4 Ways to Strategize Manufacturing Quality and Reduce Recalls

4 Ways to Strategize Manufacturing Quality and Reduce Recalls

In this age of Industry 4.0, manufacturers seek an automated Quality Management System (QMS) that eliminates the need for hunting for a document in multiple locations. Businesses look for a solution that allows them to collect and aggregate data in real-time and keep each piece of information in a central database.

In discrete manufacturing, Quality Control is one of the most important steps that facilitate customer-driven quality of goods. It is the process responsible for maintaining high standards in a manufacturing unit by seamlessly testing and inspecting the sample output.

Let’s have a look at the 4 simple ways to strategize manufacturing quality and reduce recalls.

1. Track Quality Levels in Real-time and Set Team Goals

A quality management system that is integrated with a powerful ERP platform allows employees to work swiftly while identifying, monitoring, and resolving quality control issues easily.

Real-time tracking provides manufacturers and QC inspectors with the data, insights, and information they need to stay in compliance with standards. Tracing and tracking quality levels, adherence to quality parameters, and accurate forecasts help to enhance product quality and ensure proper utilization of resources.

As per the research done by Dyer & Nobeoka in 2000 for Toyota Production System, supplier-level quality data that is tracked and traced data is valued more than money because it fuels new sales and higher profits. Manufacturers should focus on product quality for fewer recalls and negative feedback from customers.

US manufacturers have found that product quality followed by high service levels are the key factors that drive growth. Among these two, product quality was considered a leading measure of success by approx 92% of respondents.

Setting Team Goals

A team comes together as an effective unit that strives to achieve challenging tasks. Whether it is about inbound inspections, workflows on the shop floor, or supplier quality management, quality teams should be assigned day-to-day tasks. This helps teams to contribute constructively to help meet and exceed customer satisfaction.

At every step, inspections should be done with dedication, and quality criteria as defined by customers should be followed strictly by the teams. When employees are provided with a handheld device, browser accessibility, and a web application for quality operations, they can be more productive and efficient. It becomes easy for them to view and update documents and add quality orders and results.

2. Maintain High Standards for Reporting and Analytics

It is difficult for quality control professionals to manage data, employees, and daily tasks effectively. Fortunately, quality management systems help operators and managers to generate comprehensive reports, track and manage root causes, create assessments, and improve traceability.

Considering the pace at which industries are evolving, quality control teams need automated tools for overcoming challenges. A web-based QMS solution is specifically designed to help quality control inspectors analyze data while on the move to help the overall efficiency of the department.

Enhanced decision making

If quality management software is integrated with an ERP system, information that is entered by the quality control inspector will be visible to the production team, planning department, sales and marketing, finance, and warehouse employees. Web-enabled QMS provides worldwide access, real-time visibility, and data tracking.

It aligns disparate data quality activities, addresses challenges, and maintains high-quality standards to help organizations be competitive.

3. Mobility: Anytime, Anywhere Access

Mobility offers anytime, anywhere access. To make sure your teams accomplish quality control tasks accurately, they must have a device-centric web platform. It will facilitate real-time tracking and visibility of goods and other resources. Employees can access, record, and update documents while traveling, sitting in the cafeteria, or right after an important meeting.

The sooner quality of goods is approved, the quicker other departments can start processing their tasks. If an employee travels to another nation or city for a meeting, he can enter his observations/input with browser-based software, which will encourage other departments to move forward.

For employees who prefer flexible work hours, on-site traveling, or remote working, a web-based quality control system allows them to work dedicatedly, irrespective of the time and distance.

OptiProERP proudly offers e-TDC (Electronic Test Data Capture) which is a nimble web application designed for managing and controlling Quality Control operations on handheld devices and desktops. eTDC allows the users to:

⦁    Extract quality control documents from SAP Business One modules

⦁    Enter the data captured during the quality control process

⦁    Save details and post status

⦁    Export and import quality control result files in excel format

⦁    Search, sort, and select quality control documents in multiple ways

4. A Paperless Environment that Supports Automation

With a web application, quality management becomes easier as it promotes the electronic generation of reports, faster processing, and real-time data sharing with just a few mouse clicks.

If you are looking to streamline your quality control operations (procurement, production, shipping, ad-hoc), eTDC by OptiProERP is the ultimate solution. It allows you to generate quality control orders, facilitates compliance, raises non-conformance and MRB (Material Review Board), improves timely decision making, and synchronizes with the ERP platform.

eTDC offers a great user experience, it has easy navigation, is simple to use, and provides ways to automate tasks and processes. Users can filter column values with various options, edit and view quality records, change the listing order, and perform many other functions on a handheld device.

eTDC is a web-based QMS that facilitates:

– Automated documentation

– Real-time visibility and tracking of data

– Anytime, anywhere access

– Optimization of resources and cost-savings

– Enhanced decision making

– Improved reporting and analytics

If you are a manufacturer who would like to know more about the importance of a web-enabled QMS solution, feel free to email us at optiproinfo@optiproerp.com. We are here to help you!

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