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The Glossary for Quality Management +++ Popular Articles: 'High-quality', 'History', 'Health'

Deutsch: Härter / Español: Endurecedor / Português: Endurecedor / Français: Durcisseur / Italiano: Indurente

In the context of quality management, a hardener refers to a chemical component used in combination with a polymer or resin to induce hardening or curing of the material. Hardeners play a crucial role in the manufacturing and application of various products, including plastics, adhesives, coatings, and composite materials. The quality management of hardeners involves ensuring the correct formulation, mixing ratios, and application processes to achieve the desired material properties such as durability, strength, and resistance to environmental factors.

Deutsch: Härte / Español: Dureza / Português: Dureza / Français: Dureté / Italiano: Durezza
Hardness is a measure of how resistant solid matter is to various kinds of permanent shape change when a force is applied. Macroscopic hardness is generally characterized by strong intermolecular bonds, but the behavior of solid materials under force is complex; therefore, there are different measurements of hardness: scratch hardness, indentation hardness, and rebound hardness.

Deutsch: Gefahr / Español: Peligro / Português: Perigo / Français: Risque / Italiano: Pericolo /

Hazard in the quality management context refers to any potential source of harm or danger that can result in adverse consequences, injury, damage, or loss. In quality management, identifying and assessing hazards is a critical part of risk management and safety protocols to prevent accidents, defects, and non-conformities in products, processes, or services.

Deutsch: Gesundheit / Español: Salud / Português: Saúde / Français: Santé / Italiano: Salute


In the context of quality management, health refers to the practices, processes, and policies implemented within an organization to ensure the well-being, safety, and health of its employees, customers, and other stakeholders. It encompasses a holistic approach to managing health-related aspects in the workplace, aiming to prevent injuries, illnesses, and to promote a healthy working environment.

High-quality, in the context of quality management, denotes a level of excellence and superiority in the attributes, characteristics, and performance of a product, service, or process. It represents the fulfillment of rigorous standards, specifications, and expectations, resulting in a superior and consistent outcome that meets or exceeds customer requirements. Achieving and maintaining high-quality standards is a fundamental goal in quality management, encompassing factors such as reliability, durability, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

Deutsch: Hochtemperatur / Español: Alta Temperatura / Português: Alta Temperatura / Français: Haute Température / Italiano: Alta Temperatura

In the context of quality management, high-temperature refers to the consideration and management of effects, challenges, and requirements associated with manufacturing processes, materials, and product performance at elevated temperatures. Quality management systems (QMS) must account for high-temperature conditions to ensure that products and components are reliable, safe, and meet the specified quality standards when subjected to or operating in high-temperature environments.

Deutsch: Geschichte / Español: Historia / Português: História / Français: Histoire / Italiano: Storia /

In the context of quality management, history refers to the documented record of all quality-related activities, decisions, changes, and improvements associated with a product, service, or process over time. It encompasses the evolution of quality practices, methodologies, and standards within an organization, as well as the specific history of quality performance, issues, and resolutions for individual products or processes. Understanding and analyzing this history is crucial for identifying trends, lessons learned, and opportunities for continuous improvement.

Deutsch: Hydrolyse / Español: Hidrólisis / Português: Hidrólise / Français: Hydrolyse / Italiano: Idrolisi

Hydrolysis in the quality management context refers to a chemical process by which a compound is broken down into smaller components through the reaction with water. This process can significantly impact the quality, shelf life, and safety of various products, particularly in industries such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and cosmetics. Managing the effects of hydrolysis involves careful selection of raw materials, control of manufacturing processes, and appropriate packaging and storage conditions to ensure product stability and integrity.