Change Management vs. Change Control: What's the Difference?

Mar 14, 2019 3:02:00 PM / by Ashlyn Frassinelli posted in Process Management, Manufacturing

Change happens. No matter what industry you work in, you’ve likely dealt with change at your organization -- whether that’s something major like working with a new software application or something more small-scale like switching from paper cups to ceramic mugs.

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Handling Change Requests in Manufacturing and Engineering

Mar 5, 2019 1:27:00 PM / by Issuetrak posted in Issue Tracking, Work Flow, Manufacturing

For engineers and manufacturers, controlling change processes involves more than thinking about the software impacts common in IT. They have to think about impacts to their production lines, equipment downtime, delivery schedules, employee safety, and more.

Any type of change request, if not managed properly, can be slow to implement, full of errors, and lacking in visibility. Some change requests can even be potentially dangerous—for example, a 1984 incident in India where a lack of proper change management contributed to thousands of deaths and injuries. This extreme example prompted OSHA to enact process safety management regulations in the 90s.

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Four Benefits of Manufacturing Business Process Software

Feb 5, 2019 11:05:00 AM / by Ashlyn Frassinelli posted in Process Management, Manufacturing

At the heart of every organization is a complex series of processes. In the manufacturing industry, these processes are particularly universal and important: from product development and creation to quality assurance and employee safety, every manufacturing company has its own set of procedures in place with unique steps that require care and precision.

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The Safety Side of Engineering Change Management

Feb 1, 2019 2:13:00 PM / by Heather Lancaster posted in Software Solutions, Work Flow, Manufacturing

January 28, 1986. The Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAullife. In the months following the disaster, the Rogers Commission Report criticized the decision process that allowed the launch, overriding the concerns of the engineers that made the faulty O-rings.[1]

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Incident Management Solutions Keep Manufacturing Employees Safe

Jan 8, 2019 8:35:51 AM / by Ashlyn Frassinelli posted in Issue Tracking, Case Management, Process Management, Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry includes a broad spectrum of jobs. From food production to electronics assembly, manufacturing is made up of the many people who create the products we purchase and use each and every day.

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Manufacturing the Perfect Process Solution [Infographic]

Nov 28, 2018 11:00:02 AM / by Issuetrak posted in Process Management, Manufacturing

Inefficient processes are a drain on manufacturing productivity and effectiveness. Every manual task and poorly planned workflow represents lost time and increased chance for human error.

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How effective risk management practices prevent manufacturing slowdowns

Jan 31, 2018 11:00:41 AM / by Sarah Spangler posted in Work Flow, Manufacturing

 

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How Software Benefits Engineering Change Management

Oct 26, 2016 10:30:38 AM / by Heather Lancaster posted in Software Solutions, Work Flow, Manufacturing

Engineering Change Management in a manufacturing environment requires significant attention to detail. How many times are change approvals and processes put into a binder stored on the production line floor? Can you easily pull information for a report to upper management? Can adjustments to existing processes be effectively communicated with all employees? This is where paper, email, and spreadsheets begin to break down, and some form of tracking software becomes more necessary.

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Customer Spotlight - Engineering Change Management

Oct 12, 2016 11:00:31 AM / by Heather Lancaster posted in Case Studies, Manufacturing

We’ve been discussing challenges in manufacturing and engineering change management lately on the blog. I sat down with Mike Wright and Paul Harris in our Issuetrak Professional Services department to talk ask about customers that are using Issuetrak in those environments. Several customers came immediately to mind, so let’s take a peek into their companies and how Issuetrak features in their processes.

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