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

(Trying to) Understand Human Behavior

Here's a lecture that provides a great view of why human behavior is so complex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bnSY4L3V8s Unfortunately he doesn't take it further with recommendations on how to move people from the Us to the Them view.

Normality in SPC

I've never been one to worry too much about normality of data.  Here's a tremendous article explaining why it isn't particularly important for control charts. https://www.qualitydigest.com/inside/statistics-column/normality-myth-090819.html

Interesting Perspective on Risk-Based Auditing

Although likely intended for financial auditors, a lot of the advice is also relevant for quality auditors. https://internalaudit360.com/conducting-risk-assessments-the-total-quality-auditing-way/

Articles on Analytics for Auditors

I've done webinars and written articles on how analytics could be used by quality auditors.  Here are a couple of good articles giving more detail, albeit related to financial or IT audits.  However, the concepts and techniques are applicable in any field where there...

Is This Effective Risk Management?

Another good webinar (no, not mine) on how what many believe to be best practices in risk management are not really so good.  

Wow … what a summer!

And I'm not talking about the weather.  Our new RCA/CAPA course for medical device manufacturers has gotten great reviews.  And the next book in the pipeline is on risk management.  Even though I've reduced my travel workload there's still lots on the plate. I've also...

Four Times What?

I have a love-hate relationship with news, advertising, etc. messages.  They are so often conjecture, biased, inaccurate, etc.  Given the lack of critical thinking of the average human being it's no wonder so many people are in some sort of financial or other...

Week of Risk

Training with Air Force on Risk Based Quality Audits went great, and as I experienced with the USPS, they are far ahead of many industries in already applying the concepts. Of course, being in Vegas didn't hurt, nor did the opportunity to drive a Nissan GT-R at 137...

An Interesting Perspective on Follow-up Audits

If your organization consistently does follow-up audits related to findings of previous audits you might find this article by the president of the Institute of Internal Auditors useful to peruse.

GRC versus IRM

Well it's good to see Gartner admit that the GRC market was a bust ... basically just selling software for managing lists of 1) regulations, etc. organizations must comply with, 2) risks associated with not effectively meeting them them, and 3) controls for managing...

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