Quality Management is an important business process that should be adopted by all manufacturers. In some industries, it is a regulated requirement but even if it’s not government regulated, it’s simply good practice and can give you the advantage when it comes to customer service and product quality.
The Evolution of Quality Management and Government Regulations
Government regulations have traditionally been more reactive than proactive in nature. In industries such as food manufacturing, the focus was on the ability to recall a defective lot or batch as identified by the manufacturer.
Today, the shift is to become more proactive and more onus is on the manufacturer to mitigate product contamination and defects at the source. The additional regulations mean that more data needs to be accurately captured and more processes need to be tracked. Spreadsheets and handwritten logs are quickly becoming a time-consuming and risky option.
Many manufacturers (of all sizes) are moving to a Quality Management System that integrates directly with ERP software. The benefit of this approach is a savings of time and money in daily tracking, reporting and in the event of an audit. It also reduces the chance of human error.
Manufacturers Can Improve Efficiency and Gain Competitive Advantage
Regardless of whether your industry has government regulations or not, it is important to track and monitor your manufacturing processes. Not only that, integrated quality management software can:
- Gain efficiency through structured processes, documentation and automation
- Improve customer service with reliable, good quality products
- Gain competitive advantage by using captured data and clearly defined processes for new product development – bringing products to market faster and at a lower cost.
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