When manufacturers ensure their parts and components follow stringent tests and are consistently produced to exacting specifications, you’ll enhance customer satisfaction, reduce warranty claims and improve brand reputation.
However, this doesn’t happen overnight – for manufacturers to deliver the very best products, they need precise levels of quality control.
What is quality control in manufacturing?
Simply put, quality control is a business-critical process that ensures components and products are produced free from damage and defects. This, in turn, helps manufacturers maintain customer safety and satisfaction. However, when manufacturers implement a thorough quality control process, they can do much more than identifying flaws in components.
From increasing workforce efficiency to reducing costs and revolutionising the production process, proper implementation of quality control can transform a business.
This is where FLAGS Software can help. Our analytics dashboards not only support precise levels of quality control, but provide real-time reporting so that you can see exactly what your workforce is working towards and where resources can be reallocated to further enhance efficiency.
The importance of quality control
In 2020 Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, blamed production ramp-up for the quality issues in Teslas in the early stages of production, as they may be more susceptible to quality control issues.
Additionally, Consumer Reports stated that there is a recall on the Tesla S model, due to issues including, “The eMMC controller wear-out condition can cause the loss of the rearview camera display, defrost/defog control settings, and exterior turn signal lighting, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.”
It is vital that engineers and operators take this seriously.
Here are a few ways engineers, operators and managers can successfully implement quality control in manufacturing.
Understand your exact business needs and requirements
Before you start implementing a successful quality control process, it is vital that you properly understand the needs of the business.
When you understand your business needs, you can adapt your processes accordingly, ensuring everyone is working towards the same goal. However, you need clarity at every stage of the process.
FLAGS Software provides complete transparency throughout the manufacturing process. This gives you a holistic view of your workforce and every stage of the production process. This complete digital history can help automate certain tasks and streamline processes.
A complete view of the manufacturing process
Quality Control Inspection (QCI) software and Quality Management Software (QMS) gives manufacturers the ability to measure and enhance the quality of their parts, components and processes across the entire supply chain.
Quality assurance software that features a real-time dashboard gives engineers and operators the ability to spot any quality issues that appear at that exact moment in time.
FLAGS Software gives you a real-time view of the manufacturing process and ensures that all products are produced to the exact specifications. This reduces the need for rework, making your manufacturing process as efficient as possible. All of which is vital in helping to improve cost savings, brand reputation and client relationships.
Being able to seamlessly integrate your quality control software with your manufacturing, accounting, customer management, and supply chain management systems will help make your manufacturing process be as streamlined as possible. FLAGS Software can integrate with industry 4,0 technologies, ERP and MIS systems, and gather information from a range of hardware. This results in site-wide analysis for truly detailed insights and reporting.
Implement quality control as early as possible
Traditionally, the quality control process takes place at the end of the production cycle – defects and problems are found retrospectively and fixed after the fact. However, waiting for a quality check after a batch of parts or components has been produced can result in a large amount of waste and rework, which significantly impacts all associated costs. Find out how to reduce rework here.
When you bring quality control in from the moment a component or part has been designed, you’ll have a clear understanding of what’s happening at each stage on the production line and who’s accountable, giving you complete traceability.
FLAGS Software gives you complete transparency throughout the manufacturing process. Your team will be able to spot quality issues in real-time, as the software instantly notifies and pinpoints any quality issue that has occurred. This stringent process ensures each product is complete to exacting specifications from start to finish. Find out how quality management systems can help automotive manufacturers thrive.
Take your first step to implement your quality control and traceability software today.
FLAGS Software is the industry-leading expert when it comes to driving improvements in quality, efficiency and cost in manufacturing. Our quality control inspection software will help you enhance your production and manufacturing processes to achieve a new level of excellence. Find out more about the importance of quality control software in manufacturing here.
Our team of experts have decades of experience helping manufacturers unlock their potential and are waiting to help you do the same. Get in touch with FLAGS Software and find out how we can give you complete traceability and transform your quality control process.