High QA Inspection Manager is a fully integrated, automated quality management system for manufacturers. This software makes the quality management process more flexible, productive and effective. By automating quality management, manufacturers can reduce costs, prevent human error and improve part quality.
Most manufacturing industries can benefit from automated quality management, including: Aerospace, Automotive, Defence, Nuclear, Injection moulding, Oil and gas and Medical.
Balloon drawings are a common component in the inspection process. These drawings identify the critical to quality (CTQ) dimensions and other individual requirements of a part depicted in the original 2D drawing.
This drawing is frequently used as a first article inspection report — a design verification and historic file that provides a reported measurement for each part. Developers can use this data to ensure that the final product meets specifications and all final parts meet the original dimensions. An FAI report gives the developer a pass or fail result for the part that they can use for future quality checks.
Ballooning a drawing manually can be a time consuming process and prevents the information from being clearly connected to the rest of the manufacturing process. For example, if developers manually input measurements from metrology equipment into an Excel file, it cannot be linked to the original ballooned drawing. It also introduces the risk of human error if manufacturers input the wrong data.
High QA Inspection Manager streamlines this process. As well as automatically producing the report, manufacturers can store measurement data in the same system to quickly compare results with the FAI report. The system will also benefit developers later in production, for example when an FAI report is conducted to reflect a change in design, process or materials. Manufacturers can automatically compare the original ballooned drawing with the new report, offering full visibility to the manufacturer and developer.
When it comes to quality management and data insight, efficiency is key. An Excel-based QMS often won’t scale with your business, you need real-time visibility into your day-to-day activities.
Often, by the time you download an unformatted report from your system, cut and paste it into Excel, roll up the data, and then send each spreadsheet to the respective group, you are way past the deadline. And your Excel-based QMS is no longer reliable. The reason is that you end up assuming there are no underlying errors in your final report and that it ties out to what is in your source systems.
When that happens, decision-makers can hardly calculate spending, plan for the future, and make proactive decisions to improve quality management within their enterprise. It simply makes their work difficult.
An integrated QMS improves reporting. Standard forms and reports are available to all groups in the company and are based on the same data. That all leads to consistency, traceability and efficiency for manufactured parts.
Using spreadsheets in the quality process is necessary. Often these spreadsheets have numerous columns and rows and even more tabs. They grow exponentially with each project. The adage old habits die hard is true. It is not unusual to discover that your facility relies on a particular file after several years while adding new cells and sheets to it without acknowledging the growth of such a file. That is a significant setback since a huge Excel file is prone to manual errors over and above being slow.
One wrong entry in a cell can yield inaccurate results. In turn, that will compromise the data you use for decision-making. Additionally, a massive Excel file can lead to data loss if the program crashes as you open the file. Although Excel is ideal for managing smaller data sets, relying on a single spreadsheet is not viable as your entity expands.
A centralised database in a QMS system provides a repository for all data used in a quality process. Drawings, forms, reports, regulations and approvals are in one location and are easily accessible for downstream processes and audits.
Using Microsoft Excel for quality management often requires several manual procedures, including downloading raw results from your system, cutting and pasting the data into a desirable format across multiple Excel files, rolling up the data, and updating formulas and links. You should also never forget to check for errors while you are at it.
Using Excel for quality management is a time-consuming manual process that is not worth your time and resources. Also, managing last-minute changes to Excel files is challenging, and you can easily forget to update formulas and links. Since management teams depend on authentic information, Excel-based QMS errors affect their confidence, which leads to misguided decisions that ultimately translate to inconsistencies, inefficiencies, and waste of resources.
Current technology provides automation and optimisation of previously manual processes. Comprehensive automation tools reduce costs, prevent human interpretation errors, and improve delivery time and part quality ensuring your customers are always confident in your products.
If you use your Excel-based QMS in a team setting, only one person at a time can edit each file, and that is a major frustration that affects your operations in many ways. In that case, when an individual has such a file open, others will either have to wait or ask for a notification once it becomes available.
The other alternative, in this case, is saving a new version of that file and trying to merge the updates later. So, if one needs to wait for a colleague to edit an Excel file before handling other tasks, one will most probably realise reduced productivity. That can ultimately affect customer service and the reputation of your organisation as well.
Relevant for quality control in most manufacturing industries, including aerospace, automotive, defence, nuclear, injection moulding, oil & gas and medical.
Reporting includes: first article inspection reports (FAIRs), initial sample inspection reports (ISIRs) or production part approval process (PPAP) documents, to comply with standards including ISO 17025, ISO 9000, 21 CFR or AS9100.
The High QA Inspection Manager is the solution for all your manufacturing and supply chain quality processes. It standardises, mistake-proofs, eliminates waste, reduces time by up to 90% and adds value to any business process.