Advanced manufacturers leverage new technologies to increase process efficiency, meet customer demand and maintain a competitive advantage. Those that don’t, risk being left behind. Technology adoption has transformed today’s quality management process, due in large part to modern quality management systems, or QMS. Technology is changing the game in all aspects of business, think Amazon, and quality control is no exception.
Here are five ways a QMS can improve the customer value chain and enable continuous improvements for manufacturing organizations.
A QMS Reduces Human Error
Several operations within a manufacturing business rely on manual data entry and other functions that are prone to human error. Even when workers are extremely careful and double check their work, errors are still likely to happen. For example, if your team is collecting production data on a paper traveler, your process is susceptible to human error. If your team is manually entering all those notes and information into the computer, your process is susceptible to even more human error. Imagine a system that allows your workers to collect data on a convenient mobile device in real time. It eliminates the need for collection on paper travelers and reduces a two-step process into one easy step. How? A mobile QMS, like TrackVia, enables the collection and aggregation of information in real time.
Gain Immediate Visibility
When data is arduously entered into a spreadsheet hours or days later, that data provides a historical snapshot of what already happened. Reports generated from this data set are less valuable to quality management directors because these outdated reports don’t mirror the current situation. Fortunately, modern QMSs provide robust reporting powered by real-time data. As a result, directors of quality can be as lean and nimble as possible. An accurate view of what’s happening on the shop floor enables better decision making, as costly problems are prevented more quickly.
Increase Production Yield
Access to real-time quality data uncovers potential problems in each step of the production process. Being able to identify and address problems instantly can bolster unit yield. Here’s an example: If your 10-step manufacturing process yields 90% for each process step, your final yield is only 35%. So when you start with a 1,000 units, your final yield would be 350 units.
A modern QMS enables directors of quality to make an immediate impact on production yield. Problems or bottlenecks in the process can be identified and addressed on the spot, which can increase overall unit yield. A mere five percent improvement in the process would nearly double your final yield.
Reduce Cost of Quality
QMS reports provide quality assurance managers with live-data metrics, such as scrap, over-processing and rework counts. Armed with this data, managers can focus on which areas of the process are most inefficient. Systems can be optimized more quickly and strategically, which curtails wasteful operations and adheres to Six Sigma. Reducing internal failure costs, or cost of poor quality, will have a positive impact on scaling back overall cost of quality for your manufacturing organization.
Meet Compliance Standards
The need to consistently improve quality and meet customer needs can be cumbersome to manufacturing organizations who don’t have the right QMS in place. Implementing a mobile quality control and process management solution can help you meet ISO 9001 certification requirements. In fact, a next generation system like TrackVia enhances the focus on root-cause investigation and determination, which results in more effective prevention and corrective actions. Adhering to quality management principles will produce better quality products and more satisfied customers.
Every step in the manufacturing process can be improved through the use of real-time, live-data reporting. Better quality tracking enhances efficiency and performance while decreasing costs.