Horizons International - Process, Discrete and Mixed Mode Manufacturing Software for Microsoft Dynamics GP - quality

By: Horizons International  09-12-2011
Keywords: Raw Materials, Data Entry

Driving out waste to drive quality in and costs down.

Improving profitability in tough economic times means finding the waste in production processes and effective quality control techniques are critical to the success of this effort. While there is cost to quality, preventing errors is still more effective than fixing them later, so diagnosing and evaluating the results from quality control programs in a timely manner is a key contributor to successful diagnosis. Software tools, such as Horizons Quality Essentials Suite, that will cost affordably allow operators to record control data and obtain criteria evaluation right at the point of operations, can support both prevention of errors and delivery of customer requested documentation of that data.

Efficient data collection and reporting improves customer confidence.

Globally manufacturers are under increasing pressure to document sources and standards of their materials for their customers. The overhead of data transcription from manual or non integrated processes, along with the accompanying possibilities of errors in the those process can affect not just bottom line costs but reliability of performance and therefore customer satisfaction. Real time data entry processes that take place in all of the affected functions of manufacturing, whether it is raw materials receipts or in production processes, not only reduces cost by eliminating transcription but also enhances data reliability and customer confidence.

Moving from manual to electronic management of non conformance system speeds process and product improvements at lower costs.

While every effort is made to ensure consistency in production processes and source materials there will still be some level of non conformance. Dependence on manual systems for non conformance, use of decentralized spreadsheets and physical layouts all contribute to high costs of managing the process. With Horizons Quality Essentials Suite all non conformances are generated electronically, have status, responsibility assignments and expected actions so that there can be end to end visibility of processes and results. Non conformances are tied directly to inspection failures, whether at raw material receipts, returned goods or on the production floor, which helps reduce the cost of managing quality while providing centralized views of areas and products impacted. Everyone on staff has visibility to failure areas and can react and plan more efficiently with real time accurate data.

Keywords: Data Entry, Raw Materials

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