Problem Solving

Definition of problem :

  • Something that needs a solution
  • Can be either positive or negative 
  • Frequencies :
    • Chronic : On going and Accepted problems
    • Spasmodic : sudden change to normal process

Problem levels :

  • Level 0 - Abnormality only affecting those directly related to the process and contained.
  • Level 1 - Abnormality that affects the processes ability to achieve Q,C and D.
  • Level 2 - Abnormality that affects the next process and may have an impact on the final customer.
  • Level 3 - Abnormality that has affected the final customer.

Analysis of problems :

Qualitative tools :
  • Tools which are used to obtain and structure ideas during the problem solving cycle 
Analysis of problems ATEMI Consulting
Analysis of problems
Quantitative Tools :
  • Tools that are used to gather and analysis numerical data during the problem solving cycle.
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Quantitative tools
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Quantitative tools continued

Problem Solving principles :

  • Problem Definition
  • Identify Root Cause
  • Customer Protection and Countermeasure(s)
  • Confirm Effectiveness of Countermeasure
  • Feedback / Feed forward

Problem solutions types :


This looks at putting in place solutions prior to abnormalities occurring. Best identified during the design stage prior to transfer to manufacturing using Advanced Quality Tools.


Pro- active:

This looks at the current standards and by analysing data using the 7 quality control tools seeks to make kaizen improvements.



This looks at the abnormalities that have occurred and by gathering and analysing data using some of the 7 quality control tools aims to provide a customer protection and countermeasure .

Problem Solving cycle :

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Problem Solving cycle

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