Quality 4.0: The Future of Quality Starts Here

Concurrent Session

W01 - Don't Ignore Data Quality in Your Supply Chain

Wednesday, May 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: WSCC Ballroom 6B

Level: Intermediate

Supply chains are impacted by both product quality and data quality—as materials and products are moved and transferred throughout a global supply chain, so are big data elements. Critical information such as item identification, material characteristics like colors and sizes, batch numbers, quantities, conditions, transportation modes, and production dates get communicated between suppliers and customers along with the physical items themselves. With the growth of digital supply chain management, supply chain transparency requirements, the internet of things, customer/supplier collaboration, advanced data analytics, and information requirements from customers, breakdowns in data quality can be just as costly as poor product quality. This session will identify examples of poor data that impacts end users, the growth of customer data portals, current customer data needs and the available tools for maintaining real-time data integration, and methods for automating transmission of data between supply chain elements using specialized barcode standards and scanners.

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Chad A. Walters


Six Sigma Black Belt - Supply Chain Management
Beaver Street Fisheries
Evans, Georgia

Chad Walters is a Business Excellence Consultant with Siemens Corporation in their Low Voltage Products Energy Management Division in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is responsible for continuous improvement deployment across all North American Low Voltage Products Energy Management facilities with Siemens.

Chad has over eleven years of continuous improvement experience in all business functions in multiple industries including steel fabrication, injection molding, food manufacturing, and front office business process improvement. The list of companies he has driven continuous improvement include Eaton Corporation, The Dannon Company, Automatic Data Processing (ADP), the Salvation Army, Beaver Street Fisheries, and the Atlanta Braves Baseball Club. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Six Sigma Green Belt through the American Society for Quality (ASQ).


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