The 8D (Eight Disciplines) Problem Solving Process is a team oriented and structured problem solving methodology that is mainly used to identify, correct and eliminate recurring problems. government first standardized the 8D Problem Solving Process during the Second World War, referring to it as Military Standard 1520.
The 8D Problem Solving Process focuses on the origin of the problem by determining root causes and establishes corrective and preventive actions. It was later popularized by the Ford Motor Company in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Today, the 8D Problem Solving Process has become a standard in many industries as problem solving or improvement process, as internal Corrective Action Request (CAR) Process or as Supplier Corrective Action Request (SCAR) Process.
The 8D Problem Solving Process can be an integral part of an Operational and Process Excellence initiative.
8D is a problem-solving methodology for product and process improvement.
It is structured into eight disciplines, emphasizing team synergy. Also, 8D is a fact-based problem-solving process involving some specialized skills and a culture that favors continuous improvement.
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The benefits of a systematic Problem Solving Process are obvious.
Define, verify and implement Interim Containment Action to isolate the effects of the problem from any internal and/or external Customer until Permanent Corrective (Preventive) Action are implemented.