council of India (QCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), on 23rd July 2015 in Chandigarh, India. Participants from the foundry industry as well as service industry, representatives of the QCI, production and engineering staff from PEC University and Punjab University were among the attendees.

    Participants found the 7Epsilon method an innovative way to plot and interpret factor response correlations to perceive the effect of risk and recommended the use of 7Epsilon technique for post graduate or research studies. Effective case studies were used to demonstrate the method. The use of p-matrix tool was appreciated as a step towards digitalisation making it an important quality tool for industry as well as academia for a more efficient quality system.

     

    Friday 04/09/2015 14:29

    The 7Epsilon course in Coimbatore on 4th August 2015 was a great success. We would like to thank Mr. Jayakumar Ramdass, Chairman, Indian Institute of Foundrymen’s Coimbatore Chapter and Mr. S. Muthukumar Hon. Treasurer, Coimbatore Chapter for organising the course for their member foundries.

    A variety of delegates from quality, management, manufacturing, technology, production, sales and human resources attended the course. The 7Epsilon – p-matrix link with the requirements of the upcoming ISO 9001:2015 quality standard was liked by all. Participants appreciated this new technology that can be useful for defect reduction as well as knowledge based data management. We look forward to working with the foundries in Coimbatore.

     

    Friday 05/06/2015 15:38

    Click to access Slide share presentation on 'Key changes to ISO 9001:2015' risk based thinking, organisational knowledge and management review. This presentation includes '7Epsilon for ISO 9001:2015' training course slides.

     

    Thursday 28/05/2015 22:12

    A BIG THANK YOU to AFS-CNY Chapter and its Chairman Mr. Dave Stimson.

    Mr. Dave Stimson was a wonderful host during my visit to Syracuse from 7th April until 10th April 2015. The days were full of intellectually stimulating discussions, lots of feedback, appreciation of the 7Epsilon approach and visits to lovely foundries. The warmth of hospitality was evident even with the delegates. The course was attended by interdisciplinary and very active delegates. It was a pleasure seeing the commitment and enthusiasm of foundry staff during foundry visits. This is so necessary to embed risk based thinking for in-process quality improvement and manage organizational knowledge. Both of these points are core to ISO9001:2015 requirements and 7Epsilon. After the course the participants were given certificates and Dr Ransing was given an AFS speaker award.

    Thank you Syracuse and we at 7Epsilon look forward to working with you.

     

    Thursday 28/05/2015 22:12

    Lecture on Energy Saving using 7Epsilon at AFS-CNY, Syracuse, USA on 8th April 2015

    Mr. Sham Arjunwadkar, Chairman of National Centre of Technical Services (NCTS), Pune, India gave another AFS speaker award winning presentation on energy saving. In addition to usual tips on energy saving the lecture outlined how energy consumption of furnaces can be monitored and correlated with corresponding process observations in order to discover cost saving opportunities. The networking session over dinner gave plenty of time to share the experience. The full case study has recently been published by the foundry management and technology as cover story in their March 2015 issue. FM&T March 2015 issue

    Mr. Arjunwadkar presenting 'Energy Saving using 7Epsilon'.

     

    Monday 16/03/2015 10:39

    Seven Steps to Energy Efficiency for Foundries , by Mr. S.H.Arjunwadkar, Dr. M.R.Ransing and Dr. R.S.Ransing.

    Click and Get Free access to this new paper in Foundry Management and Technology journal FM&T. Thu, 12-03-2015

    Energy costs for foundries are around 15% of the cost of their castings. Many foundries have installed energy meters with on-line energy monitoring systems to report energy consumption (kWh) per tonne, charge or furnace with varying sampling frequency.

    This paper describes a case study with a foundry where energy data was captured, stored and reused. ‘7 Steps of 7Epsilon’ were implemented and in-process energy data for a foundry was visualised using penalty matrices to discover energy saving opportunities.

    With an average 2500 metric tons of liquid metal production per month, the savings for the foundry are approximately $12,000 every month.

    The graphs displayed in the article are arranged in a gallery and can also be enlarged for viewing. Click here for graphs.

     

    Monday 16/03/2015 13.23

    Foundry Management and Technology adds 7Epsilon course to their calender.

    7Epsilon course on 9th April 2015 with AFS-CNY in Syracuse, NY, USA

     

    Wednesday 10/12/2014 11:45

    The 7Epsilon team would like to thank Mr. Dave Stimson – Chapter Chairman, American Foundrymen Society's Central New York Chapter for organising the following two events in April 2015 for their member foundries.

    A 30 min lecture on Energy Saving and 7Epsilon given by Mr Sham Arjunwadkar at Weedsport, NY @ The Old Erie Restaurant, USA

    A one full day course on 7Epsilon for ISO9001:2015 on 9th April 2015 either in Seneca Falls or Syracuse.

    Visit 7Epsilon Courses page for details and booking.

     

    Wednesday 10/12/2014 11:30

    Coming soon in the last week of June 2015... ICME's one day course "7Epsilon for ISO 9001:2015" for foundries. Visit 7Epsilon Courses page for details and booking.

     

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