Quality Management System - QMS
Automate the Three Pillars of Zero-Defect Quality and Delight Your Customers
Eliminate Redundancies & Errors, Reduce Product Delays, Simplify Compliance, and Improve Collaboration and Decision-Making
Your ultimate goal is to move from raw materials to finished high-quality product in the least amount of time and with the greatest level of efficiency to achieve optimal levels of customer satisfaction. By leveraging a holistic MES solution with Quality Management, manufacturers can achieve significant cost savings while greatly improving quality and customer satisfaction. By leveraging embedded, comprehensive quality management capabilities, manufacturers can firewall, detect, identify, repair, and recover from defects found throughout the entire manufacturing process. A holistic approach to quality enables you to gain instant access to deeper, richer manufacturing data that a stand-alone quality system cannot provide.
Extending those quality management capabilities with Administrative Quality Management — encompassed within an MES for maximum reach within the factory—enables enterprises to support continuous initiatives for improvement while also documenting this process for auditors and customers alike. Furthermore, Administrative Quality Management can effortlessly enable digital automation to be instituted in place of labor-intensive, detailed manufacturing processes, such as those involved in material review boards (MRB), Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA), Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System (FRACAS), and more.
Quality Management System (QMS)
Keeping defective parts and materials from entering your factory environment is a key benefit of MES + QMS solutions. By inspecting raw materials and incoming parts as a critical function, an MES with Quality Management optimizes quality control and stops downstream quality issues to minimize the cost of poor quality.
Just as holistic MES + QMS can keep defective parts from entering the factory, it can also keep them from leaving the premises. Training requirements can be enforced through certification validation that automatically allows only certified personnel for perform certain types of transactions, and workstation setup and machine/program recipes can also be validated to reduce the cost of quality. In addition to validation, rich and visually appealing guided instructions can empower employees to do the highest-quality job possible.
As products become increasingly complex and differentiated, processes also need to become more robust. By intelligently managing linked relationships between BOMs, DHRs, CADs, and other documentation, as well as assembly instructions, product history, test plans, and quality issues, a holistic MES + QMS makes it easier to perform real-time revisions and updates, reflecting them across all interrelated parts and documents. This enables robust change control, supplier coordination and collaboration, quality management, and business process improvements.
Instead of merely keeping quality in and defects out, continuous process improvement empowers manufacturers to begin making significant improvements to their businesses. It defines, controls, supports, and maintains their quality process, from complaints, to non-conformances, FRACAS, CAPA, and more. Instead of tracking manufacturing non-conformances in a separate system— keeping quality and manufacturing teams in the dark when it comes to access and visibility—an MES + QMS solution instantaneously handles non-conformances and corrective actions—including re-work, repair, and scrap—with full transparency for all stakeholders. With continuous process improvement, everyone can instantly access and view all issues, actions, and steps through final resolution in one, central system.
When a recall occurs, a factory’s traceability system must be able to ensure that every faulty unit is identified and recalled, while avoiding the recall of any “good,” quality items unaffected by the problem. With a robust MES + QMS system, built with granular traceability at its core, manufacturers can automatically trace the entire scope of their operations—from operator data, to process variables, to electronic approvals, and multi-level confirmations. This level of forward- and backward-visibility cannot be overlooked. It drives operational intelligence before, during, and after quality has been called into question.
The automated collection of quality data and contextual access via MES + QMS results in tremendous opportunities for impactful analysis and reporting. This is established via real-time dashboards that warn of impending issues and process performance; condition-generated reports sent immediately to mobile devices when needed; real-time process interlocking of machines and conveyors based on control conditions; visual quality data collection; repair guidance; diagnostics support; and more—all of which can be achieved simply with MES + QMS. The entire reporting engine creates a single source of truth with the ability to collaboratively traverse data in real-time and gather deeper insights than previously possible with basic dashboards and reports.