Product Quality and Safety
LG Electronics places the highest value on providing customers with reliable products which they can use in a safe way. Product safety must be ensured under any circumstance, and product safety has the highest priority over sales objective, product design, marketability and expense issues. All staff at LG Electronics will exert their best effort to observe standards for the product safety system, acknowledging that safety is a fundamental value of products.
With the strong encouragement of the CEO, LGE has reinforced to the enterprise QA organization, and is shaping the corporate culture to allow neither the slightest quality problem nor compromise on quality under the vision of “LG Electronics, Perceived as World Best Quality by Customers and Consumers”. LGE is also trying to provide consumers with the high-safety products by promoting enterprise quality activities and quality awareness.
PRODUCT SAFETY AWARENESS
LGE established the product safety regulations including the product safety design checklist to ensure safety proactively, and ongoing efforts are made to enhance the safety awareness of all employees. Product safety regulations provide “product safety awareness” to ensure through product safety.
Quality Management System
LG Electronics has been operating 'Consumer Centered Management' system in Korea since 2007. CCM is the certification scheme by Korea Consumer Agency and Korea Fair Commission, evaluating whether corporate's activities are structured for consumer and has been implementing corrective actions continuously. We have an integrated guideline including rule & regulations, organization department, committee, operating system and process etc. for CCM and the guideline is regularly revised - recently updated in 2015 - and shared with our all kinds of product/service distributors. Also, Also, LGE has established and has been managing an integrated certification system for ISO 9001 in Korea. Each overseas production subsidiary has been also managing its ISO 9001 certification system.(For more information on QMS Certification Status of LGE’s all production subsidiaries, please see p.82 of 2014-2015 LG Electronics Sustainability.)
In addition, we have reinforced organizations related to Six Sigma(Six Sigma Bureau Team in HQ Quality Center and each company's Six Sigma Teams) to establish its strategy and future direction and quality management system based on Six Sigma all through the value chain including R&D, production and product use stage. Most of employees excluding staffs of partial support departments are required the Six Sigma Belt for their promotion requirements. Especially, team leaders are required the Master Black Belt. And we've continuously fostered product quality experts based on related training programs.
Stronger Quality Management Accountability
In 2011, LGE established the Product Testing Laboratory under the Quality Center to test the safety of new products, detect quality issues and address them in advance. In 2013, we implemented certification and approval process for key product parts such as motors and PCB assemblies, expanding our quality inspection system from new products/models to include product parts. In order to facilitate product quality improvement early in the development phase, we established the Development Quality Testing Lab at all our business companies to assess development quality from the business company level, enforcing our corporate-level quality system supported by the three-tier quality assessment process (business unit, business company, and HQ). Additionally, we created a product quality and safety evaluation system that performs basic quality and safety evaluation for products at every production stage. Consisting of seven stages from product planning and development to sales, this system only allows shipment of products that clear all seven quality gates. Under the quality gate system, all LGE products undergo a safety check at each quality gate based on a checklist, preventing shipments of products with quality or safety issues. We also facilitate a corporate-wide exchange between quality and safety experts, such as the Product Liability Technology Council.
Product Quality and Safety Experts
In 2012, LG Electronics established the Quality College to offer training on product quality to employees (Korean and overseas) and key personnel from its suppliers. In 2013, the Quality College provided 142 in-class training sessions, and a total of 5,264 individuals completed the program. With a primary focus on enhancing our employees’ product quality capability, the College offers expert track courses for product liability (PL), green products, and product reliability, as well as position- and assignment-specific training courses, including the preparation courses for U.S. Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Reliability Engineer certifications. In 2014, the Quality College Program provided 142 in-class training sessions with a total of 3,453 individuals completing the program. With a primary focus on enhancing our employees’ product quality capacity, the College offers expert track courses for product liability (PL), green products, and product reliability, as well as position- and assignment-specific training courses, including the preparation courses for U.S. Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), and CertifiedReliability Engineer (CRE) certifications.
FIELD CLAIM MANAGEMENT
LGE, together with the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, conducted the safety check campaign against old Cathode Ray Tube(CRT) TV for 3 months starting from September 2010. The target TV sets were 25 types of 10+ year-old products, for which inside cleaning and part replacement service were provided.
Also, for the drum washing machines of 10kg and 12kg capacity produced between August 2003 and October 2008 whose doors cannot be opened from the inside, a voluntary recall was made to replace locking systems(over 400,000 units) and distribute safety caps(over 500,000 units) free of charge(as of March 2011). This campaign will continue all year round so that every customer can use the LGE drum washing machine safely. The drum washing machine(of capacity 10+kg) on the market after November,
LGE conducted a campaign to protect children from product related accidents. This safety campaign reflects the strong commitment of the CEO that LGE should not only sell products but also
look into the fundamental problems to prevent recurrence of accidents. With safety on top priority, LGE is working its best efforts, through the campaign to establish a culture of using all home appliances and the drum washing machine in a safe way. For this purpose, LGE held safety training sessions in 15,000 preschools and elementary schools across the country. The main audience to safety training is preschool children and first/second graders in elementary schools who are vulnerable to accidents. LGE distributed campaign posters, messages to home, safety news letters and training CDs to the relevant schools across the nation. The children training CD includes the safety song and dance video, flash, animation and advanced teaching method which can induce children’s interest. This material is a proven training program jointly produced by the Department of Early Childhood Education, Pusan National University.
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