Manufacturers across a wide range of industries face common challenges to meet continuously rising quality standards. The growing mix of complex products and new technologies requires a new approach to quality management.
Many enterprises are deploying either industry standard quality management methodologies such as Six Sigma and ISO 9000, or implementing other quality practices to reduce costs, shorten cycle times, and improve overall product and process quality.
Operator Systems helps you to face these requirements by introducing Operator Quality Assurance (QA) which is a part of the Operator MES unified solution. It has beeeen designed for the purpose of smooth execution of quality assurance tasks in manufacturing. Operator does not only make your data accessible, it makes it visible.
Operator Quality Assurance (QA) removes unnecessary steps and creates a paperless quality management process that helps to ensure efficiency and quality in your daily production. Functionality is developed in close cooperation with customers and based on the Food industry’s high quality requirements that are beneficial to most industries.
Operator QA documents the quality of the products produced according to the requirements set by the customers, authorities and internal standards.
The QA process is defined by a number of quality checks and mandatory approvals to ensure the quality process has been followed during the production proces.
QA includes setup of test specifications and sample plans per product, in-production sample testing and reporting and sample collection for laboratory testing.
The Operator quality assurance module integrates with existing ERP and PLM systems to a degree not easily possible with other solutions – providing consistent quality metrics across your enterprise. Have confidence your quality program will be adhered to consistently across your enterprise to drive overall quality improvements to your Work-in-Process and finished goods as well as your manufacturing processes.
Operator QA replaces a complicated and paper dependent QA process into a paperless and integrated process, that help ensuring both efficiency and quality in your daily production.
The Operator QA module is a tool supporting the organization in implementing Quality Assurance methods – also Six Sigma. The implementation of Six Sigma initiatives focuses on the continuous improvement of the manufacturing process, consisting in monitoring and continuous control in order to prevent and eliminate the production of defects. Operator QA is an integrated Operator suite module that collects, monitors and synchronizes different Quality actions across the company.
Thanks to this, the use of Operator QA together with Six Sigma gives the possibility of continuous implementation of the production process with a reduction in costs.
Operator Quality Intelligence provides you with a single view of the quality data. You can prioritize efforts to continuously enhance the quality of the products, processes and overall operations. Quality intelligence help you to identify, investigate and address key quality issues, such as excessive scrap levels, poor supplier performance, product non-conformance or manufacturing process variability.
It is a complete end-to-end analytics solution, with a wide range of reports that can be used to solve the most pressing quality challenges. All reports can be executed either by production, QA Laboratory or others.
Quality Assurance (QA) in a modern company
Quality Assurance (QA) is an inseparable element in the activity of production companies, it should be emphasized that quality control is an indispensable element of the realization of the production process from the design to the final product delivered to the customer. It is a very broad concept – quality control is often understood as a set of methods and procedures performed by special departments in an organization which aim is to measure and test a selected (one or more) parameter of the manufactured product. It should be remembered, however, that the quality control process must be implemented at every stage of production – from the reception of materials to the delivery to the final customer. A properly conducted quality control in an enterprise allows to find the answer to the question of what are the most important weaknesses in the production process of an enterprise. Industries in which quality control is particularly important include:
In the framework of quality control in modern enterprises, among other things, the ways of action in accordance with the assumptions of QA (Quality Assurance) and Six Sigma methods are used.
Product control as an important element of production
The verification of the product and the system of quality and production control at a given stage is an important factor in ensuring the correct quality of a given commodity. A particular item, for example, created in a given factory should go through a technological quality process so that in case of any errors, it is possible to detect the state of damage to such a product and take appropriate methods to achieve a satisfactory quality result. Of course, this involves, depending on the product in question, the use of an appropriate inspection methodology. It should be carried out reliably and always be documented. In modern factories, specialist systems are used to conduct production control. This allows to achieve satisfactory quality results and also to meet the demand for a given product on the market. The introduction of quality control in a given company increases the certainty that a given commodity going through particular quality processes will meet the final expected results. As a result, it will be a final product of high quality and thus will also meet the expectations of customers. It will also allow avoiding defective individual as well as whole batches of goods. Therefore, the given manufacturer of goods will be able to minimize the costs resulting from the withdrawal of a defective product from the market and provide a new, efficient one instead.
What does a production control system look like?
Quality Assurance (QA) system is based on monitoring individual quality processes. It has a scheduled cycle of checking the given elements of a given unit. A sophisticated production control system is equipped with appropriate modules that are primarily used for data collection and analysis. The analysis focuses on the key aspects of a particular quality process considered by specific companies. The detailed analysis helps to develop even better defect detection in the quality process in the future. The production control system also enables the automatic classification of errors. Such an error control module can already be easily integrated into the information systems of the respective company unit.
Therefore, in many companies a modern production control system based on IT and electronic programs, modules helps to ensure an efficient production control process and minimize the risk of defects in the production process.
Six Sigma is a set of business strategies, practices and tools for managing and improving all aspects of a company’s processes.
The Six Sigma philosophy is to identify and eliminate defects (errors) in any process using a systematic methodology. The goal is to produce high quality products or services while reducing cost and lead time. The ultimate goal of Six Sigma is to create error-free processes.
A typical Six Sigma project begins with the creation of a DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) project plan that identifies customer requirements and goals for the process. The next step is to measure how well the process meets those requirements; this provides data that can be used to calculate process capability.
The Six Sigma method is a process which helps companies and organisations to improve the quality of their products and services by identifying and correcting the issues.
There are six core elements in Six Sigma which are Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control, and Validate. The objectives of these six elements are to increase customer satisfaction, reduce costs related to defects or errors, reduce rework time due to defects or errors.
Quality Assurance, or QA for short, is the process of identifying software bugs and defects before a product is released.
QA – Quality Assurance usually involves testing the functionality of a product to ensure that it meets requirements for performance, usability, compatibility with other applications or hardware, correct input handling, correct output or display. QA also includes adherence to standards necessary to ensure regulatory compliance.
QA may also include usability evaluations performed by people who are not experts in the area in which they are evaluating.
Quality assurance / QA is the process of checking and making sure that everything within an organization is of good quality.
Quality assurance checks the overall quality of a product. It can also be used for measuring how well an organization is performing in achieving its goals.
QA (quality assurance) is one of the most important aspects in an organization. It ensures that there are no defects or errors within the products or services that they produce. Quality assurance helps to identify these mistakes before they reach your customer’s hands, which will help you improve your customer satisfaction rates and reduce negative feedbacks.