1st Edition

Warranty Claims Reduction
A Modern Approach with Continuous Improvement Techniques

ISBN 9781482209129
Published June 25, 2014 by Productivity Press
181 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

USD $66.95

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Book Description

Reduced market share, lack of repeat customers, and added costs are just a few ways warranty claims can hurt an organization. Avoiding complex mathematics or accounting terminology, Warranty Claims Reduction: A Modern Approach with Continuous Improvement Techniques explains how to boost profits through the reduction of warranty expenses in your organization.

Outlining a multifunctional approach for reducing claims, the book begins by summarizing the traditional and most common strategies for warranty cost reduction. Next, it explains how you can reduce warranty costs even further by taking a more complete approach. The comprehensive approach described arms you with less conventional, yet powerful, approaches for reducing warranty costs such as improving warranty processing productivity, clarifying installation and usage instructions, and streamlining supply chain management.

The book emphasizes the improvement of efficiencies and productivity in addition to cost reductions. It outlines methods that can help you reduce warranty costs, improve processing activity, reduce wasted time, and improve training of OEM and warranty service personnel. It also describes methods for providing feedback to those in the engineering, manufacturing, and quality control departments.

The text details methods that are fully compatible with ISO 9001 systems and its sector-specific variations, like AS 9100 and TS 16949. Covering concepts that are applicable across all industries and retail markets, it is an ideal reference for anyone involved in the management of warranty claims processing.

The multifaceted approach described in the book will help you broaden your view on how warranty costs can be controlled—allowing you to achieve more cost reductions than are possible through conventional thinking.

Table of Contents

Warranty Claims

Understanding the Real Warranty Costs

Traditional Methods of Reducing Warranty Cost
Automated Claims Approval, Tracking, and Paperwork
Improving Outgoing Quality
Improving Reliability
Preservation and Packaging Improvement

Principles of the Modern Approach

Other Warranty Reduction Actions
Supplier Cost Recovery
On-Site Claims Processing
Rotating Product Exchange
Customer Training
Other Warranty Reduction Actions
Record Keeping

Warranty System Productivity Improvement
Streamlining Service Operations
Communications and Paperwork
Process Flow
Ergonomics and the Warranty Service Area Layout
Material Handling and Flow
Tool and Equipment Availability

Improving the Service Department Itself
Optimizing Mobile Service Activities
Replacement Parts Availability
Diagnostic and Repair Equipment Calibration
Suitability of Diagnostic and Repair Equipment
Inspecting and Testing

Warranty Cost Reduction Training for Employees and Customers

Reducing Warranty Claims by Quality Improvement
Continuous Improvement
Feedback to the Quality Department
Data Collection and Analysis
Improving Defect Detection
Improving Supplier Quality

Feedback to Manufacturing
Sources of Feedback
Feedback about Defects
Supply Chain Management
Feedback from Audits
Other Feedback

Reducing Warranty Claims by Reliability Improvement
Reliability Measurement
Failures in Time
Reliability Improvement
Reliability Program Planning

Determining Causes for Developing Corrective Actions
Determining Defect Root Causes
Common Quality Methods for General Use
Other Tools for Determining Root Cause
Difficulties and Errors in Determining Root Causes

Developing Corrective and Preventive Actions
8-D Method
The DMAIC Process

Feedback to Engineering
Design Verification and Validation
Designing for Reliability
Kansei Engineering

Planning and Implementing Your Improvements
Change Management
Implementing Corrective and Preventive Actions
Appendix A: Warranty Cost Tracking Chart
Appendix B: Gauge R&R FORMS
Appendix C: Worksheets for Determining Root Cause


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Ronald Blank has more than 30 years of experience in management and engineering. Approximately half of his experience is in aerospace and the other half is in the automotive industry. His education includes statistics, quality assurance, and mechanical and electronic engineering. He also has much experience in supervision and training of employees, as well as productivity enhancement and warranty claims reduction. He earned a bachelor of science degree and a doctor of engineering degree. Dr. Blank is the author of several books on various management and engineering topics, including reliability and productivity improvement.