|•||Understand how quality improvement can lower costs in terms of patents|
|•||Understand patents versus trade secrets and how process and method patents can influence the bottom line|
|•||Learn the benefits of improved processes: eliminate bottlenecks, reduce defects, reduce product downtime and changeover, reduce waste, and improve safety|
|•||Understand how to develop and implement a patent plan for the manufacturing department|
The primary objectives of manufacturing operations are to improve product quality and productivity, lower manufacturing costs, and reduce defects, rework, and downtime. The sum total of these efforts improves profitability and overall customer satisfaction.
Innovative, inventive solutions play an important part in accomplishing these prime objectives. When inventive solutions are protected by patents, and at times trade secrets, they enhance the corporation's future profitability and ensure product life longevity.
The quality management paradigms in most of corporate America utilize the most advanced methods of controlling manufacturing processes