About APLOMET

OUR MISSION

We help organizations increase performance through consulting and education in quality management technologies.

PHILOSOPHY

Organizations shape their future through continual learning and action. Leaders ensure congruence of words, behaviors and systems, and demonstrate high ethical standards.

OUR CLIENTS

We’ve consulted to Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations, and start-ups. More than 700 organizations have sent individuals to our public workshops, including the manufacturing, healthcare, education, government and service sectors.

Following are some clients from the manufacturing sector: ABB, Alcan, Alcoa, Arthrex, Baxter, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, Bosch, Brunswick, Caterpillar, Flowserve, Fresco Systems, Hydro Aluminum, Jack Daniel Distilleries, John Deere, Johnson Controls, Kennametal, Lockheed Martin, Parker Hannifin, Philips Consumer Electronics, Rockwell, Schick, Smith & Nephew, Studsvik and TRW.

Some from the financial, healthcare, public, reverse logistics and service sectors include: BlueCross BlueShield TN, Lombard Elementary School District, Miami Performing Arts Center, Mountain States Health Alliance, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Octapharma Plasma, RenaissanceRe, Image 1 Wireless and U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Some educational institutions, professional organizations and private training groups for which we’ve delivered public, in-house or internet-based workshops include: American Quality Institute, American Society for Quality, AudioSolutionZ.com, Caribbean Institute for Quality, Design Management Alliance, East Tennessee State University, JP Russell & Associates, KnowWare, Maine MEP, MSQPC/The Quality Center, North Carolina Association for Healthcare Quality, Northeast State Community College, Paton Professional, Progressive Business Conferences, Progressive Healthcare Conferences, Project Management Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Whittington & Associates.

Clients of these organizations for whom training has been conducted include: Aerospace companies, automotive suppliers, calibration and test labs, casino industry, city government, clinical research labs, electronic components, defense contractors, energy research labs, federal government agencies, health care providers, insurance companies, medical device manufacturers, military bases, oil & gas industry equipment providers, pharmaceutical companies, power utilities, retail distribution centers, steel service centers, telecommunications firms and transportation infrastructure.

Musings: My Blog

Good Article on Analytics for Internal Auditing

As you may (or may not) know I've been speaking on the use of analytics by quality auditors for some time now.  Usually find that people are interested in the concept and potential value, but don't know how many of them have tried it. Recently ran into an article that...

More Useful Thoughts about Auditing

I've found Norman Marks an excellent provider of thoughts about auditing.  Here's a link to one on Lazy Auditors. Although not always directly relevant for quality audits, just thinking about each issue should be worthwhile.

Evaluating Your Internal Audit Process

The Institute of Internal Auditors recently released their 2021 Internal Audit Assessment Tool (for Audit Committees).  The audit committee is a committee overseeing and reporting to the Board of Directors on complaince, risk and governance issues. As I was reading...

How Happy are Your Employees to Come to Work?

Ever seen a dog at work?  For example, I was watching one searching bags for drugs in an airport.  They are totally committed and love it. Question: How many people are that happy at their work?  What does it say about mission, culture, etc?

Quality Entertainment

Given the COVID shutdowns I've not traveled any this year, and the time at home gave wife and me the opportunity to binge watch some TV series we'd not seen before (and in many cases hadn't even hear of).  Most involve spies, detectives, and/or science fiction, Here's...

Qualitative vs. Quantitative Risk Assessment

For some time I (and many others) have been writing and speaking on how common widely used risk assessment methods actually introduce risk rather than help reduce it. Here's a great talk by Doug Hubbard on the topic:...

Irrationality

First let me state that I am not a medical professional, and have not read all the studies that have been done on whether or not HCQ (+ zinc and azithromycin) are effective in treating COVID.  In the limited info I have read I believe it's unlikely to be effective...

Really Bad Comparison!

You may know that I teach and write on Performance Metrics, and get really frustrated when I see someone use them badly.  Here's an example from an article in The Japan Times about the Boeing 787 MAX: "...the FAA completed a risk analysis that found that the...

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